Dustin Slinker

Life track: Military aspirations that began as a child led him to 13 years of service and the rank of Sergeant First Class in the U.S. Army, with five deployments to Iraq and Kuwait, where he was awarded a Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

Mission accomplished: He’s fulfilled two other childhood dreams: live in Alaska and own a fishing and tackle shop. In 2011, on his last day in the Army and days after becoming a father, he opened The Bait Shack on Ship Creek in Anchorage.

On service: “I always knew I wanted to join the military and enjoyed serving alongside soldiers who also took pride in serving our country.” His patriotic mentality is shared by his high school sweetheart-turned-wife Amy, who is still actively serving in the Alaska Army National Guard.

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