Conexión San Angelo, Master Sgt. Chance Babin, AF Public Affairs, contributor
HOMESTEAD AIR RESERVE BASE, Fla. – Airman 1st Class Sourav Basu Roy, an air transportation specialist assigned to the 482nd Fighter Wing at Homestead Air Reserve Base is living the American dream.
Born and raised in the small, mountainous, and underdeveloped city of Agartala, India, Basu Roy had big dreams as a little boy, and, thankfully, parents who encouraged him to shoot for the stars. When he was 18, his parents decided it was time to send Basu Roy to the United States. Within 19 days of arriving in the U.S., Basu Roy began flight training. Having spent endless hours on a computer-based flight simulator growing up in India, he was well prepared for the actual training.
Later at the age of 24, He became an airline captain.
Currently, he has already been accepted for a doctoral degree in unmanned aerial systems once he completes his master’s degree. As he continues to build his resume, Basu Roy set his sights on his ultimate dream. “This year, for the first time, I applied for NASA’s astronaut program as a civilian,” he said.
While he continues to chase his dreams, Basu Roy gives a lot of credit for his values and the success he has achieved so far to his parents from whom he inherited a strong work and life ethics. Roy also gives a lot of credit to the United States and its people who have helped him in his new country.. “Today, whatever I am, a lot of credit goes to those who came into my life and left a positive impact on me,” he concluded.