CHIEF MASTER SERGEANT TODD H. PARSONS, CAP
Chief Master Sergeant Todd Parsons assumed responsibility as the Command Chief of the Middle East Region on February 7th, 2018. He serves as the principal advisor to the Region Commander and directly assists with the leadership, utilization and professional development of 7,800 volunteer Airmen located in seven states (DE, DC, MD, VA, WV, NC, and SC). Originally a CAP Major, he resigned his appointment as a CAP officer in February 2018 in order to become a Chief Master Sergeant based on his rank and experience in the United States Army.
Looking to get involved in aviation, Chief Parsons joined the Civil Air Patrol in 2011. He took to CAP like ‘a duck to water’ and served in multiple roles, including Flight Commander of the Wiesbaden Cadet Flight in Germany (a unit which he stood up as a subordinate organization of the Ramstein Cadet Squadron), and as Squadron Commander of the Leesburg Composite Squadron in Virginia. He has Masters Ratings in both Emergency Services and Cadet Programs and he achieved Level V in the CAP professional development program. As a result of his extensive professional education in the Civil Air Patrol, he was awarded the prestigious Gill Rob Wilson award #3383 in July 2016.
Although, born in Riverside, NJ, he grew up in multiple locations because his father was in the Marine Corps. Following in his father’s military footsteps, he enlisted in the Army in 1990. He has served in numerous leadership positions in the Army, and has completed four tours in Germany, two tours in Iraq, one tour in Afghanistan, and one tour in Korea. He is projected to retire from the Army in April 2019 with over 28 years of military service.
Chief Parsons holds a Bachelor of Science from Excelsior College and is pursuing a Master of Public Administration. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, and the Civil Air Patrol Wing Commander Commendation Award. He is well known for his affinity for bacon and the fine art of grilling spare ribs. He and his wife Lori live in Ashburn, Virginia and have four children: Rabeccah, Zachary, Liam, and Gavin.