The Marco Island Senior Squadron (FL-376) held a formal social event to honor Lt. Col. Lee Henderson for his many years of service to the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), Florida Wing, Group 5 and our Black Sheep Squadron. Henderson and his wife, Dottie, are moving to Mississippi to be closer to family and he will be transferring to the Mississippi Wing later this month.
“We had a great turnout for Col. Henderson's send-off,” remarked Public Affairs officer Major Marian Motyl-Szary.
The squadron's meeting room was almost full and several members who could not attend sent messages with anecdotes and poems describing Henderson's service to CAP and humorous events of his long career.
Henderson's wife, Dottie, was recognized at the event for her many years of dedicated support to her husband’s volunteer career. The event also included a review of the Colonel's long and rich biography along with messages, humorous anecdotes and his impressive resume of citations and commendations. Both Lt. Col. Henderson and Dottie received the Squadron Commander's Appreciation Certificate and Squadron Commander’s Coin.
Colonel Henderson took the podium to thank the squadron members and the CAP organization for his successful career. As always, his speech was punctuated with his well-known booming laughter.
Henderson served as the FL-376 Squadron Commander from 17 April 2006 to 23 March 2010. He return to position of Commander for a second time, from 27 March 2012 to 15 July 2014 when the then current commander squadron stepped down for personal reasons.
Under Col Henderson’s leadership, the squadron received highly-successful grade for the subordinate-unit inspection and was recognized with the Florida Wing Senior Squadron of the Year Award for 2012.
Following his successful command at FL376, Henderson was invited to join Group 5 Headquarters staff. He to transfer to Group 5 Headquarters FL-370 on 18 January 2015 and served as Group 5 Deputy Commander and Operations Officer.
Henderson was born in Detroit, Michigan. He is a 20-year veteran of the US Navy and has been a CAP member for 13 years. His penchant for travel has taken him to six of the seven continents (does not include Antarctica!), He has piloted and navigated aircraft and yachts across all of the major oceans and seas of the world. The couple have three children and are long time Marco Island residents.
To conclude the formal event, the squadron commander, Major Robert Corriveau said, "The final thought from all of us is that Lee will be missed. We all wish him and Dottie well on their new adventures in Mississippi." The social event then continued with an informal reception at the famous Sand Bar.
Lt. Col. Henderson's citation and interesting biography can be seen on the squadron website at https://goo.gl/1YGUpF
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