Wing Commander to Relinquish Command in April of 2017
Thursday, November 3, 2016

By Julie DeBardelaben, Deputy Director, Public Affairs, C.A.P. National Headquarters,

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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 side.”

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 2016.

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.

Colonel Henry Irizarry, Florida Wing Commander, C.A.P.
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Photo Caption:  Colonel Henry Irizarry, Florida Wing Commander, C.A.P.

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.

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