The Artifacts Exhibit suggested by Darrly Anderson was very well supported and attended. There were ten exhibitors who graciously put many priceless mementos on exhibit for the enjoyment of our membership. A big thank you to everyone who helped make this a memorable event. Click here to see some photos taken at the 8 April event: Photos
Steve Arnold - Commanding
General of the Third United States Army and Army Central Command (Ret)
13 May Program
"Campaign Planning and Execution"
Arnold served in the United States Army for nearly 35 years,
culminating his service as the Commanding General of the Third United
States Army and Army Central Command, which included responsibilities
in 22 countries stretching from Pakistan back through the Middle East
and south to Kenya. Other assignments of note included Chief of
Plans and Operations for the Land Forces in Operation Desert Storm
and subsequently, the Commanding General of the 10th
Mountain Division. His assignments included tours in Viet Nam,
Korea, Germany, Somalia, and Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and
Iraq. He also commanded US Army forces during Hurricane Andrew
Relief efforts in South Florida.
2005 and 2006 Steve lived in Iraq while running the LOGCAP III
program for KBR. That project provided US Forces and the Department
of State with a complete logistics system as well as engineering and
construction services in eight countries. His current work with
civilian agencies allows Steve to continue to proudly support the
soldiers of the United States and NATO.
is Airborne and Ranger and also graduated from the Infantry Officer
Basic Course, the Armor Officer Advanced Course, the US Air Force
Command and Staff College and the US Army War College.
was born in Decatur, Illinois. He graduated from West Point and
subsequently received MS degrees from Auburn University (Political
Science) and from the University of Southern California (Systems
Management). He and his wife Susan now reside in Big Canoe, Georgia.
They have three children and three grandchildren.
GDVS Announces Vietnam War Certificate of Honor Program
In conjunction with the
50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Vietnam War, the State of
Georgia wants to honor every one of its 234,000 Vietnam War veterans.
To accomplish this goal, the Georgia Department of Veterans Service,
in partnership with the Office of Governor Nathan Deal, has created
the Vietnam War Certificate of Honor program.
Every Georgia veteran with honorable service during the Vietnam War
[1 June 1954 - 15 May 1975] is eligible to receive this certificate. With the help of veterans
service organizations, word of mouth, and local media support, these
Certificates of Honor will be ceremonially presented to every Vietnam War
veteran in Georgia. Each certificate is personalized with the
Vietnam War veteran’s name, rank, branch of service, and dates of
service (during the Vietnam War) printed over the Seal of the State
of Georgia and includes the official U.S. Department of Defense’s
Vietnam War Commemorative Partner logo.
The North Georgia Veterans will be collecting this data from interested veterans beginning now through June 19. We will submit the data for certificate preparation to the appropriate authority and make arrangements for a group presentation at our 12 August luncheon meeting.
If you would like to be included in this program please send your name, rank, branch of service, and dates of service to: mailto:Paul.F.Goldstein@gmail.com
For more information about the program click here: http://veterans.georgia.gov/press-releases/2015-03-31/gdvs-announces-vietnam-war-certificate-honor-program
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.
I. Camp Merrill Open House - 2015
Camp Frank D. Merrill Open House on 25
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.
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:
Event registration - Click meeting date below
13 May 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
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
Dennett Hansell - Army
Douglas Hosmer - Air Force
Charles "Ray" Hughes - Army
Current Events - Continued
III. Bluegrass Charity Festival
May 8, 9, 10
True Bluegrass fans are anxiously awaiting the upcoming Bluegrass Festival to be held here in Jasper on Mother’s Day weekend, May 8-10. Why? Because this is anticipated to be one of the largest bluegrass gatherings in North Georgia, featuring some of the best bluegrass musicians known from the southeast. With only 6 weeks until show-time, we want to help those new to the bluegrass genre get to know our bands and the music they love to perform.
Advance ticket sales conveniently available at the customer service counter - Foothills IGA.
Click here for more information: http://kc-creations.net/legionfest/
IV. 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.