Chief of Staff

Lieutenant Colonel Lazaro "Laz" Garcia is the Chief of Staff, Florida Wing, Civil Air Patrol. As such, he serves as a member of the Florida Wing Staff assisting the Wing Commander with the execution of the Florida Wing missions. His main duties include managing and supporting all subordinate Directorates, maintain regular contact with all wing staff to identify areas of concern, and assist in the planning of wing-wide events.

Prior to his selection as Chief of Staff, Lieutenant Colonel Garcia served as Aide-de-Camp to the CAP National Commander from May 2006 to August 2018 and as a former Squadron Commander of FL 464 and FL 259. Lieutenant Colonel Garcia also served as Emergency Services Training Officer and Disaster Relief Officer of the Southeast Region, and Group 7 Director of Communications/Professional Development and Logistics.

Lieutenant Colonel Garcia is a graduate of the Pacific Region Staff College, TLC, UCC, SLS and CLC and has either led or assisted in teaching many CAP Senior Members in these classes. Cadet Programs oriented, he has attended several CP activates as either an instructor or as an assistant and has been an active part of the ES community for over 25 years as a member of the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) working in Disaster Management. Lieutenant Colonel Garcia holds a Master rating in Cadet Programs and Technical ratings in Aerospace, Communications, IT and Command.
Currently working on Bachelor of Science in Health Administration with a concentration in Emergency Management from the University of Phoenix
2016 - Unit Commanders Course
2015 - Training Leaders of Cadets
2015 - Region Staff College, Nellis AFB, Las Vegas, NV
2007 - Corporate Learning Course
2006 - Squadron Leadership School
1.  January 2008 - August 2017, Disaster Relief Officer, Southeast Region, Maxwell AFB, AL
2.  August 2013 - April 2014, Deputy Commander of Cadets, Tamiami Composite Sq., Tamiami, FL
3.  August 2014 - January 2017, Commander, Opa Locka Cadet Sq., Opa Locka, FL
4.  January 2018 - July 2018, Commander, Central Florida Composite Sq., Winter Park, FL
5.  July 2018 - Communications/Professional Development/Logistics Officer, Group 7 Georgia Wing
6.  August 2018 - Present, Chief of Staff, Florida Wing
(Note: Not all inclusive)
Meritorious Service Award
National Commander's Commendation Award with 1 bronze clasp
Garber Award
Cadet Programs, Master Level
Command, Technician Level
Communications, Technician Level
Information Technology, Technician Level
Aerospace Education, Technician Level

Lieutenant Colonel 2015
Major 2011
Captain 2008