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.

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.


April Program

Col. Jack N. Tobin , U S Army Special Forces (Ret)

"General George Washington at Valley Forge"

The 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.


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.


Current Events
I.    Camp Merrill Open House - 2015
Camp Frank D. Merrill Open House on 25 April 2015

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.

Throughout 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
Visit the website for more details:

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

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.

2015 New Members

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

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 send an email expressing your interest to indicating what equipment you have to display.

Please update your calendar with this memorable event.

Thank you.


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. 


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