Last Thursday, cadets and staff from 1211 (Swadlincote) Squadron (Sqn) were able to welcome the arrival of the units second female Cadet Warrant Officer (CWO) in less than twelve months.
CWO Joy Wakeling (18) attended the South and East Midlands Wing 10th Anniversary Camp at Swynnerton Army Training Camp in Cold Meece, near Stafford. Where she was interviewed by three Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Training (VRT) Officers, of whom are not directly linked to the Unit, on different aspects of the Air Cadet Organisation and the Royal Air Force. Joy proved to be a suitable candidate for this role following her recent successes of being selected for a place on the International Air Cadet Exchange (IACE) where she will be flying out to Canada for 15 days later this month to meet her cadet counterparts from around the world, and spend time with a host family and also as a result of her continous hard work, drive and determination and committment to 1211 (Swadlincote) Sqn since she joined the Unit in 2007.
Reaching the rank of CWO is a big deal as it is the highest rank an air cadet, like Joy, can reach and involves becoming a junior manager on the unit, utlizing strong leadership skills and personal qualities to manage and mentor the cadet team below her within the rank structure, and organise Squadron activities. Joy has a wide range of ATC experiences from excelling in Sports, completing a gliding scholarship and currently working through her Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award and BTEC in Music.
Upon receiving the news of her recent promotion, Joy says – “I was absolutely delighted to attain the rank of Cadet Warrant Officer and I’d say it was one of the greatest achievements of my air cadet career. It’s a great feeling to be appointed to such a position of responsibility and I look forward to using my new rank to help improve the quality and diversity of the training we offer our young people.”
CI C Tildesdley