“Commanders in the field have acknowledged two tactical ‘game changers’: constant surveillance from advances in manned and unmanned aircraft, and the application of law enforcement forensic and biometric techniques on the battlefield. These capabilities remove violent extremists’ greatest defense — anonymity.”

- Lt. Gen. Michael Barbero (Ret.), Director,
Joint IED Defeat Organization, 2011-2013

DFBA Deputy Director

COL Jesse D. Galvan

Deputy Director

COL Jesse D. Galvan currently serves as the Deputy Director of the Defense Forensics and Biometrics Agency, Arlington, VA. He most recently served as the Assistant Commandant, United States Army Military Police School, Fort Leonard Wood, MO.

COL Galvan’s assignments include Commander, 1st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade “Guardians”, Joint Readiness Training Center & Fort Polk, Louisiana; Provost Marshal, Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region/Military District of Washington, Washington DC; Chief of Staff and Director of Plans and Operations for the United States Army Military Police School (USAMPS), Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; Deputy Brigade Commander, 89th Military Police Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas, deployed into Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) 09-11; Commander, 342nd Military Police Battalion “Standard Bearers”, Director of Emergency Services and Provost Marshal, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; Central Action Officer for the Army’s Nonlethal Program and Chief, Army Nonlethal Scalable Effects Center (ANSEC), USAMPS, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; S3 and the Executive Officer, 95th Military Police Battalion “SuperStars”, Mannheim, Germany. During his tenure as the S3, the battalion deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II, February 2004 – January 2005. COL Galvan has had the privilege of commanding at the company level on two occasions commanding Alpha Company, 795th Military Police Battalion, Training Brigade, Fort McClellan, Alabama and Charlie Company, 705th Military Police Battalion, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He served as Provost Marshal, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; Deputy Director of Operations, United States Disciplinary Barracks, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; United States Army Military Police Corps Regimental Exchange Officer to the United Kingdom, London, England; Small Group Leader, Officer Basic Course, USAMPS, Fort McClellan, Alabama; Operations Officer, Regional Correctional Facility, Fort Lewis, Washington; Operations Officer Law Enforcement Command, Fort Lewis, Washington; Platoon Leader, 3rd Platoon, 170th Military Police Company, Fort Lewis, Washington; Platoon Leader, 1st Platoon, 2nd Military Police Company, Camp Casey, Korea.

COL Galvan’s military education includes the Senior Leader Seminar United States Army War College, the United States Army War College, the Joint Chiefs of Staff Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection Level IV Course, resident Command and General Staff College, Military Police Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Formation Search Coordinator’s Course (England), NBC Defense Course, and the U.S. Army Airborne School.

COL Galvan’s military awards include the Legion of Merit (2 OLCs), Bronze Star (1 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (5 OLCs), Army Commendation Medal (1 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (1OLC), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Citation, the Combat Action Badge and the Army Parachutist Badge. COL Galvan was awarded the Order of the Marechaussee, in Silver, in Jun 2017. COL Galvan was also inducted into the Order of Saint Michael in 2003.

COL Galvan’s civilian education includes a Masters in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College, Carlisle, PA; a Master of Science Degree in Adult, Occupational, and Continuing Education from Kansas State University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology with a minor in Correctional Administration, also from Kansas State University.

Top Work Places 2016 & Awards

Mr. Don Salo, DFBA’s Director from 2013 to 2016, received the U.S. Army’s Diversity and Leadership Programs Award for the creation and implementation of best practices supporting diversity and inclusion that earned the agency recognition as a model EEO program within the Army. In addition to an open-door policy, he established brown bag lunches with nonsupervisory employees to address issues at the lowest level. He used multiple avenues to ensure transparent communication up, down, and across the organization, setting a standard for excellence in raising awareness and understanding. Salo’s efforts resulted in recognition by the Washington Post in its annual ‘Top Work Places’ honors.

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