Florida Wing -
Florida Wing Change of Command scheduled for 2017
Col. Henry Irizarry announced today that he will relinquish
command of Florida Wing in April 2017.
Irizarry, who has held the position of wing commander for three years, was
recently promoted to a vice president’s position with his employer which in
turn comes with increased responsibilities.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as the
Florida Wing commander for the past three years,” said Irizarry. “The wing is
made up of talented and devoted members who support their state and nation with
outstanding volunteer service each and every day. I look forward to continuing to work by their
Irizarry became the wing’s commander in March 2014 after
serving in leadership positions with Florida Wing Group 7 and the Tamiami
Composite Squadron. He joined Civil Air Patrol as a cadet in April 1988.
Under his leadership, the wing achieved a “highly
successful” rating in the compliance inspection and an “outstanding rating” on
its most recent biannual operational evaluation by the U.S. Air Force. In addition, a Florida Emergency Services
Academy was established and a record-sized wing summer encampment was hosted in
Last month, the wing’s response to Hurricane Matthew
generated more than 18,000 aerial damage assessment photos for federal and
state emergency agencies.
“Civil Air Patrol salutes Col. Irizarry for his service as
wing commander of the Florida Wing and on behalf of all members in the
Southeast Region, we wish him well in his career endeavors,” said Col. Barry
Melton, Southeast Region commander.