Command Master Chief (CMDCM) Salas, a native of San Antonio, Texas, enlisted in the United States Navy in June, 1990. Following completion of basic training at Recruit Training Command, San Diego, Calif., he reported to Machinery Repairman “A” School at Naval Training Center, San Diego, Calif.
Upon graduation, he reported for duty aboard USS Orion (AS 18) in La Maddalena, Italy. His fleet assignments include USS Yosemite (AD 19), USS Resolute (AFDM 10), USS Kauffman (FFG 59), USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43), USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Ashore, CMDCM Salas has served at SIMA, Norfolk and Naval Recruiting District, Dallas, Texas.
CMDCM Salas is serving his third tour at Naval Air Station Oceana/ Dam Neck Annex in Virginia Beach, Va. He is a graduate of the U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy Class 165, CMC/COB Course Class and is an Enlisted Surface Warfare (ESWS) and Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist (EAWS). CMDCM Salas has completed eight major deployments to the Western Pacific, Mediterranean, and Middle East in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
His personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (6 awards), the Navy Good Conduct Medal (6 awards) as well as various other unit and campaign awards.