Col Derek M. Salmi is the Deputy Director, Strategy, Concepts, and Assessments, Directorate for Logistics (J-4), Joint Staff, The Pentagon, Washington, DC. In this capacity, he leads a team of logistics professionals in developing, integrating, and assessing critical logistics concepts and requirements in support of ongoing and future global operations. Colonel Salmi received his commission from the United States Air Force Academy in 1998 after earning a Bachelor of Science degree in political science. He has served in various operational assignments and has commanded the 92nd Air Refueling Wing, the 100th Operations Group, and the 436th Operations Support Squadron.
Colonel Salmi is also a graduate of the Air Force’s School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, was a National Defense Fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and has deployed multiple times to support Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, and New Dawn. Before his current assignment, Colonel Salmi was the commander, 92nd Air Refueling Wing, Fairchild AFB, Washington.