Welling air cadet named Kent Cadet of the Year
PUBLISHED: 16:18 15 March 2018 | UPDATED: 16:21 15 March 2018
Having been an Air Cadet member for almost six years, 18-year-old Molly Hewett is delighted to have been named as Kent Wing's Cadet of the Year.
Molly, who is from Welling, joined the Welling Squadron in 2012, and was nominated by her unit commander, Flight Lieutenant Kris Cottier, for the Dacre process, which aims to find the best Air Cadets in the country.
After a competitive interview process, held at Kent Wind Headquarters in front of a panel of Wing Staff Officers, Molly proved herself worthy, and will go on to represent the Kent Wing in a sword competition for the Best Female Cadet in the Air Training Corps.
Thanks to the interview, her application for Cadet Warrant Officer was accepted without the further interview usually required.
Mr Cottier said: “Molly is an enthusiastic cadet who fully engages as a role model for the junior cadets of the squadron, but due to her personal circumstances as a carer to a family member she is limited on her ability to be fully active away from the unit or external activities.
“Following the illness and retirement from the RAFAC of CI Neville Munro, Molly took an interest in the squadron’s flight simulator, and she has led the flight simulator project to provide meaningful and worthwhile training to the junior cadets.
“Under her direction the squadron has upgraded the unit, increasing the computing power and adding triple screens so the pilot training experience can be enhanced.”
Molly said: “I just want to give something back to the cadets as I feel they helped me so much while my family were going through a lot and I needed a distraction.
“They really kept me on the right track when I could so easily have made some of the wrong choices a lot of my friends were making.”
Away from the unit, Molly is also an active member of the local youth club.
She has taken an interest in local politics and, passionate about the provision of meaningful activities for the borough’s youth, has campaigned against the reduction of local youth services by raising an online petition.