Someone sent us that photo last night of Melvin Gerard Slack Jr who announced his candidacy for mayor of Shreveport, LA and he’s using his military career as a basis for his run. our friends at Guardian of Valor got an expeditious turn around on a FOIA on the dude. To begin with, he’s wearing an Air Force uniform, but he served in the Navy and the Army, well, here GoV runs down the uniform;
1. He is wearing Air Force ABU’s(Airman Battle Uniform), which the Air Force did not start issuing to enlisted trainee’s until 2 October 2007.
2. He is wearing the Flag on the left arm, which the Air Force does not even wear a flag, the Army wears it on the right arm.
3. He is wearing the US Army Special Forces patch on his left arm, as well as the 4th Infantry Division patch which is wrong as it should not be oriented where it looks like a square. It should be oriented in a way that it is diamond-shaped.
4. He has US Army BDU tapes sewn on both sides, his name should be one side. He also has SGT rank sewn on the collars, also for the BDU, which the Army no longer issues.
5. The Air Force patch he is sporting on his left pocket seems to be the 2nd Bomb Wing patch, and the one on his right pocket is Air Combat Command.
6. He is also wearing a Desert Storm Veteran hat.
The FOIA says;
According to his official records Melvin enlisted into the US Navy on JANUARY 25th 1989 and was discharged from the Navy during training on MARCH 27th, 1989. A few months later he enlisted in the US Army on MAY 23rd, 1989 and was Discharged due to Medical reasons on MAY 8th, 1991.
His records also show he was not anywhere near Kuwait/Iraq/Saudi Arabia during Desert Storm/Shield. Operation Desert Shield began on August 7th 1990 and Desert Storm began with the air war phase at 3 a.m., Jan. 17, 1991 (Jan. 16, 7 p.m. Eastern time) and was followed by a ground assault on 24 February 1991.
On October 11th 1989 Slack was en-route to Germany and was assigned to the 66th Transportation Company. On May 21st 1990 he was on patient hold in Fort Rucker, Alabama, and was later discharged on the 8th of May 1991.
Yeah, I wouldn’t vote for him because obviously he has no respect for any uniform if that’s how he wants to portray himself. I guess the NDSM convinces him that he’s a Desert Storm veteran, because he never served in the theater or even supported any operations there. But your experience may be different.
Category: Phony soldiers