Kanwar Singh, a technologist by day and also a Signal Officer in the US Army Massachusetts National Guard, joins Jerry to share about his journey to America to pursue higher education, what led to him joining the National Guard, and the challenges he has
Kanwar Singh, a technologist by day and also a Signal Officer in the US Army Massachusetts National Guard, joins Jerry to share about his journey to America to pursue higher education, what led to him joining the National Guard, and the challenges he has faced to ensure accommodation for him and others religious beliefs. We thank Officer Singh, the US Army, and the Department of Defense for making this interview possible.
Meet Kanwar Singh
Specialist Kanwar Singh was born in New Delhi, India in 1989 and immigrated to the United States when he was seventeen years old. His family is based in Virginia. His father is a retired businessman, and his mother is a teacher.
After graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in Business in 2011, he began a career in financial services. In 2014, he became a U.S. citizen and in 2016 he will receive an MBA from the University of Massachusetts and a Master’s Degree in General Management from Harvard University’s Division of Continuing Education.
Specialist Singh’s grandfather and great-grandfather both served in the Sikh Regiment of the British Army. Specialist Singh has always been grateful for this heritage. Since he was a young child, the principles of justice, equality, and service to others have resonated with him. These principles are central to his identity as a Sikh and as an American.
The impetus for Specialist Singh’s decision to enlist in the National Guard was Senator John McCain’s April 2014 visit to Harvard’s Kennedy School, where he delivered a speech encouraging attendees to serve their country through the U.S. military. The same week, Specialist Singh attended the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing.
Specialist Singh was inspired by the resolve that survivors showed on that day, and by those who were willing to put their lives at risk to ensure that we can live peacefully. He is driven by a desire to serve his country not only in time of war, but also through humanitarian work and natural disaster response, which is an integral part of the National Guard’s mission.
Specialist Singh is excited about the opportunity to apply the leadership skills he has obtained in the business world to serving his country.
He has served on the Board of Directors of the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, immerses himself in Sikh spiritual music (kirtan), and is a salsa dance enthusiast.
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