Today, Commander Paul Lashmet was relieved by Commander Eduardo Salazar as Commanding Officer, Navy Information Operations Command Pensacola. Commander Salazar’s biography follows:
Commander Eduardo Salazar , U.S. Navy
Commanding Officer NIOC Pensacola
Commander Task Group 103
Commander Eddie Salazar was born in Scottsbluff, NE. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science degree in History. Immediately following commissioning, he began flight training and was designated a Naval Flight Officer (NFO) in August 2000. In April 2001, he reported to Patrol Squadron Twenty-Six (VP-26) at NAS Brunswick, ME. While assigned to VP-26, he was a division officer in the operations and maintenance departments and qualified as a P-3C Tactical Coordinator completing deployments to Sicily, Puerto Rico, and Iceland. In June 2004, he reported to the 562nd Flying Training Squadron, Randolph AFB, TX for duty as an instructor NFO. He qualified as both T-43A evaluator navigator and training mission commander. He was also awarded the 2006 George M. Skurla award as the top NFO instructor in CNATRA. While assigned to the 562nd, he completed a 12 month Individual Augmentee (IA) tour as an airborne sensor operator for a Joint Special Operations Task Force in Iraq. In February 2008, he reported for his second sea tour as a Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer aboard USS Truman (CVN-75). He served as Bow/Waist Catapults Branch Officer, Air Department Administrative Officer, and V-2 Division Officer and completed two deployments to the Fifth and Sixth Fleet AORs. He reported to the Joint Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Center of Excellence, Creech AFB, NV in August 2010 where he served as the assistant UAS CONOPS branch chief.
In November 2011, Commander Salazar was selected for lateral transfer to the Cryptologic Warfare (CW) community and reported to NIOC Maryland Ft Meade, MD. While assigned to NIOC Maryland, he served as both NSA Signals Intelligence Directorate Branch Chief and Department Head while earning his cryptologic and information warfare qualifications. In February 2014, he reported to Tenth Fleet/Fleet Cyber Command for his O-4 CW milestone tour as an offensive cyber operations planner, overseeing the build of over 20 cyber mission teams in support of USSOUTHCOM and USPACOM. In September 2015, he was selected for O-5 Command within the Information Warfare Community (IWC). He reported for his O-5 CW milestone tour as the C7F Fleet Cryptologist in Yokosuka, Japan in July 2016.
Commander Salazar is a 2016 graduate of the National Defense University’s Dwight D. Eisenhower School, earning his JPME II and Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy. He subsequently was designated a Joint Qualified Officer (JQO). He has accumulated over 2800 flight hours in T-34C, T-43A, P-3C, and special operations aircraft. His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Award, Air Medal (five Strike/Flight), and Joint Service, Navy and Marine Corps (1 gold star), and Air Force Commendation Medals. He is married to the former Karen Coats of Gonzales, LA and has three children.