This award was established to honor the memory of John Cordts Slack. John earned a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Minnesota in 1991, and a Master’s of Science in Strategic Intelligence in 1994 from the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Joint Military Intelligence College, Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, D.C. He was a retired Major in the U.S. Air Force, and served six tours in the Middle East as a member of the Wisconsin Air National Guard between and during the two Gulf wars. John was always proud and honored to serve his country.
He also loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting, fishing, hiking, boating and camping, and enjoyed many family vacations on the Gulf Coast of Florida. He was a beloved father, son, spouse, brother, cousin, nephew, and friend to many who miss him dearly.