Cadet Warrant Officer Nia Phillips from 2077 (Pontyclun) Squadron has been awarded a Commendation of Good Service due to her dedication and service to the Air Cadets organisation, in particular, 2077 (Pontyclun) Squadron and No 1 Welsh Wing.
Nia Phillips joined the Air Cadet organisation in 2016 and has represented No 1 Welsh Wing at numerous events. She is a keen athlete, representing the Wing at several sporting events.
Nia has gained her Method of Instructor qualification and now teaches the first class subjects to all new recruits at 2077 (Pontyclun) Squadron. In January 2020 Nia was promoted to Cadet Warrant Officer, the highest rank you can achieve in the Air Cadet organisation.
During the Covid-19 pandemic she represented No 1 Welsh Wing at the Wales and West Regional Cadet Forum. This forum was made up of cadet representatives from each Wing in Wales and West Region, to voice their issues or concerns on the current climate. This initiative then gave Nia the idea to create something similar for No 1 Welsh Wing. Every fortnight she chaired the Senior Cadet Forum for No 1 Welsh Wing which had two representatives from each of the squadron within the Wing.
Nia said, “I feel honoured to have been awarded this commendation by the Commandant. During this difficult year, I was worried I would not get to make the most of the end of my time in cadets. However, this award shows that even in difficult times, we do amazing things in this organisation”.
Flight Sergeant Matthew Hackett, Officer in Charge of 2077 (Pontyclun) Squadron said, “This award is thoroughly deserved. Nia has gone over and above in everything that she has taken part in since starting cadets, this year has been no different. Her leadership and dedication to the organisation has been second to none. What a way to end a brilliant cadet career as she embarks on her journey with the RAF.”
Officer Commanding No 1 Welsh Wing, Wing Commander Bob Timothy said, “Nia is typical of the high calibre of cadets that we have in No 1 Welsh Wing. During the Covid-19 pandemic she represented No 1 Welsh Wing at the Wales and West Regional Cadet Forum with confidence and panache. We look forward to following her future career in the Armed Forces.”