Frank “Salami” Silebi, a native of Barranquilla, Colombia was raised in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania where his father was a professor of chemical engineering at Lehigh University. Staying close to home, in 1988, Frank received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Mechanics from Lehigh University. After working for General Electric Nuclear Energy in San Jose, CA for two years, Frank accepted an appointment to the Navy’s Aviation Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, FL and was commissioned in March 1991.
He was designated a Naval Aviator in May 1993 and completed four deployments in three different tactical aircrafts, including the A-6E Intruder, F-14A Tomcat and F/A-18F Super Hornet, logging more than 2900 flight hours and over 550 carrier arrested landings. During his 22 year military career, Frank also served as the Chief of Training (J-7T), at the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), where he was responsible for standardizing specialized training throughout the Special Operating Forces (SOF) community.
During his last five years in the Navy, Frank transitioned to the Aerospace Engineering Duty Officer (AEDO) community and subsequently reported to the Aviation Training Systems Program Manager (PMA-205) at Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) NAS Patuxent River from January 2008 to June 2010. He served as the F/A-18 Training System Integrated Product Team Lead and managed a $130M yearly budget in support of training for the Hornet, Super Hornet and Growler communities. Frank was then assigned to the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division, where he served as the Deputy Program Director for Aviation Training Systems. After his retirement, Frank joined SSE and now serves as Vice President and Business Development Manager for Government Services.