Colonel ABRAHAM D. SALOMON, JR.
Col Abraham D. Salomon, Jr., is the Vice Commander, 480th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. He assists in directing the worldwide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations of six ISR groups, supporting Combatant Commanders, Combined Forces Air Component Commanders, Numbered Air Force commanders and coalition forces. The Wing is a total force enterprise composed of more than 6,000 military, civilian and contractor personnel.
Col Salomon enlisted in the Air Force on April 8, 1991, and his career spanned two specialties as a Reprographics Specialist and Imagery Analyst. In May 2000, Col Salomon was commissioned through the Officer Training School program. A career intelligence officer, he has held a variety of positions while assigned to numerous operational, staff, and joint assignments in Asia, the Middle East and the U.S. Moreover, Col Salomon has provided direct support to numerous contingency operations to include OPERATION ALLIED FORCE and OPERATION DESERT FOX, and deployed in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM and OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM.
Prior to his current assignment, Col Salomon was the Deputy Director, Readiness and Talent Management Directorate, Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR), & Cyber Effects Operations (CEO), Headquarters United States Air Force, the Pentagon, Virginia.
1991 Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration (Accounting), San Sebastian College-Recoletos, Philippines
1995 Associate of Applied Science Degree in Reprographics, Community College of the Air Force, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
2001 Associate of Applied Science Degree in Communication Applications Technology, Community College of the Air Force, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
2006 Squadron Officers School, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
2011 Master of Arts in Intelligence, American Military University, West Virginia
2013 Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence, National Intelligence University, Washington, D.C.
2015 Joint & Combined Warfighting School, Joint Forces Staff College, Virginia
2020 Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies, U.S. Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island
- 1991 - 1995, Reprographics Specialist and Base Copier Manager, 56th Tactical Training Wing (TAC) and 6th Air Base Wing (ACC), MacDill AFB, Florida
- 1995 - 1997, Base Copier Manager, 52d Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem AB, Germany
- 1997 - 1998, Student, Imagery Analysis Course, 315th Training Squadron, Goodfellow AFB, Texas
- 1998 - 1999, Shift Noncommissioned Officer-in-Charge (NCOIC), Missile Analysis Center, North American Aerospace Defense Command-United States Space Command, Offutt AFB, Nebraska
- 1999 - 2000, Shift NCOIC, Strategic Forces Division, United States Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Nebraska
- 2000 - 2001, Student, Intelligence Officers Course, 315th Training Squadron, Goodfellow AFB, Texas
- 2001 - 2003, Flight Commander and Senior Watch Officer, 324th Intelligence Squadron, Kunia Regional Security Operations Center (KRSOC), Hawaii
- 2003 - 2004, Flight Commander and Chief, J31 Air Operations, 324th Intelligence Squadron, KRSOC, Hawaii
- 2004 - 2005, Targeting Officer, Special Operations Command - Korea, Camp Kim, South Korea
- 2005 - 2006, Chief, Intelligence Plans & Exercises, 18th Operations Support Squadron, 18th Wing, Kadena AB, Japan
- 2006 - 2007, Chief, Rescue Intelligence, 33rd Rescue Sq, 18th Wing (WG), Kadena AB, Japan (Feb-Jun 2006, Chief, Combat Rescue Intelligence, 33rd Expeditionary Rescue Sq, 455th Air Expeditionary Wing (AEW), Kandahar Afld, Afghanistan)
- 2007 - 2008, Chief, Intelligence Analysis, then Flight Commander, 18th Operations Support Sq, 18 WG, Kadena AB, Japan (Jul - Oct 2007, Chief, Combat Rescue Intelligence, 33rd Expeditionary Rescue Sq, 455 AEW, Kandahar Afld, Afghanistan)
- 2008 - 2010, Strategic Plans Officer, then Executive Officer to the Director, Directorate for Plans, Requirements & Programs HQ Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance, & Reconnaissance Agency (AFISRA), Lackland AFB, Texas (Jul 2009- Jan 2010, Desk Officer, Joint Operations Center, Combined Forces Special Operations Component Command, Special Operations Command - Central, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar)
- 2010 - 2010, Chief, Force Development, Directorate for Operations (A3), HQ AFISRA, Lackland AFB, Texas
- 2010 - 2011, Chief, Intelligence Field Grade Officer Assignments, Directorate for Assignments (DPA), HQ Air Force Personnel Center (AFPC), Randolph AFB, Texas
- 2011 - 2012, Chief, Intelligence Officer Force Development, Directorate for Assignments, HQ AFPC, Randolph AFB, Texas
- 2012 - 2013, Graduate Student, National Intelligence University, Washington, D.C.
- 2013 - 2015, Action Officer, Battlespace Awareness Future Capabilities Division, Deputy Directorate for Battlespace Awareness, Directorate for Intelligence, Joint Staff, Pentagon, Virginia
- 2015 - 2016, Deputy Chief, Enterprise Integration Division, Deputy Directorate for Battlespace Awareness, Directorate for Intelligence, Joint Staff, Pentagon, Virginia
- 2016 - 2018, Commander, 17th Training Support Squadron, 17th Training Wing, Goodfellow AFB, Texas
- 2018 - 2019, Deputy Commander, 17th Training Group, 17th Training Wing, Goodfellow AFB, Texas
- 2019 - 2020, Graduate Student, U.S. Naval War College, Naval Station Newport, Newport, Rhode Island
- 2020 - 2021, Chief, Military Intelligence Program Integration Team, then Chief, AI/ML & Data Branch, Deputy Chief of Staff for ISR, & CEO, Headquarters United States Air Force, the Pentagon, Virginia
- 2021 - 2022, Deputy Director, Readiness and Talent Management Directorate, Deputy Chief of Staff for ISR & CEO, Headquarters United States Air Force, the Pentagon, Virginia
- 2022- present, Vice Commander, 480th ISR Wing, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Army Achievement Medal
1995 John L. Levitow Award, Airman Leadership School, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida
1996 United States Air Forces in Europe Communications and Information Professionalism Award
2006 Top Third Graduate, Squadron Officers School, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
2015 Director’s Writing Award Co-Recipient, Joint & Combined Warfighting School, Joint Forces Staff College, Virginia
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 26, 2000
First Lieutenant May 26, 2002
Captain May 26, 2004
Major December 1, 2009
Lieutenant Colonel May 1, 2015
Colonel August 1, 2021
(Current as of July 2022)