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.



February Luncheon
10 February at the Clubhouse

Ronald L. Mastin
Lieutenant Colonel (Ret), U.S. Air Force

U.S. Air Force 1963-1973, 1976-1980
U.S. Air Force Reserve 1973-1976, 1988-1991
Alabama Air National Guard 1980-1988
Cold War 1963-1991

Prisoner of War, North Vietnam -16 January 1967 to 4 March 1973


Ron Mastin was born in 1940 in Beloit, Kansas. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a BS in Business Administration and was commissioned a 2d Lt through the Air Force ROTC detachment there on June 3, 1963, going on active duty on November 15, 1963. Mastin graduated from Undergraduate Pilot Training and was awarded his pilot wings at Reese AFB, Texas, in December 1964, and then attended RF-4C Phantom II upgrade training at Shaw AFB, South Carolina, from January to May 1965. His first assignment was as a Pilot Systems Operator with the 1st Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron at RAF Alconbury, England, from May 1965 to September 1966. Lt Mastin next began flying combat missions with the 11th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron at Udorn Royal Thai AFB, Thailand, in October 1966. On January 16, 1967, while flying his 34th combat mission, he was forced to eject over North Vietnam and was taken as a Prisoner of War. After spending 2,239 days in captivity, Capt Mastin was released during Operation Homecoming on March 4, 1973. He left active duty in September 1973 and after working for Eastern Airlines he returned to active duty in January 1976. After attending Instructor Pilot School, he served as an instructor pilot at Mather AFB, California, from September 1976 until he left active duty and joined the Alabama Air National Guard in May 1980, serving until 1988 when he joined the Air Force Reserve. Col Mastin retired from the reserves on June 3, 1991. He flew for Eastern Airlines from May 1980 to February 1989, and then flew for FedEx from January 1990 until his retirement in December 2007. Ron is married to the former Dawn Lindner and they have two daughters together, Cassie and Carissa, and Ron has a son from a previous marriage, Michael.

His Silver Star Citation reads:

“This officer distinguished himself by gallantry and intrepidity in action in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force while a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam on 21 January 1967. Ignoring international agreements on treatment of prisoners of war, the enemy resorted to mental and physical cruelties to obtain information, confessions and propaganda materials. This American resisted their demands by calling upon his deepest inner strengths in a manner which reflected his devotion to duty and great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.”


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Reservation Problems??

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.
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For Your Radar

1. The following field trips are under consideration and we invite your feedback
A. Andersonville Civil War Prison http://www.nps.gov/ande/index.htm   [April or May] 

We are planning an overnight stay with a continuation to the Air Force Base at Warner Robins the following day or perhaps reverse. Order to be determined
http://www.robins.af.mil/index.asp

Overnight accommodations have not been developed yet.

B. Another trip under consideration is the Huntsville Redstone Arsenal http://www.garrison.redstone.army.mil/  [Aug. or Sept.]

This would also be an overnight visit and we are open to suggestions for the second day. Perhaps Space Camp might be a desirable destination  http://www.spacecamp.com/about

Overnight accommodations have not been developed yet.

2.   Community Dinner

We have tentatively committed to hosting the July 2016 Community Dinner.  Please save the date on our calendar 27 July 2016.  Details forthcoming as planning takes shape.


 


Event registration - Click meeting date below


2016 Lunch Menu

1stquarter – Includes two soups and salad

January – Fried chicken
February – Meat loaf
March – Pork Tenderloin


Important links to Remember


To order a replacement DD-214 - http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/

Apply for VA health benefits online - https://www.1010ez.med.va.gov/sec/vha/1010ez/

Georgia Nationa Cemetary - Canton, GA - http://www.cem.va.gov/cems/nchp/georgia.asp

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 - http://www.veteranaid.org/program.php

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.

2016 New Members

Philip Miller - Air Force
Jewel Henry - Air Force
Ron Mann - Army
H. Wayne Crawford - Army
Dan Bishop - Air Force
Ted Minick - Marine Corps
John Simmons - Army

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Attention Golfers


AMERICAN LEGION

     PICKENS COUNTY POST 149 PRESENTS ITS 6TH ANNUAL

VETERANS BENEFIT

GOLF TOURNAMENT

BIG CANOE GOLF CLUB

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

BIG CANOE GOLF CLUB

Check-in………… .10:00
Food……………..…10:30 – 11:00
Driving Range……...11:00:-1130
Announcements….....11:45
Shotgun Start…….....12:00
Final Raffle Drawing will be concluded by the end of play
so you can just pick up your winnings.


Corporate Sponsor - $250

Support local charities and advertise your business through a Corporate Sponsorship. Be included in all event ads, place promotional items in Goody Bag and have your name on a Tee Sign and event large signage.

Team Sponsor - $500 - $600

Submit a team of 4 players for a great day of golf, networking and socializing with customers. Mulligans, Goodie bag, throws & raffle tickets included in the cost of the sponsorship.
$500 for team and $100 more for name on a Tee Sign.


North GA Vets Individual Player sponsor $95

Want to play, but do not have a team? Choose the individual sponsor and we will team you with other individual sponsors (PLAYERS) to form teams. Great way to make new friends and business contacts. Lunch included. MULLIGANS, THROWS, RAFFLE TICKETS extra.


BIG CANOE’S BLACK BEAR PUB WILL BE OPEN FOR GOLFERS AFTER PLAY


ALL FUNDS RAISED GO RIGHT BACK INTO THE COMMUNITY SERVING OUR PICKENS COUNTY VETERANS AND FAMILIES IN NEED. VETERANS ARE RETURNING HOME AND NEED OUR HELP WITH FINANCES AND JOBS. HELPING THEM IS WHAT WE DO WITH YOUR HELP.

Contact Bill Nelson for more info until registration forms are available - nelson6688@gmail.com or 770-508-0474




                     

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