Col Henry Irizarry to Step Down Early

CAP Col Henry Irizarry, Florida Wing Commander strikes a gangsta pose at Florida Wing ConferenceCAP Col Henry Irizarry, Florida Wing Commander strikes a gangsta pose at Florida Wing Conference

By Julie DeBardelaben | CAP National Headquarters News

[Editor’s Note: He is out in 3 years, but he should step out now. His command presence for another 6 months will continue to damage Florida Wing’s reputation and morale. He should be stripped of his rank and terminated for his cover up role in the McSparron Scandal. Col Jayson Altieri and Maj Gen Joe Vazquez did nothing for several years until AuxBeacon, News of the Force and Florida Wing members pressed it.]

Col Henry Irizarry announced today that he will relinquish command of Florida Wing in April 2017. Irizarry, who has held the position of Wing Commander for three years, was recently promoted to a Vice President’s position with his employer which in turn comes with increased responsibilities. [He is already listed as Vice President at his place of employment. Six more months is a way for Altieri and Vazquez to manage the public perception.]

“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as the Florida Wing Commander for the past three years,” said Irizarry. “The Wing is made up of talented and devoted members who support their state and nation with outstanding volunteer service each and every day. I look forward to continuing to work by their side.”

Irizarry became the Wing’s Commander in March 2014 after serving in leadership positions with Florida Wing Group 7 and the Tamiami Composite Squadron.

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4 Comments on "Col Henry Irizarry to Step Down Early"

  1. CAP reacts when their misdeeds either embarrasses or cost them money. We’ll see. With out tax dollars, their would be no CAP. Perhaps someone could expose these actions outside of CAP? Everyone has a boss…

  2. anonymous in fear of reprisal | November 27, 2016 at 01:06 | Reply

    It seems that the only people NHQ is fooling is themselves. It’s like the kid who denies any wrongdoing while his hand is still stuck in the cookie jar. Everyone knows the “leadership” at NHQ is corrupt. It’s the talk the senior members have outside at every squadron meeting. It’s the talk in the underground CAP media. It’s the talk in the back hallways in the Wing, Region and National Conferences. In addition to NHQ, there are cover-ups at Region and Wing levels that are so blatant it insults our intelligence to think otherwise.

    The members of Florida Wing for example have been shouting, begging, and pleading for someone at NHQ to fix the rampant corruption in that Wing’s leadership. Now we know why that never happened. Just before I transferred out of that Wing in utter disgust, a guy who ran a porn website that showed young (very young) adults in nude suicide poses, and whose wife also posed nude on the site admitted on the webpage that both her and her husband enjoy smoking pot. Who was his wife by the way? Get ready, she was the Wing DDR Officer! This freak show was appointed by the Wing Commander as the 2015 summer encampment Commander AFTER the Wing Commander was notified of his online website! His online activities were no secret to FLWG members, as I know at least THREE people who told me they filed Form 30’s on this member for the website between 2014 and 2015. I was even shown an email to the Wing Commander from a parent whose son attended his squadron for a short time, who emailed a list of complaints about this member to the Wing Commander. That email mentioned his porn site as well as his Facebook page that had cadets ‘friended’ where he advertised a “Nude Night” competition.

    In another case, a few months before the 2015 encampment, cadets were caught accessing his porn site on their smartphone at a FLWG activity to look at nude photos of his wife who was a staff member at the activity! Squadron Commanders who knew, or knew of this guy refused to send their cadets to the encampment and a flood of out-of-state encampment requests were sent in to FLWG. The Wing Commander (Henry Irizarry) got so many requests that when the question was brought up at a town hall meeting at the 2015 Wing Conference just before the encampment that “No one is taking MY cadets out of MY wing!”, and subsequently denied the majority (if not all) of the requests, forcing the cadets who needed an encampment for promotion to attend an encampment ran by a porn-addicted, pot smoking sick-o.

    Thank the Lord that member was finally 2B’ed, but only after the news of this guy’s online activity and pot smoking was leaked by a third-party media outlet and a package with graphic photos from the site and site quotes were sent to several congressional members the day before the CAP congressional meetings! Either NHQ or the Wing Commander 2B’ed him to save face, and claimed in an email to the FLWG members that action was taken “immediately upon discovering this problem”, but make no mistake, the evidence is there that NHQ (Jayson Altieri), SER (Al Bedgood) and the Florida Wing CC (Henry Irizarry) knew of this problem for at least nine months prior, but was concerned about “first amendment rights”.

    The FLWG CC (Henry Irizarry) claims he didn’t know about any of this prior to the Congressional day visit, but if that was the case (and it’s not) then he is is inadvertently admitting to covering up the Form 30’s; one of which I can confirm was submitted because I was shown the email sent to the Wing IG and copied the Wing CC. Either he buried the Form 30, or he knew about this walking cadet protection violation and still appointed him the Commander of a major cadet activity. You can’t have it both ways. Again, everyone knows this. It’s the talk behind his back. The only people they are fooling is themselves. It’s time to own up and admit there is a problem. It’s time to fire the leadership who’s names you keep hearing over and over again from those “pesky common-folk members”. It turns out they were right all along.

  3. Former CAP Member | November 18, 2016 at 19:12 | Reply

    This is a great response. The main problem I saw when I was in CAP was the constant ‘wanna be’ types that had no prior military that thought getting the rank of Major or Colonel entitled them to be special, and almost believing they are in the ‘real’ military. That is why most people think CAP is a joke.

    Unfortunately, these narcissistic types usually get into a Command position at the Squadron or Wing Level and make the program to Commander to only fit their own agenda. “Look at me” I can wear a Uniform and play pretend soldier that I am a military officer. Too many of these types were in CAP and I recently got out…and glad of it!…Too bad, because I do believe it could be a great program for young adults!

  4. What an idiot to pose for a photo like that and embarrass the CAP and the US Air Force in the middle of investigations of CAP members exposing underage cadets to graphic sexual images. Now we see that CAPers use their play positions to pad their resumes and career standing. As two parents, we thank you for exposing Irizarry’s abuse. Vaz and Altieri are too slow to act and seem oblivious to what more lies beneath.

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