A platoon of cadets at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS) UK has received the direct praise from Queen Elizabeth. The platoon as led by Pakistan Army’s major Umar Farooq.
His platoon has been declared the best in the course for this year for demonstrating outstanding skills.
Major Umar Farooq joined the British Military Academy last year after Major Uqbah returned to Pakistan to get married to Ayesha Khan.
The announcement was made on Friday during Sovereign’s Parade of Commission Course 173 at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. The chief guest at the occasion was Chief of General Staff General Mark Carlton Smith.
Umar Farooq’s platoon was declared the best out of eight platoons at the ceremony which was attended by a huge number of people including serving and retired military officers, families of cadets and ambassadors from various countries.
In recognition for his performance, the Major received a letter of appreciation from the Queen of England with. His name has also been written on the Sovereign’s platoon board at the Royal Military Academy Library.
In the letter, Queen Elizabeth wrote that she was delighted to learn that Major Umer Farooq’s platoon number 12 the Somme Company had won the Sovereign’s Banner Competition during the term.
She also sent her warm congratulations to the Colour Sergeant R. Kirkbrigght The Yorkshire Regiment and all the members of the platoon for their outstanding achievement.
Major Farooq, before joining the RMAS was in 44 SP Artillery. He has served at the Pakistan Military Academy Kakul as Adjutant and Platoon Commander.