Brig. Gen. Orlando Salinas, Deputy Commanding General, United States Army South
Brig. Gen. Orlando Salinas Deputy Commanding General United States Army South Fort Sam Houston/Joint Base San Antonio, Texas
Brig. Gen. Orlando Salinas was born in San Antonio. A 1984 distinguished military graduate of Texas A&I University, Kingsville, Texas, he was commissioned into the U.S. Army as an infantry second lieutenant. His military education includes Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Army Command and General Staff College, and the Army War College. He has master’s degrees in educational administration and strategic studies and a superintendent certification.
Salinas has served in a variety of command and staff assignments. He began his career as a platoon leader, and company executive officer in 1- 327 IN, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He joined the Texas Army National Guard in 1989, where he served as a scout platoon leader/detachment commander, 3rd Battalion, 141st Infantry, (Mechanized), in Weslaco, Texas. His next assignment was commander, A Company, 3rd Battalion, 141st Infantry (Mechanized), based out of Weslaco and mobilized in support of “Operation Desert Shield/Storm.” He served as aide-de-camp, Detachment 1, State Area Command in Austin, Texas; liaison, Headquarters & Headquarters Company, 49th Armored Division in Austin; and later as the G3 plans officer, Headquarters & Headquarters Company, 49th Armored Division in Austin.
He then served as the S3, Headquarters & Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 141st Infantry in San Antonio; executive officer, Headquarters & Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 141st Infantry in San Antonio; and mobilized in support of “Operation Noble Eagle.” He served as commander, Headquarters & Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 141st Infantry, (Mechanized) in Weslaco, and mobilized in support of “Operation Enduring Freedom.”
He then served as sector officer in charge, “Operation Jump Start,” Weslaco, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, Division Artillery, Weslaco. He served as commander, 136th Regimental Brigade, and the Texas Army National Guard G-3/5/7 in Austin. He then served as commander, 136th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade in Austin, and director of the State Joint Family Support Services.
Salinas currently serves as the deputy assistant adjutant general - Army, Texas National Guard in Austin and is dual-hatted as the deputy commanding general, U. S. Army South, Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
Salinas’ awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with one bronze oak leaf cluster), Army Commendation Medal (with three bronze oak leaf clusters), Army Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (with one silver oak leaf cluster), National Defense Service Medal (with one bronze service star), Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with silver hourglass, “M” device and numeral two), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon (with numeral two), Texas Lone Star Distinguished Service Medal, Texas Outstanding Service Medal (with one acorn), Texas Adjutant General’s Individual Award, Texas Federal Service Medal, Texas Desert Shield/Desert Storm Campaign Medal, Texas Combat Service Ribbon, Texas Faithful Service Ribbon (with three cacti), He has earned the Combat Infantryman, Expert Infantryman, Parachutist and Air Assault identification badges and is Ranger qualified.