Colonel Darren A. Paladino is the Senior Policy Advisor for the Air Force Reserve to the Reserve Forces Policy Board (RFPB), Office of the Secretary of Defense, Washington, D.C. The Reserve Forces Policy Board serves as an independent adviser to the Secretary of Defense, providing advice and recommendations to the Secretary on strategies, policies, and practices designed to improve and enhance the capabilities, efficiency and effectiveness of the seven Reserve components.
Colonel Paladino earned his commission from the United States Air Force Academy, then completed over 11 years on active duty as an aircraft maintenance officer and acquisition program manager before joining the Air Force Reserve in 2007 and serving as an Air Reserve Technician, Active-Guard Reserve officer, and Traditional Reservist. During his career, Colonel Paladino commanded an aircraft maintenance squadron, advised Iraqi forces during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, and served in logistics, resourcing, force programming, and reserve component policy staff assignments at the Major Command, Air Staff, Combatant Command, and Office of the Secretary of Defense levels. Most recently, Colonel Paladino achieved Joint Qualified Officer designation in February 2018 while serving at the United States Transportation Command. In this role as Chief, Deployment Distribution Operations Center, he was responsible for execution oversight of all major deployments conducted by the transportation component commands.
In his civilian professional capacity he serves as a Department of Defense civilian with the Office of the Chief Management Officer at the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with five devices
Air Force Commendation Medal with two devices
Joint Meritorious Unit Citation with one device
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Iraq Campaign Medal with one device
Global War on Terror Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Air and Space Campaign Medal
North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal (Kosovo)
Second Lieutenant May 29, 1996
First Lieutenant May 29, 1998
Captain May 29, 2000
Major May 1, 2006
Lieutenant Colonel August 23, 2011
Colonel March 7, 2016