So, the cool part for him? Parts of the movie Top Gun 2 are being filmed at the Naval Base Coronado facilities.
“To have the base be a part of it, especially after having been so influenced by it as a 15-year-old, is incredibly special,” Slentz said.
Among his family members are mother Chris Kettler of Dayton; dad Bob Slentz; stepdad, John Kettler; and siblings Megan, Molly and Tom, who teaches physical education at Northmont.
Slentz and his wife, Christina, also a Notre Dame grad, have three children, Gabby, 17; Grace, 16; and Matt, 12.
Slentz described his job as base commander as being similar to mayor or city manager. The base is made up of eight bases with about 35,000 military and civilian personnel, about 600 of whom work on his staff.
“My job is to ensure the base is able to support the missions of the various tenant commands by providing facilities (training ranges, airfields, piers and quays, fitness centers, galleys, barracks, buildings, etc.) and infrastructure so they can deploy and project naval power,” he said. “Most important to that is to provide the security forces who protect our base and our people. It is an amazing job.”
Slentz began his flight training in August 1994 and earned his “wings of gold” as a Naval aviator in summer 1996. He flew the E-2C Hawkeye aircraft, has more than 4,300 flight hours and 440 carrier arrested landings. He was the E-2C pilot of the year in 2000 and 2003 and Naval Air Forces Navy and Marine Association Leadership Award winner in 2005 and 2011.
He previously worked at the Washington Navy Yard as executive assistant to a vice admiral who oversaw all 71 of the Navy bases worldwide.
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