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 Henry Irizarry 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 eh squadron level are the lifeblood of the organization providing the tactical roles to meet Civil Air Patrol's Congressionally mandated missions.

General Information

Headquarters Organizational Chart

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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
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Wing Staff Contacts

As of: 5/17/2016
CommanderCol Henry
Vice CommanderLt Col Luis
Chief of StaffLt Col Sonia
Assistant Chief of StaffVacant
Senior NCO AdvisorSMSgt Scott
ChaplainLt Col Linda
Director of FinanceLt Col David
Asst Director of Finance 
Government Relations AdvisorLt Col Phillip
Health Services OfficerCapt Michael
Asst Health Services OfficerVacant
Inspector GeneralLt Col Joanne M
Asst Inspector GeneralCapt Robert Corriveau (ady)
Legal OfficerLt Col Michael
Asst Legal OfficerLt Col Norman D Kaplan (ady)
Director of SafetyCapt Charlene
Asst Director of SafetyLt Col Obie S
[A1] DCS - Manpower & PersonnelLt Col Ralph
Director of AdministrationMaj Melody
Assistant Administration OfficerVacant
HistorianCol Joseph
Assistant HistorianVacant
Director of PersonnelCapt Art
Assistant Personnel Officer Lt Col Ralph
Director of Recruiting & Retention Maj Michele-Juanita
Assistant Recruiting & Retention OfficerVacant
[A3] DCS - OperationsLt Col Luis
Interim Director of Flight OperationsLt Col George
Interim Director of Mission OperationsLt Col Willard F
Asst Director of Mission OperationsMaj William B
[A4] DCS - LogisticsLt Col James
Director of LogisticsLt Col James
[A5] DCS - ProgramsLt Col John
Director of Professional DevelopmentLt Col Walter E. "Scotty"
Asst Director of Professional Developmentvacant
Director of Cadet ProgramsCapt Iris
Director of Aerospace EducationMaj Gary
Asst Director of Aerospace Educationvacant
Aerospace Education Officer1st Lt Art
[A6] DCS - Information & CommunicationsCol Joseph J.
Director of CommunicationsLt Col Jim
Asst Director of CommunicationsLt Col Robert E
Director of ITMaj Marian
Asst Director of ITLt Col Jim J
Director of Public AffairsCapt Tyler
Asst Director of Public AffairsCapt Curtis "Wayne"
Asst Director of Public AffairsCapt Ernest F Lee (ady)
Group 1 CCMaj Rafael
Group 2 CCCapt Gary
Group 3 CCMaj Steve
Group 5 CCLt Col Milton R "Jim" KalettaJ_KALETTA@MSN.COM
Group 6 CCMaj Jaime
Group 7 CCLt Col Steve


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.

Maj Mike Carr , CAP
Director of Public Affairs
Southeast Region Headquarters

Emergency Contact
National Operations Center
(888) 211-1812