Master Sergeant Leo Sliney, USA
Master Sergeant Leo Sliney is an active-duty Army Green Beret currently assigned to the United States Army Special Operations Command (Airborne). A native of Kodiak, Alaska, Leo grew up commercial fishing with his family. After graduating high school, Leo enlisted in the Army in July 2005 as a Special Forces candidate. After completing Basic Training and Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia, he was assigned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, for Special Forces training. Upon completion of the Special Forces Qualification Course, he earned the coveted Green Beret and was subsequently assigned to C Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, the SOUTHCOM Crisis Response Force, where he served on both an assault and sniper team. In 2012, he volunteered and was selected for an Army Special Mission Unit where he has served for over 10 years.
Leo has deployed in support of several combat and contingency operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, North Africa, and the Levant to include Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Inherent Resolve. He has earned numerous awards and badges including the Silver Star and Ranger Tab.
Leo earned his bachelor’s degree from George Washington University and is currently pursuing a Masters in Business Administration from Duke University.
Leo currently resides in North Carolina with his wife, Samantha, an active-duty Air Force JAG, their son, L.J. (4), and daughter, Drew (2).