LCDR Salinas ~ Professional Biography


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LCDR Salinas graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in English.  Upon graduation, he moved to Newport, Rhode Island, where he taught English for a trimester at the Naval Academy Prep School.  He then returned to Annapolis, teaching English at the Naval Academy and working in the Writing Center while also beginning his graduate studies in Liberal Arts at St. John's College.  He taught one section of HE218: Western Literature II and several sections of HE-111 and HE-112: Introduction to Rhetoric and Literature.  He received his Master of Arts in Liberal Arts from St.  John's College in May of 2000.

In January of 2001, he moved to Pensacola, Florida, to begin primary flight training with the Doer Birds of VT-2.  Advanced flight training with the Vigilant Eagles of HT-18 followed, and he was designated a Naval Aviator in May, 2002.  He then moved to San Diego, California, and began CAT I Fleet Replacement training with the Seahawks of HSL-41 in June of 2002.  After completing the FRS, LCDR Salinas transferred to the Wolfpack of HSL-45.  As the Training Officer, Assistant Operations Officer, and Operations Officer for Detachment 1, he deployed to the Western Pacific with the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group in 2004.   As Search and Rescue Officer, he deployed in support of Joint Task Force Katrina operations to New Orleans, Louisiana, in September, 2005.  LCDR Salinas finished his tour at HSL-45 as the squadron NATOPS Officer. 

In July of 2006, LCDR Salinas returned to Annapolis to teach English at the Naval Academy.  He taught HE-111 & HE-112: Introduction to Rhetoric and Literature I & II, HE-217: Early Western Literature, HE-218: Anglo-American Literature, HE-222: The Bible and Literature, HE-307: Film and Literature, and HE-328: American Literature (1860-1914).  He also served as the English Department Associate Chair, HUM/SS Division Senior Watch Officer, a Junior United Kingdom/International Scholarship Program Preceptor, an Honor Remediation Mentor, and on the Upper Division/Honors Curriculum, Fourth Class Curriculum, Writing Center Advisory, Brady Series, and Election Committees.

In January of 2009, LCDR Salinas began CAT III Fleet Replacement Squadron training with the Airwolves of HSL-40 in Mayport, Florida, before moving back to San Diego to serve as a Department Head with the Scorpions of HSL-49. LCDR Salinas served as Quality Assurance Officer and Administration Officer before deploying to the Western Pacific with Detachment 2 in 2011.  His qualifications include SH-60B Helicopter Aircraft Commander, Functional Check Pilot, Night Vision Goggle Instructor,  Assistant NATOPS Instructor, and Crew Resource Management Instructor.

In July of 2011, LCDR Salinas once again returned to Annapolis to teach English at the Naval Academy. In addition to several sections of HE-111 and HE-112, he has taught HE-217, HE-218, HE-222, HE-360: The Graphic Novel, and HE-496: Independent Study.  He serves as a Junior United Kingdom/International Scholarship Program Preceptor, an Aptitude Remediation Mentor, and on the Upper Division/Honors Curriculum, Fourth Class Curriculum, and Brady Series Committees.

LCDR Salinas lives in Annapolis with his wife Susie and their three children.