The role of any Media Communications Officer usually places them firmly behind the camera as they spend much of their time covering the activities and achievements of other members of the Air Cadet Organisation. But that all changed at the Central & East Regional Dinner at RAF Wyton as Flt Lt Paul Hincks was asked to step out from behind his camera and into the spotlight to receive HQ Air Cadets recognition for his efforts.
The Commandant Air Cadets, Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty presented Flt Lt Paul Hincks with the national Air Cadet Media and Communications Award (MACA) for Best Wing Media Communications Officer.
The Media and Communication Awards (MACAs) which were recently announced at RAF Cranwel are the equivalent of the Oscars for the Air Cadet Organisation volunteer staff who spend much of their time writing articles, taking photographs, filming and meeting deadlines in order to promote Air Cadet activities within their local communities.
On presenting the Award, Air Commodore McCafferty congratulated Flt Lt Paul Hincks, who has once again provided a huge amount of strong copy, images and support for events in the Warwickshire and Birmingham area as well as endless support to the wider Media & Communications team. Paul is always at the heart of the key Air Cadet stories and will often go the extra mile to ensure that a story or event is covered. This is all done while commanding 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron, which continues to thrive under his leadership.
Following the presentation, Flt Lt Paul Hincks said, “I am absolutely delighted to have been announced as the winner of the 2012 MACA for Best Wing Media Communications Officer, but this award is most certainly attributable, in part, to the hard work and support of all the Squadron MCO’s, Wing Staff and Cadets who provide a constant supply of interesting photographs and stories which promote the activities and achievements of the young people within our Wing”.
He added, “I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the media outlets that covered our articles, especially the local press that do a fantastic job of supporting the Air Cadets by publishing our News items.”