George Slike (1951 - 2014)

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George Clifton Slike, 62, North Miami, Fla., passed away July 14, 2014.
Born Sept. 6, 1951, in Pittsburgh, he was raised in Sigel, and was adopted by Leonard S. Slike and Ruth Ida Rought Slike.
He was a graduate of Brookville Area High School, Class of 1969. He attended college and received a Bachelor's degree in Criminology and Law Enforcement from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Pa.
He was a graduate of many specialized programs in counter terrorism, surveillance detection/counter surveillance and security operations.
George C. Slike served more than 27 years as a Special Agent with the U.S. Department of State, Diplomatic Security Service (DSS). While with DSS, he was assigned to both domestic and international positions encompassing dignitary protection, surveillance detection/counter-surveillance, criminal investigations and physical security.
Mr. Slike was skilled in dealing with officials at local, state, national and international levels. He held instructor certification with the Federal Law Enforcement Training Accreditation.
Mr. Slike was well versed in dignitary protection and surveillance detection/counter-surveillance operations. He had served on the protective details for two Secretaries of State and numerous visiting dignitaries. He had also served as Agent-in-Charge of protective details for U.S. Ambassadors in San Salvador, El Salvador, Ankara, Turkey and Beirut, Lebanon as well as providing sole security coordination for the U.S. Middle East Peace Negotiator in Beirut, Lebanon in 1983.
As a member of DSS's Protective Intelligence Investigations Division, Mr. Slike conducted and supervised protective intelligence operations, to include surveillance detection/counter surveillance, in support of the Secretary of State and high threat protectees both domestic and foreign. Mr. Slike conducted surveillance detection/counter surveillance operations at the Peace Talks at the Wye River Plantation and at the Dayton, Ohio Peace Accord. He had conducted vulnerability assessments, surveillance detection/counter surveillance and security surveys of U.S. diplomatic facilities overseas and managed and supervised 150-200+ person security guard forces at U.S. embassies overseas.
Mr. Slike, was a team leader with the Mobile Training Teams, supervised a 4-6 person unit of highly trained agents responsible for providing counter-terrorism training to U.S. Embassy personnel assigned in critical/high threat locations such as Egypt, Sudan, El Salvador and Haiti. As part of its mission, this unit also responded to U.S. Embassies in crisis to augment security and to provide surveillance detection/counter surveillance capability.
He served as a unit supervisor in the Miami Field Office (MFO) training and mentoring first tour Special Agents in criminal investigations and dignitary protection. During his tenure at MFO, he served as acting Special Agent-in-Charge and acting Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge.
Prior to his service with DSS, Mr. Slike served six years as a police officer with the Montgomery County, Md., Department of Police.
Mr. Slike was also a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Reserve, Military Police Corps. Mr. Slike retired as a Lieutenant Colonel with 28 years' service. Mr. Slike had received both Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards in recognition of his service to the U.S. Department of State.
Survivors include a sister, Theresa Slike; nephew, Jeremiah Shepard and family (Gretchen, wife and three children: Skylar, Michael, and Austin); and a niece, Tiffany Johns and family.
He was preceded by his mother and father, Ruth and Leonard Slike.
A viewing will be held from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. July 30, 2014, at the McKinney Funeral Home, 345 Main St., Brookville, PA 15825. The funeral service with Catholic mass will be held at 10 a.m. July 31, 2014, at the Immaculate Conception Church, Brookville. George C. Slike will be laid to rest at the St. Dominic's Catholic Cemetery in Sigel. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his memory to George C. Slike c/o Jeremiah Shepard at Navy Federal Credit Union.
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Published in The Courier Express from July 23 to July 24, 2014
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