It was an evening of celebration for 3 cadets off 1181 (Syston) Squadron, who were promoted to the rank of Corporal after a difficult selection process. The 3 to be promoted were Cpl Chloe Hopkinson, Cpl Gwennie Watson-Evans and Cpl George Sutton. They had to meet the minimum promotion critieria then write an application letter to demonstrate their abilities as effective leaders on the Squadron.
Cpl Hopkinson is 16 years old and attends Melton Vale Post 16 Centre and said “Being promoted is important to me as I want to recreate the same experience that the NCO’s gave to me when I was a junior cadet, so they get to enjoy all the things I have.“
She has achieved a great deal with the Air Cadets including finishing second place in the Wing Ensemble Competition and
being the Wing Netball Captain last year. She has been on many camps, but really enjoys the Adventure Camp at Swynnerton, enjoying the activities and all of the friends she has made there.
Cpl Sutton is 15 and attends Wreake Valley Academy and said “Being promoted means a lot to me as it means I can pass on the knowledge I have learnt to others who can then use it elsewhere. Furthermore, it’s a personal achievement as I am one step closer to being like the people I look up to in the organisation.“
He was fortunate enough to attend a camp in Gibraltar last year where he got to meet amazing people from the region and got to do activities such as seeing the monkeys on the rock! His biggest achievement so far is gaining the Instrulmentalist Music Badge and has nearly completed the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Cpl Watson-Evans is 15 and attends Wreake Valley Academy and said “By being promoted, I am happy that the other cadets will look up to me as a JNCO and aspire to achieve everything I have. It also means that I can now focus on improving the rest of the cadets and hopefully progressing through the ranks passing on my knowledge.“
She has done a huge amount with the Air Cadets including visiting Gibraltar last year, but she was delighted to recieve a Silver medal in the Wing hockey competition, despite never having played hockey before.
All 3 thoroughly deserved their promotions and were under some stiff competition from the other applicants. Well done!
By Flt Lt Andrew Kenyon
OC 1181 (Syston) Sqn ATC