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Sunday, September 17, 2006


Key speaker at first Reunion Association meeting in Virginia Beach 2002. During his long distinguished career. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal(three); Navy and Marine Corp Achiement Medal(two); and various service and campaign awards. He is a
Master Training Specialist, and has earnedthe coverted
Enlisted Surface and Aviation Warfare Specialist qualifications.

Force Master Chief Slingerland was selected to serve as the tenth
Force Master Chief (FORMC) for Commander Naval Surface Force,
U.S. Atlantic Fleet in 1999 until retirement. He graduated in 1972 from the
University of New York earning an Associates of Arts and Sciences
degree in Journalism. His Navy enlistment began in August 1972,
when he attended recruit training in Orlando, Florida. His initial
sea duty assignment was as a Fire Control Technician Seaman on the
USS BOWEN (DE 1079), home ported in Newport, Rhode Island
and Charleston, South Carolina. Subsequent sea assignments
included tours in Pre-Commissioning USS BRISCOE (DD 977) as
Division Leading Petty Officer; USS O'BANNON (DD 987)
as Combat Systems Department LCPO and Senior Enlisted Advisor;
USS VIRGINIA (CGN 38), as Command Master Chief (CMC)
from 1989 to 1991, serving in direct support of Operations
Desert Shield/Storm; and (CMDC) in USS WASP (LHD 1)
from 1994 to 1997.
Master Chief Slingerland served as Senior Instructor at Gunfire Con-
trol System Mk 86, Service Schools Command, Great Lakes, Illinois
earning the prestigious "Master Training Specialist" designation; as
Naval Gunfire Support Mobile Training Team instructor and CMC at
Naval Amphibious School, Little Creek, Virginia; CNO-directed CMC
(CNOCM) for Commander, Training Command, U.S. Atlantic Fleet;
and CNOCM for Commander Navy Region Mid-Atlantic.
FORMC Slingerland is a graduate of the Navy Senior Enlisted Academy,
Class 75 (Blue) and has earned the Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist and
Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist qualifications. Bill retired in 2002.
IN RETIREMENT, Bill worked as Program Manager and Quality
Assurance Manager for Anteon Corporation until September 2004.
Desiring a position more directly involved with Sailors and thier
families, he accepted a position with the Navy Mutual Aid Association.
His responsibilities include making formal Veterans' and Survivors'
Benefits Presentations ashore and afloat commands of the five Sea
Services, veterans' fraternal organizations and family support groups.
He is enrolled in Excelsior College, actively completing degree requirements
in Organizational Leadership and Management; he is also puruing a
Chartered Financial Counselor (ChFC) designation with
The American College.


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