Ugandan born Dr Lukiya Mulumba has been promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air force, the highest rank for a woman of colour in the military establishment.
Dr Mulumba received the pips at a function held at Travis Air Force Base in California, USA, on November 7, 2021.
“This promotion has greatly humbled and honored me. This is a recognition and endorsement by my superiors of my Air Force story, years of hard work, leadership, and professionalism,” she is quoted as saying.
“To me, this sounds incredible and humbling for a woman of colour like me. I’m extremely grateful. The rank is timely. Although the promotion comes with more difficult responsibilities, I’m prepared for them,” she added.
Dr Mulumba, who left Uganda in 1995 for the US, has a doctorate in nursing practice and served in the Afghanistan battle field for 12yrs.
She has also received training from the University of Maryland as a battlefield trauma nurse officer. She is also trained in nuclear, biological, chemical, and radiological warfare, as well as terrorism response.
The born of Kiti in Kasangati town council, Wakiso district, received his formal education at Namugongo Girls School for primary school and Ndejje Secondary School for secondary school before leaving for the United States.
The mother of three is also the wife of Abdallah Mulumba.
Until 1995, she was the president and co-founder of the Uganda Sickle Cell Rescue Foundation (USCRF).