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Okinawa, Japan
Lieutenant Colonel Slinger

5th ANGLICO Commanding Officer

 As an Artillery Officer, LtCol Slinger began his career in 1998 with Romeo Battery, 5th Battalion, 11th Marines executing the duties as a Forward Observer, Fire Direction Officer, and Executive Officer during his time. Summer of 1999, LtCol Slinger deployed to Egypt to participate in BRIGHTSTAR 99/00. For four months, he was a member of a U.S. contingent responsible for range control as well as a Liaison Officer for the Royal Commando TF participating in the event. Upon his return from Egypt, LtCol Slinger reported to the Battalion S-3 as the Battalion Assistant Operations Officer / Battalion Fire Direction Officer.


Accepting orders in December 2000, LtCol Slinger moved to Ft Sill, OK as a Fire Direction (aka Gunnery) instructor from 2001 to 2003 and as the Marine Battery Commander from 2003 to 2004. At the completion of his time at Ft. Sill, LtCol Slinger reported as a student to the Expeditionary Warfare School in Quantico, VA.

Upon graduation, LtCol Slinger assumed command of Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 10th Marines. During that tenure, he deployed in support of the Unit Deployment Program to Okinawa, Japan providing all weather fire support to 3d Marine Division. Completing his Battery Command in early fall of 2006, and selected for promotion to Major, LtCol Slinger was assigned as the Operations Officer for 1st Battalion, 10th Marines.

As the S-3, LtCol Slinger deployed to Iraq with the Battalion in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) to execute the mission of Task Force Military Police (TFMP). While deployed, the battalion not only secured logistical convoys within the Area of Operations, but also managed three intermediate internment facilities and the military working dog operations. Once returned from Iraq, LtCol Slinger accepted orders to attend USMC Command & Staff College in Quantico, VA earning a Master’s in Military Studies.

After graduating, LtCol Slinger was transferred to the US Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM) in Norfolk, VA where he worked as a Requirements Officer focused on Joint, U.S. Interagency, and Partner Nation integration during Joint Mission Readiness Rehearsals and Training Exercises from 2009 to 2012. Shortly after arriving at USJFCOM, LtCol Slinger was selected as a member of Gen. Mattis’ Forward Support Element in Kabul, Afghanistan to aid in the interaction of USJFCOM equities with ISAF and US Forces – Afghanistan. At the completion of the combat deployment, LtCol Slinger returned to USJFCOM and resumed duties as a requirements officer until accepting orders to Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC) in the summer of 2012.

LtCol Slinger assumed duties as the Artillery and ANGLICO Advocate working in Plans, Policies and Operations (PP&O) where he was the fire support subject matter expertise to the Deputy Commandant, PP&O. Early 2013, upon selection to his current rank, LtCol Slinger was selected by then LTG Mark Milley to be Aide-de-Camp as he assumed duties as ISAF Joint Command (IJC) Commanding General in Kabul, Afghanistan. After the 9-month deployment, LtCol Slinger returned to his duties as the Artillery and ANGLICO Advocate in PP&O and continued to work issues regarding Training, Manning, and Equipping the Fire Support Community until accepting orders to Okinawa, Japan.

Prior to assuming command of 5th ANGLICO, LtCol Slinger has been the Deputy Fires and Effects Coordinator for III MEF since his arrival on Okinawa in 2015.

LtCol Slinger is married to the former Ms. Kimberly D. Weaver of Kiowa, OK and have two sons, ages 14 and 17.