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May 17, 2023

"Fly Like a Girl" Defying the Sky with Strength - Kate Hewlett's Super Hero Origin Story - Part 1/3

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This is an inspiring podcast series that chronicles the extraordinary life story of Major Kate Hewlett, a pilot in the United States Air Force who defied the odds and overcame numerous challenges to achieve her dreams. This is a three part series with this being 1/3. part two will release on 24 May and part three will release on 31 May.

In each episode, Major Hewlett shares captivating anecdotes and heartfelt reflections, taking listeners on a rollercoaster ride through the pivotal moments of her life. From the initial struggles and rejections faced during the process of being selected for Officer Training School (OTS) to the triumphant realization of her dream as she receives her Navigator wings, every step of her journey is filled with determination and perseverance. Including the the experiences she encountered as the Senior Ranking Officer of her pilot training class, and the heartbreaking tragedies she witnessed in which she highlights the importance of mental health, resiliency, and the strength found in vulnerability.

Listeners will also gain insight into Major Hewlett's life-altering diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis (MS), the challenging medical board process, and her unwavering commitment to continue serving in the Air Force. She shares intimate details about her relationship with her esteemed physician, “Dr. Badass” and discusses the hope, determination, and camaraderie that have fueled her drive to continue flying. This series is is a powerful and thought-provoking deep-dive that celebrates the indomitable human spirit and serves as a source of inspiration for individuals facing adversity in their own lives. Join Major Kate Hewlett as she shares her story of unwavering determination, hope, and the pursuit of dreams against all odds.

0:00 - Episode Description

08:10 - Let's Begin!

09:39 - AF commissioning sources to become a Pilot

10:38 - Multiple Sclerosis Intro

12:46 - Dr. Badass

18:20 - Pathway to Wings Podcast mention

18:30 - Air Commando Journal mention

18:35 - AF Women in Leadership Series mention

27:25 - Favorite Quotes

40:32 - Who would play you in a movie

45:41 - Proudest Air Force Moments

57:53 - Readiness

59:24 - Chris Misclevitz

59:33 - Lt Mike Brown

1:00:55 - Lt Quincy Brayton

1:04:22 - Invest in your Airmen

1:07:40 - A question for Josh

1:11:14 - Kate’s favorite HeroFront episode

1:16:49 - Josh’s final thoughts and info regarding the next 2 future episodes

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