Captain Timothy Slentz is a native of Dayton, Ohio, the birthplace of aviation, and is a 1993 graduate of the University of Notre Dame. He was designated a Naval Aviator in July 1996.
Before taking command of Naval Base Coronado, he served as the base’s executive officer. His sea-going assignments include service in Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 124, VAW-125, VAW-121, and Carrier Strike Group FOUR. He served as the Commanding Officer of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 121, the Bluetails, from September 2011 to January 2013. During his time in command, VAW-121 earned both the 2012 Battle “E” and the RADM Fred Akers Award in recognition for being the premier VAW squadron in the Navy.
Captain Slentz’s shore assignments have been at VAW-120; the United States Naval War College; Headquarters, United States Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany; and Navy Installations Command, as the Executive Assistant to the Commander.
He earned a Master of Science in Management from Troy University in 1994, as well as a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in 2007.
Captain Slentz has accumulated over 4,300 flight hours and 440 carrier-arrested landings. He is a recipient of the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Strike/Flight Air Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, and numerous unit commendations and awards.
Captain Slentz was named the E-2C Hawkeye Pilot of the Year in both 2000 and 2003 and was honored with the Naval Air Forces NAVY AND MARINE ASSOCIATION Leadership Award in 2005 and 2011. In April 2014, he was selected for and attended the Executive Energy Leadership Institute program at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, CO.