M. Isabelle Slifer serves as a United States Army Reserve Ambassador for Virginia. In that appointed position, LTC Slifer promotes awareness of the Army Reserve and the goals and objectives of the Chief, Army Reserve.
LTC Slifer recently retired as the Assistant Director for Army Reserve Affairs at the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA). In 2005 she retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the Army Reserve as an Active Guard Reserve (AGR) Officer.
LTC Slifer received her Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Secondary Education from the State University College at Buffalo, New York. While teaching high school Social Studies she enlisted in the Woman’s Army Corps (WAC), United States Army Reserve in 1975. Two years later she was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Army Reserve after completing Officer Candidate School (OCS).
She continued to teach high school while serving in various Troop Program Units (TPUs) through out Western New York. Isabelle entered active duty as an AGR Officer in 1983.
While on active duty LTC Slifer held both personnel and operational type positions that included assistant Operations Officer for an Army Reserve Reception Battalion, Assistant Professor of Army Senior ROTC, Mobilization Officer at Ft. Dix, New Jersey, Chief of Enlisted Personnel Office and Secretary of the General Staff, 99th Regional Support Command, Pennsylvania, and TPU Policy Officer, Office of the Chief Army Reserve, Washington, DC. On September 1, 2005 Isabelle retired from the United States Army Reserve as the Reserve Component Branch Chief for Personnel Policy Integration, Army G-1, Pentagon.
LTC Slifer is a recipient of the Legion of Merit; Meritorious Service Medal; the US Army Achievement Medal; Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Army Forces Reserve Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; and the Army Staff Badge.
Besides serving on the board of the Army Women’s Foundation, LTC Slifer is a member of the Association of the U.S. Army, American Legion, Reserve Officer’s Association, Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Blue Star Mothers of America, Military Officers Association of America, Civil Affairs Association and is a Charter member of the Women in the Military Service of America Foundation. As a retired teacher, she is a member of the Retired Teachers Association of New York State.
LTC Slifer and her family reside in Woodbridge, Virginia. She is married to LTC (Ret) Gediminas Naujokaitis. Their older son, Pranas, lives in Chicago, IL and their younger son Juozas is a Combat Infantryman Paratrooper veteran currently serving in the Maryland Army National Guard Troop C, 158th Cavalry Squadron (Long Range Surveillance).