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.

North Georgia Veterans 
8th Annual Banquet
8 November 2017

    BG Diana M. Holland 

    Commander, South Atlantic Division

Brigadier General Diana M. Holland graduated from the United States Military Academy and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers in 1990.

Brigadier General Holland’s military service began in Germany where she served as a vertical construction platoon leader in the 79th Engineer Combat Battalion (Heavy), and as a company executive officer and battalion assistant operations officer in the 94th Engineer Combat Battalion (Heavy). Upon returning to the United States, BG Holland was assigned to the 30th Engineer Battalion (Topographic), 20th Engineer Brigade, at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and served as the battalion logistics officer and then as the commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Company.

Following company command, BG Holland earned a Master of Arts degree at Duke University en route to a teaching assignment at the United States Military Academy. She then attended the Army Command and General Staff College and the School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS) where she earned a Master of Military Arts and Sciences degree.

She was assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division in July 2004, and deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom 3 serving as a division plans officer and then as the operations officer in the 92nd Engineer Combat Battalion (Heavy). Upon return from Iraq, BG Holland served as a plans officer in the Operations Directorate, United States Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida.

Brigadier General Holland commanded the 92nd Engineer Battalion (Black Diamonds) from July 2008 to June 2011. She deployed with Task Force Diamond to eastern Afghanistan from May 2010 to April 2011. After relinquishing command, BG Holland was a United States Army War College Fellow at Georgetown University.

In 2012, BG Holland assumed command of the 130th Engineer Brigade at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. The following year, she deployed with the Brigade Headquarters to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan where the unit served as the Theater Engineer Brigade, Joint Task Force Sapper. The Brigade redeployed to Schofield Barracks in June 2014 and Brigadier General Holland relinquished command in July. During 2015, BG Holland served as executive officer to the Director of the Army Staff at the Pentagon and then Deputy Commanding General for Support, 10th Mountain Division (LI) at Fort Drum, New York, and deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. Most recently, BG Holland was assigned as the Commandant of Cadets at the United States Military Academy, West Point.

Brigadier General Holland’s awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (w/ OLC), Bronze Star (w/2 OLC), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (w/4 OLC), the Combat Action Badge, the Senior Parachutist Badge, the German Parachutist Badge and the Silver Order of the de Fleury Medal.

Brigadier General is married to James Holland Jr. They have two children, four grandchildren, and two Yorkshire Terriers.

The banquet will also be attended by Colonel Brent Cummings the Professor of Military Science at the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega, Georgia, Sergeant Major (SGM) Kerry Dyer, and the Cadet Color Guard from the University of North Georgia, who will formally post and retrieve the colors at our banquet.  Sergeant Major Dyer has served in every non-commissioned officer leadership position from scout Section Sergeant to Command Sergeant Major with duty locations that include Germany, Iraq, Kuwait, Haiti, Ft Polk Louisiana and the Pentagon.

Please plan to attend and welcome these outstanding soldiers and cadets. 

Reservations close at 3pm, 3 November 2017.


North Georgia Veterans
Celebrate Veterans Day

11am - Saturday

11 November 2017 

Big Canoe Chapel

The North Georgia Veterans, assisted by Cub Scout Pack #20, will sponsor a Veterans Day Program at 11:00 AM on November 11th, 2017, in the Big Canoe Chapel, Big Canoe, GA. The North Georgia Veterans chorus will provide patriotic music and a featured speaker honoring all veterans by Lieutenant Colonel Rebecca A. Gray USAF. 

The featured speaker is Lieutenant Colonel Rebecca A. Gray.

Lt Col Gray is Director, Inspector General Complaints for United States Air Force’s premier Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) wing and three geographically separated units. She identifies areas of concern within the wing and provides the commander with advice, trend analysis and corrective resolution. She develops strategies and conducts Inspector General reviews, investigations, fraud waste and abuse disclosures, and Presidential and Congressional inquiries. 

Lt Col Gray is a native of Hermosa Beach, California and daughter of Robert F. Currie III and Ann Marie Currie. Upon graduating as a three time All-American in springboard diving from the United States Air Force Academy, Lt Col Gray received her active duty commission in 1994. In 1995, she was selected as a World Class Athlete culminating in the World Games, Rome, Italy. Her active duty career includes a number of assignments overseeing base-wide food service, lodging, fitness, child and youth development programs, mortuary and recreation.

In 1998, Lt Col Gray joined the Air Force Reserve and served as the Combat Support Flight Commander of the 325th Services Squadron, Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida and Squadron Commander of the 16thServices Squadron, Hurlburt Field Air Force Base, Florida. In 2009, Lt Col Gray joined the Georgia Air National Guard where she stood up a newly created Services Command and Control Team, a specialized disaster response team for FEMA Region IV located at Georgia Air National Guard Headquarters, Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Georgia. In 2011, Lt Col Gray was selected as a Secretary of Defense Fortune 500 Corporate Fellow assigned to Georgia Power Company in Atlanta, Georgia. Her research focused on changes in the utility industry and how it affects the culture and operation of the Department of Defense. Prior to her current role, she served as Commander of the 116th Force Support Squadron, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. Her squadron supported 2,900 airmen of the Georgia Air National Guard for the Adjutant General.

In her civilian capacity, Lt Col Gray has served as co-CEO of a non-profit community development organization targeting inner city neighborhoods with an emphasis on housing, youth and senior programs, education and economic development. Her work culminated in co-founding a 700 + student elementary charter school in Atlanta. Lt Col Gray is employed at Southern Company in Atlanta, Georgia.

She is married Lt Col Christopher Gray, USAFR retired of Houston, Texas. Both are proud parents of three daughters Gracie Jane, Jasmine and Kennedy. 

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, justcome.

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


Event registration - Click meeting date below

08 Nov 2017 6:00 PM • Mountains Grill at Big Canoe Clubhouse

2017 Lunch Menu

4th quarter – Soups and salad for October only

October – Beef tip tenderloin over noodles
November (evening banquet meal) – To Be Determined 
December – (Army/Navy game?) – To Be Determined 

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 National Cemetary - Canton, GA -

Veteran EOL Benefit
End of Life.pdf

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.

2017 New Members

James Fraser - Navy
Chris Kemp - Army
Barbara Schneider - Honorary
Judith Persing - Honorary
Michael Tiller - Air Force
Dickie Purser - Air Force 
Hunter Bell - Marine Corps 
Robert Colvin - Army 
James Knapp - Air Force 
Richard Fonde - Air Force 
William Nelson - Army 
Mark Herrington - Army 
Josh Doup - Army 
( R ) Michael Mizell - Army 
Patrick Lane - Air Force 
Doug Hanley - Marine Corps 
Ed Mcknight - Air Force 
David Ralston - Air Force  
Richard Schnar - Army 
Donald Bankhead - Army 
Liz Shoemaker - Honorary 
Sharon Johnson - Honorary
Dennis Durham - Army
Norm Semple Marine Corps
Richard Hubbard - Army
Jeff Bolles - Air Force
Kenneth Stepp - Air Force
Edward Hill - Air Force


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.



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