Command NCO - SMSgt Marco E. A. Soave
SMSgt Marco E. A. Soave is the Command NCO for Civil Air Patrol’s Virginia Wing. In this role, he provides leadership and mentorship to the wing’s 1,700 adult and teen members.
SMSgt Soave joined Tri-County Composite Squadron (19059) as a cadet in March of 1976. While a cadet, he served in numerous squadron leadership positions to include first sergeant and cadet commander. Additionally, he served as “honor” flight commander, Massachusetts Wing Leadership School, cadet deputy commander at the 1980 Wing Summer Encampment, and was one of two cadets permanently assigned to the Massachusetts Wing Ranger Section. He attained the grade of cadet lieutenant colonel and was qualified as a field team member. He earned his observer rating on 4 April 1980.
In April 1981, SMSgt Soave began his military career. After serving with HHC, 187th Infantry Brigade and Co. B, 110 Armor Division, he transferred to the United States Navy in 1983 and began serving as a naval aircrewman aboard P-3C Orion aircraft as an Anti-Submarine Warfare Operator (AW). In 1990 while serving in VX-1, he was medically disqualified from flight status and cross-rated to Navy Counselor (NC).
His tours include Patrol (VP-23), Test and Evaluation (VX-1) and Fleet Logistics (VR-24) aviation units. He served in USS ARKANSAS (CGN-41) and USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71). Additionally, he served with Second Marine Division, and Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133. He served on the staff of Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command and his final assignment was on the staff of the Navy Surgeon General. He completed his nearly 28 years of service and retired as a Senior Chief on February 28th, 2009.
SMSgt joined Virginia Wing in September 2002. He completed all five levels of the senior member professional development program earning the Gill Robb Wilson Award (#2494). He was promoted to Lt Colonel in July 2011. He has served as commander of Burke and Minuteman Composite squadrons, director of the Middle East Region Cadet Leadership School, on the Middle East Region staff as administrative officer, personnel officer, and cadet program development officer. In his final assignment as a CAP officer, he served as the wing director of professional development. In March 2018, SMSgt Soave assumed the duties as the Virginia Wing’s first command NCO.
He holds a master rating in cadet programs, professional development, recruiting and retention, administration and personnel. Additionally, he holds a senior rating in plans and programs and a technician rating in logistics.
SMSgt Soave is designated as Naval Aircrewman, Fleet Marine Force, and Aviation Warfare Specialist. His awards include: Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4), Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2), Navy Good Conduct Medal (7), SW Asia Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals, Armed Forces Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (8), Exceptional Service Award, Meritorious Service Award, Commanders Commendation (5), Achievement Award and numerous other unit, campaign, and service awards.