CDR Salehi, a native of Fairfax, VA, graduated and was commissioned in 1999 from the University of South Carolina. From 2000 to 2002, CDR Salehi served aboard the USS PHILILIPPINE SEA (CG-58), homeported in Mayport, FL. CDR Salehi made deployments to both the Mediterranean and Persian Gulf in support of UN Sanctions against Iraq and during Operation Enduring Freedom.
From 2002-2004, CDR Salehi served at then Naval Security Group Activity (NSGA), Maryland as the Supply Department Head and Command Comptroller, providing logistical, financial, and procurement reach-back support to operations supporting OEF and OIF.
In 2004, CDR Salehi was redesignated as a Special Duty Officer (Cryptology), and was subsequently sent to the Defense Language Institute (DLI). In 2005, he graduated from the Persian-Farsi Basic Course with an Associate of Arts Degree, and transferred to Navy Information Operations Command, Georgia and National Security Agency, Georgia (NSAG). While at NSAG, he served as the Command’s Senior Watch Officer (SWO), and as Deputy Branch Chief of a Target Office of Primary Interest. From 2007-2008, CDR Salehi served as Chief Staff Officer for the Fleet Information Operations Center (FIOC), providing Information Warfare support to naval combatants in EUCOM and CENTCOM AORs.
From 2008-2009, CDR Salehi attended the Naval War College, graduating with Distinction and earning a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies. In March 2009, CDR Salehi reported to Special Operations Command, Pacific (SOCPAC) and served as Chief, Signals Intelligence (Cryptologic Resource Coordinator); Chief, Intelligence Operations; and ultimately as the Deputy Director for Intelligence. CDR Salehi also deployed to Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines as the Director for Intelligence.
In April 2012, CDR Salehi reported to Headquarters, Pacific Fleet where he was assigned as Deputy and Acting Branch Chief, N391, leading 25 personnel in all Fleet Cryptologic, Cyber, and Information Operations activities supporting the Pacific Fleet Commander.
In March 2014, he was assigned as the Fleet Cryptologic Resource Coordinator for Seventh Fleet, permanently embarked on the USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC-19) and forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan. At FNDF, he led, managed the execution of all maritime surface, subsurface, air, and expeditionary Cryptologic augmentation, tasking, and operations in support of the Seventh Fleet Commander.
In September 2016, CDR Salehi transferred to Navy Information Operations Command, Hawaii where he was assigned as the Operations Director and CTG 1070.1 Commander. At NIOC Hawaii, CDR Salehi led the Fleet Information Operations Center (FIOC), comprised of 570 personnel, in providing Cryptologic, Cyber, and EW reach-back and Direct support manning and equipment to surface, air, subsurface, and allied units operating in the Pacific Fleet area of responsibility.
CDR Salehi is a Joint Qualified Officer and holds various decorations and awards, including two Defense Meritorious Service Medals, two Meritorious Service Medals, the Joint Commendation Service Medal, two Navy Commendation Medals, two Navy Achievement Medals, and various campaign medals. CDR Salehi resides in Kailua, HI and is married to his wife, Gina, and has two sons, Michael (11 yrs), and Christian (9 yrs).