[Editor’s Note: Civil Air Patrol members will soon be learning more about Civil Air Patrol from the legacy observations of William R. Breeze.]
On April 12th 2019, the son of former Civil Air Patrol member William R. Breeze announced that his father had passed away on Wednesday April 10th 2019 at the age of 86. Breeze has been an important unnamed source to AuxBeacon on corruption in Southeast Region Civil Air Patrol and Florida Wing.
Bill Breeze was born in 1933 and entered Civil Air Patrol in January 1946 when he joined the Tampa Cadet Squadron. He worked to organize St. Petersburg Cadet Squadron in August of that year. He served with the United States Air Force from 1951-1952 and maintained his Civil Air Patrol membership during that time.
After leaving the Air Force, he organized Gainesville Cadet Squadron and served as its commander from 1953 to 1960. In July 1962, he organized Keystone Cadet Squadron and served 6 months as its first commander. In June 1963, Bill Breeze assumed command of Group 12 and became Florida Wing Director of Public Information in May 1967 and soon rose to Wing Director of Cadet Programs in March 1968.
In the early 1970s, Lt Col William Breeze was promoted to Southeast Region Staff serving in roles for Public Information and Cadet Programs. In June 1974, he commanded the first SER Encampment.
Lt Col Breeze retired from Civil Air Patrol in January 1992, but rejoined Gainesville Composite Squadron in 200 and started Keystone Heights Composite Flight in May 2002.
In September 2005, he was CAPF 2B terminated from Civil Air Patrol by authority of National Commander Antonio J. Pineda, who would later was removed from office for misconduct & stripped of rank in October 2007.