Mr. Don Salo
Director, Defense Forensics and Biometrics Agency
Mr. Don Salo, a member of the Senior Executive Service, serves as the Director, Defense Forensics and Biometrics Agency, and leads, consolidates, and coordinates forensic and biometric activities for the Department of Defense in support of the National Security Strategy.
Mr. Salo's previous interagency assignments include: Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Enforcement where he was responsible for investigative and compliance activities directed primarily at enforcing national security and foreign policy objectives focused on sensitive exports to hostile entities, terrorists, and state sponsors of terrorism; Assistant Director for the federal government's Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board where he coordinated and conducted inquiries on a national level into the fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement of contracts, grants, loans, and entitlements associated with the $787 billion funded American Recovery and Reinvestment Act; and Force Protection Advisor to the U.S. Congress in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on our Nation.
Mr. Salo retired from the U.S. Army as a Military Police Colonel after 27 years of experience in leading successful law enforcement and criminal investigative organizations and oversaw deployments of criminal investigative personnel to 51 countries, to include hostile fire zones, around the world. His command assignments include: Commander, 59th Military Police Company, 95th Military Police Battalion; Commander, Benning CID Battalion; Deputy Brigade Commander, Basic Combat Training Brigade; Commander, Military Police Activity, Fort Benning; and Commander, 701st Military Police Group (CID). His key staff assignments include: Executive Officer to the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management, the Pentagon; Director, Army Base Realignment and Closure Office (BRAC), the Pentagon; and Secretary of the General Staff to the Commanding General, U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID). He served as the Provost Marshal (senior Army law enforcement official) at three Army installations.
He holds a Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice (Summa Cum Laude) from Troy State University, a Masters in Political Science from Auburn University at Montgomery, and a Masters in Strategic Studies from the Air War College. Mr. Salo is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Academy.
Mr. Salo holds three awards of the Legion of Merit, the Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge, and the Army Staff Identification Badge. He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for his efforts in leading recovery operations after the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon.