Slater FFA honors local veteran

Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Slater High School Advanced Leadership class welcomed class speaker Veteran Chris Brooks of the National Guard Monday, Nov. 30. From left: Nic Ess, Tim Simmons, Kenzie Miller, Landyn Kennedy, Brooks, Abbey Hollon and Kara Davis.

On Monday, Nov. 30, National Guard Veteran Chris Brooks spoke to Slater High School's Advanced Leadership class about his experiences in the service. Brooks grew up in Blackburn and graduated from Santa Fe High School. His son, Landyn Kennedy, is a junior in the Slater FFA Chapter.

Brooks, who is a welder and mechanic for the National Guard, served two different tours of duty overseas. In 2008, he was deployed to Kosovo and provided protection to the local civilians during times of political distress. In 2012, Brooks served in Afghanistan as a mechanic on the Apache helicopters. He also stated, serving in the National Guard has helped him develop a sense of brotherhood with the other men and women he served with.

Brooks gave advice to the class and to anyone considering joining the military.

"Keep your head on straight and do what you're told," said Brooks. "You get out of it what you are willing to put into it."

He expressed that the help one can get paying for further education is a great reason to look into serving, and there are numerous opportunities in agricultural areas for any interested FFA members.

The Slater FFA Chapter salutes all veterans and respects their service. The chapter hopes to continue to interview and honor local veterans for years to come.