Bill Gibson Honored
11 March 2015
Immediate Past President, Bill Gibson was recognized for his service to our organization at our March luncheon. Current President Terry Ward presented Bill with a plaque commemorating his service and leadership. Bill was accompanied by is wife Susan, who arrived separately as a surprise guest.
Col. Jack N. Tobin , U S Army Special Forces (Ret)
"General George Washington at Valley Forge"
North Georgia Veterans April Meeting/Luncheon will be held Wednesday,
April 8th at 11:30 AM in the Mountains Grill, Sconti Clubhouse. Our
speaker is Col. Jack N. Tobin , U S Army Special Forces (Ret), who will
be speaking to us on the subject of General George Washington at Valley Forge. Col Tobin has been our guest speaker on earlier occasions and always presents an interesting program.
Our speaker graduated from Special Forces Training Group in 1968, as a communications supervisor. He served with 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), and was fortunate to serve with B55 “Mike Force” in the 5th
SFG(A), Republic of Vietnam. He commanded ODAs (Operational
Detachment-Alpha/the standard 12 man team composed of U S Army Special
Forces operators) in the 11th SFG(A), and retired after
serving as Chief of Plans, Combined Forces Command, Afghanistan,
2004-2005. Between these assignments there were a series of interesting
posts in CONUS, Central and South America, Europe and Asia.
Since retirement he was the Special
Forces consultant on the conversion of nuclear submarines to Special
Operations Forces platforms, and was one of the writers of the Army
Special Operations Forces “Future Operating Concepts 2016-2025”. In 2012
he was named a Distinguished Member of the Special Forces Regiment, and
currently serves as the President of the Special Forces Regiment.
There have been problems reported with our reservation system. We have not been able to repeat the symptoms with testing and therefore we are asking for your help.
Upon completion of your event registration / reservation you should find a confirmation email in your In-box or spam folder. If you do not receive the confirmation message chances are your request was unsuccessful. If after a second attempt you do not successfully complete the process please contact Paul Goldstein for assistance: mailto:Paul.F.Goldstein@gmail.com
Lastly, please keep your confirmation message until the completion of the luncheon. In case your name is not on the sign-in list, we will need this message to help hunt down what happened.
I. Camp Merrill Open House - 2015
Camp Frank D. Merrill Open House on 25
The Open House is from 1100 to 1700,
and is open to the public. Typically, about 3,000 civilians from the
local area attend and it's a great event for veterans, civilians,
families, and children of all ages. It's mostly outside, and there is
a little walking involved, though we do have designated vans for
transportation for the less mobile.
the day there are a number of demonstrations, including: -
Mountaineering climbing and rappelling - Live snake show -
Hand-to-hand combatives - The centerpiece demonstration is the
Rangers in Action, featuring a demonstration by Fort Benning's
parachute demonstration team, followed by an infantry
squad's demonstration of an air assault insertion, FRIES insertion,
SPIES extraction (all via UH-60), and an ambush. It's a good idea to
bring sunglasses for the parachute demonstration, and clear lenses
for the Air Assault/SPIES/FRIES, as the viewing area for spectators
is close to the aircraft when they come to a hover and they kick up
some debris. For young children, it's a good idea to bring some
hearing protection (lots of blank fire, explosions, and smoke
grenades) during the RIA.
Additionally, static displays will be
set up all day to observe and put hands on our equipment, which
includes US and foreign weapons, aircraft, parachuting equipment,
maritime equipment (SCUBA, zodiacs, etc), vehicles, mountaineering
equipment, medical equipment, commo equipment, and camouflage. After
the RIA demonstration, an infantry squad in full kit is available to
see how Soldiers wear and carry current equipment.
Below is a website with a few photos
from last year's event, from a local reporter & a facebook site:
II. For the Warriors Foundation
Charity Golf Tournament & Celebration Dinner
June 7 - 9, 2015
Click below for information
Event registration - Click meeting date below
08 Apr 2015 11:30 AM • Mountains Grill at Big Canoe Clubhouse
18 Jun 2015 10:30 AM • Marietta, GA
2015 Lunch Menu
2nd quarter – Includes two soups and salad
April – Beef stroganoff with pasta
May – Center pork chop with sauce
June – Grilled chicken breast
Important links to Remember
Robert Watson - Army
Dick Dame - Army
Michael Whatley - Army
Jim Curland - Navy
Ray Jones - Air Force
Jeptha V. Greer - Army
Annette Ripley - Army
Ralph Ripley - Army
Attention NGV Members
Please send an email expressing your interest to mailto:Paul.F.Goldstein@gmail.com indicating what equipment you have to display.
The Board in cooperation with Darryl Anderson has decided to move ahead with the Artifacts Exhibit immediately following the April 8th Luncheon Meeting. The exhibit will be conducted in the Club Room of the Clubhouse.
We have been contacted by eight exhibitors and are still interested in securing additional participation. Artifacts of various types including weapons, documents, uniforms, equipment, Etc from any war or campaign can be displayed along with some explanatory information if possible. This show is open to members only and will showcase historical military weapons and paraphernalia from any branch of service, country or war. We will have such weapons as: sabers, side-arms, rifles, bayonets, knives, and other small-arm weapons on display
Please update your calendar with this memorable event.
Current Events - Continued
III. Lockheed Martin Marietta Plant
With Sam Broadie's cooperation, a tour is being scheduled for 18 June, at 1030 hrs at the Lockheed Marietta plant. No more than 30 members can attend. So, registration will be limited to members only and limited to the first 30 applicants.
The company’s site in Marietta, Georgia, is home to assembly of the C-130 Hercules transport. The Marietta site is also responsible for the avionics and engine modernization programs for the C-5 Galaxy strategic transport, P-3 Orion program operations, including the new wing production line, and the center wing assembly for all three variants of the F-35 Lightning II [pictured above]
Normally there is a welcome session, tour of the C130 production line followed by lunch in the Lockheed cafeteria. More details will be forthcoming as arrangements are finalized.
You may register using the event registration section near the top of this page.