Tom Kazanski was born in 1959 and joined the naval aviation wing of the US Navy, joining the elite Top Gun school under the callsign "Iceman". Kazanski flew with Ron "Slider" Kerner, and the two of them were known for being cocky. Kazanski was at first the rival of Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, competing with him for the plaque signifying the top student of the class. He won the prize, but he earned immense respect for Mitchell after his friend Nick "Goose" Bradshaw's death and after Mitchell saved him during the rescue mission of SS Layton from hostile waters.30 years after his exploits in Top Gun. Kazanski has achieved the rank of Admiral and is serving as the commander of the U.S. Pacific fleet. He requested Mitchell to teach at the TOPGUN school believing he was the only one to get an team ready. It's revealed that he's dying from cancer making it painful to talk. He dies days after Maverick visits him for the last time. Maverick and the pilots attend his funeral, where he is honored with a missing man formation and Maverick pounds his wings into the casket.