Dateline: April 5, 2017, Southeast Region Headquarters
By: Joyce Nader, Lt Col, Director of Public Affairs, FLWG
Col. Barry Melton, Southeast Region Commander, announced on April 3, 2017, that Lt. Col. Luis Garcia was selected to take command of the Florida Wing, the largest wing in the Civil Air Patrol. Lt. Col. Garcia will assume these duties at the Change of Command Ceremony on April 29, 2017 at the annual Florida Wing Conference during the banquet.
An active member of CAP for 25 years, Garcia has served in assignments at most levels within the organization to include squadron, group, wing and national staff. He has admirably served Florida Wing in many capacities, including as the Standardization/Evaluation Officer, Director of Emergency Services, Director of Operations, and Chief of Staff. Most recently Lt. Col. Garcia served as the Florida Wing Vice Commander
Garcia is, also, an active CAP pilot and holds numerous ratings and qualifications that include Incident Commander, SAR/DR Mission Pilot, Mission Observer, Check Pilot and Mission Check Pilot, Cadet and AFROTC orientation pilot, and Liaison Officer. He is also a recipient of the Gill Rob Wilson Award.
Lt. Col. Garcia is currently an officer in the U.S. Army Reserves. His military awards and badges include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf clusters, Operation Iraqi Freedom Campaign Medal, Parachutist, and Combat Action Badge. His CAP awards and badges include the Meritorious Service Award, Commander’s Commendation Award, Lifesaving Award and Senior Pilot Rating.
In acknowledging his upcoming journey as the new Florida Wing Commander, Garcia expressed that he is “anxious and excited. I want to build on the path, the legacy forged by all the prior wing commanders who have admirably led Florida Wing over the past 75 years.”
In Col. Melton’s announcement, he also asked the members of the Florida Wing to join him in congratulating Col Henry Irizarry as he completes a successful tenure as the Florida Wing Commander.
This article was produced from the Southeast Region Online News system. Electronic distribution is made possible through syndicated services. For more information, contact the Chief Editor Lt Col Judy Steele at JSteele@sercap.us.