Southeast Region
Southeast Region Shield
Southeast Region Shield
Southeast Region Headquarters is one of eight geographically divided regions in the Civil Air Patrol. The Southeast Region reports directly to National Headquarters Civil Air Patrol as part of the command structure.  The geographic command jurisdiction encompasses the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee as well as the territories of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  The Southeast Region is a corporate level tier of the Civil Air Patrol and is chartered at the direction of the Civil Air Patrol.


The Southeast Region is commanded under the direction of Col Barry Melton who holds the title of Region Commander. Under the direction of the Region Commander, six Wing Commanders manage and direct their members by laying out strategic objectives to meet community needs.  The six wings are divided geographically from the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee and the territory of Puerto Rico (which includes the U.S. Virgin Islands).  
Each wing is further subdivided into groups and then squadrons.  Members at the squadron level are the life blood of the organization providing the tactical roles to meet Civil Air Patrol's Congressionally mandated missions. 

General Information


Area: 266,822 Square Miles
Coastline: 12,185 Miles
Geography:  Widely mixed from tropical to woodland and from flat plains to mountainous regions.

Personnel and Resources
Personnel:  10,000+/-
Ground Assets:

Media Contact

Lt Col Andrew Oppmann, CAP
Director of Public Affairs
Southeast Region Headquarters

Lt Col Judy Steele, CAP
Deputy Director of Public Affairs
Southeast Region Headquarters 
Emergency Contact
National Operations Center
(888) 211-1812

CAP's Missions
Following World War Two, the role of the Civil Air Patrol in servitude to its citizens needed redefining.  On May 26, 1948 the 80th Congress passed Public Law 80-557 permanently establishing the Civil Air Patrol as the auxiliary of the newly established U.S. Air Force.  

Aerospace Education

Aerospace EducationCAP's aerospace education efforts focus on two different audiences: volunteer CAP members and the general public.  The programs ensure that all CAP members (seniors and cadets) have an appreciation for and knowledge of aerospace issues.  To advance within the organization, members are required to participate in the educational program.  Aerospace educators at CAP's National Headquarters at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., provide current materials that reflect the highest standards of educational excellence.  Aerospace education is divided into two parts: internal and external.         
The internal aerospace education program has two parts as well: cadet and senior. Cadets complete aerospace education as one of the requirements to progress through the  achievement levels of the cadet program. Senior members have a responsibility to become knowledgeable of aerospace issues and the AE program that CAP provides. They are further encouraged to share the information obtained with their local communities and school systems.                                
CAP's external aerospace programs are conducted through our nation's educational system.  Each year, CAP sponsors many workshops in states across the nation, reaching hundreds of educators and thereby thousands of young people.  These workshops highlight basic aerospace knowledge and focus on advances in aerospace technology.  CAP's aerospace education members receive more than 20 free aerospace education classroom materials. 
To learn more about CAP's aerospace education programs, products, and other resources available to our members, go to  For information about joining as an aerospace education member (AEM) and to join online, go to  

Cadet Programs

Cadet ProgramWhile there are many youth oriented programs in America today, CAP's cadet program is unique in that it uses aviation as a cornerstone.  Thousands of young people from 12 years through age 21 are introduced to aviation through CAP's cadet program.  The program allows young people to progress at their own pace through a 16-step program including aerospace education, leadership training, physical fitness and moral leadership.  Cadets compete for academic scholarships to further their studies in fields such as engineering, science, aircraft mechanics, aerospace medicine, meteorology, as well as many others. Those cadets who earn cadet officer status may enter the Air Force as an E3 (airman first class) rather than an E1 (airman basic). 
Whatever your interests-survival training, flight training, photography, astronomy-there's a place for you in CAP's cadet program.  Each year, cadets have the opportunity  to participate in special activities at the local, state, regional or national level.  Many cadets will have the opportunity to solo fly an airplane for the first time through a flight encampment or academy.  Others will enjoy traveling abroad through the International Air Cadet Exchange Program. Still others assist at major air shows throughout the nation.

Emergency Services

Emergency Services ProgramGrowing from its World War II experience, the Civil Air Patrol has continued to save lives and alleviate human suffering through a myriad of emergency-services and operational missions.

Search and Rescue                               
Perhaps best known for its search-and-rescue efforts, CAP flies more than 85 percent of all federal inland search-and-rescue missions directed by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fl. Outside the continental United States, CAP supports the Joint Rescue Coordination Centers in Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Just how effective are the CAP missions? Nearly 100 people are saved each year by CAP members.

Disaster Relief                                
Another important service CAP performs is disaster-relief operations. CAP provides air and ground transportation and an extensive communications network. Volunteer members fly disaster-relief officials to remote locations and provide manpower and leadership to local, state and national disaster-relief organizations. CAP has formal agreements with many government and humanitarian relief agencies including the American Red Cross, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Federal Aviation Administration, National Transportation Safety Board and the U.S. Coast Guard.

Humanitarian Services                            
CAP flies humanitarian missions, usually in support of the Red Cross-transporting time-sensitive medical materials including blood and human tissue, in situations where other means of transportation are not available.

Air Force Support                            
It's hardly surprising that CAP performs several missions in direct support of the U.S. Air Force. Specifically, CAP conducts light transport, communications support, and low-altitude route surveys. CAP also provides orientation flights for AFROTC cadets. Joint U.S. Air Force and CAP search-and-rescue exercises provide realistic training for missions. 

CAP joined the "war on drugs" in 1986 when, pursuant to congressional authorization, CAP signed an agreement with the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Customs Service offering CAP resources to help stem the flow of drugs into and within the United States.

Alabama Wing

Alabama Wing Headquarters (SER-AL-001) 

  • Alabama Wing Support Squadron (SER-AL-000)
  • State Legislative Squadron (SER-AL-999)

Headquarters Group 1 (SER-AL-100)

Florida Wing 

Headquarters Group 1 (SER-FL-434)
Headquarters Group 2 (SER-FL-025)
Headquarters Group 3 (SER-FL-032)
Headquarters Group 5 (SER-FL-370)
Headquarters Group 6 (SER-FL-249)
Headquarters Group 7 (SER-FL-010)
Georgia Wing
  • Georgia Wing Support Squadron (SER-GA-000)
  • State Legislative Squadron (SER-GA-999)
Group 1 (SER-GA-118)
Group 2 (SER-GA-119)
Group 3 (SER-GA-121)
Group 5 (SER-GA-123)
Group 6 (SER-GA-124)

Mississippi Wing

Puerto Rico Wing

 Puerto Rico Wing Headquarters (SER-PR-001)

Tennessee Wing

  • Tennessee Wing Support Squadron (SER-TN-000)
  • State Legislative Squadron (SER-TN-999)
Region Shield

Heraldry of Region Shield

 Southeast Region Shield









Evolution and Brief History of Region Symbology

The onset of Civil Air Patrol regions began with a simple rocker to identify region headquartered staff.  The rocker was placed on the sleeve of the uniform in the same manner as a wing patch.   The first rocker was outlined in silver/gray with the silver/gray letters "SOUTHEAST REGION" on a dark blue field.  In following years, the rocker was changed to conform to the color scheme of uniform epaulets.
Southeast Region Rocker 1 Southeast Region Rocker 2 Southeast Region Rocker 3

In 2006 during the annual region conference, the Southeast Region Commander, Col Antonio Pineda wanted to symbolize the Southeast Region with a seal that follow the lead of the national seal. With direct input on the symbology, the region's first seal was created.

Southeast Region SealThe inner seal is gray representing the national Civil Air Patrol identity.  The hexagon (a symbol that remains with many Southeast Region emblems) represents each of the six wings within the Southeast Region and is colored dark blue. The red states and Puerto Rico represents the geographical areas of the Southeast Region.  The white contrail with arrowhead represents the aviation missions of the Civil Air Patrol.  The yellow lightning bolt represents the strength through unity and communication between the wings.

Southeast Region Shield - 1st GenerationIn 2007, Col Matthew R. Sharkey was appointed as the region commander.  With the this change of command came a change in vision and direction for the Southeast Region.  This included updating the seal to a more appropriate shield.  
He requested the overall elements remain.  The primary change was the geographically placement of Puerto Rico to better represent its relation to the other wings.  Overall symbology remained the same.

Southeast Region ShieldOn 1 December 2015, Col Barry Melton instituted a new design for the Southeast Region shield.  This design was created by the outgoing region commander Col Alvin Bedgood during his tenure.  
It's a clear representation of the pride the members of the Southeast Region hold in their fulfillment of Civil Air Patrol's missions.