AVVBA Luncheon Guest Speakers
March 7, 2017 - The Veterans Empowerment Organization of Georgia will make a short but meaningful presentation on their programs to help veterans in need.You can view the presentation at: https://youtu.be/9QIoW5J99yU. The featured speaker, Dr.Fredrick "Rick" Snow, PhD, will focus on his work with the identification of WWII, Korea, Vietnam and other missing and unidentified service members.
February 7, 2017 - Georgia state senators Edward Harbison and Hunter Hill will discuss veterans' concerns and open up the floor for questions from the audience. You can watch a video of this presentation on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/hNCpqXLnSTA.
January 3, 2017 - U.S. Army Colonel John W. Thompson, a North Georgia College graduate and a combat veteran of operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm plus multiple deployments in support of Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, is today's guest speaker. He will discuss his experiences with Army and Special Operations aviation. If time permits, he may discuss his current role as head of FEMA, Southeast.You may watch a video of COL Thompson's presentation, posted on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/Xb0KUXyQIVQ.
December 6, 2016 - COL Brent Cummings speaks on the topic of "A Better Understanding of the Middle East". He is uniquely qualified to discuss this topic, because he served two tours in Israel working with the Palestinian Authority Defense Forces. Due to the sensitive nature of this presentation, it will not be recorded.
October 4, 2016 - Historian J. L. Bud Alley brings his book, "The Ghosts of the Green Grass," to life, as he presents a haunting first-hand account on the Seventh Cavalry, Second Battalion's role during the Battles of the Ia Drang Valley. Now you can view this presentation at: https://youtu.be/hx6MzYJ4dUk. In addition to this excellent presentation, Sue VerHoef, director of Oral History & Genealogy for the Veterans History Project, gives an update on this project, which you can see at: https://youtu.be/WIPRnXfx6rY.
September 6, 2016 - LTC David Bores (Ret.), speaks on The The Current Threat of Islamism in the World. You can view this presentation at: https://youtu.be/Rw7xJIfjANE.
August 2, 2016 - Susan Clotfelter Jimison, author of "Through The Eyes of a Tiger - The John Donovan Story," describes her personal journey in creating this great read. You can view this presentation at: https://youtu.be/tVA6bYKEzvs.
July 12, 2016 - Louise (Lou) Graul Eisenbrand, is the author of "Vietnam Nurse, Mending and Remembering." Due to technical issues, you cannot view the video of this event, but you can read a great story on Lou, written by our own AVVBA member, Pete Mecca. Please click on this link for Lou Eisenbrand's story.
June 14, 2016 - COL Ed DeVos, a highly decorated military officer, is an experienced writer of thought-provoking historical fiction, including Revenge at Kings Mountain, The Stain and The Chaplain’s Cross. Ed will discuss the history behind Revenge at Kings Mountain. View this event at: https://youtu.be/I19f--dnSGk.
May 3, 2016 - COL Ben Malcom, the author of "White Tiger," will discuss this book and related topics, all based on the time he spent behind the enemy lines in Korea. View this event at: https://youtu.be/Ex2ucDLSSP0.
April 5, 2016 - Alan Armstrong, author of the book, "Preemptive Strike: The Secret Plan That May Have Prevented the Attack on Pearl Harbor," will speak about this important event in American military history. View this event at:
March 1, 2016 - James Terry, LTG (Ret.), recent commander of the Combined Joint Task Force - Operations Inherent Resolve, where he led all Coalition Operations against ISIS and spoke on this topic. Unfortunately, due to the sensitivity of his presentation, we could not film it.
February 2, 2016 - Ric Hunter, retired Air Force pilot, Top Gun in F4's & F15's and author of the book, "Firehammer." View this event at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqTl3EIcs0I&feature=youtu.be.
January 5, 2016 - Senator Johnny Isakson, the senior U.S. Senator from Georgia and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs. View this exciting event at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqJPNc7Zu9M.
December 1, 2015 - Dan Holtz, AVVBA member. Presentation about the Georgia Department of Veteran Services and the benefits that are available to Georgia Veterans. Unfortunately, this presentation was not recorded.
October 5, 2015 - Henry I. Bishop and Wayne Elliott of the Kentucky Rifle Foundation Association will share their knowledge on the heritage of the Kentucky Rifle and will have on display for your viewing some very rare rifles. Watch their presentation at: https://youtu.be/DY6zFwXmD24.
September 1, 2015 - Cliff Stern, a retired Lt. Col., US Army and helicopter pilot, will speak on the role of Hueys and other helicopters in Vietnam. You can catch this presentation at: https://youtu.be/eqzW33aA0SQ . Additionally, you can view the extra video clip on Huey helicopters in action at: https://youtu.be/-QNlebUDb8U.
August 4, 2015 - Joe Galloway,author of “We were Soldiers Once and Young.” Joe assisted with the Georgia Department of Veterans Services' Certificates of Honor presentation, as he presented a Vietnam 50th Commemoration Lapel Pen to those receiving the Certificate of Honor. https://youtu.be/cwtKDCIDAHs.
June 16, 2015 - Jedwin Smith, a Pulitzer Prize-nominated print journalist. His brother was a Marine that was killed in Vietnam in March 1968. Jed has an exciting story of meeting the only 8 survivors of the Battle of Dai Do. https://youtu.be/T0YjTBLSvA8
May 5, 2015 - AVVBA member Bob Babcock, who is also president and historian of the National 4th Infantry Division Association, will speak on one division’s fight across Europe from D-Day to V-E Day. Landing on Utah Beach at H-Hour on 6 June 1944, the 4th Infantry Division fought for 337 days until the Germans surrendered. https://youtu.be/jdBJNGnKtBY
March 3, 2015 - Tom McIntosh, USNR and USAFR, "After the fall: Vietnam 1975 - present." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_m-mpQgfrYg&feature=youtu.be
February 3, 2015 - Terri Badow Duckett, CEO of both of The American Red Cross of Georgia and Red Cross of Metropolitan Atlanta, "How the American Red Cross services the military and local communities." http://youtu.be/pbOonU0RTRI
January 6, 2015 - Kevin Keaveney, LTC, USA (Ret.) - presentation on air-cushioned vehicle operations in Vietnam, "Cavalry Afloat: The 39th Cavalry Platoon in the Mekong Delta." http://youtu.be/J0hnVSpLqaU
December 2, 2014 - James E. Livingston, MG, USMC (Ret.), Medal of Honor recipient - presentation on proposed Medal of Honor Museum at Patriots Point, Charleston, S.C. http://youtu.be/OmpSnilHZ1o
October 7, 2014 - D. Walter Waddell, Major, USAF (Ret.), Vietnam Prisoner of War "Hanoi Hilton" (July 5, 1967 - March 4, 1973) http://youtu.be/wiRx_F_CFBY
September 14, 2014 - VA Benefits, Victoria L. Collier, Esquire - Elder & Disability Law http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwn8pE1dvqs
August 5, 2014 - Timothy L. Metheny, Command SGT Major, Commandant, Non Commissioned Officer Academy - The Army adding “Rigor and Resilience in Retention in the NCO Corps” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDH1ZQNeklo&feature=youtu.be
July 8, 2014 - Judge Todd Markle & Cary King, Esq. - Veterans Court https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DiZ9V3jS3Q&feature=youtu.be
June 3, 2014 - Vietnam Medal of Honor Panel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKsvTXr2LxQ
May 13, 2014 - Alvin Townley, Author, - “Defiant” - POWs Who Endured North Vietnam’s Most Famous Prison https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AysnnGsAa5g&feature=youtu.be
April 1, 2014 - John Tobin, Colonel US Army Retired, Special Forces - MacArthur and the Fall of the Philippines https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8i4-Yh8hSg&feature=youtu.be
March 4, 2014 - Sue VerHoef - Senior Archivist Georgia History Center - Veterans History Project https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_zOO9sMwGc&feature=youtu.be
February 4, 2014 - Lt. General Glenn Spears, USAF Retired - Experience on 9/11 as Commander 89th Air Lift Wing, Andrews AFB https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ry7YpSnXQx4&feature=youtu.be
January 7, 2014 - Brian P. Kemp, Secretary of State - Georgia http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLpc1mO4twQ
December 3, 2013 - Sabin J. Gianelloni, III, Major U.S. Cavalry - Advisor Adventures - Mekong Delta http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOjC7eYysbE
October 1, 2013 - Angela Pilato, Lt. Col. USAF Retired - Memoir - “Angela’s Truck Stop” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqTjx_MpmDg&feature=youtu.be
August 6, 2013 - Yung Nguyen - Inspiring Story Courageous Escape from Vietnam and Cambodia to Thailand to Successful Life in USA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ec2nN1fd4o&feature=youtu.be
July 9, 2013 - Phillip Jennings, Captain USMC, Pilot/FAC/ALO, Author - “The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Vietnam War” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ok43fAR2jk&feature=youtu.be
June 4, 2013 - Brigadier General Robert L. Stephens Jr., US Army Retired, Author - “When In Charge, TAKE CHARGE” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52j-bDcy62E&feature=youtu.be
May 7, 2013 - Colonel Paul Longgrear, US Army Retired - Georgia Military Veterans Hall of Fame https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMAiuMpiQ7o&feature=youtu.be
April 2, 2013 - Colonel Robert G. Certain, USAF Retired - “The Final Air Battle of the War in Vietnam” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dk7p1j_nvyc&feature=youtu.be
March 5, 2013 - Larry Berman, Author - “The Life & Times of Admiral Elmo Russell “Bud” Zumwalt, Jr.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnefyeaMFhM
August 7, 2012 - Colonel Lee Ellis, Vietnam War Veteran and Former POW - “Leading With Honor, Leadership Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvllDuIec-U
May 1, 2012 - Benjamin W. Patton, Grandson of WWII General George S. Patton Jr. - “Growing Up Patton” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRFhiTrmt44
April 3, 2012 - Mrs. Helen K. Denton, Former Secretary to General Dwight D. Eisenhower - Typed the Top Secret Plans for WWII D Day Invasion https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KL0HIMa3gK0
December 7, 2010 - Major General James E. Livingston, Medal of Honor, USMC Retired # 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbs5GtBshcs
December 7, 2010 - Major General James E. Livingston, Medal of Honor, USMC Retired # 3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxu1qPTyyaQ
December 7, 2010 - Major General James E. Livingston, Medal of Honor, USMC Retired # 4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbs5GtBshcs