Cmdr. Solomon, a native of Maryville, Tennessee, was ordained a Baptist minister by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship in 2000. Following ordination, he served as a pastor in Petersburg, Virginia. Solomon was commissioned through the Chaplain Candidate Program in 1999 and superseded to the chaplaincy in 2003. He earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Tennessee; Master of Divinity from the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, Virginia; and a Master of Theology from Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond, Virginia. He completed postgraduate work at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, as well as Joint Professional Military Education Phase 1 through the U.S. Marine Corps Command & Staff College in Quantico, Virginia.
As a Reservist, his early assignments include Naval Submarine Support Command, Norfolk, where he was mobilized in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 23.
His active-duty operational tours include 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune as battalion chaplain to the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, where he deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom; 8th Marine Regiment as chaplain; and USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) as principal assistant chaplain, deploying to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.
Ashore, he served as a policy specialist the office of the Chief of Chaplains (N097); flag aide to the Chief of Chaplains; and command chaplain for Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing, Atlantic, headquartered at Naval Station Mayport, Florida.
He reported as executive officer, Naval Chaplaincy School and Center in June 2018.
Solomon’s personal awards include the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards). Solomon is also a Fleet Marine Force qualified officer.