Cadet warrant officer Natalie Fields, of 2375 (Neston) Squadron, was presented with the prized Dacre Brooch by air commodore Dawn McCaffery, RAFR, Commandant Air Cadets, for being chosen as the best female cadet in the air training corps.
The Dacre Brooch is the highest award any female air cadet can achieve.
Since 1983 the brooch has been awarded annually with selection being based on the all-round performance of the cadets nominated firstly by their wing HQ and then by their regional commandants.
Since joining the air cadets at 13, Natalie has gained a flying scholarship, gliding wings, a Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award and BTECs in public services and aviation studies.
She was an ambassador for the corps when she took part in the 2013 International Air Cadet Exchange to the Netherlands and has also attended numerous camps both at home and abroad.
More recently she was presented with a Lord Lieutenant’s certificate of merit.
Natalie, who is also a keen sportsperson taking part in all sports at squadron, wing, region and corps levels, is hoping for a career in the RAF in air traffic control.
But for now, she’s putting her energy in to giving something back to the squadron and helping other cadets achieve.
She said she was ‘very humbled’ to receive the brooch.
Officer commanding 2375 (Neston) squadron, Flt Lt Paul Thelwell, said: “Natalie has been in cadets for over five years and with a little help from the staff and the squadron has achieved the ultimate prize a female cadet can achieve.
“She is the first cadet to obtain this aware on the squadron, and only the second female cadet in Merseyside to win it.”
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