19 Air Maintenance Squadron (AMS) welcomed its newest member, Honorary Colonel John Marinus, at a Wednesday ceremony at 19 Wing Comox.
Marinus, a past five-term Comox councillor who was the 2009 Comox Valley Citizen of the Year, is well-known for his work in charitable and service groups such as the Rotary Club. He is a great fit at 19 AMS, which is involved in the United Way and You are Not Alone (YANA) program fundraising.
“HCol. Marinus is an outstanding, active volunteer, dedicated to service with the local fire department and the community at large,” said Major Chris Shapka, CO at 19 AMS. “I’d like to personally welcome HCol Marinus and his wife Lynne to the 19 AMS family.”
Although their roles are honorary and advisory, honorary colonels are integral members of the RCAF family, vital to fostering esprit de corps within their units. They may mentor the commanding officer and members of the unit, help build relationships with other units and the community, and aid in ensuring the maintenance of customs and traditions. Marinus will be a notable public face of 19 AMS wherever he goes in the community, whether in his new military uniform or in civilian attire.