Sergeant Major Slider is a native of Chicago, Illinois. SgtMaj Slider enlisted in the Marine Corps in June of 1993 as an open contract in the delayed entry program.
In June of 1994, he did his recruit training at Parris Island South Carolina. Upon graduating boot camp in August of 1994, Private First Class Slider reported to Camp Geiger, North Carolina for Marine Combat Training.
PFC Slider completed MCT in October 1994 and was assigned to Communication and Electronics School MCB 29 Palms, California in the 2800 military occupational specialty.
Lance Corporal Slider completed the following courses and was assigned the 2841 MOS at C & E Schools: Basic Electronic Course, Radio Fundamental Course, Ground Radio Repair Course and Positioning Locating Reporting System Course.
In September 1995, Lance Corporal Slider was assigned to Electronics Maintenance Company (ELMACO), 1st Maintenance Bn, 1st FSSG stationed at Camp Pendleton, California as a ground radio repairman. Richard Slider achieved the rank of Sergeant during his tour at ELMACO and reached his end of active service in June of 1998 at which time he transferred to the inactive ready reserve.
During the period of June 1998 to October 2001, Sergeant Slider remained inactive in the ready reserve and worked in the Civilian sector in telecommunication moving to Las Vegas, Nevada in August 1998.
In October 2001, Sergeant Slider joined Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Marines as a member of the PWST in Las Vegas. The unit was mobilized in January 2002 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The mobilization lasted for two years ending in January 2004. During that time Slider served many billets to include Supply Chief, Motor Transport Chief, Armory Custodian, Public Affairs Officer, Toys for Tots Coordinator and was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant in 2003.
Upon completion of the two year mobilization, Staff Sergeant Slider transferred back to a drilling status serving as the PWST Public Affairs Officer until transferring to the Marine for Life Program in June 2004. Staff Sergeant Slider served as the M4L Hometown Link Las Vegas until August 2007 at which time he joined Detachment 2, B Company, 6th MTBN as Senior Enlisted Advisor.
On September 1, 2007 Slider was promoted to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant. In April of 2008, GySgt Slider volunteered for a deployment to Iraq OIF 8-2 representing 6th Motors as the senior enlisted for two platoons. The reserve unit joined with active duty counterparts to form Transportation Support Company, 1st Maintenance Bn (forward), 1st MLG. GySgt Slider served as the Company Gunnery Sergeant during the deployment which ended in February 2009.
In June 2009, GySgt Slider transferred back to Det 2, B Co, 6th MTBN to serve as the reserve SNCOIC. The unit was deployed again in 2011 supporting OEF 11-1. GySgt Slider served as Company Gunnery Sergeant for General Support Motor Transportation Company, 2nd Maintenance Bn (forward), 2nd MLG at Camp Leatherneck, Helmand Province Afghanistan.
After a successful deployment, he demobilized in December 2011. During the deployment, GySgt Slider was selected to the rank of First Sergeant from the results of the FY11 promotion board. After demobilizing First Sergeant Slider was transferred to Company c, 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion where he served for three years four months as Company First Sergeant.
First Sergeant Slider was selected to the rank of Sergeant Major on the FY15 promotion board and assigned to Marine Medium Tilt Rotor Squadron 764 as the Squadron Sergeant Major.
Awards and decorations include the Navy Commendation Medal (1), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3), Combat Action Ribbon (1), Navy Unit Commendation (2), Meritorious Unit Commendation (2), Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal (1), National Defense Service Medal (2), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal (1), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (1), Iraqi Campaign Medal (2), Sea Service deployment ribbon (2), Armed Forces Reserve Medal (4), Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal (4) and NATO Medal-ISAF (1).