South Walton's Mario Mardones selected as Honorary Commander

Published: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 05:28 PM.

Porterfield said a call was issued for nominations and submissions last fall and of the ones received, they reviewed packages based on likeminded career paths, availability, and limited knowledge of the military. Mardones fit the bill and was then paired with the field engineer squadron.

"This is an annual event and is to harness a relationship between the military and the community," said Porterfield.

"Mario is most deserving," said Children In Crisis President Ken Hair. "He's just the kind of person they are looking for. The program is for community promotion through actual community civic leaders so they can learn more about challenges the military faces."

Hair served 29 years and retired as command chief of air education. Mardones has been involved with CIC through its annual White Sands Classic Charity Golf Tournament and has helped raise more than $100,000 for the organization.

"It's a great honor for me to be selected, and it's good for Tommy Bahama as well," said Mardones. "I'll get to be involved with the base and have a connection there. I was never in the military, so I feel even more fortunate."

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