2nd lieutenant Nilofar Rahmani who is now 21 was only 18 years old when she joined the Afghan air force.
She graduated from Shindand airbase of Herat province in the year 2013.
At the time of joining the air force academy Nilofar said she wanted to fly with her brothers and serve for her country.
In the ceremony organized to present the awards to the winners, remarks from the American 1st lady Michelle Obama were also presented.
The remarks stated that “One of our awardees is the first woman to be a fixed-wing Air Force pilot in Afghanistan’s history, and she continues to fly despite threats from the Taliban and even members of her own extended family,”
The remarks further sated that “Niloofar received death threats and was forced to relocate several times. But she will not be intimidated and she will not be silenced,”
“Niloofar is as committed to encouraging other young women to follow in her footsteps now as she was as an 18-year-old dreaming of flight school. For her bravery in the face of threats of violence and commitment to an inclusive future for Afghanistan’s women and girls, we honor Captain Rahmani as a woman of courage,” The American 1st lady stated in the citation presented at the ceremony.
“Niloofar is now the first woman in her nation’s history to earn her flying wing on a fixed-wing plane. Afghanis and people all around the world swelled with pride at her accomplishments, but many, including the Taliban and some members of her own extended family, were incensed,” the citation contained.