Cmdr. Matt Kaslik
Deputy Director of Athletics (Military)
Commander Matt Kaslik was born on the Naval Academy `Yard' at Hospital Point the week following the 1972 Army/Navy football game. He returned to the Academy in 1991 becoming a three-year lettermen with the football team and graduated with a bachelor's degree in oceanography upon his commissioning in May 1995.
Following Naval Flight Officer training in Pensacola, Florida he was assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron ONE THREE FIVE from 1998 to 2002 flying in the EA-6B Prowler. He made one expeditionary deployment and two WESTPAC deployments on USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) with Carrier Air Wing ELEVEN while supporting Operations DESERT FOX, SOUTHERN WATCH, NORTHERN WATCH and ENDURING FREEDOM. He served as the Avionics/Armament Division Officer and Personnel Officer.
After being selected for the Personnel Exchange Program (PEP) with the German Air Force, he reported to the Defense Language Institute under instruction. In 2003, he reported to Fighter Bomber Squadron 321 at Lechfeld Airbase in Bavaria, Germany flying the Electronic Combat Reconnaissance (ECR) Tornado as a Weapons Systems Officer until 2005. After completion of his PEP tour, Commander Kaslik reported to USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67) as the Assistant Air Operations Officer. He also served as part of the Bridge Team earning his Fleet Officer of the Deck (Underway) qualification.
In 2006, he was ordered back to VAQ-135 for his Department Head tour from 2006 to 2009. He served as the Safety, Admin and Operations Officer while deployed during two WESTPAC deployments on board USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) with Carrier Air Wing ELEVEN in support of Operations ENDURING and IRAQI FREEDOM. During his Department Head tour he attained his Joint Professional Military Education (JPME Phase I) certification and Command Duty Officer (Underway) qualification.
CDR Kaslik reported to his `Joint Tour' with the Defense Information Systems Agency Pacific (DISA PAC) in Pearl Harbor, HI as a Program Manager from 2009 to 2012. He deployed to Iraq as the Officer-In-Charge of the DISA Support Element-Iraq long range telecommunications team during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and soon after served as DISA PAC's Chief of Staff. He attended the Joint Forces Staff College earning his JPME Phase II certification and subsequently received his Joint Qualified Officer designation.
Prior to returning to the Academy, he served on board USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74) from 2012 to 2014 as the Assistant Air Officer, "Mini Boss". He deployed on an eight month combat WESTPAC deployment in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM helping STENNIS earn the coveted "Jig Dog" Ramage Award with Airwing NINE for best Carrier/Airwing team. He serves as the Class of 1995's Class Secretary.
CDR Kaslik earned his master's degree in international relations from the University of Oklahoma and his personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal Strike/Flight (5th Award), four Navy Commendation Medals, one with Combat "V" device and three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals. He and his wife, Julie from Auburn, Washington, have twin daughters, Kylie and Alexis.