On the 7th March at the Warwickshire & Birmingham wing CO's Conference Wg Cdr Pravin Ladwa announced the appointment of Flt Lt Paul Hincks of 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron as the new Wing Media Communications Officer (WMCO).
Wg Cdr Pravin Ladwa said, “Paul will be taking over from Sqn Ldr Doug Martin who has held the post for many years and has done an excellent job in promoting the wing. Doug will be relinquishing the WMCO post in order to concentrate his time on the many new and exciting developments in his other role as wing shooting officer.”
Flt Lt Paul Hincks first took up an interest in Air Cadet Media Communications in 2003 taking on the role of Squadron Media Communications Officer (SMCO) for 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron. As SMCO his Squadron achieved some notable PR and Media Communications successes including video and website projects at both Wing and Regional level, in fact following the success of Nuneaton 's recruiting video Paul was commissioned by the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Midlands Region office to produce a DVD to publicise the success of the Millennium Volunteers.
In 2006 Paul assumed the role of Wing Webmaster and was tasked with producing the Warwickshire & Birmingham Wing website. Flt Lt Hincks was awarded the Commandant Air Cadets Certificate of Meritorious Service in 2007 for his contribution to Air Cadet Media Communications activities within the wing and in 2008 the Wing website, www.aircadets-wbw.org received the Corps Best Website award.
In his civilian occupation Paul works for Rolls-Royce as, Principal Multi-Media Technologist. (That's a fancy name for someone who sits around all day and plays with computers and gets paid for it, how cool is that).
Paul said, “I am looking forward to working with our team of Squadron Media Communications Officers (SMCO's) and the other WMCO's within the Region to promote the activities of the Air Cadet Movement and I am glad to say that I will also stay at 121 Squadron as SMCO and Training Officer.”
He added, “Like all other wing and squadron posts the WMCO role isn't a one man job, I will do everything I can to promote the activities of the wing but I will need the help, support and contribution of our Squadrons and Wing Staff to make media communications a success in Warwickshire & Birmingham Wing.”
Flt Lt Paul Hincks is indeed the second officer from 121 Squadron to be given a wing staff post, Paul will join Flt Lt Ian Crewe who holds the Wing Band Master post.