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Florida Wing Civil Air Patrol
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The Florida Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, the United States Air Force Auxiliary
Associated branches
United States Air Force
Executive staff
Commander Col Henry Irizarry
Vice Commander Lt Col Luis Garcia
Current statistics
Squadrons 84
Cadets 1,637
Seniors 1,936
Total Membership 3,573
Statistics as of 2014[1]

The Florida Wing of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is the highest echelon of Civil Air Patrol in the state of Florida. Florida Wing headquarters are located in Lakeland, Florida.[2] The Florida Wing consists of over 3,500 cadet and adult members at over 84 locations across the state of Florida.[3]


The Civil Air Patrol has three primary missions: aerospace education, cadet programs, and emergency services.[4]

Emergency services

The 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[5]

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.[6]

Cadet programs

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.[7]

Aerospace education

The 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.[8]


The Florida Wing is divided into six groups across the state, with each squadron being assigned as a component of a group based on its geographical location.[9]

A group of Florida Civil Air Patrol cadets visited the 920th Rescue Wing.

Members of the Civil Air Patrol MacDill Aviation Cadet Squadron sort through boxes of uniform donations they received at MacDill Air Force Base.

SSgt Khaalis shows cadets from the Clearwater Composite Squadron how the Charleston AFB Nondestructive Inspection shop uses x-rays to detect cracks, delaminations, voids, processing defects and heat damage on aircraft structures and parts.

Cody Powell, the 13-year-old son of Maj. Jeff Powell, the 919th Maintenance Operations Flight commander, helps a member of Eglin's Civil Air Patrol learn to fly a radio controlled aircraft.

Members of the Civil Air Patrol from the Clearwater Composite Squadron prepare for a flight out of MacDill AFB on a C-17 Globemaster III.

John Clark, Commander of Civil Air Patrol Group 6, presents Capt. Scott Morris, 93rd Fighter Squadron pilot, with a certificate of appreciation at Homestead Air Reserve Base.

The 279th Civil Air Patrol during a Young Eagles Flight event at Homestead General Aviation Airport.

Squadrons of the Florida Wing[9][10]
Group Designation Squadron Name Location Notes
FL000 Florida Wing Support Squadron Miami
FL999 Florida Legislative Squadron Bartow
Group 1 FL423 Elgin Composite Squadron Elgin Air Force Base
FL424 Emerald Coast Senior Squadron Pensacola
FL425 Pensacola Cadet Squadron Pensacola
FL432 Tallahassee Composite Squadron Tallahassee
FL435 Tyndall Panama Composite Squadron Panama
FL444 Marianna Composite Squadron Greenwood
FL460 Captain Collins H. Haines Composite Squadron Pace
Group 2 FL021 Lake Composite Squadron Tavares
FL049 Ormond Beach Composite Squadron Ormond Beach
FL116 Seminole Composite Squadron Lake Mary
FL122 Merritt Island Senior Squadron Merritt Island
FL123 South Brevard Cadet Squadron Melbourne
FL125 Space Coast Composite Squadron Leesburg
FL142 Gainesville Composite Squadron Gainesville
FL143 Eagle Aerospace Composite Squadron Longwood
FL169 Cecil Field Cadet Squadron Jacksonville
FL171 Fruit Cove Cadet Squadron Saint Augustine
FL173 Saint Augustine Composite Squadron St. Johns
FL242 Orlando Cadet Squadron Orlando
FL259 Central Florida Composite Squadron Orlando
FL267 Ti-Co Composite Squadron Titusville
FL293 Patrick Composite Squadron Patrick Air Force Base
FL323 Fernandina Composite Squadron Fernandina Beach
FL361 Marion County Composite Squadron Ocala
FL383 Jacksonville Composite Squadron Jacksonville
FL463 463rd Cadet Squadron Kissimmee
FL465 Olympia Cadet Squadron Orlando
FL826 North Marion Cadet Flight Ocala
Group 3 FL066 St. Petersburg Cadet Squadron Pinellas
FL084 Oakhurst Cadet Squadron St. Petersburg
FL089 89th MacDill Aviation Cadet Squadron Tampa
FL182 Pinellas Senior Squadron St. Petersburg
FL237 Gen Chuck Yeager Cadet Squadron Brandon
FL243 North Tampa-Lutz Cadet Squadron Tampa
FL274 Polk County Composite Squadron Winter Haven
FL301 Hernando County Composite Squadron Brooksville
FL310 Hillsborough One Senior Squadron Seffner
FL315 Citrus County Cadet Squadron Beverly Hills
FL438 Palm Harbor Cadet Squadron Clearwater
FL447 Clearwater Composite Squadron Palm Harbor
FL458 Wesley Chapel Cadet Squadron Wesley Chapel
FL459 Zephyr Airport Cadet Squadron Zephyrhills
FL466 South Lakeland Composite Squadron Lakeland
FL809 Barrington M.S. Cadet Squadron Lithia
Group 5 FL023 Naples Senior Squadron Naples
FL044 SQR Composite Squadron Sarasota
FL051 Charlotte County Composite Squadron Punta Gorda
FL314 Highlands County Composite Squadron Sebring
FL335 Venice Cadet Squadron Venice
FL373 Naples Cadet Squadron Naples
FL376 Marco Island Senior Squadron Marco Island
FL804 Student Leadership Academy Cadet Squadron Venice
FL806 Sarasota Military Academy Cadet Squadron Sarasota
FL816 Lee County Schools Cadet Squadron Cape Coral
Group 6 FL011 Cooper City Composite Squadron Cooper City
FL016 Coral Springs Cadet Squadron Coral Springs
FL024 Stuart Composite Squadron Port St. Lucie
FL054 Lantana Cadet Squadron Jupiter
FL078 Treasure Coast Composite Squadron Hialeah
FL152 North Palm Beach County Cadet Program West Palm Beach
FL286 Pines-Miramar Composite Squadron Boca Raton
FL337 Fort Lauderdale Composite Squadron Fort Lauderdale
FL372 Boca Raton Composite Squadron Boca Raton
FL453 Okeechobee Composite Squadron Okeechobee
FL811 Crystal Lake MS Cadet Squadron Pompano Beach
Group 7 FL076 Miami Senior Squadron 1 Hialeah
FL279 Homestead Air Reserve Base Composite Squadron Homestead
FL319 Miami Springs Optimist Cadet Squadron Miami Springs
FL355 Tamiami Composite Squadron Miami
FL462 Key West Cadet Squadron Key West
FL464 Opa-Locka Cadet Squadron Virginia Gardens

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