Mockingbird 4 Closes Station

  Last evening friends and family of Lt Col Robert E. 'Bob' Kilroy gathered at the Biloxi Yacht Club to honor Lt Col Kilroy on the last day of his service to the Civil Air Patrol. For over fifty-two years Mockingbird 4 has been serving the Mississippi Wing, the National Civil Air Patrol, the United States Air Force and his nation as a Communicator par exelon.

  Lt Colonel Kilroy and his guests were greeted by the Commodore of the Biloxi Yacht Club Mrs. Liz Joachim. She thanked Bob and all those attending for their service to our country and she invited everyone to return as her guest. She spoke of her own son's knowledge of CAP (a retired USAF Lt Col) and the great things that we do in search and rescue.

  Lt Colonel Kilroy was presented with a plaque on behalf of the MSWG that reads as follows...

Kilroy Plaque.jpg  "This testimonial is presented to Lieutenant Colonel Robert E. 'Bob' Kilroy on the   date of his retirement. Please accept it with our sincerest appreciation for your fifty-two years of dedicated service to the Mississippi Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, the United States Air Force and the National Civil Air Patrol. May all of your traffic be static free, propagation favorable, transmissions beyond the line of sight and always Lima Charlie"

  Colonel David A. 'Hank' Rogers also read a proclamation...

  "To All Whom These Shall Come Greetings: Be it resolved that the Command Staff, Senior officers, Cadets and membership of the MSWG Civil Air Patrol SER-MS-001, do hereby proclaim, recognize and establish that the 31st of January shall forever be known as Lieutenant Colonel Robert E. 'Bob' Kilroy day. It is further resolved that the Mississippi Wing Communicator of the Year shall be known as the Lieutenant Colonel Robert E. ‘Bob' Kilroy Communicator of the Year Award. Witness my hand this 31 January anno domini 2018.  Col David A. 'Hank' Rogers, CAP, Commander Mississippi Wing.

   Friends and CAP members alike shared their memories and stories of Bob's life achievements and more lighter moments. All lauded his achievements as a Master Communicator in the Civil Air Patrol and the United States Air Force. Everyone had a story to share and a lesson learned as a result of their friendship with our man of the hour.

  Colonel John Wilkes, past Mississippi Wing Commander spoke highly of how Bob's "Comm packages" were used in the aftermath of Hurricane Charlie, providing the only CAP communications available to the Florida Wing and other agencies, as they worked from their FOB at Punta Gorda, FL.

   As a Communicator Lt Colonel Kilroy was always busy passing traffic, sharing Operational information with Air and Ground assets, teaching young and old alike as he went about his job...seldom pausing to take a breath. But in keeping with his humble demeanor, Bob was a bit short on words last evening. 

  So to Mockingbird 4 we all wish him the best and I for one will miss his voice on the radio. Mockingbird 4 has closed station for the last time.