By Maj. Marian Motyl-Szary, Public Affairs Oficer, Marco Island Senior Sqn.
MARCO ISLAND, Fla., -
A Change of Command Ceremony for the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Marco Island Senior Squadron, (FL-376) was held on Wednesday evening July 11, 2018 at the United Church of Marco Island. The ceremony included the incoming squadron commander, 1st Lt Robert Boone assuming command from the outgoing Commander, Major Robert Corriveau who has been commander since 2014.
The Change of Command Ceremony is a military tradition that represents great symbolism to this formal transfer of authority and responsibility for a Unit from one command officer to another. The passing of the Colors from an outgoing commander to an incoming one ensures that the unit and its members are never without official leadership, a continuation of trust, and confirms the members' allegiance to their Unit’s new Commander.
The ceremony couldn’t be held in the Squadron’s hangar at the Marco Island Executive Airport, as that hangar was flattened during Hurricane Irma by a freakish microburst that smashed the metal building as though with a giant fist, while leaving adjacent structures untouched.
Dealing with Irma’s aftermath has made this a challenging year for the Marco CAP Squadron, and both Corriveau and Boone have been in the thick of dealing with the situation, with Boone as deputy squadron commander. Both will continue to work on replacing the hangar, as well as the roof on the balance of the squadron headquarters, with Corriveau stepping into Boone’s position as deputy commander. “It’s the only way I could get him to take the commander's job,” said Corriveau.
Corriveau added – Boone, “took on dealing with FEMA,” submitting an application for funds to rebuild the hangar that “was rejected one, two – many times. Bob spent a lot of time talking to FEMA.” The good news, said Corriveau, is that FEMA has authorized a grant of approximately 75% of the rebuilding project costs.
In addition to serving as deputy commander, Boone has been functioning as the squadron’s emergency services officer. He is a mission pilot, flight release officer, safety officer, radio operator, counter-drug officer and air operations branch director.
The counter-drug operations have been second nature to Boone, who spent over 40 years as a sworn law enforcement officer, including more than 25 years as chief executive of five different agencies. He is best known locally for having been Marco Island’s first police officer, first police chief, and first director of public safety.
Boone served as president of the New Mexico Chiefs of Police Association, and chairperson of the New Mexico Office of National Drug Control Policy, and as a briefing board member of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. He holds a master’s degree in law enforcement administration as well as an MBA, and taught as an adjunct faculty member at schools including the University of New Mexico and Columbia College.
Boone’s wife Trish came to the front of the room to affix the pin denoting command onto his uniform; their two sons, Bob and T.J., were among the audience. Special guests attending were Squadron Commanders from the Naples Senior and Cadet Squadrons, 1st Lt Tom DiBernardo, FL-023 and Major Kevin Dinger, FL-373, past commanders of FL-023 Major Judy Schiff and Lt Col Tom Kuznar. Also in attendance were Gene Burson, commander of the Marco Island Sail & Power Squadron, Marco Island City Council Chairman Jared Grifoni, and City Councilor Charlette Roman, a retired Army colonel. Grifoni agreed the City Council could take a page from the CAP in moving their meetings along; the CAP Change of Command took less than one hour from call to order and Presentation of the Colors to adjournment for cake and coffee.
Color Guard duties were performed by cadets from the Naples Cadet CAP squadron, FL-373.
DOWNLOAD IMAGE Photo Caption: Major Robert Corriveau relinquishes command of FL-376 unit to Lt. Col. Milton Kaletta, Commander, FLWG Group 5, after four successful years. 1st Lt Robert Boone prepares to assume command. (Photo: Lance Shearer/Marco Eagle Correspondent)
Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. CAP’s 57,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. CAP also plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to 24,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com for more information.