Airborne Ranger, "Sua Sponte," 1977-1987
My name is Carlos Vela, born in San Juan, Texas, and raised in California.
I am a member of the Lipan Apache Tribe and served in the U.S. Army from 1977-1987. I am proud to have served my
country as an Infantryman, Airborne Ranger ( Sua Sponte, Which means, "Of My Own Accord" ).
Though I have had the privledge of my many travels while serving, I have seen the world differently
which made me even more proud to have been part of those who are wanting peace and
help those who want it as well.|
I thank all who are serving our country today and know that my spirit will be with all of you.
NCO Ribbon 2
Overseas Ribbon 2
Good Conduct Award 3
National Defense Ribbon
Military Service Ribbon
Army Achievement Ribbon
Army Accomedation Ribbon
Humanitarian Service Ribbon
Expert Infantry Badge
Combat Infantry Badge
Airborne Jump Wings
Air Assualt Wings
Drill Sergeant Badge
Canadian Jump Wings