Vice Commander – South
Maj Sixto Velez
Major Sixto Velez joined the Parkersburg Civil Air Patrol Composite Squadron in 2006, and in 2008 he started serving as the squadron’s Deputy Commander. Then from 2011 to 2013 her served as the squadron’s Commander. In 2009 he decided to focus his energy towards the Cadet Program and started assisting with the Wing’s Encampment. He has been a staff member at every West Virginia Wing Encampment since 2009 and in 2014 became the Encampment Commander. He has continued to execute this duty with an unwavering enthusiasm.
Major Velez operational qualifications include Ground Branch Director, Mission Pilot, Mission Observer, Mission Scanner, Ground Team Leader, Counter Drug, and several others. He is also an instructor in most of his ratings. He holds Specialty Tracks in Information Technology, Cadet Programs, Inspector General, Command, Professional Development, Communication, & Character Development. He is also am member of CAP’s Chaplain Corps as a Character Development Instructor.
Major Velez is the recipient of a multitude of achievement and service awards including the 2017 West Virginia Wing Senior Member of the Year award and Civil Air Patrol Meritorious Service Award.
Major Velez served as an enlisted service member in the Marines, both on active duty and as a reservist from 1989 to 1997. During his service in the Marines he was an F/A 18 Avionics Technician and a Combat Engineer. He is the recipient of the Navel Unit Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Medal, Southwest Asian Defense Medal with star, and the Kuwait Liberation Medal. Major Velez is a Supervisory Human Resources Specialist for the Department of the Treasury / Bureau of the Fiscal Service in Parkersburg West Virginia. He resides in Parkersburg West Virginia with his wife Heather.