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M. R. Vandersluis

Captain, United States Navy

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Captain Matthew R. Vandersluis is a native of Detroit, Michigan, and graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 1990. He was designated a Naval Flight Officer in August 1991 and was transferred to the VAQ-129 “Vikings” at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington, for initial training in the EA-6B Prowler.

Following completion of EA-6B training, his initial assignment was with the “Yellow Jackets” of VAQ-138 onboard the USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) where he completed two WESTPAC deployments and a six-month individual augment assignment to Vicenza, Italy, supporting Combined Air Operations over Bosnia Herzegovina and Kosovo.

Captain Vandersluis’ next two tours were back in the EA-6B. First as a flight instructor with the “Vikings” of VAQ-129 and then as a Tactics instructor with the “Scorpions” of VAQ-132, where he completed deployments onboard the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) as well as an expeditionary deployment to Prince Sultan Airbase, Saudi Arabia. During this tour he was selected as the recipient of the “SEA DOG FODOR Leadership Award” for outstanding junior officer leadership in the EA-6B community.

At the completion of his tour with the “Scorpions,” Captain Vandersluis transferred in February 2001 to the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, and graduated with a master's in national security and strategic studies.

Following EA-6B refresher training at VAQ-129, he returned in August 2002 to VAQ-128 for his department head tour, serving as Safety, Administration, Operations and Executive Officer. During this tour he was awarded the “Commander, Naval Air Forces Navy and Marine Corps Leadership Award.”

At the completion of his tour with VAQ-128, he reported to the J35 plans division at Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) where he served for two years as an operational planner. Following this tour, he was selected for aviation commander command and reported to the “Scorpions” of VAQ-132. During this tour, Captain Vandersluis led the squadron through the initial EA-6B Prowler to EA-18 Growler type model series transition.

Following his aviation command tour, Captain Vandersluis spent two years as the Aviation Officer Community manager (BUPERS-3) in Millington, Tennessee, where he was directly responsible for the development and implementation of Naval Aviation Manpower policy and requirements.

At the completion of his tour with BUPERS-3, Captain Vandersluis spent two years in Monterey, California, at the Naval Postgraduate School as the deputy and then dean of students (CO of the Student Military Element) where he was responsible for the 1,700-plus all service student body. Captain Vandersluis was selected for Aviation Major Command out of this tour and reported in June 2013 as the Installation Commanding Officer of Navy Support Facility, Diego Garcia in the British Indian Ocean Territory.

Captain Vandersluis’ most recent tour was as the dean of students at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.

Captain Vandersluis is currently serving as the professor of naval science, commanding officer of the NROTC unit at Marquette University.



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