10 August Meeting
Dan Cherry, Brigadier General USAF (Ret)
John Stiles, Lt Colonel USAF (Ret)
"My Enemy - My Friend"
General Dan Cherry is the author of My Enemy, My Friend, a story of reconciliation from the Vietnam War. This inspiring book chronicles an intense 1972 dogfight between Dan’s F-4 Phantom and a North Vietnamese MiG-21 and his subsequent meeting and friendship with the MiG pilot, Nguyen Hong My. Please view this unbelievable story – click on the link to it here: http://www.af.mil/News/ArticleDisplay/tabid/223/Article/752920/blue-out-of-vietnam.aspx
Dan travels extensively giving speeches and promoting his book in an effort to help Vietnam War veterans bring closure to their war experiences. He is also Executive Vice President of Aviation Heritage Park, an educational facility in Bowling Green, Kentucky dedicated to inspiring the youth of today by exhibiting aviation artifacts that represent the careers of distinguished aviators from South Central Kentucky.
Dan developed his leadership and administrative skills during his career as a fighter pilot in the United States Air Force. He entered the Air Force in 1959 as an Aviation Cadet and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 1960. His military credentials include flying 295 combat missions during the Vietnam War and shooting down a North Vietnamese MiG-21. During his Air Force career, he held the positions of:
Commander and Leader of the Air Force Thunderbirds;
Commander of Moody Air Force Base, Georgia;
Inspector General of the Pacific Air Forces;
Commander of the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing, flying the F-16 and;
Commander of the Air Force Recruiting Service
He earned several military awards and decorations including the Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star with one oak leaf cluster, the Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, the Distinguished Flying Cross with nine oak leaf clusters and the Air Medal with thirty four oak leaf clusters. He completed his service in the Air Force with the rank of Brigadier General and was inducted into the Kentucky Aviation Hall of Fame in October 2000, as well as the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame in Warner Robins. Dan has also served in state government as Secretary of the Kentucky Justice Cabinet.
We hope you will plan to join us for this extraordinary luncheon meeting. This will be yet another in a series of inspirational guest speakers and special guests we have been fortunate to bring to you.
We are also fortunate to also have Lt Col John Stiles with us. He was seated in the rear seat of the plane Hong My shot down several months before his own downing. They learned that the American pilot had died, but his navigator, retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel John Stiles, was alive. Just before being rescued by helicopter, Stiles was confronted by a man with a gun. For some reason the man didn't shoot and Stiles escaped. But the memories of the downing - the hours he spent in Laos evading the enemy, the time he spent hanging from the trees, watching the wreckage of his plane burn - stayed with him. Every year they returned around the anniversary of the crash in the form of panic attacks. That stopped when he met Hong My in 2009.
We also have some special guests
joining us for the August luncheon - LTC Clayton D Meals, Commander
5th Ranger Training Battalion and his Command Sergeant Major, Jerry L
Dodson Jr CSM who have accepted our invitation to join us for this
Please register here at our website to make your lunch reservation.
Absolutely No K-rations Served
July 27thCommunity Dinner will be
Sponsored by the North GA Vets
Attention, soldiers, here’s an order – you don’t have to come in mess dress to the North Georgia Veterans’ Community Dinner at the Big Canoe Clubhouse on Wednesday, July 27. Veterans representing every branch of the military are sponsoring the July Community Dinner at The Clubhouse. The July POA Community Dinner will be a great opportunity for all to say thank you to those who have served in the armed forces of the United States. If you are a veteran and can still wear some or all of your uniform and/or accessories you are encouraged to do so. Members are reminded to wear their name badges.
We are also seeking 14 volunteers [it's okay to volunteer for this] to bring a military artifact suitable to serve as a center piece on the estimated 14 tables at the dinner. Please contact Paul Goldstein if you are willing or interested in helping with this request. mailto:Paul.F.Goldstein@gmail.com
So, what might be on the mess menu board? Maybe you’ll be served Navy bean soup, Army mystery meat loaf, M.A.S.H. potatoes, Marine green beans, & Doughboy rolls. GI Cup of Joe & Iced Tea. Dessert provided by the North GA Vets will tap out the meal. Meal cost is $22.00 per person all inclusive.
Muster @ 1800Hrs. That's 6PM in case you don't recognize military time. Cash bar will be provided. Seating and welcome at 1845Hrs, with dinner promptly at 1900Hrs.
Reserve early by contacting Jena Hopper at (706) 268-2420 or
Social Hour Drink Specials
Air Force B-52 * Navy Grog * Army French 75