Col. James C. (Clift) Slaughter received his commission in 1999 as a Field Artillery officer through the ROTC program at the University of Tennessee. He served in the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) where he was assigned to the 2nd/320th Field Artillery and served as a Company Fire Support Officer and Battery Fire Direction Officer. He later served as Executive Officer for Headquarters Battery 2nd/320th Field Artillery and Commander of the 2nd Field Artillery Detachment in Mosul, Iraq. Upon his transition to the United States Army Reserve in 2004 he served in various assignments throughout the 100th Division culminating as Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding General.
In 2008 Col. Slaughter transitioned to the Psychological Operations Regiment where he served as Commander of the 325th Tactical PSYOP Company (Airborne) in support of Combined Joint Task Force 82 at Kandahar Airfield Afghanistan, Commander of PSYOP Detachment 10 in support of Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa at Camp Lemonnier Djibouti, Executive Officer of the 15th PSYOP Battalion, Executive Officer of the 2nd PSYOP Group, and Commander of the 15th PSYOP Battalion. After battalion command, he served as the Deputy Commanding Officer of the 6th Brigade (CA/PO), 102d Division and most recently as the 80th Training Command G4.
Col. Slaughter is a graduate of the Field Artillery Officer’s Basic and Advanced Courses, the Psychological Operations Qualification Course, and the Command and General Staff Officer’s Course. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star with oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Joint Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal with five oak leaf clusters, four foreign parachutist badges, Air Assault Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab, and the Combat Action Badge.
Col. Slaughter currently resides with his family just outside of Nashville, TN.