My name is Colgate Salomon. My wife Michelle and I have been members of Saint David’s since 2006, shortly after moving to Ashburn from London, England. After attending churches near Ashburn, we immediately found our home here at Saint David’s. Over the years since then, attachment to Saint David’s Church and our congregation has happily grown ever stronger. We are blessed with two adult children, who after college have moved on to start their own careers; Jessica in Denver and Will in the local area. Will was confirmed at Saint David’s and attended a REACH mission trip with me one summer.
Why do I want to serve on the Vestry? To give back for so much given to us. Our family has benefited enormously from the love, prayers, support, and generosity showered on us by the Saint David’s community. I would like to play a role on the Vestry in passing our blessings on to others in need. It will be a Vestry priority to further enrich the spiritual fellowship we all share by ensuring we continue to successfully plan growth and wisely manage resources and financial commitments, especially the Parish Hall Project. I want to continue the Vestry’s success in enabling our ministries in their community engagement. I am a member of our Brotherhood of Saint Andrew, helped develop our Saturday evening service, served on a REACH mission, work on church beautification projects, and occasionally serve as greeter, usher, reader, and assist with youth group meetings. I am a lifelong Episcopalian and learned as a young acolyte that faith guides us in our lives.
Right after graduating from Duke University, I began a 25-year career as a Naval Flight Officer in P-3C maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft. Multiple operational assignments led to seven six-month long forward deployments in my squadrons. The long family separations and the deployed operational challenges we overcame carried me into a closer relationship with God and strengthened my faith.
As a young lieutenant between squadrons, I was an Assistant Professor at Tulane University teaching Naval Science courses, including mentoring, advising and counseling the college midshipmen in the Navy ROTC program. I later served as the Pacific fleet maritime patrol Operations Officer, including managing budgets for all seven USN Pacific-based P-3C squadrons. I later attended the Norwegian National Defense University in Oslo Norway as the U.S. exchange officer and served in a NATO assignment in London England as the NATO exercise coordinator and budget manager.
After retiring from active duty in the Navy, I remained in the Department of the Navy as a Strategic Planner and Program Director for international security cooperation programs, primarily aviation Foreign Military Sales (FMS). My principal role was preparing FMS proposals that met requirements of DOD, inter-agency technology transfer restrictions, export control oversight by Congress and State, and the capacity of our aviation industry, allies and partners. Responsible for USN aircraft participation in 11 international air shows, I also set, prepared, and engaged in over 100 air show business meetings between foreign dignitaries, aviation executives, and our Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for International Programs.
After earning a soccer coaching certificate in England and a national coaching license in the U.S., I became a Boys travel coach with Loudoun Soccer Club for 12 seasons. It was joyful community service and satisfying to be the only unpaid volunteer parent coach for a Loudoun team in the highest tier of the National Capital Soccer League. I loved developing the skills and mentoring the young men I was privileged to coach.
Why should I be on the Vestry? I gained much experience in my Navy career that should help me serve productively on the Vestry. Common threads through most of my Navy career that should help on the Vestry include leadership and mentoring experience, strategic planning, financial management, program management, multicultural team building, and developing consensus among people of diverse experiences and backgrounds.
-Duke University, Durham NC, Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
-Tulane University, New Orleans LA, Master’s in Business Administration
-Norwegian National Defense University, Oslo, Diploma in Norwegian & NATO Defense Studies
-Industrial College of the Armed Forces, D.C., Master’s in National Resource Strategy
St. David's Episcopal Church & School
43600 Russell Branch Parkway
Ashburn, VA 20147
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Weekend Service Times
6 pm Eucharist Service
9:00 am Contemporary Eucharist Service
11:00 am Traditional Eucharist Service