After graduating from Manzanola High School in Colorado Senior Chief Salazar went to bootcamp in sunny RTC Orlando, FL in June of 1993. After completion of basic training, he was sent to NTTC Corry Station where he completed CTM “A” School and follow-on Subsurface Maintenance “C” School. Upon graduation he was selected for his first set of orders to NSGA Pearl Harbor, where he served from 1994 to 1997, where he qualified in submarines and as a Senior Rider. During this tour, he deployed over 450 days onboard six different PACFLT combatants.
In December of 1997 CTMCS Salazar was screened and selected to transfer to Special Projects “A” Team located at NSGA Fort Meade, MD. During this three tour, he deployed for over 400 days and qualified as a Senior System Engineer, with his team earning a Presidential Unit Citation. During his last year, he deployed to Wiesbaden, Germany in support of a short-fused Agency program of opportunity. At this point in his career, he had a decision to make, go home or stay Navy.
In October of 2000, Senior Chief was selected for orders to NSGA Rota, Spain where he was to deploy as a Surface Maintenance Technician. He deployed on the USS PONCE (LPD-15) for a scheduled six-month spring/summer Mediterranean cruise as the DSE LPO while also qualifying ESWS. After Rota, Senior transferred to his first shore duty in Norfolk, VA at Joint Forces Intelligence Command working as a Communication Watch Officer until the summer of 2004.
In June of 2004, Senior Chief then transferred to NRD Denver, CO for recruiting duty. During this three-year tour, he led a small rural station in Canon City, CO as the Recruiter-in-Charge. He recruited 47 personnel and was selected as the Zone Recruiter of the year in 2006.
In August of 2007, Senior transferred back to submarine duty at NIOC Hawaii. After a quick deployment, he settled in as Installation LPO and eventually was selected for Chief in 2010. After a very successful submarine tour, Senior Chief then took orders to NIOC San Diego where he was the Surface FES LCPO. While at San Diego, he earned his initial IW qualification and was selected for CTMCS on his way out the door.
In August of 2013, Senior Chief Salazar was screened and selected for Special Projects “A” Team once more, located at NIOC Maryland. Senior served as the Senior Enlisted Leader of a 35 joint-service team that conducted a first of its kind special mission. He was operationally extended two times completing a total of four and a half years of sea duty where he deployed for almost 600 days.
In January 2018 CTMCS Salazar transferred to NIOD Groton, where he will be relieving Master Chief Woodruff as the SEA. Senior is married to Tiffany and has four children, Aaron, Junior, Angelina and Amadeo. Senior’s decorations and awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, three Navy Commendation Medals and six Navy Achievement Medals.