Phillip is a 10-year Marine Corps veteran having served his whole career in the Scout Sniper community. During his time, Phillip completed 4 overseas deployments and served in all billets available to a Scout Sniper, to include Scout Sniper Team Leader, Chief Scout Sniper, and Scout Sniper Instructor. Upon exiting the Marine Corps, Phillip was the Lead Instructor and Training Director for Gunwerks' Long Range University for 2 years. Velayo is currently an instructor for Modern Day Sniper.
Phillip is also well known as a nationally ranked precision rifle competitor in the Precision Rifle Series and National Rifle League circuits, having placed in the top 10 in the 2018 season and winning the 2018 Precision Rifle Series Finale match.