Director and Professor of Military Science
LTC Melan P. Salas graduated from the University of Guam in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration. He commissioned as a Distinguished Military Graduate in the rank of Second Lieutenant into the US Army through the Reserve Officer’s Training Course (ROTC) with a Primary Occupational Specialty as an Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Officer, Short Range track. LTC Salas has a Masters of Science Degree in Human Resource Leadership concentration in Organizational Development from the University of Louisville.
Upon completion of the Air Defense Officer Basic Course at Fort Bliss, Texas, LTC Salas served in assignments with the 1st Battalion, 62nd Air Defense Artillery, 25th Infantry Division (Light) Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, the 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery (Air Assault/Airborne), 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team (BCT), 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. His duties were a Stinger/Avenger Platoon Leader, Infantry Task Force and Brigade Air Defense Liaison Officer, Battery Executive Officer, Battalion Assistant Operations Officer, Battalion Adjutant, Battery Commander, Air Defense Airspace Manager, Brigade Aviation Element Officer, Brigade Chief of Operations, and Brigade S-3 Air.
In 2011, LTC Salas transitioned from an ADA Officer to a Functional Area 29, Army Electronic Warfare Officer (EWO). LTC Salas’ first assignment as an Army EWO was with the 1st BCT, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment. He was then selected to serve as the Division EWO for the 82nd Airborne Division. Following this assignment, LTC Salas was selected to serve as the first Army Electronic Warfare / Cyber Career Manager assigned to the Army’s Human Resources Command (HRC), Fort Knox, Kentucky. During his assignment with HRC, LTC Salas assisted with the establishment of the 17 series Military Occupational Specialty, Cyber Branch. LTC Salas served in three Joint billets that included assignments with the Joint Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Command, Camp Smith and Hickam AFB, HI where he served as a Recovery Team Leader and the Southeast Asia (Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia) Joint Planner Officer in Charge conducting search and recovery operations for U.S. service members lost and unaccounted for due to past U.S. conflicts; an assignment as the Lead Integrated Air and Missile Defense Planner for U.S. Central Command in the Combined Air and Space Operations Center at Al Udeid Air Force Base (AFB), Qatar; and an assignment with U.S. Strategic Command, Joint Electromagnetic Preparedness for Advanced Combat at Nellis AFB, Nevada where he conducted numerous high level vulnerability assessments of Department of Defense systems.
LTC Salas has four combat deployments in support of Operation Iraqi and Enduring Freedoms, one humanitarian deployment to Haiti in support Operation Unified Response, 2010 earthquake, and numerous deployments to Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia in support of recovery efforts for missing service members. LTC Salas most recent assignment was with U.S. Army Cyber Command, Fort Belvoir, Virginia as the Cyberspace Electromagnetic Activities (CEMA) Branch Chief within the G39 Information Operations Division. LTC Salas was responsible for integrating EW, Information Operations and Cyberspace operations in support of Command programs, facilitating the fielding of Army EW equipment, Army EW/ Signals Intelligence / Cyber force structure and shaping the Army with respect to employing CEMA effects in support of Echelons Corps and Below.
LTC Salas’ personal decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (2 oak leaf clusters), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2 oak leaf clusters), Meritorious Service Medal (3 oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal (3 oak leaf clusters), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal (4 campaign stars), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (1 campaign star), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals, Humanitarian Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, two Joint Meritorious Unit Awards, two Meritorious Unit Commendations, and one Army Superior Unit Award. He also possesses the Combat Action, Airborne, Air Assault, and Pathfinder Badges, Ranger tab, and has been awarded German and Chilean Jump Wings. LTC Salas is also a graduate of the Joint Forces Staff College (Joint Professional Military Education II), Defense Strategy, Joint Network Attack, Air Force Institute of Technology Cyber 300, Joint Electronic Warfare Theater Operations, Joint Firepower Control, Army Combatives Level I and II courses, and numerous others.
During LTC Salas’ personal time, he is well known for spending time with his family, wife Erica and five children. LTC Salas enjoys being outdoors and is a certified PADI Divemaster/Master Scuba Diver.