Lt Col Luis Garcia is the Florida Wing chief of staff. The chief of staff is the commander’s principal assistant for directing, coordinating, supervising, and training the staff, except in areas the commander reserves. Staff members inform the chief of staff of any recommendations or information they pass directly to the commander, and of instructions they receive directly from the commander.
He has been active in Civil Air Patrol for 20 years in operations and emergency services. Among his previous assignments are stints as deputy commander of a cadet squadron, at group level as cadet programs officer and transportation officer, and at wing level as the Standardardization/Evaluation Officer, Director of Emergency Services and Director of Operations. Garcia has completed Level IV in professional development. He is currently serving as an officer in the US Army Reserve.
Garcia is an active CAP pilot and involved in emergency services. He holds ratings as an Incident Commander, SAR/DR Mission Pilot, Mission Observer, Check Pilot and Mission Check Pilot, Cadet and AFROTC orientation pilot, and liaison officer.
Lt Col Garcia’s military awards and badges include, but not limited to, 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, Commander’s Commendation Award, Lifesaving Award and Senior Pilot.
Updated: Last Updated: March 2014