10 February at the Clubhouse
Ronald L. Mastin
Lieutenant Colonel (Ret),
U.S. Air Force
U.S. Air Force 1963-1973,
U.S. Air Force Reserve
Alabama Air National Guard
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
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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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
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.]
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.
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2016 Lunch Menu
1stquarter – Includes two soups and salad
January – Fried chicken
February – Meat loaf
March – Pork Tenderloin
Important links to Remember
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
PICKENS COUNTY POST 149 PRESENTS ITS 6TH ANNUAL
BIG CANOE GOLF CLUB
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
BIG CANOE GOLF CLUBCheck-in………… .10:00
Food……………..…10:30 – 11:00
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org or 770-508-0474