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Veteran of the Month: Jim Slater

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Photographed preparing to visit his farm to feed his livestock in Milan is Vietnam-era veteran, Jim Slater.

By Joyce Ervin

Jim Slater of Milan served in the U.S. Air Force from 1965 to 1968. He completed his basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas before being transferred to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, where he received his training in inspection of survival equipment.
If you were a pilot, on a ship or eating, Slater’s services were essential. Every aspect of military life is dependent on safety and performance. Examples of his duties Slater gave included checking the ailerons that control the roll or bank of the fighter aircraft. Beneath them are the flaps that slow the airplane down or provide lift during landings or short-field takeoffs. These were checked regularly.
Also inspected were life rafts from a four-man to a 20-man raft, Slater said. He even checked the dates on the food the personnel would consume by checking for expiration dates on their sea rations.
His expertise followed him to Okinawa where he served for a year and a half, he said, that included working with sub-nitrates. It was hot there doing that type work and no air conditioning. Besides the heat, what stuck in Slater’s mind was the rains accompanying the Monsoon season.
“It rained for 30 days and 30 nights,” Slater said. Fortunately, he only got wet going from building to building. But, he said, “When it rains here in Milan, I think nothing of it after that.”
Slater was born in Detroit and graduated from Thomas M. Cooley High School. He made Milan his home about 20 years ago. He is a member of the national organization, Vietnam Veterans of America, and an active participant in programs hosted by the Milan Seniors for Healthy Living organization. He is widowed and resides in Milan with his daughter. Still spry and active, he makes the trek each day to his farm here in Milan to feed and milk his goats.
Joyce Ervin is freelance writer reporting on Milan. She can be contacted at jlervin42 [at] yahoo [dot] com.

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