Military Affairs Commission community coordinator wants fresh faces

Maj. Gen Cornell A. Wilson (USMC-Ret), right, listens to Sonny Roberts and Fred Fulcher of ACT.

Maj. Gen Cornell A. Wilson (USMC-Ret), right, listens to Sonny Roberts and Fred Fulcher of ACT on Friday at the North Carolina Military Affairs Commission luncheon in Havelock.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Friday, July 18, 2014 at 04:44 PM.

Frank Bottorff saw a lot of familiar faces among the 50 government and business leaders that attended a luncheon Friday in Havelock for the North Carolina Military Affairs Commission.

Bottorff, the city manager for Havelock and former commander for Cherry Point, is also the NCMAC community coordinator for Cherry Point and FRC East.

Friday’s meeting was to hear input from the local leaders.

Most of them already knew that the Craven County base contributes $2.1 billion to the state’s economy annually and that it employed over 14,000 active duty military and civilian defense workers. They probably already knew that over 57,000 personnel, families and retirees are linked to Cherry Point across eastern North Carolina. The had also probably heard that Fleet Readiness Center East was North Carolina’s largest industrial employer east of I-95, employing 3,100 civilians and providing an annual payroll in excess of $266 million.

It’s what all the people that didn’t attend needed to know that concerned Bottorff.

“Next time, I want you all to bring an individual that hasn’t been involved,” Bottorff told the group at the Havelock Tourist and Events Center.

It’s a suggestion that went over well with Maj. Gen. Cornell A. Wilson Jr.(USMC-Ret), who is the military affairs advisor for North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory. Wilson was the highest ranking state official present at the meeting.

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