North Georgia Veterans

Please join us 

If you served in the armed forces of the United States, we would like to invite you to join with us for lunch and fellowship on the 2nd Wednesday of each month in the Mountains Grill at the Big Canoe Clubhouse.   Our meetings start at 11:30am and usually end by 1:30pm.  Cost is $17 per person and includes a great buffet lunch.  Dress is informal for our monthly meetings.

Membership is open to all who served and received an honorable discharge.  There is no cost to becoming a member of North Georgia Veterans, so please complete an online application today.

North Georgia Veterans 
8th Annual Banquet
8 November 2017

Sergeant Major (SGM) Kerry Dyer
        Chief Military Science Instructor                     University of North Georgia, Dahlonega

SGM Dyer entered the Army on May 27, 1988 as a Cavalry Scout and graduated from One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort Knox, Kentucky. He was awarded the MOS 19D (Cavalry Scout).
SGM Dyer’s first tour of duty was with E TRP 1/12 CAV (OPFOR) from October 1988 through June 1991. From July 1991 through June 1994, he was assigned overseas to C TRP 1/1 CAV in Buedingen, Germany as a Bradley Gunner on the M2 Bradley. In July 1994 through May 1997, he returned stateside and served as a Scout Section Sergeant to A TRP 1/2 ACR in Fort Polk, LA. While assigned there, he deployed to Haiti in support of “Operation Uphold Democracy” for five months. From June 1997 through January 1999 he served as a Drill Sergeant in C Company 1/46 INF BN, Fort Knox, Kentucky and was selected as Drill Sergeant of the Year for FY 1997. From January 1999 through July 2000, he served as the Senior Drill Sergeant of A TRP 5/15 CAV Fort Knox, Kentucky. 
From August 2000 through August 2002 he served as a Scout Anti-Tank Platoon Sergeant in L TRP 3/2 ACR Fort Polk, LA, and in September 2002 through July 2004, he returned overseas to the 7th Army Training Center as a Scout Platoon Observer Controller at the Joint Maneuver Readiness Center (JMRC) Timberwolf Team in Hohenfels, Germany. 
SGM Dyer assumed the duties as First Sergeant from August 2004 through June 2005 of C Company 1-35 AR BN in Baumholder, Germany, and from June 2005 through January 2007 of HHC 1-35 AR BN, with deployments to Kuwait as Theater Reserve Force and Camp Ramadi, Iraq. From March 2007 through June 2008, SGM Dyer was assigned as the Deputy Commandant of the United States Army Noncommissioned Officer Academy at FT. Knox, Kentucky. From June 2009 until Jan 2012, SGM Dyer was assigned as the Brigade Operations Sergeant Major for 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, with a deployment to Operation Enduring Freedom (RC East) 10-12. From Jan 2012- Jan 2014
SGM Dyer was assigned as the Command Sergeant Major of 5th Squadron 7th Cavalry Regiment for 3rd Infantry Division, with a deployment to Operation Enduring Freedom (RC South) as part of a Security Forces Advisory Team (SFAT) 12-13. From Jan 2014-until Dec 2015 SGM Dyer was assigned to the HQDA, Office of the Sergeant Major of the Army, as the Leader Development Sergeant Major (Education) for the Nominative Sergeants Major. From Jan 2016 to present SGM Dyer was assigned to the University of North Georgia Military Science Department. He is currently serving as the Chief Military Science Instructor. 
SGM Dyer is a graduate of the United States Army Sergeant Major’s Academy class 59. He has attended military courses that include all levels of the Noncommissioned Officers Education System; other courses include, Manager Development Course, Action Officer Development Course, NBC Officer Course, Airborne Course, Air Assault Course, Drill Sergeant Course, First Sergeant Course, How the Army Run Course, Legal Orientation Course, Battalion Pre-Command Course, Senior ROTC Pre-CMD, SOCC Instructor Course, Facilitator Course and several other career-enhancing schools. He also has an Associate’s Degree from the University of Maryland, Bachelor’s Degree from Excelsior College and a Masters Degree from Webster University. 
SGM Dyer’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star w/2 oak leaf clusters, Meritorious Service Medal w/6 oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal w/3 oak leaf clusters, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal w/6 oak leaf clusters, Army Superior Unit Award, Navy Unit Commendation Award, Good Conduct Medal w/7 oak leaf clusters, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, United Nations Medal, Global War of Terrorism Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal w/ Campaign Star, Afghanistan Campaign Medal w/ Campaign Star, NATO Medal (ISAF) Recipient of the Draper Armor Leadership Award, Order of Saint George (Bronze Medallion), Order of the Spur, Drill Sergeant Badge, Airborne Badge, Air assault Badge, Driver’s Badge, Army Staff Badge and is a member of the prestigious Sergeant Audie Murphy and Sergeant Morales Club.
Our banquet will also be attended by Colonel Brent Cummings the Professor of Military Science at the University of North Georgia and the Cadet Color Guard, who will formally post and retrieve the colors at our banquet.  
Please plan to attend to welcome these outstanding soldiers and cadets from the University of North Georgia.
Communications Director
North Georgia Veterans

Reservations close at 3pm, 3 November 2017.


North Georgia Veterans
Celebrate Veterans Day

11am - Saturday

11 November 2017 

Big Canoe Chapel

Lieutenant Colonel Rebecca A. Gray

The North Georgia Veterans, assisted by Cub Scout Pack #20, will sponsor a Veterans Day Program at 11:00 AM on November 11th, 2017, in the Big Canoe Chapel, Big Canoe, GA. The North Georgia Veterans chorus will provide patriotic music and a featured speaker honoring all veterans by Lieutenant Colonel Rebecca A. Gray USAF. 

The featured speaker is Lieutenant Colonel Rebecca A. Gray.

Lt Col Gray is Director, Inspector General (Complaints) for United States Air Force’s premier Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) wing and three geographically separated units. She identifies areas of concern within the wing and provides the commander with advice, trend analysis and corrective resolution. She develops strategies and conducts Inspector General reviews, investigations, fraud waste and abuse disclosures, and Presidential and Congressional inquiries. 

Lt Col Gray is a native of Hermosa Beach, California and daughter of Robert F. Currie III and Ann Marie Currie. Upon graduating as a three time All-American in springboard diving from the United States Air Force Academy, Lt Col Gray received her active duty commission in 1994. In 1995, she was selected as a World Class Athlete culminating in the World Games, Rome, Italy. Her active duty career includes a number of assignments overseeing base-wide food service, lodging, fitness, child and youth development programs, mortuary and recreation.

In 1998, Lt Col Gray joined the Air Force Reserve and served as the Combat Support Flight Commander of the 325th Services Squadron, Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida and Squadron Commander of the 16thServices Squadron, Hurlburt Field Air Force Base, Florida. In 2009, Lt Col Gray joined the Georgia Air National Guard where she stood up a newly created Services Command and Control Team, a specialized disaster response team for FEMA Region IV located at Georgia Air National Guard Headquarters, Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Georgia. In 2011, Lt Col Gray was selected as a Secretary of Defense Fortune 500 Corporate Fellow assigned to Georgia Power Company in Atlanta, Georgia. Her research focused on changes in the utility industry and how it affects the culture and operation of the Department of Defense. Prior to her current role, she served as Commander of the 116th Force Support Squadron, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. Her squadron supported 2,900 airmen of the Georgia Air National Guard for the Adjutant General.

In her civilian capacity, Lt Col Gray has served as co-CEO of a non-profit community development organization targeting inner city neighborhoods with an emphasis on housing, youth and senior programs, education and economic development. Her work culminated in co-founding a 700 + student elementary charter school in Atlanta. Lt Col Gray is employed at Southern Company in Atlanta, Georgia.

She is married Lt Col Christopher Gray, USAFR retired of Houston, Texas. Both are proud parents of three daughters Gracie Jane, Jasmine and Kennedy. 

Uniform of the day is casual, unless you are part of the program in which case you should wear your NGV uniform.

Please plan to arrive no later than 1045 hours, so we can begin on time.  No need for any registration, justcome.

Invite your friends and neighbors to help acknowledge those who have and continue to serve our Country.


Event registration - Click meeting date below

08 Nov 2017 6:00 PM • Mountains Grill at Big Canoe Clubhouse

2017 Lunch Menu

4th quarter – Soups and salad for October only

October – Beef tip tenderloin over noodles
November (evening banquet meal) – To Be Determined 
December – (Army/Navy game?) – To Be Determined 

Important links to Remember

Big Canoe Wellness Collaborative Assistance -   Phone 706-268-3441 [Fitness Center]

To order a replacement DD-214 -

Apply for VA health benefits online -

Georgia National Cemetary - Canton, GA -

Veteran EOL Benefit
End of Life.pdf

Order form for NGV name badge -
Name Badge Order Form.doc

Order NGV imprinted merchandise -
To order imprinted merchandise contact.doc

Memorial template for your funeral -
North Georgia Veterans Memorial Service template.doc

Benefits for Aging Veterans -

Drew Early Veterans Benefit Presentation -
N. GA Veterans Benefits 4.10.13.ppt

To order campaign tie and/or miniature medals -
Click on uniform components tab above for appropriate order links.

2017 New Members

James Fraser - Navy
Chris Kemp - Army
Barbara Schneider - Honorary
Judith Persing - Honorary
Michael Tiller - Air Force
Dickie Purser - Air Force 
Hunter Bell - Marine Corps 
Robert Colvin - Army 
James Knapp - Air Force 
Richard Fonde - Air Force 
William Nelson - Army 
Mark Herrington - Army 
Josh Doup - Army 
( R ) Michael Mizell - Army 
Patrick Lane - Air Force 
Doug Hanley - Marine Corps 
Ed Mcknight - Air Force 
David Ralston - Air Force  
Richard Schnar - Army 
Donald Bankhead - Army 
Liz Shoemaker - Honorary 
Sharon Johnson - Honorary
Dennis Durham - Army
Norm Semple Marine Corps
Richard Hubbard - Army
Jeff Bolles - Air Force
Kenneth Stepp - Air Force
Edward Hill - Air Force


Reservation Problems??

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