NAS Meridian, Miss. Three years ago, Captain Charles C. Moore took over command of NAS Meridian. Friday, there were heavy hearts at the change of command ceremony where Captain Moore was replaced by Captain Scott A. Bunnay. For Bunnay it was more like a homecoming than a change of command. Just 20 years ago this month, Bunnay received his wings of gold at NAS Meridian.
The incoming commanding officer says, "I think it's a great honor. I have fond memories of this place and flying here, and look forward to getting back in the cockpit and training future war fighters. It's something that most of us in the Navy aspire to it, but not all of us are fortunate to receive it. I'm going to do everything in my power to live up to the responsibility that has become a commanding officer.”
Moore has received his new orders which will take him to the University of Illinois.
Moore says, "I’m very pleased and privileged to receive orders to the University of Illinois where I’ll be the commanding officer of the Navy ROTC program, in charge of 50 to 60 midshipmen, and look out for their training on their way to junior officership."
Moore says it is a bittersweet feeling leaving Meridian behind.
"To be honest with you, it's a story with two sides," says Moore, "Obviously it is a big burden leaving behind all the relationships and the great hospitality we have enjoyed from not only the city of Meridian but Lauderdale and Kemper County. It has just been a great ride for me and my family and we have really enjoyed the relationships. But at the same time, as you can understand, we are excited about our new prospects in Illinois."