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.
Roberts, recipient of both the Marine Corps Public Service Award by former Commandant James T. Conway and an N.C. Senate certificate honoring him for 30 years of service and dedication to the Marines and service members of North Carolina, served on the Military Growth Task Force and is presently a member of Allies for Cherry Point Tomorrow.
A 10-year member of the former commission, Roberts is active in Greater New Bern Chamber of Commerce and co-chairman of its New Bern Military Alliance. He is also on the Swiss Bear Board of Directors, Havelock Chamber of Commerce, and a member and former president of N.C. Eastern Aviation Heritage Foundation.
Elmore, retired General Dynamics Information Technology vice president and now a defense industry consultant and a New Bern resident, is one of the five N.C. House of Representatives appointees to the commission.
Elmore spent more than 25 years as a Naval Air System Command civilian employee, beginning as a logistics manager for the E-2C Hawkeye program and became assistant program manager for the V-22 logistics and ultimately served as assistant program executive for air anti-submarine warfare assault and special mission logistics.
He retired from Fleet Readiness Center South East in Jacksonville, Fla., in 2001, with awards including Superior and Meritorious Civilian Service Medals. He worked with General Dynamics until 2012.
Sue Book is a reporter for the Sun Journal.