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Personal View of Mildred M. Laitner

I began working for the Weather Bureau in 1943 at Lambert Field, St. Louis, Missouri. My practical experience had been flying small aircraft. I had learned that the Bureau needed new employees by using their service. I went to work for the Bureau because I had become very interested in weather while flying locally, and there was a need. I started work using my maiden name -Laitner. In 1949 I married and left the Weather Bureau.

The training that the Weather bureau provided was mostly on duty. I was received very well by the other Weather Bureau employees. My first impression was that the work was interesting. Morale on station was very good.

My duties were those of Observer. I worked fairly regular shifts, both day and night. There were about 20 people at my duty station. We worked eight hours a day, forty hours a week. The pay in 1948 was $3351.00.

I would choose to do this type of work again. It was a vital service for military and civilian pilots. Because of the war there was more need for meteorologists. I feel that one of my major contributions was being as quick and accurate as possible.

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