Lt Col Luis Garcia Selected As New Florida Wing Commander
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
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Lt Col Luis Garcia, incoming Florida Wing Commander

By Lt Col Joyce Nader, Florida Wing
Southeast Region Headquarters--

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, Commanderís Commendation Award, Lifesaving Award and Senior Pilot Rating.


In acknowledging his upcoming journey as the new Florida Wing Commander, Garcia expressed that he is ďanxious 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.Ē


In Col. Meltonís 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.


Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Forceís Total Force, which consists of regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees. CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 78 lives annually. Civil Air Patrolís 56,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its members additionally play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. Performing missions for America for the past 75 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit for more information.
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