Finding Light in the Shadows: A Gripping Journey of Loss, Unyielding Resilience, and Profound Grit w/Kate Hewlett - Part 2/3"
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Content Warning: Suicide/Mental Health Challenges:
Please be aware that this episode discusses the sensitive topic of suicide. It explores the profound impact of suicide on individuals, focusing on a woman who lost a fellow student to suicide and the subsequent emotional challenges, grief, and healing process. If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts or mental health issues, please reach out to a mental health professional or helpline. Your well-being is important to us. If this topic is difficult for you, feel free to skip this episode. Thank you for understanding.
Join us for a deeply introspective part two of our trilogy as we delve into the life of an extraordinary woman who found herself in a position of authority, leading a vibrant class of students. But when tragedy strikes and one of her beloved students falls victim to suicide, her world is turned upside down. In this raw and poignant conversation, we explore the profound effects of this loss on her and the entire team, unmasking the complexities and challenges that arise in the wake of such a heartbreaking event. From grappling with grief to finding strength amidst doubt, our guest shares her personal journey through the shadows, shedding light on the often-overlooked struggles and reminding us of the resilience of the human spirit. This episode serves as a powerful reminder that even in the darkest times, there is hope and healing waiting to be discovered.
0:00 - Intro
3:00 - Life and lessons on leadership as a prior enlisted-spouse
10:50 - Applying to OTS - husband’s selection and Kate’s rejection
19:20 - Faith restored
22:22 - Fighting for selection
25:20 - Appreciation for God’s plan
26:19 - Being an MC-130P Combat Shadow Navigator
30:36 - Applying to pilot training
31:43 - Returning to the AFSOC mission as an MC-130J Commando II Pilot
33:18 - Epic Wining Story
33:50 - Possible highlight reel
41:55 - Being the Senior Ranking Officer at Pilot Training
49:36 - Weather Test and Dollar Rides
52:51 - Remembering Ben
1:10:24 - The strength of showing emotion
1:22:50 - Honor Guard and Military Honors
1:30:24 - The darkness of mental illness and turmoil
1:33:00 - Next week’s episode
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.
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