Fernandina Beach, Fla. -
Fernandina Beach Senior Squadron and Gainesville Composite Squadron members helped make the dedication ceremony for the newly constructed general aviation terminal building at Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport, KFHB, a resounding success.
The terminal design, which suggests the Navyís F4U Corsair aircraft pays tribute to the airportís history dating back to World War II, when it was built and used as a Navy training facility for Corsair pilots. The ceremony was held on October 13, the U.S. Navyís 243rd Birthday. The citizen design committee selected the building design as a way to honor the cityís past and its Navy connection and to make the airport stand out among other regional general aviation airports. CAP members were part of the selection committee and continue to serve on the local Airport Advisory Commission as well as other local aviation community organizations that support the airport.
Fernandina Beach Senior Squadron Captains Brad Mizeras, Brian Tourkin, Chuck Colcord and SMís DJ Watson and Greg Bertsch helped with attendee car parking, gave public tours of the terminal and were present on the ramp with the CAP static display aircraft. There were many question asked and answered about Civil Air Patrol, lots of interest generated, which already resulted in one person planning to join CAP. Naval Air Station Jacksonville contributed to the event with Naval Air Station Commanding Officer Captain Michael Connor as the keynote speaker, Navy Band Southeast for ceremony music, and provided a P-3 Orion Flyby and a MH-60R Seahawk helicopter from the Jaguars of HSM-60 as a static display.