ONE of WA’s longest serving Cadets WA instructors has been honoured with a 20-year service medal clasp.
Kingsley resident and Chief Petty Officer David Hastings received his clasp from Kingsley MLA Jessica Stojkovski to recognise his outstanding service and dedication to the Australian Naval Cadets.
Mr Hastings has been a vital member of the Navy Society in Hillarys for 27 years and he shows no sign of ending his commitment to the organisation.
In his role as an instructor for the Navy Cadets WA, he teaches boating and sailing on the Training Ship Marmion and supports young cadets in obtaining certificates from Yachting Australia.
When accepting his medal, Mr Hastings said his greatest satisfaction was seeing cadets “going out to do great things”.
He said many of them keep in contact with him and some have continued their service in the Royal Australian Navy after graduating from the Cadet Corps.
Mrs Stojkovski said it was individuals like Mr Hastings who were “the backbone of the Cadets WA structure”.