Florida Wing

Florida Wing ShieldFlorida Wing Headquarters is one of fifty-two wings in the Civil Air Patrol.  Each wing is geographically defined by state lines, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia.  The Florida Wing reports to the Southeast Region, one of six regions, as part of the command structure.  Subordinate units are divided into six groups throughout Florida, and further divided into squadrons and flights.  


The Florida Wing is commanded by Col Luis Garcia who holds the title of Wing Commander.  Under the direction of the Wing Commander, six Group Commanders manage and direct their members by overseeing the operations to meet community needs.  The six groups are divided amongst county lines.
Each group is further subdivided into squadrons and flights.  Members at the squadron level are the lifeblood of the organization providing the tactical roles to meet Civil Air Patrol's Congressionally mandated missions.

General Information

Lakeland Airport

Mailing Address:
Florida Wing CAP Headquarters 
4040 Crossfield Way, Suite 6
Lakeland, FL 33811
(For GPS use 4175 Medulla Road, Lakeland, FL 33811)

Phone Number: (863) 644-0172
Alternate Phone Number:  (863) 644-6307
Fax Number: (863) 644-0180

Amy Andrickson ( Wing Administrator) works Mon-Thurs.
Bill Rogerson ( Assistant Wing Administrator) works Mon, Tues and Fri.
Headquarters Organizational Chart


Area:  65,755 Square Miles
Coastline:  1,350 Miles
Geography:  From woodland environment with moderate hills in the north to Subtropical and marsh areas in the south.

Personnel and Resources
Personnel:                          3600+
Aircraft (Powered)                  22
Aircraft (Glider)                        1
Vehicles                                 33  
Units:                                     79

Media Contact

Capt Sybrian Castleman
FLWG Director of Public Affairs
(813) 503-1253

Wing Staff Contacts

As of: 5/24/2018
CommanderCol Luis
Vice CommanderLt Col Rafael
Chief of Staff Lt Col Lazaro
Command NCOCMSgt Scott
ChaplainCapt Frank Gough
Assistant ChaplainLt Col Dewey
Director of FinanceLt Col David
Assistant Director of FinanceVACANT
Government Relations AdvisorLt Col Edward H
Health Services OfficerCapt Catherine
Inspector GeneralMaj Sam
Asst Inspector GeneralMaj Robert Corriveau (ADY)
Legal OfficerLt Col Michael
Asst Legal OfficerVACANT
Director of SafetyLt Col Yvonne
Asst Director of SafetyVACANT
Asst Director of SafetyLt Col Obie S
[A1] DCS - Manpower & PersonnelLt Col Collin Andrew
Director of AdministrationCapt Austen M
Assistant Director of AdministrationLt Col Ralph
HistorianCapt Cynthia M
Assistant HistorianVACANT
Director of PersonnelMaj Joseph W
Assistant Director of PersonnelVACANT
Assistant Director of PersonnelVACANT
Director of Recruiting & Retention Capt Amon C.
Diversity Officer2nd Lt Gisela
Assistant Recruiting & Retention DirectorVACANT
Director of Operations A3Lt Col George
Deputy Director of OperationsLt Col Willard
Director of Current OperationsMaj Ben
Director of Operations Support1st Lt Todd
Director of Operations Support1st Lt Todd
Asst. Operations Support OfficerSM CJ
Plans & Program OfficerLt Col Eric
[A4] DCS - LogisticsCapt William Leszczynski
Supply OfficerLt Col James
[A5] DCS - ProgramsLt Col Adrian
Director of Professional DevelopmentVACANT
Asst Director of Professional DevelopmentLt Col Joyce
Assistant Director of Professional DevelopmentLt Col John
Director of Cadet ProgramsMaj Eduardo
Cadet Activities OfficerMaj Logan R
Cadet Programs OfficerLt Col Yvonne
Cadets Program Development Officer1st Lt Michael
Asst Director of Aerospace EducationLt Col Gary A
Director of Aerospace EducationLt Col Bonnie
Asst Director of Aerospace EducationCol Luis
Aerospace Education OfficerVACANT
[A6] DCS - Information & Communications Capt Jay
Director of CommunicationsCapt Jay
Asst Director of Communications VACANT
Director of Information Technologies Capt Paul
Assistant Director of Information TechnologiesVACANT
Director of Public Affairs Capt Sybrian
Asst Director of Public AffairsVACANT
Group 1 CCLt Col Eric
Group 2 CCMaj Deborah
Group 3 CC Lt Col Paul Rowen
Group 5 CCCapt Peter J
Group 6 CCMaj Stephen H
Group 7 CCLt Col Manuel


CAP's Missions

Following World War Two, the role of the Civil Air Patrol in servitude to its citizens needed redefining.  On May 26, 1948 the 80th Congress passed Public Law 80-557 permanently establishing the Civil Air Patrol as the auxiliary of the newly established U.S. Air Force.  

Aerospace Education

Aerospace EducationCAP's aerospace education efforts focus on two different audiences: volunteer CAP members and the general public.  The programs ensure that all CAP members (seniors and cadets) have an appreciation for and knowledge of aerospace issues.  To advance within the organization, members are required to participate in the educational program.  Aerospace educators at CAP's National Headquarters at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., provide current materials that reflect the highest standards of educational excellence.  Aerospace education is divided into two parts: internal and external.         
The internal aerospace education program has two parts as well: cadet and senior. Cadets complete aerospace education as one of the requirements to progress through the  achievement levels of the cadet program. Senior members have a responsibility to become knowledgeable of aerospace issues and the AE program that CAP provides. They are further encouraged to share the information obtained with their local communities and school systems.                                
CAP's external aerospace programs are conducted through our nation's educational system.  Each year, CAP sponsors many workshops in states across the nation, reaching hundreds of educators and thereby thousands of young people.  These workshops highlight basic aerospace knowledge and focus on advances in aerospace technology.  CAP's aerospace education members receive more than 20 free aerospace education classroom materials. 
To learn more about CAP's aerospace education programs, products, and other resources available to our members, go to  For information about joining as an aerospace education member (AEM) and to join online, go to  

Cadet Programs

Cadet ProgramsWhile there are many youth oriented programs in America today, CAP's cadet program is unique in that it uses aviation as a cornerstone.  Thousands of young people from 12 years through age 21 are introduced to aviation through CAP's cadet program.  The program allows young people to progress at their own pace through a 16-step program including aerospace education, leadership training, physical fitness and moral leadership.  Cadets compete for academic scholarships to further their studies in fields such as engineering, science, aircraft mechanics, aerospace medicine, meteorology, as well as many others. Those cadets who earn cadet officer status may enter the Air Force as an E3 (airman first class) rather than an E1 (airman basic). 
Whatever your interests-survival training, flight training, photography, astronomy-there's a place for you in CAP's cadet program.  Each year, cadets have the opportunity  to participate in special activities at the local, state, regional or national level.  Many cadets will have the opportunity to solo fly an airplane for the first time through a flight encampment or academy.  Others will enjoy traveling abroad through the International Air Cadet Exchange Program. Still others assist at major air shows throughout the nation.

Emergency Services

Emergency ServicesGrowing from its World War II experience, the Civil Air Patrol has continued to save lives and alleviate human suffering through a myriad of emergency-services and operational missions.

Search and Rescue                               
Perhaps best known for its search-and-rescue efforts, CAP flies more than 85 percent of all federal inland search-and-rescue missions directed by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fl. Outside the continental United States, CAP supports the Joint Rescue Coordination Centers in Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Just how effective are the CAP missions? Nearly 100 people are saved each year by CAP members.

Disaster Relief                                
Another important service CAP performs is disaster-relief operations. CAP provides air and ground transportation and an extensive communications network. Volunteer members fly disaster-relief officials to remote locations and provide manpower and leadership to local, state and national disaster-relief organizations. CAP has formal agreements with many government and humanitarian relief agencies including the American Red Cross, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Federal Aviation Administration, National Transportation Safety Board and the U.S. Coast Guard.

Humanitarian Services                            
CAP flies humanitarian missions, usually in support of the Red Cross-transporting time-sensitive medical materials including blood and human tissue, in situations where other means of transportation are not available.

Air Force Support                            
It's hardly surprising that CAP performs several missions in direct support of the U.S. Air Force. Specifically, CAP conducts light transport, communications support, and low-altitude route surveys. CAP also provides orientation flights for AFROTC cadets. Joint U.S. Air Force and CAP search-and-rescue exercises provide realistic training for missions. 

CAP joined the "war on drugs" in 1986 when, pursuant to congressional authorization, CAP signed an agreement with the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Customs Service offering CAP resources to help stem the flow of drugs into and within the United States.


Florida Wing (SER-FL-001) Headquarters Group 1 (SER-FL-434)
Headquarters Group 2 (SER-FL-025)
Headquarters Group 3 (SER-FL-032) Headquarters Group 5 (SER-FL-370)
Headquarters Group 6 (SER-FL-249)
Headquarters Group 7 (SER-FL-010)

Command Timeline

Florida Wing Commander Timeline

Media Contact


Additional contacts include the Southeast Region Headquarters who are also available to help the media.

Lt Col Andrew Oppmann, CAP
Director of Public Affairs
Southeast Region Headquarters

Emergency Contact
National Operations Center
(888) 211-1812


For Parents

Welcome, Parents!

This page is here for you to get information about Civil Air Patrol and about what your child is doing at the weekly meetings. If you don't see something that you want to see or know about, please use the "Contact Us" page to send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you!

What Civil Air Patrol Can Do For Your Child

The cadet program provides young adults between the ages of 12 and 21 a well rounded program of leadership, aerospace education, physical fitness, and moral and ethical decision making. Many former cadets have gone into the military, government jobs, or private sector employment where they can and do make a difference, and really excel. There are many military general officers that were once CAP cadets. Senators and congressman, CEOs and corporate executives, and others credit their success to CAP. Many of the cadets from Naples Cadet Squadron have improved in their self discipline, leadership abilities, their knowledge of aerospace, and their physical fitness since they joined Civil Air Patrol.

Costs Of Being A Member

Cadet Membership Fee (FLWG): $45 annually


Upon completing their first grade promotion, cadets receive a voucher towards their Blues uniform. Parents may have to fill in some uniform items which cannot be covered under the voucher.

Utility uniform (ABU/BDU): Parents are responsible for purchasing the ABU uniform for their cadet, although many squadrons have uniforms available. Please check with your squadron commander prior to purchasing utility uniforms. BDUs are on a five year phase out and will no longer be worn after 15 June 2021.

Activity fees for cadets vary upon the activity. Encampments are typically between $150 – 200, but cadets may apply for the National Cadet Encampment Assistance Program to help defray these costs.

Activity fees for squadron, group, and other wing level activities tend to be less. Most squadron and group activities range from $20 – $50, with some activities having no fee at all. Activity fees typically include food and lodging where applicable. 

What Goes On Each Week

Some parents might be wondering what Civil Air Patrol will be doing with their child. This is a general idea of what goes on each week.

  • Arrival- Cadets arrive and sign in.
  • Safety Briefing- A cadet safety officer or member of the cadet executive staff will give a safety briefing on a multitude of topics.
  • Meeting Opens- Cadet executive staff open meeting with Pledge of Allegiance and Cadet Oath.
  • Formation/Inspection- Cadets fall outside for a squadron formation and usually a uniform inspection. During the inspection cadets are graded on their overall appearance according to the Civil Air Patrol uniform manual.
  • Main Activity- Each week we have a main activity that ranges from physical training to knowledge testing to promoting in grade.
  • Secondary Activity- Another activity follows the main activity, which could be anywhere from a class on aerospace to an informal class on CAP history.
  • Drill and Ceremonies- Every week we do drill and ceremonies. This includes marching and doing stationary drill movements.
  • Announcements- Cadet and senior members give announcements such as encampment dates or the uniform for the next meeting.
  • Meeting Closes- Cadet executive staff closes meeting and cadets are dismissed.

Other Opportunities Within Civil Air Patrol

Cadet and senior members can participate in so many more activities than just weekly meetings. Cadets can attend activities throughout the year such as leadership encampments and high adventure activities. Here is a short list of some activities cadets can attend:

  • Encampments- CAP holds leadership encampments, which are kind of like basic training for CAP, every summer and winter. These events are held on a military base and consist of a week of intensive training in all things CAP. Cadets must attend an encampment to become a cadet officer.
  • National Blue Beret- This is one of CAP's National Cadet Special Activities. During this activity, cadets attend the nation's largest air show and conduct flight line marshaling, participate in flight line security, and conduct emergency services missions. It is two weeks long.
  • Cyberpatriot - CAP participates in the National Youth Cyber Education Program sponsored by the Air Force Association.  At the center of CyberPatriot in is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. The competition puts teams of high school and middle school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. In the rounds of competition, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and are tasked with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services in a six hour period.  Teams compete for the top placement within their state and region, and the top teams in the nation earn all-expenses paid trips to Baltimore, MD for the National Finals Competition where they can earn national recognition and scholarship money.​  This highly competitive and highly technological event is training a new generation to ensure America is prepared to defend its national security from the air, land, sea, space and cyberspace.
  • S.T.E.M.. - is a curriculum based on the idea of educating Cadets in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Cadets have an opportunity to build kits that include astronomy, flight simulator, model and remote control aircraft, robotics, rocketry, quad copter, hydraulic engineering, weather station,  and ready to fly quad copter.   
  • Honor Guard Academy- This is an activity entirely dedicated to drill and ceremonies. Cadets will learn all the ins and outs of a Civil Air Patrol Honor Guard, and upon graduation become a member of the Civil Air Patrol Honor Guard.