On Oct. 1, Joseph “Jes” Slater, serving in the United States Coast Guard (USCG) as the Officer in Charge of a nearly 60-year-old, 65-foot ice breaking tug named USCGC PENDANT, advanced to Senior Chief Boatswains Mate (E8), a rank that is only achieved by only 2.5 percent of all enlisted Coast Guard members. 

Slater family

The Slater family includes Senior Chief Joseph “Jes” Slater, Gregory, and Pamela.


Senior Chief Slater graduated from Winterset High School in 2001 and enlisted in the USCG in 2004. The son of Steven and Jo Ann Slater, the grandson of Dalton and Mina Jean Slater, is currently stationed in Boston, Mass., with his wife, Pamela, and son, Gregory.