Arunachal girl joins US Army, becomes Social Media sensation


Guwahati: Until Thursday, few had heard of Niki Lego. But after she posted her picture wearing the US Army uniform earlier this week, this young girl from Arunachal Pradesh has become the sensation on social media.

Niki Lego had joined the US force in June 2019, after she passed the recruitment interview, but with her picture in the uniform doing the rounds only now, many assumed she has just entered the US Army, reports ‘The Print’.

“I just completed my training on 5 March. It started in September last year in South Carolina and in November, I was moved to train in Georgia. After training, I have got stationed in Georgia itself and work for the system management and engineering team,” Lego told the news website.

The young US Army officer, however, did not specify her age when asked.

Lego did her her schooling in Siang Model School Pasighat, Arunachal Pradesh, and then completed her graduation in political science from Lady Keane College, Shillong.

She later went on to do her post-graduation in mass communication from the University of Delhi.

Putting her mass communication degree to use, Lego worked in the hospitality sector as a relationship manager in various hotels like ITC Sheraton, New Delhi, and Google’s public relations office. Later, she moved to the US to work as a public relations officer in several Indian-origin companies, before finally getting a call to join the US Army last year.

While her father Anong Lego is director of agriculture in the Arunachal Pradesh government, her mother Yayir Riba Lego is the vice president of BJP’s state Mahila Morcha.

The coronavirus outbreak, meanwhile, seems to have impacted Lego’s plans to meet her family.