On Tuesday 24th April, Cadet Sergeant Michael Hadley of 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron Air Training Corps was formally appointed as Lord Lieutenant's Cadet for Warwickshire.
During the presentation ceremony held at the Judge's House in Warwick Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant of the County of Warwickshire Martin Dunne, formally appointed two of Warwickshire's finest cadets, Sergeant Michael Hadley of 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron, Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing ATC and Staff Sergeant Jenny Thrower-Menzies of Warwickshire & West Midlands South ACF – Rugby Detachment, to act as Lord Lieutenant's cadets.
The Lord Lieutenant Martin Dunne expressed his admiration for the outstanding achievements of his newly appointed cadet representatives. He said, “Michael and Jenny have set an excellent example to other young people and I am delighted to be able to recognise their outstanding service within the cadet forces by making these appointments today. They are a credit to themselves, their units and now their County”.
As Lord Lieutenant's Cadets, their duties will include accompanying the Lord Lieutenant Martin Dunne at special civic and military engagements throughout Warwickshire.
Michael Hadley joined the Air Training Corps in September 2008 at the age of 13. He has consistently strived to work his way through the training classifications and rank structure and currently holds the Master Cadet classification and rank of sergeant. Michael is a committed member of the Squadron and always takes an active part in the unit’s community activities especially in his role as a member of the Squadron’s Band, which regularly supports Royal British Legion and other ex-service organisation events.
Michael is currently attending King Edward VI Sixth Form College in Nuneaton where he is studying for his ‘A’ levels with future career aspirations of becoming a commercial airline pilot
In addition to the normal academic training activities generally expected of an Air Cadet, Sgt Michael Hadley has completed his Bronze D of E Award and is well on his way to completing the Silver level award. Michael has also shown his potential as a young leader and in 2011 he completed the Air Cadet Leadership Course at RAF Cranwell.
Sgt Michael Hadley has indeed shown that he has a creditable ground based activity and academic training record, however it is fitting that as an Air Cadet it’s Michael’s enthusiasm for flying and his natural potential as a pilot which have enabled him to pursue his passion for flying.
At the age of 17 Michael completed his Gliding Scholarship training to solo standard thus achieving his Silver wings, however, Michael’s Gliding Scholarship solo wasn’t his first, as at the age of 16 he actually undertook his first solo powered flight as part of his civil flying training.
Since completing his Gliding Scholarship training Michael has been selected to join No. 633 Volunteer Gliding Squadron at RAF Cosford as a Staff Cadet and is currently undergoing his Advanced Glider Pilot training, the successful completion of which could potentially see him progressing through the necessary glider pilot categories required to reach his goal of becoming a qualified instructor.
Sgt Michael Hadley has a desire to achieve in all of his hobbies and once again his passion for flying features within the activities he undertakes outside of cadets. Michael is currently undergoing civil powered flying training at Taten Hill airfield and has completed almost half of the flying hours required to qualify for his Private Pilots Licence. At the age of 16, before he was old enough to hold a driving licence and before he had started his Air Cadet Gliding Scholarship training, Michael had taken to the air for his first solo flight in a Cessna.
Officer Commanding 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron, Flight Lieutenant Paul Hincks said, “Sgt Michael Hadley has shown consistent determination to achieve his desire to become a qualified pilot and has always supported his Squadron in its community activities. Michael has most certainly put the ‘Air’ into his Cadet career and I had no hesitation in recommending his appointment as Lord Lieutenant's cadet for Warwickshire.
He added, “We are delighted that Michael has been selected as Lord Lieutenant's cadet and I am pleased to say that Michael has truly demonstrated that he is an outstanding example to other young people within our Squadron and the community as a whole”.
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