About Rear Admiral Greg Slavonic Bio

Rear Admiral Greg Slavonic Bio

Rear Admiral Greg Slavonic formerly served as U.S. Navy’s Deputy to the Chief of Information in Washington, D.C., and Director of Public Affairs (Reserve) from June 2001 to 2005. In this duel role he served as principal to the Chief of Information in overseeing and responsible for all aspects of the Navy’s Public Affairs Program and adviser on Strategic Communications issues. Established and maintained professional working relationships and liaison with Navy Secretariat officers, other Department of Defense commands and activities within the Pentagon and in the Washington Capitol Region. In addition, responsible for the training and readiness of more than 500 public affairs reservists assigned to 26 different units across the United States.

In June 2004, Rear Adm. Slavonic was sent to support Operation Enduring Freedom II, Baghdad, Iraq. He was assigned to the Multinational Force-Iraq (MNF-I) staff and served as the senior strategic communications and public affairs officer for Commanding General for MNF-I, and he directed daily operations for Combined Press Information Center (CPIC). He was the first U.S. Navy flag officer assigned to MNF-I and the highest ranking public affairs officer in Iraq.

Rear Adm. Slavonic affiliated with the Navy Reserve and received a commission as a restricted line officer in public affairs. In 1976, he earned a Masters degree from the University of Central Oklahoma.

In November 1990, Rear Adm. Slavonic was deployed to 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 four Combat Correspondent Pools (CCP) on board USS Curts (FFG 38) to document processing and interrogation of more than 40 Iraqi prisoners. Then, to the 18,000-ton amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli (LPH 10) in the Arabian Gulf when it struck an Iraqi underwater tethered mine causing extensive damage and flooding and nearly sinking the ship.

A native of Great Bend, Kan., Rear Adm. Slavonic served four commanding officer tours, staff public affairs officer for the Commander, Readiness Command Eleven and a key member of the commissioning committee for the nuclear-powered, fast-attack submarine USS Oklahoma City (SSN 723).

After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree from Oklahoma State University, Rear Adm. Slavonic enlisted in the Navy. After completing boot camp and Signalman “A” school he received orders to the aircraft carrier USS Constellation (CVA 64) and completed two western Pacific deployments in support of combat operations in Vietnam. His military decorations include: Bronze Star Medal (two awards), Legion of Merit, Presidential Unit Commendation and Combat Action Ribbon.