Colonel Steven A. Sliwa, USA, was commissioned in 1986 upon graduation from the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York. After graduation from the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, he was assigned to the 1/320th Field Artillery Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He attended the Armor Officer Advanced Course at Fort Knox, Kentucky in 1990 and was then assigned to the 3rd Armored Division Artillery, Hanau, Germany where he deployed with the division for Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Based on the drawdown of forces in Germany in 1992, he was reassigned to the 25th Infantry Division (Light) where he served as a Battalion Fire Support Officer, Battery Commander, and the S-3 for the International Police Monitors, Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti.
In 1995, COL Sliwa was assigned to the U.S. Army Personnel Command, Alexandria, Virginia where he served as a Field Artillery Assignment Officer. In 1996, he served as the Aide de Camp to the Commander of U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, Arlington, Virginia. He attended the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC) and earned a Masters of Military Arts and Sciences in Military Space Applications in 1998. After graduation from CGSC, he was assigned to Fort Drum, New York where he served as a Brigade Fire Support Officer and Battalion Executive Officer of 3-6 Field Artillery, 10th Mountain Division (Light). Subsequently, he was assigned to the Joint Staff, J-5 from 2000 to 2002 serving as a Strategic Planner in the Deputy Directorate for Strategy and Policy. He was assigned to the U.S. Army’s first Stryker Brigade Combat Team and Commanded 1-37 Field Artillery from 2002 – 2004 at Fort Lewis, Washington. The battalion deployed to Mosul, Iraq and served as a maneuver Task Force during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
COL Sliwa served as National Security Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts from 2005 to 2006. Following his fellowship, he served on the Army Staff as the Chief of the Current and Future Warfighting Capabilities Division, within G-3/5/7. He commanded the 210th Fires Brigade, Camp Casey, Korea from 2009 to 2011. Under his leadership, the 210th Fires Brigade was awarded the Army Superior Unit Award for its actions following the shelling of Yeonpyeong-Do Island by North Korea in 2010. He then served as the G-3/5/7/9 for 8th Army, Seoul, Korea from 2011 to 2012. Prior to becoming the REF Director, he completed a second assignment on the Joint Staff as the J5 Assistant Deputy Director for Joint Strategic Planning.
His military awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (one Oak Leaf Cluster), the Bronze Star Medal (one Oak Leaf Cluster), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal (with 7 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Republic of Korea Order of National Security Merit Sam-Il Medal, the Joint Staff Identification Badge, the Army Staff Identification Badge, the Combat Action Badge, the Air Force Space Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge and the Ranger Tab.
He is married to the former Erin Shea of San Diego, California. They have four children, 2LT Alexandra Tellez (23), Jessica (21), Colin (11), James (8), and reside in Annandale, Virginia.