Oklahoma Veteran Greg Slavonic Confirmed to be Assistant Secretary of the Navy

WASHINGTON, DC – The Senate today unanimously confirmed Oklahoma veteran and Retired Rear Admiral Gregory Slavonic to be the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs. Slavonic is a native Oklahoman and former Chief of Staff for Senator James Lankford (R-OK). On May 10, Lankford introduced Slavonic during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee. 

“Rear Admiral Greg Slavonic is the model of public service and I am glad he will be our nation’s next Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs,” said Lankford. “He has dutifully served our nation in the Navy, and he has served the people of Oklahoma as my Chief of Staff.  I am very proud of his long career and dedication to this nation.”

Prior to Slavonic’s role in Lankford’s office, he was a senior leader at the Computer Sciences Corporation, where he planned and executed several nationwide US Navy community outreach engagements. He also served as Executive Director of the Jim Thorpe Association; and as President of Flagbridge Strategic Communications, a consulting company focused on strategic communications and leadership. Mr. Slavonic retired from the US Navy after a 34-year career, where he originally enlisted as a Seaman Recruit and, after repeatedly distinguishing himself, was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral. During his Navy career, he held four command assignments, served in combat deployments to Vietnam, Operation Desert Shield/Storm, and Operation Iraqi Freedom, and was awarded numerous decorations including the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Presidential Unit Citation, and Combat Action Ribbon. Mr. Slavonic earned a BS from Oklahoma State University and M.Ed. from the University of Central Oklahoma, where he was recognized with a Distinguished Alumni Award.