Former Cherry Point commander appointed to commission


Francis P. "Frank" Bottorff is shown in this 2009 Marine Corps photo. He was appointed to the N.C. Military Affairs Commission

Published: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 06:18 PM.

Gov. Pat McCrory has appointed a former Cherry Point commanding officer to the N.C. Military Affairs Commission.

Francis P. “Frank” Bottorff, a retired Marine Corps colonel, received the appointment on Monday, according to a release from the governor’s office. Bottorff becomes the 21st voting member on the commission, which was authorized by state law to replace the former Advisory Commission on Military Affairs.

Bottorff was stationed at Cherry Point four times during his career, including from 2006 to 2009 when he served as base commanding officer. During his tenure, he oversaw the arrival of two new helicopter squadrons as well as personnel growth on the base.

He moved on to work in planning, strategy and government external relations for Marine Corps Installations East at Camp Lejeune before retiring. He lives in Carolina Pines.

Bottorff becomes the third person from Craven County on the commission, joining Sonny Roberts and Cresswell Elmore.

The commission is expected to meet at least four times a year and is required to report twice annually to both the governor and the General Assembly.

Roberts, of New Bern, is one of five N.C. Senate appointees. He was named chairman of the Base Sustainability Committee. It is one of the commission’s four committees; others focus on economy, legislation and quality of life. The Base Sustainability Committee is expected to deal with state efforts to protect military bases from any military realignment and closure (BRAC) effort.

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