Envision’s salute to veterans

Angela Cato - Nov 09, 2018

Tags: Industries    Manufacturing    Veterans   
Over the past few months, the #NIBSalutetoVets social media hashtag has brought international attention and awareness to the many men and women of the Armed Forces who are blind who work at National Industries for the Blind-associated agencies. Envision small assembly team member and former Air Force Staff Sergeant Dale Wilson was one of the employees featured on NIB’s Facebook page.
 
Veterans Day on November 11 provides another opportunity to recognize Dale and all other Envision employees with military backgrounds in Wichita, Dallas and our 16 Envision Xpress base supply centers in California, Washington, Tennessee, Nebraska, Kansas, Idaho, North Dakota, Wyoming, Missouri and Colorado.
 
Their work manufacturing Skilcraft products and providing essential services directly benefits the federal government and U.S. military, including the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
 
Dale joined the Envision Industries team in November 2000. After 18 years, he still finds fulfillment in manufacturing products for the U.S. government and military. He primarily works on two AbilityOne product lines, Visi-belt light reflective safety belts and gun slings, and he doesn’t let the glaucoma that has taken most of his vision slow him down.
 
Dale served stateside in the U.S. Air Force from 1953-1963 as an aircraft mechanic, rising through the ranks to become a staff sergeant. The most intense time in his service came during the Cuban Missile Crisis when he and several other servicemen were sent to Syracuse, N.Y. on a plane loaded with bombs to stand ready to attack Cuba.
 
At any moment during a weeklong period, Dale had to be prepared to accompany the crew on a bombing mission, carrying the crucial responsibility of keeping the plane in flight condition. The crisis did end, but the memories of personally being that close to nuclear war have stayed with him to this day.