Captain Walt “Sarge” Slaughter, a native of Austin, Texas, attended Texas A&M University prior to joining the Navy through the Naval Aviation Cadet program and graduated cum laude from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. In October 1991, Capt. Slaughter was commissioned as an Ensign and designated a Naval Aviator at NAS Meridian, MS. In 2013, he completed the Navy’s Nuclear Power Program, graduating with distinction.
At sea, Slaughter served as a division officer and landing signals officer (LSO) in Sea Control Squadron (VS) 38 aboard USS Constellation (CV 64); Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 as CAG LSO and Fighter Squadron (VF) 211 as assistant maintenance officer aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74); and as a department head in Fighter Squadron (VF) 213 aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Capt. Slaughter commanded the Fighting Blacklions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213 aboard USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) and served as executive officer of USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). He commanded USS New Orleans (LPD 18), leading the ship through a $65 million Chief of Naval Operations Docking Selected Restricted Availability. Capt. Slaughter assumed command of USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) in July 2019, completing a record-breaking, 295-day, around-the-world combat deployment and subsequent homeport shift to San Diego, CA.
Ashore, Slaughter’s assignments include duties as an instructor pilot in Training Squadron (VT) 19 flying the T-2C Buckeye; instructor pilot and training LSO in Sea Control Squadron (VS) 41; executive assistant to the director, Joint Center for Operational Analysis at U. S. Joint Forces Command; special programs requirements officer for the Director, Air Warfare on the staff of the Office of the CNO (OPNAV N88); and as assistant chief of staff for aircraft carrier training (N7) at Commander, Naval Air Forces, U. S. Pacific Fleet.
Capt. Slaughter has amassed more than 4,900 flight hours and 1,207 arrested landings on 15 aircraft carriers during the course of eight combat deployments supporting Operations Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, Inherent Resolve and Freedom Sentinel.