Florida Wing Civil Air Patrol
The Florida Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, the United States Air Force Auxiliary
|United States Air Force|
|Commander||Col Luis Garcia|
|Vice Commander||Lt Col Rafael Salort|
|Chief of Staff||Maj Samuel Chiodo|
|Command NCO||SMSgt Scott Jung|
|Awards||Unit Citation, National Commander Unit Citation|
|Statistics as of 20 June 2018|
Florida Wing of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is part of Southeast Region (SER) and the highest echelon of Civil Air Patrol in the state of Florida. Florida Wing headquarters is located at Lakeland Linder International Airport in Lakeland, Florida. Florida Wing consists of over 3,300 cadet and adult members at over 70 locations across the state of Florida. Col Luis Garcia assumed command from Col Henry Irizarry on April 29, 2017 at the Florida Wing Conference in Orlando, Florida.
Florida Wing, Civil Air Patrol will continue to build the exemplary organization of citizen volunteers performing missions for the communities of Florida... Train for Response, Succeed in our Response, Excel in our Service.
To actively and professionally support CAP’s missions, our country and state by providing a capable and trained volunteer force and motivating our membership to be strong leaders and better citizens.
- Strengthen our organization through positive and professional interaction.
- Maximize Florida Wing, Civil Air Patrol support to our local, state, federal, and tribal partners, communities, and members.
- Sustain a capable, responsive, and accountable organization.
Civil Air Patrol has three primary missions: aerospace education, cadet programs, and emergency services.
Civil Air Patrol is responsible for providing emergency services including air and ground search and rescue, disaster relief, counter-drug operations, and homeland security missions. CAP aircraft fly non-combat homeland security missions, including observing critical infrastructure, providing an airborne communications relay, and the airlifting of important cargo. CAP units provide impact assessment, light transport, communications support and low-level route surveys for the Air Force
Following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Florida Wing CAP members flew aerial missions, performed ground missions, and oversaw the distribution of more than 30,000 pounds of relief supplies. After Hurricane Wilma struck Florida, pilots from the Florida Wing flew 63 air missions over 147 hours and carried out 21 ground mission over 902 man-hours, with more than 160 Florida members participating in emergency response activities.
Cadets aged 12–20 attend weekly meetings, participate in a weekend activity once per month, and have opportunities to participate in national cadet events each summer. Cadets have access to cadet orientation flights provided by senior members. Cadet members also assist in providing humanitarian aid following natural disasters.
CAP supports aerospace education workshops, hosts the National Congress on Aviation and Space Education, an annual national convention for aerospace teachers, and creates teaching materials which can be used as a part of a school curriculum.
Florida Wing is divided into six groups across the state, with each squadron or flight being assigned to a group based on its geographical location.
|Group||Charter No.||Unit Name||Location||Notes|
|SER-FL-000||Florida Wing Support Squadron||Miami|
|SER-FL-999||Florida Legislative Squadron||Bartow|
|Group 1||SER-FL-423||Eglin Composite Squadron||Eglin Air Force Base|
|SER-FL-424||Emerald Coast Senior Squadron||Pensacola|
|SER-FL-425||Pensacola Cadet Squadron||Pensacola|
|SER-FL-432||Tallahassee Composite Squadron||Tallahassee|
|SER-FL-435||Tyndall Panama Composite Squadron||Panama|
|SER-FL-444||Marianna Composite Squadron||Greenwood|
|SER-FL-460||Captain Collins H. Haines Composite Squadron||Pace|
|Group 2||SER-FL-021||Lake Composite Squadron||Tavares|
|SER-FL-049||Ormond Beach Composite Squadron||Ormond Beach|
|SER-FL-116||Seminole Composite Squadron||Lake Mary|
|SER-FL-122||Merritt Island Senior Squadron||Merritt Island|
|SER-FL-123||South Brevard Cadet Squadron||Melbourne|
|SER-FL-125||Space Coast Composite Squadron||Leesburg|
|SER-FL-142||Gainesville Composite Squadron||Gainesville|
|SER-FL-143||Eagle Aerospace Composite Squadron||Longwood|
|SER-FL-169||Cecil Field Cadet Squadron||Jacksonville|
|SER-FL-171||Fruit Cove Cadet Squadron||Saint Augustine|
|SER-FL-173||Saint Augustine Composite Squadron||St. Johns|
|SER-FL-242||Orlando Cadet Squadron||Orlando|
|SER-FL-259||Central Florida Composite Squadron||Orlando|
|SER-FL-267||Ti-Co Composite Squadron||Titusville|
|SER-FL-293||Patrick Composite Squadron||Patrick Air Force Base|
|SER-FL-323||Fernandina Composite Squadron||Fernandina Beach|
|SER-FL-361||Marion County Composite Squadron||Ocala|
|SER-FL-383||Jacksonville Composite Squadron||Jacksonville|
|SER-FL-457||Indian River Composite Squadron||Vero Beach|
|SER-FL-463||463rd Cadet Squadron||Kissimmee|
|SER-FL-465||Olympia Cadet Squadron||Orlando|
|SER-FL-826||North Marion Cadet Flight||Ocala|
|Group 3||SER-FL-066||St. Petersburg Cadet Squadron||Pinellas|
|SER-FL-084||Oakhurst Cadet Squadron||St. Petersburg|
|SER-FL-089||89th MacDill Aviation Cadet Squadron||MacDill Air Force Base|
|SER-FL-182||Pinellas Senior Squadron||St. Petersburg|
|SER-FL-237||Gen Chuck Yeager Cadet Squadron||Brandon|
|SER-FL-243||North Tampa-Lutz Cadet Squadron||Tampa|
|SER-FL-274||Polk County Composite Squadron||Winter Haven|
|SER-FL-301||Hernando County Composite Squadron||Brooksville|
|SER-FL-310||Hillsborough One Senior Squadron||Seffner|
|SER-FL-315||Citrus County Cadet Squadron||Beverly Hills|
|SER-FL-438||Palm Harbor Cadet Squadron||Clearwater|
|SER-FL-447||Clearwater Composite Squadron||Palm Harbor|
|SER-FL-458||Wesley Chapel Cadet Squadron||Wesley Chapel|
|SER-FL-459||Zephyr Airport Cadet Squadron||Zephyrhills|
|SER-FL-466||South Lakeland Composite Squadron||Lakeland Linder International Airport|
|SER-FL-809||Barrington M.S. Cadet Squadron||Lithia|
|Group 5||SER-FL-023||Naples Senior Squadron||Naples|
|SER-FL-044||SQR Composite Squadron||Sarasota|
|SER-FL-051||Charlotte County Composite Squadron||Punta Gorda|
|SER-FL-314||Highlands County Composite Squadron||Sebring|
|SER-FL-335||Venice Cadet Squadron||Venice|
|SER-FL-373||Naples Cadet Squadron||Naples|
|SER-FL-376||Marco Island Senior Squadron||Marco Island|
|SER-FL-804||Student Leadership Academy Cadet Squadron||Venice|
|SER-FL-806||Sarasota Military Academy Cadet Squadron||Sarasota|
|SER-FL-816||Lee County Schools Cadet Squadron||Cape Coral|
|Group 6||SER-FL-011||Cooper City Composite Squadron||Cooper City|
|SER-FL-016||Coral Springs Cadet Squadron||Coral Springs|
|SER-FL-024||Stuart Composite Squadron||Port St. Lucie|
|SER-FL-054||Lantana Cadet Squadron||Jupiter|
|SER-FL-078||Treasure Coast Composite Squadron||Hialeah|
|SER-FL-152||North Palm Beach County Cadet Program||West Palm Beach|
|SER-FL-286||Pines-Miramar Composite Squadron||Pembroke Pines|
|SER-FL-337||Fort Lauderdale Composite Squadron||Fort Lauderdale|
|SER-FL-372||Boca Raton Composite Squadron||Boca Raton|
|SER-FL-453||Okeechobee Composite Squadron||Okeechobee|
|SER-FL-811||Crystal Lake MS Cadet Squadron||Pompano Beach|
|Group 7||SER-FL-076||Miami Senior Squadron 1||Opa Locka|
|SER-FL-090||Miami Enterprise Cadet Squadron||Miami|
|SER-FL-101||Miami Beach Cadet Squadron||Miami|
|SER-FL-279||Homestead Air Reserve Base Composite Squadron||Homestead Air Reserve Base|
|SER-FL-319||Miami Springs Optimist Cadet Squadron||Miami Springs|
|SER-FL-355||Tamiami Composite Squadron||Miami|
|SER-FL-462||Key West Composite Squadron||Cudjoe Key|
|SER-FL-464||Opa-Locka Cadet Squadron||Virginia Gardens|
Members of Civil Air Patrol who are employed within the boundaries of Florida, by a company which employs fifteen or more people, are guaranteed by law up to fifteen days per year of leave for Civil Air Patrol responsibilities. Employers are forbidden from requiring Civil Air Patrol members to use vacation, annual, compensatory, or similar leave time for the period during which the member was on Civil Air Patrol leave. Employers are also forbidden from penalizing or firing employees for taking Civil Air Patrol leave. These employee rights are codified under Florida Statutes § 252.55.
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