Arizona’s top guardsman
Major General Salazar received his commission from the Officer Candidate School at Ft. Benning, Georgia, in 1983. His military assignments include two company level commands, Brigade Fire Support Officer, Battalion Executive Officer, Brigade Executive Officer, Operations and Executive Officer of the Arizona Joint Counter-Narcotics Task Force, State Mobilization Officer, State Training Officer, Commander 1-180th FA Battalion, Commander 98th Brigade, Senior Military Advisor with the Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq, and Deputy Chief of Staff of Operations for the Arizona Army National Guard.
Major General Salazar assumed the duties of the Adjutant General of the Arizona National Guard on December 16, 2008. He serves concurrently as the Director of the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs (DEMA), which consists of the Army and the Air National Guard, the Division of Emergency Management, and the Joint Programs Division. DEMA provides unique capabilities and services to the citizens of Arizona at three distinct levels: community, state and federal.
This assignment follows two years as the Assistant Adjutant General and full-time director of the Arizona Army National Guard, and one year as Deputy Chief of Staff of Operations for the Joint Force Headquarters.
As Adjutant General, his duties and responsibilities include managing the day-to-day activities of Arizona’s Army National Guard and Air National Guard, the Joint Programs and the Emergency Management Division. These organizations consist of over 2,400 full-time federal, military and civilian personnel, along with 600 state employees, and a total of more than 8,000 soldiers and airmen.
Major General Salazar has worked full-time for the Arizona National Guard for almost two decades.
He received a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from Indiana University and attended the Inter-American Defense College at Fort McNair, Washington, D.C.