Major Chapa was born in Nueva Rosita, Mexico on January 12, 1975. He attended high school at Universidad de Monterrey, following graduation, he relocated to Tucson Arizona. Major Chapa enlisted in the Marine Corps and reported to Recruit Training on 8 March 1993 aboard MCRD San Diego.
Upon completion of Recruit Training and subsequent training at Marine Combat Training (MCT) in Camp Pendleton, California, Private First Class (PFC) Chapa reported to Naval Air Station (NAS) Millington, Tennessee for training. PFC Chapa graduated from Aviation Machinist Mate Course as the Honor Graduate and was meritoriously promoted to Lance Corporal (LCpl) in April of 1994. LCpl Chapa reported to NAS Lemoore for “C” school and completed the F404GE400 Intermediate Engine Repair Course once again as the Honor Graduate in June of 1994.
LCpl Chapa first tour of duty in the Fleet Marine Force (FMF) was aboard Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni, Japan. LCpl Chapa reported to Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 12 (MALS-12) Power Plants division, performing the duties as an Intermediate Level power plants technician. LCpl Chapa was selected as the MALS-12 and Marine Aircraft Group 12 (MAG-12) Marine of the Quarter and meritoriously promoted to Corporal (Cpl) in March of 1995. Corporal Chapa attained his Collateral Duty Inspector (CDI) in all three F404 work centers in under two years. Cpl Chapa was selected as the MALS-12, MAG-12 and First Marine Aircraft Wing’s (1st MAW) Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) of the Quarter and subsequently meritoriously promoted to Sergeant in February of 1996.
Sergeant Chapa reenlisted in the Marine Corps in March of 1996 and was subsequently accepted into the Broadened Opportunity for Officer Selection and Training (BOOST) Program and reported to Naval Station (NS) Newport, Rhode Island for training in August of 1996. Sgt Chapa graduated the BOOST program as the Salutatorian and was selected for the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program (MECEP).
Sgt Chapa reported to the Marine Officer Instructor (MOI), at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado for training in July of 1997. Sergeant Chapa as a member of the MECEP program matriculated and started working towards a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Aerospace Engineering. After his freshman year Sgt Chapa reported to Officer’s Candidate School (OCS) at Marine Corps Base (MCB) Quantico, VA. Sergeant Chapa received a Special Achievement Award from the OCS Commanding Officer (CO) after graduating in the top ten percent of his OCS class.
Sgt Chapa was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant (SSgt) in November of 2000. SSgt Chapa completed his studies in Aerospace Engineering and was selected as the University of Colorado Engineering Department Distinguished Graduate and was subsequently commissioned as a Second Lieutenant (2ndLt) on December 21st, 2001.
Lieutenant (Lt) Chapa reported to The Basic School aboard MCB Quantico, VA in April 2002. Lt Chapa graduated was appointed to the TBS Commander’s Honor Roll by graduating in the top five percent of his TBS class and was subsequently meritoriously augmented in the Marine Corps.
Following TBS, Lt Chapa reported to Aviation Pre-Flight Indoctrination (API) in November of 2002 and graduated in January of 2003. Lt Chapa reported to Training Squadron 28 (VT-28) aboard NAS Corpus Christi, TX for Primary flight School. Lt Chapa was assigned to the Commodore’s List for Flight and Academic Achievement upon graduation from Primary flight school in September of 2003.
Lt Chapa reported to NAS Kingsville for Advanced Flight School in October of 2003 and completed the T-45 Total Syllabus (TS) in October of 2003. Lt Chapa was promoted to First Lieutenant (1stLt) in December of 2003. Following completion of flight school and becoming a Naval aviator in September of 2004, Lieutenant Chapa reported to NAS Lemoore, California to begin training with Fighter Attack Squadron 125 (VFA-125) undergoing the CAT I syllabus in the F/A-18 Hornet. Upon successful completion of the Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) syllabus, Lt Chapa was assigned to MAG-11 aboard MCAS Miramar, California in August of 2005.
Lt Chapa joined, Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 121 (VMFA(AW)-121) in September of 2005, where he served as coffee mess Officer, ground training Officer, schedule writer and Mission Planning Cell Officer. Lt Chapa was promoted to Captain in August of 2006, and subsequently deployed in support of OIF in February 2007 to Al Asad, Iraq. Capt Chapa flew over 150 combat sorties accumulating over 350 combat flight hours. Capt Chapa redeployed to MCAS Miramar in September of 2007.
Following his return from Iraq, Capt Chapa was selected for an IA billet and left the squadron in October of 2007 to start training with I MEF aboard MCB Camp Pendleton, California. Capt Chapa deployed again to Iraq just four months after his return for another combat tour serving with Multi National Forces West (MNF-W) aboard Camp Fallujah, Iraq.
Capt Chapa returned from his second Iraq tour in August of 2008 and was selected to attend Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) School in September of 2008. Upon graduation from TACP, Capt Chapa was designated as a Forward Air Controller (FAC) and PCS’d to Naval Amphibious Base (NAB) Little Creek, Virginia.
Capt Chapa joined Tactical Air Control Squadron 22 (TACRON 22) as the Expeditionary Fires Coordination Officer and served as a member of the Supporting Arms Coordination Center (SACC) with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). Capt Chapa served as a FAC with the MEU during the pre-deployment workups and while on deployment to the CENTCOM and AFRICOM AO. Capt Chapa deployed aboard the USS Nassau in January of 2010, participating In Operation Unified Response (OUR) in Haiti. Following, OUR Capt Chapa participated in countless exercises in Africa and the Middle East.
Following his tour and deployment with the 24th MEU and TACRON 22, Capt Chapa reported to MAG-11 in July of 2010 for a CAT III FRS refresh training. Capt Chapa worked as the MAG-11 Current Operations Officer and Frag Officer, while completing the nine month refresher syllabus with VMFAT-101. Capt Chapa finally joined VMFA(AW)-225 in April of 2011 and was assigned as the Logistics Department Head.
During this tour with VMFA(AW)-225 Captain Chapa obtained his Combat Division Lead and Forward Air Controller (Airborne) (FAC(A)) qualification. During his tenure as the Logistics Department Head Captain Chapa successfully embarked the squadron for six movements for deployments within CONUS and five overseas movements during the squadrons Unit Deployment Program to the Western Pacific. Following his tenure as the Logistics department head, Major Chapa was promoted to his current rank in November of 2012 and subsequently transferred to the Maintenance Department as the Powerline Division Officer.
Major Chapa was selected by the FY 2013 Commandant's Professional Intermediate-Level Education Board (CPIB) and after his tour with VMFA 225, he attended the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) aboard Fort Benning, GA. Major Chapa graduated from the Army Command and General Staff Officer Course (CGSOC) with Distinction while making the Commandant’s list. During this tour, Maj Chapa attended Troy University and obtained a Master’s of Science (MS) in International Relations.
Major Chapa PCS’d to VMFA(AW)- 225 in July of 2014. During his third tour Major Chapa served as the Assistant Maintenance Officer, Aviation Maintenance Officer and Director of Safety and Standardization. During this tour, Major Chapa deployed two more times to the PACOM AOR in support of the Unit Deployment Program.
Upon completion of this tour with the world famous Vikings of VMFA(AW)-225, Major Chapa reported to VMFAT-101 as an Instructor Pilot. LtCol Chapa was promoted to his current rank on October 2018 and is currently serving as the squadron’s Executive Officer.
Lieutenant Colonel Chapa’s personal decorations include the Air Medal with Numeral 7, Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal and the Humanitarian Service Medal.