Col Barry Melton

Colonel Barry Melton is commander, Headquarters Southeast Region, one of the eight geographic regions of the Civil Air Patrol. As Region Commander he is the senior officer responsible for the successful execution of CAP national strategy, policies, missions and objectives within the Southeast Region. He also serves on the CAP Senior Advisory Group and the CAP Command Council. Through his leadership he enables over eight thousand volunteer professionals in six wings to successfully serve the nation and the citizens of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Colonel Melton is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tenn., where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Recording Industry Management. He also holds a master’s degree in Television Production and Programming and Media Management from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va. He has completed CAP’s Southeast Region Staff College, National Staff College, the CAP Region/Wing Commanders Course and the National Inspectors General College.
 
 
Col. Melton joined CAP in 1986 as a charter member of the Cleveland, Tennessee Composite Squadron. He has held key leadership roles at the Squadron, Group and Wing level. He has served as a Squadron Commander, Group Commander and Vice Wing Commander. In addition, he has been an instructor for the Southeast Region Staff College, numerous Squadron Leadership Schools and Corporate Learning Courses. On the national level, he has assisted the Communications Curriculum Committee with producing online radio communications training known as "ICUT.”
 
EDUCATION:
Bachelors of Science degree in Recording Industry Management, Middle Tennessee State university, Murfreesboro, TN
Master of Arts degree in Television Production and Programming and Media Management, Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA
1988 - Squadron Leadership Course 
1989 - Corporate Learning Course
1997 - Region Staff College, McGhee Tyson ANGB, Knoxville, TN
2006 - National Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, AL
2007 - Region and Wing Commanders Course, Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, AL
2010 - National Inspector General Course
2010 - Executive Safety Course
 
ASSIGNMENTS:
March 2004 - March 2007, Vice Commander, Tennessee Wing, Alcoa, TN
March 2007 - March 2011, Commander, Tennessee Wing, Alcoa, TN
May 2011 - August 2015, Vice Commander, Southeast Region, Maxwell AFB, AL 
June 2015 - Present , Commander, Southeast Region, Maxwell AFB, AL
(Note all inclusive) 
 
FLIGHT INFORMATION:
Rating: Mission Observer
Aircrew: C172, C182 
 
OPERATIONS QUALIFICATIONS:
Incident Commander, Level 3 
Air Operations Branch Director 
Mission Observer
Public Information Officer
Liaison Officer 
Counterdrug
 
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:
Distinguished Service Medal
Exceptional Service Award, with 2 bronze clasps
Meritorious Service Award, with 1 bronze clasp
Commander's Commendation Award, with 2 silver clasps
Gill Rob WIlson Award
 
SPECIALTY TRACKS:
Command, Master Level 
Communications, Master Level
Public Affairs, Master Level
Administration, Senior Level
Personnel, Senior Level
Safety, Technician Level
 
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTIONS:
2d Lieutenant
1st Lieutenant
Captain
Major 
Lieutenant Colonel 2005
Colonel 2005
 
 
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