Lt. Col. Erika L. Salerno (Staton), Deputy, Organization and Personnel Force Development
Lt. Col. Erika L. Salerno enlisted in the Massachusetts Army National Guard in 1999 as a petroleum supply specialist (then 77F) attaining the rank of sergeant. She was commissioned in the Massachusetts Army National Guard through the Boston University ROTC program after earning her degree in marketing from Bentley College in May 2002.
Salerno commissioned as an Aviation officer and completed an interstate transfer to the Arizona Army National Guard prior to attending the Aviation Basic Officer Leader Course, Initial Entry Rotary Wing Training, SERE, the Apache Longbow Aircraft Qualification Course, Aircraft Survivability and Electronic Warfare Officer Course, and Maintenance Managers Course at Fort Rucker, Alabama, from 2003 to 2005. Upon graduation, she returned to the Arizona Army National Guard, 1-285th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion as the Charlie Company Attack Platoon Leader and prepared for the Unit Fielding Training Program at Fort Hood, Texas, with a follow-on deployment to Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan.
Upon return from Afghanistan, Salerno was selected to command Alpha Company, Warrior Transition Battalion, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, from 2008-2010. She commanded the largest company with over 150 Warriors in one of the U.S. Army's newest Warrior Transition Units responsible for ensuring all wounded, ill and injured Warriors successfully transitioned back to the force or to civilian life successful veterans. Post command, Salerno’s efforts earned her a position on the Warrior Transition Command’s Inspection Team, Alexandria, Virginia. As a WTU Command and Control (C2) subject matter expert, she inspected the C2 elements of Warrior Transition Units worldwide. While serving as a C2 inspector, Salerno volunteered to assess for the Special Operations Forces Cultural Support Team. Salerno attended SOF CST assessment and selection at Camp Mackall, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Once selected, she continued CST training at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School. Upon completion, Salerno deployed as a cultural support team leader with 3rd Special Forces Group where she enabled three Special Forces Operational Detachment-Alphas, Special Operations Task Force-East in conducting village stability operations in austere and non-permissive environments in eastern Afghanistan from 2011-2012.
In 2012, Salerno returned to Aviation, and the United States Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker as the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command reserve component liaison officer and Aviator where she flew the TH-67 and OH-58 for the Head Hunter mission and attended the Flight Safety Fixed Wing Course.
In 2015, Salerno was one of 50 Army National Guard Officers selected to attend the Command and General Staff College resident program, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and earned the Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) Phase II certification. Upon completion she was assigned to United States Transportation Command, first as the Joint Operational Support Airlift Center non-executive airlift branch chief and later as the joint lessons learned program manager. Salerno is currently assigned as the Organization and Personnel Force Development Directorate deputy director at Fort Rucker.
Salerno holds a Bachelor of Arts in marketing from Bentley College and a Master of Arts in psychology with a specialization in military psychology from Adler University.
Her awards and decorations includes the Bronze Star Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal w/2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (ARCAM) with Silver Oak Leaf Cluster, the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Ribbon with two Bronze Star Devices, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Bronze Hourglass, Bronze Numeral 2 and Mobilization Device, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with Numeral 3, NATO ISAF Medal, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Army Superior Unit Award, Combat Action Badge, and Senior Army Aviator Badge and was named the 2018 USTRANSCOM J3 Field Grade Officer of the 2nd Quarter.