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Rear Admiral Gregory J. Slavonic:

Military Branch:United States Navy
Position: Deputy Chief of Information Director, Naval Reserve Public Affairs
Rear Admiral Gregory J. Slavonic serves as a Deputy to the Chief of Information in Washington, D.C., and as the Director of Navy Reserve Public Affairs. He is responsible for the training and readiness of more than 500 public affairs reservists.
In June 2004, Rear Adm. Slavonic was ordered to active duty in support of Operation Noble Eagle and Operation Enduring Freedom II, Baghdad, Iraq. He was assigned to the Multinational Force-Iraq (MFN-I) staff. He served as the senior public affairs officer for Army Gen. George W. Casey, Commanding General for MNF-I, and the Director, Combined Press Information Center (CPIC).
From June to November, Rear Adm. Slavonic led a 65-person team responsible for ensuring more than 500 national and international media organizations received timely and accurate information concerning daily combat operations throughout the Iraqi theater.
Rear Adm. Slavonic began his naval career in 1971, as a Seaman who enlisted after graduating with a bachelor of science degree in advertising from Oklahoma State University. After completing boot camp at Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, Ill., and attended Signalman "A" school in Newport, R.I., he received orders to the aircraft carrier USS Constellation (CVA 64) and completed two western Pacific deployments.
Upon separation from active duty, Rear Adm. Slavonic affiliated with the Naval Reserve Command in Oklahoma City. He received a direct commission as a restricted line officer in public affairs and, in 1976, earned a master of education degree from the University of Central Oklahoma.
In November 1990, Rear Adm. Slavonic was recalled to active duty for Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He was assigned to the staff of General H. Norman Schwarzkopf at U.S. Central Command and served at the Joint Information Bureau in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. During his tour in the Arabian Gulf theater, Rear Adm. Slavonic served as a Chief of Navy News desk and combat media escort officer, which included escorting media pools on board USS Curts (FFG 38) to document processing and interrogation of more than 40 Iraqi prisoners of war.
He was serving as media escort officer with a media pool on the 18,000-ton amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli (LPH 10) in the Arabian Gulf when it struck an Iraqi underwater tethered mine.
Rear Adm. Slavonic has served four commanding officer tours, twice with Navy Office of Information Southwest Detachment 111 Dallas/Forth Worth and twice with the Office of Information Detachment 411 Oklahoma City. He also served as executive officer of OI Det 411 and staff public affairs officer for REDCOM Eleven.
Rear Adm. Slavonic's Oklahoma City unit earned the Rear Adm. Robert Ravitz Award for Public Affairs Excellence and was a finalist for the Readiness Command Ten Admiral Robert Natter (small) Unit Award. In 1984, Rear Adm. Slavonic was the first recipient of the Naval Reserve Association's "Junior Naval Reserve Officer of the Year" Award.
A native of Great Bend, Kan., Rear Adm. Slavonic was raised and resides in Oklahoma City where he is an account executive with NBC affiliate KFOR-TV. He is a life member of the Naval Reserve Association as well as Oklahoma State University and the University of Central Oklahoma alumni organizations.
Rear Adm. Slavonic has also served as president of the Naval Reserve Association (central chapter); president of the U.S. Navy League (local chapter); minority owner of the Oklahoma City Cavalry (Continental Basketball Association team); and as an adjunct professor at the University of Central Oklahoma. Active in the Oklahoma City Advertising Club and Leadership Oklahoma City .
Awards earned by Rear Adm. Slavonic include the Bronze Star Medal; Meritorious Service Medal (two awards); Navy Commendation Medal (two awards); Navy Achievement Medal (three awards); Presidential Unit Citation; Combat Action Ribbon; Vietnam Cross of Gallantry; Vietnam Service Medal (one star); Republic of Vietnam Service Medal; Southeast Asia Service Medal (two stars); Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia); Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; and the Joint Service Unit Citation, as well as other service and campaign awards.
Updated: 24 March 2005

 

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