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.

10 November 2016
Annual Banquet
Mountains Grill Sconti Clubhouse
Colonel G. Brent Cummings

Colonel Brent Cummings is a native of Starkville, Mississippi. He was commissioned in the Infantry in 1991 and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont and a master of science from Troy State University. His military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Infantry Officer Advanced Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, the Command and General Staff College and he is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College as a Fellow at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

Colonel Cummings' first assignment was at Fort Riley, Kansas where he served as Platoon Leader, Anti-Tank Company Executive Officer and HHC Executive Officer in the 2nd Battalion, 16th Regiment, 1st Infantry Division (MECH). Following the Infantry Officer Advance Course, he was assigned to the 1st Brigade, 6th Infantry Division (L), Fort Richardson, Alaska as a Company Commander in the 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry (ABN)

Colonel Cummings' later assignments included serving as an Observer/Control with the Light Infantry Trainers "Tarantulas" at the National Training Center (NTC), Ft Irwin CA. While assigned to NTC he also was selected to become a "project warrior.” He was then assigned to the Infantry School as a Small Group Instructor for the Infantry Captains’ Career Course at Ft Benning, GA. During this assignment he deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. After graduating from the Command and General Staff College, he was assigned to the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team at Fort Riley, Kansas where he served as a Battalion Executive Officer and Brigade Executive Officer from June 2004 to August 2009 deploying to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom in support of the Baghdad Security Plan. Colonel Cummings then served again at Fort Benning, GA, first as the 199th IN BDE, Deputy Commander from August of 2009 to June 2010 and then as Commander, 1st Battalion, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment. Following Battalion Command, Colonel Cummings deployed to Jerusalem, Israel to be the West Bank Training Officer supporting the Palestinian Authority Security Forces with the United States Security Coordinator (USSC). During this assignment, he was selected for promotion to Colonel and an Army War College Fellowship. Following his fellowship, he returned again to Jerusalem as the Director of Training, Education and Development for the USSC. He is currently assigned as the Professor of Military Science at the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega, Georgia.

Colonel Cummings’ awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal (1 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (1 OLC), Army Achievement Medal ( 6 OLC), Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Ranger Tab, Air Assault Badge, and Master Parachutist Badge. He holds the Australian, Canadian, Chilean and French Parachutist badges.

Colonel Cummings is married to the former Laura Sargent and they have two children, Emily (16), Meredith (12).

Accompanying Colonel Cummings and also from the University of North Georgia will be Sergeant Major (SGM) and Mrs. Kerry Dyer, SGM (Retired) and Mrs. Terry Baumann, and the Cadet Color Guard to 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.


North Georgia Veterans Celebrate Veterans Day

11am - Friday
11 November 2016

Big Canoe Chapel Terraces Amphitheater 

Assisted by the Big Canoe Cub Scout Pack, the North Georgia Veterans (NGV) will present a program featuring a national flag ceremony and the posting of the five service flags, Veterans Day, Friday November 11th, 11 a.m., at the Terraces. There will be a service medley sung by the NGV chorus and a speech honoring all veterans by retired U. S. Army Brigadier General Rich McPhee.

Brigadier General (RET) Rich McPhee

Brigadier General McPhee is a West Point graduate and retiring from the United States Army after 33 years of service and now lives in Monticello Georgia. BG McPhee served throughout the world in numerous command and staff positions including combat tours in Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom where he commanded the 75th Exploitation Task Force searching for Weapons of Mass Destruction. In addition, his overseas tours include Korea, Germany, Kosovo, Kuwait and Italy. BG McPhee’s awards include the Distinguish Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (1OLC), Bronze Star (1OLC) and the Meritorious Service Medal (8OLC).

He currently sits on the board of directors and is a member of several non-profit organizations including Honor Flight, Conyers sending WWII and Korean veterans to Washington, at no cost, to visit their memorials and the Butts County Pregnancy Resource Center. He has been an officer and business manager for the Atholl Highlanders Pipes and Drums (USA) a non-profit pipes and drum band. General McPhee is a member of the Saint Mary Mother of God Parrish Council and a lifetime member of the American Legion.

Brigadier General McPhee is married to the former Missy Connell for 36 years and has two daughters and a son. His son and Daughter-in-law are also West Point graduates currently serving at Ft Bragg, NC. BG McPhee’s son is a third generation paratrooper now serving as an XO in an airborne engineer company.

Music will be provided by our own NGV Choral Group. 

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, just come.

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


North Georgia Veterans 
World War II D-Day Museum 
And Optional
New Orleans Highlights 
19 - 22 September 2017

Working with Dream Vacations, based upon your expressed interest, your Association has developed the most aggressive trip ever considered for our membership. We are planning to visit the WWII D-Day Museum in New Orleans, LA nextSeptember 19 – 22, 2017.

We are fortunate to have a travel expert in our community who is willing and able to assist us with planning this trip. We have developed an itinerary that addresses the main focus of our journey, and also provides a second day [Day three – Thursday] optional program that many of our guests may find appealing.

The details are spelled out in this document - NG Veterans group Itinerary Sept 19 2017_Proposal3.pdf. You will see that day two in New Orleans [Thursday] is actually the optional day I described above, and is tailored to individuals who may not wish to return to the WWII museum for a second day. The optional program has a lot to offer including the Confederate Memorial Hall Museum which contains thousands of artifacts on site. There are a host of other attractions for your enjoyment. We will all get back together for dinner Thursday evening regardless of the program selected.

We have additional details including the down payment, travel insurance costs, cancellation provisions, and payment schedule in this document -WWII_Museum_Trip.pdf. The trip itinerary is defined in the linked proposal and the price varies depending upon the Thursday option selected for each and every participant.

The price for the defined activities for a two day visit to the WWII Museum is $759 per person, double occupancy at the hotel or $999 for single occupancy. The price for the program with the optional second day itinerary is $699 or $939 for single occupancy. For example if you and your spouse are planning to attend and you will be adopting the basic program while your spouse chooses the optional second day program your cost would be $1458 [$759 + $699].

Please review the attached program, feel free to contact us with your questions, and express your intention to participate [individual, couple, or guest(s)] by email We need at least 30 participants / passengers to qualify for the pricing quoted.

Mike Ziegenbalg of Dream Vacations is available to answer questions you may have via his email and phone 706-579-5005

Save the date.  This is a trip / event you do not want to miss!

Reservations are limited to the first 50.  A waiting list will be created if warranted.

Deposit payment is due by 01/15/2017 - Final payment not due until 06/15/2017.  See Reservation form for further details. WWII_Museum.jpeg


Event registration - Click meeting date below

10 Nov 2016 6:00 PM (EST) • Mountains Grill at Big Canoe Clubhouse
19 Sep 2017 7:15 AM (EDT) • New Orleans, LA

2016 Lunch Menu

4th quarter – Soups and salad for October only

October – Beef tip tenderloin over noodles
November (evening meal) – TBD
December – (Army/Navy game) –deli sandwhich, meat balls, pasta salad 
and chips

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 Nationa Cemetary - Canton, GA -

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.

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
Mike Bernstein - Air Force
Paul Corkill - Air Force
Jim Brescia - Army
Daniel Zachman - Air Force
John Hughes - Army
Byron Barron - Army
Charlie Ferris - Air Force
Rick Williams - Marine Corps
James Terry - Army
Scott Curran - Air Force
Steve Shannon - Army
Eugene. S Hall - Navy / Coast Guard
Craig Robinson - Army
Marie Stepp - Army
Rita Van Fleet - Army
Philip Spackman- Army
Tom Craton - Army
John Tricoche - Army
Vernon Dau - Army
Jerry J Colley - Army
Morgan Gunn - Army
Edward Papps - Air Force
Timothy Ytoung - Army
Ken Smith - Army
Dave Slade - Navy
Peter Lehr - Army
Tim Hart - Navy
Charles Kellner - Army
Steve Swenson - Army
Chuck Schmandt - Army
Benjamin Underwood - Air Force
Dennis Dean - Marine Corps
John Sheffield - Air Force
Gary Seraydarian - Army
John Lynch - Army
Tim King - Marine Corps
Jack Fay - Army


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:

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.



2nd Annual Charity Homeless Veteran Golf Event set for Friday October 28th at Lake Arrowhead Highlands Course

Click here for event details: 2016golfouting8.pdf


Dan Cherry our August guest speaker has suggested these books on the Vietnam War, in a response to Bennett Whipplel on this subject. Here are a few you might find interesting:

· Thud Ridge by Jack Broughton

· The Passing of the Night by Robinson Risner

· Valley of Death by Ted Morgan

· March of Folly by Barbara Tuchman

· We Were Soldiers Once, and Young by Harold Moore and Joseph Galloway


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