Col Henry Irizarry is the commander of the Florida Wing. He provides leadership and oversight for all Civil Air Patrol units and operations within the State of Florida. He assumed command of the wing in March 2014.
He is a native of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, who joined the Civil Air Patrol as a cadet serving from 1985 to 1991 with the Mayaguez Cadet Squadron, Puerto Rico Wing. As a cadet he achieved the rank of cadet Lieutenant Colonel and reached what today is referred to as the Ira Eaker Award. He participated in countless encampments, emergency services exercises and events to include the Southeast Region Search and Rescue Competition and culminated his cadet career by participating in the International Air Cadet Exchange to Sweden.
In 2004, he rejoined CAP after returning from serving overseas for over 10 years in Colombia, Switzerland, Haiti and Costa Rica.
Col Irizarry has served on the CAP National Headquarters Homeland Security Staff, and at the group and unit levels as a Commander, Deputy Commander, Professional Development Officer, and Aircraft Maintenance Officer. He has completed all five levels of the CAP senior member professional development program and is an active Incident Commander, mission pilot and CAP Cadet/Air Force ROTC orientation pilot with over 750 hours of flight time. Amongst his many contributions, Col Irizarry has co-authored the CAP Officer Basic Course, he has served as an instructor at the National Cadet Officer School and in 2013 participated as a senior escort with the International Air Cadet Exchange to Australia.
Col Irizarry holds master ratings in command and professional development, two senior ratings in cadet programs and flight operations and a technician rating in safety.
Col Irizarry served in the U.S. Marine Corps for five years and retired from the U.S Coast Guard as a Commissioned Officer with over 20 years of active military service. Upon retirement and before joining Metal Shark Aluminum Boats as the Director of International Sales and Support, Col Irizarry served in the federal civil service with the Department of the Army.
Col Irizarry holds a bachelor’s degree from Excelsior College and a Master of Arts degree from American Military University. He has also completed Graduate Executive Leadership programs at Harvard University and Cornell University.
Col Irizarry is married and has two children; both are CAP cadets.
Updated: March 15, 2014