Master Sergeant James R. Slife III joined the United States Marine Corps on Nov. 2, 1993, starting his 23-year career. He retired on Nov. 4, from Marine Special Operations Command (MARSOC), Camp Lejeune, N.C.
A native of Piqua, the 42-year-old Slife attended Piqua schools until the age of 12, when he moved to Fletcher, and attended Miami East High School.
After graduating from Miami East, Slife joined the civilian workforce for a year until he enlisted with the Marine Corps. He graduated from Marine Corps Recruit Training Parris Island, S.C.
Slife’s personal awards include the Bronze Star medal, Defense Meritorious Service medal, joint service commendation, joint service achievement, three Navy achievement medals, and two combat action ribbons.
Slife has been married to Angela K. Smith, also from Piqua, for 22 years. They live in Hampstead, N.C., with their songs Colton, 11, and Caleb. 8.