Colonel Edgardo Torres, Puerto Rico Wing Commander, joined the Civil Air Patrol in August of 1980 as a cadet in the Aguadilla Cadet Squadron, until 1983 when he enlisted in the US Army. Upon his return from the Army in 1987, Col Torres re-joined Civil Air Patrol as a senior member and served as the Leadership Officer in the Aguadilla Cadet Squadron. He dedicated most of his time teaching drill and ceremonies, leadership, and customs and courtesies to countless cadets. Col Torres was heavily involved in training the unit drill team for competition. He became the commander of the Aguadilla Cadet Squadron in May of 1988. He served as commander of Group 9 from 2000 to 2009, and as Puerto Rico Wing Chief of Staff from 2012 to 2013. Col Edgardo Torres served as the Puerto Rico Wing Vice Commander from 26 February 2014 to 13 December 2018.
During his 30+ years in the Civil Air Patrol, Col Torres has held various positions such as Aerospace Education Officer, Recruiting and Retention Officer and Director of Communications among others. He has completed all five levels of the Civil Air Patrol professional development program and served as an instructor in numerous professional development courses at the wing and region level. Col Torres has also served as part of the South East Region communications staff and the South East Region Awards and Decorations Committee.
Colonel Edgardo Torres served as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division in Ft Bragg, NC from 1983 to 1987 and with the 141st Air Control Squadron, Puerto Rico Air National Guard from 1999 to 2018, deploying to Iraq twice in support of the war effort.
Col Torres earned an Associate in Applied Science in Criminal Justice and in Education and Training Management from the Community College of the Air Force, Maxwell AFB, AL.
His military awards and decorations include:
Air Force Commendation Medal 2 oak leaf cluster
Army Achievement Medal
Good Conduct Medal
Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal with 4 oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal
Iraq Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
AF Longevity Service with 1 oak leaf cluster
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with 2 M devices
USAF NCO PME Graduate Ribbon
Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
His CAP awards and decorations include:
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award
Exceptional Service Award
Meritorious Service Award
Commanders Commendation Award
National Commander’s Unit Citation Award
Unit Citation Award
Gill Rob Wilson
Charles Yeager Award