Lt.Col. Long was born in Ashe County, NC on July 22nd, 1925, the 11th child of George and Flora Long. With the attack on Pearl Harbor, Joe joined the Army Air Corp, volunteering for pilot training. He was diverted to gunnery school and served on B24 aircraft until 1946. After the war, Joe entered the University of North Carolina, graduating in 1950 with a BS in Commerce and was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. in the United States Air Force. Upon graduation, Joe entered pilot training. He served 14 years with the Strategic Air Command (SAC), flying B29’s on reconnaissance missions during the Korean War. He served as an instructor at SAC with his experience in B29, B47, B50, and B52 aircraft. While assigned to Lowry Air Force Base, he earned a master’s degree in Industrial Management from the University of Colorado in 1963. In 1967, he volunteered for Vietnam serving as a forward air controller. Upon returning, he was assigned to the Military Airlift Command and flew the C141 in support of the war. Between 1968 and 1972 he flew hundreds of troop support missions over to Vietnam and Air Evac missions back to the United States. For his last mission, he was designated to transport 65 senior ambassadors to Ethiopia for a UN meeting. He finished his career with a 2-year assignment with the Joint Military Assistance Group where they helped modernize the Korean Military Forces. He served a total of 35 years and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, 8 Air Medals, 1 Joint Service Commendation Medal and 2 Air Force Commendation Medals. Shortly after retiring in 1978, he was part of a large group to work on assistance to the Shah of Iran to shape a modern military force.
After retiring, he served many volunteer hours with the Military Officers Association of America, Federal Retiree Task Force, the 4th Branch and his local MOAA chapter. He also worked with the Red Cross on their emergency notification system for active military. He never stopped serving!
Joe married Martha Price in 1946 and they became parents to Pattie. Martha passed away after a lengthy illness after 54 years of marriage. In 2003, he and Joan Freeman Shaw were married. Their blended family includes 5 children,10 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Joe and Joan reside at Searstone Community in Cary, NC.
Council/Chapter Name / Award
NC00 - North Carolina State Council / 5 Star
NC01 - Cape Fear Chapter / 5 Star
NC02 - Coastal Carolina Chapter / 4 Star
NC04 - Charlotte-Metrolina Chapter / 5 Star
NC07 - Southeastern NC Chapter / 5 Star
NC08 - Tarheel Central Chapter / 4 Star
NC09 - Triangle Chapter / 5 Star
NC10 - Western North Carolina Chapter / 5 Star
NC21 - High Country Chapter / 5 Star
On July 4th, 2018, the High Country Chapter (HCCMOAA, NC-21) and the Town of Boone NC unveiled and dedicated the Watauga County Veterans Memorial. The ceremony was the culmination of a three year effort to design, construct, install and fund this ambitious project. HCCMOAA came up with the concept and developed the strategic plan which took the project from vision to fruition. HCCMOAA partnered with the Town of Boone, which donated land for the memorial site and many hours of in-kind support, to help make this striking tribute to veterans a reality. Chapter members chaired key committees comprised of subject matter experts and volunteers which handled the competition/design, advertising/publicity, engineering/construction and fundraising phases of the project. MOAA provided the overall project leadership and collaborated with many local organizations to advertise and promote the memorial. Literally hundreds of individuals, corporations, organizations and state and local governments helped us reach our goal of $165,000 through financial and in-kind contributions. A remarkable achievement for a chapter our size.
The stainless steel sculpture titled “Time and Honor” was chosen from 19 proposals submitted in response to a regional competition. The artist selected was Suzie Hallier from Banner Elk, NC who designed and built the memorial. The sculpture is in the form of an ellipse increasing in size from left to right and culminating in five pillars which honor our five armed forces. The ellipse prominently features the words “Duty Honor Country”, the West Point motto long ago adopted by all services to reflect the determination, perseverance and dedication of all who serve this great country. Knee walls surrounding the sculpture depict the dates and lives lost in the Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War and current and future conflicts in defense of freedom. These are the most prominent of the 82 conflicts in which one or more of our services have fought. A third wall dedicates the monument to all veterans who served and acknowledges the contributions which made the memorial possible.
This MOAA led effort was an outstanding example of many diverse community elements joining forces to achieve an objective which honors in perpetuity our veterans who are with us today and those who gave their lives in the service of our Country.
DEDICATION OF THE NEW GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM (GWOT) MONUMENT
The long-awaited dedication of the new Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) monument at the Freedom Memorial Park in downtown Fayetteville will take place a week from now on Memorial Day, Monday the 28th of May 2018 starting at 10:00 AM.
This is a worthy tribute to our brave men and women who have made the supreme sacrifice in fighting terrorism worldwide since 9/11. The realization of this community undertaking was made possible by the consideration and generosity of our chapter members who collectively donated over $25,000 to defray the cost of the monument.
Several chapter members will participate in the ceremony. The invocation will be delivered by our Chaplain (LTC) Tim Atkinson. The keynote speaker will be General Dan K. McNeill, a chapter member and a veteran of several global war on terrorism campaigns.
Two other members, COL James Wanovich and LTC Jon Pendell, both veterans of multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11, will assist in laying the CFC memorial wreath on the GWOT monument.
This will be a historic event for our chapter in that it is our first tangible contribution to our local community. A sizable and noticeable representation of the Cape Fear Chapter at the event would be most appropriate and desirable; a group photo will be taken upon conclusion of the ceremony.
Let us all observe this Memorial Day by attending this poignant and patriotic ceremony in honor of those who have laid down their lives in service to our nation.
UPDATE: Congratulations to the Cape Fear Chapter for their support of the new memorial on the Global War on Terrorism. Read the MOAA website post with the story about the Cape Fear Chapter's participation in the monuments development.
In a remake of the infamous "Where's Waldo," the newly minted FB cover for MOAA should include the question, "Where's Jeri?"
The following Council and Chapters in the North Carolina Council of Chapters were recognized for the awards shown that were announced after MOAA’s 2018 Storming the Hill.
5 Star Award for NC00 - NC Council Website
5 Star Award for NC00 - NC Council E-Newsletter
5 Star Award for NC01 - Cape Fear Website
5 Star Award for NC01 - Cape Fear E-Newsletter
4 Star Award for NC02 - Coastal Carolina Website
5 Star Award for NC07 - SENCLAND Website
5 Star Award for NC07 - SENCLAND Print Newsletter
5 Star Award for NC09 - Triangle Website
5 Star Award for NC09 - Triangle Print Newsletter
5 Star Award for NC11 - Catawba Valley Website
5 Star Award for NC11 - Catawba Valley Print Newsletter
5 Star Award for NC22 - New River E-Newsletter
Kudos to all!!
“I am very proud of the NC contingent that stormed the hill on Wednesday. We saw lots of important and busy people who are managing the business of our great country. I believe they heard our issues, understand the implications and are more likely to take action based on our discussion and materials we left behind. The respected MOAA reputation was enhanced! Our military and veterans should be better off because of our efforts. We were a great example of how we are advocates for NEVER STOP SERVING!”
BZ! Well Done! (See thumbnail photograph)
Shown in the pictures (Upper Right) Greg Chase, Parks Noyes and Jeri Graham and (Lower Right) Rollie Sampson, Scott Wadle and David Lee.
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COL Jeri Graham, North Carolina Council of Chapters Immediate Past President and MOAA Board Member is recognized as NC TarHeel of the Week as reported in the Raleigh News and Observer.
The below, downloadable press release is posted here to inform everyone of the newly adopted requirements for access to the Marine Corps Base, Camp LeJeune...everyone is encouraged to provide maximum distribution to persons in North Carolina regarding this change and the effect it may have on gaining access to the base.
- The Durham-Orange Chapter has an ongoing project of providing home-made cupcakes to the USO at RDU to celebrate the anniversary of each of the Services. The Coast Guard's birthday is August 4 so nine of our members met today to ice and decorate the 18 DOZEN cupcakes we had baked.
- Today's project was special for one of our members, whose father served in WW II in the Coast Guard. Today was our second time since we celebrated the birthday of the US Army in June.
- The chapters next project date is September 19 to celebrate the Air Force's birthday.
* Six members of the Durham-Orange Chapter met at the home of President Bruce Harris on June 13, 2017 to decorate cupcakes baked at member's homes...lots of fun and festive cupcakes were the final product (pictured, lower right as proof!)
* A volunteer met us curbside at Raleigh Durham Airport (RDU) to take them up to the USO.
* A fun afternoon which provided good feelings by all knowing that they're really appreciated. This particular sharing experience was to celebrate U.S. Army birthday...plans are to do this for every service birthday....next is Coast Guard in August!
Pictured ( L to R): Doug Ehrhardt, Iggy Husar, Harley Ellinger, Jeri Graham, Marie Senzig and Vern Pike.
Pictured (bottom thumbnail photograph) is Jeri Graham, Legislative Chair, North Carolina Veterans Council with James Prosser, Director, North Carolina Department of Veteran Affairs.
Scroll over the thumbnail pictures (right) to see some of the Veterans organizations that were represented at the event.
* The MOAA Councils and Chapters that are the recipients of 2016 Col. Marvin J. Harris Communication Awards were announced at the President's Seminar which took place after "Storming the Hill."
* Pictured (above right): CAPT Douglas Ehrhardt, USN, Ret., President of the North Carolina Council of Chapters is presented a 5 Star award for the Council website by Lt Gen Dana Atkins, USAF, Ret., President and CEO of MOAA.
* Pictured (below right) is the group photograph of the representatives of the 137 award recipients from the attendees at the President's Seminar.
North Carolina Council of Chapters Awards:
* 5 Star
* 4 Star
- North Carolina Council of Chapters E-Newsletter
- Cape Fear Chapter Print Newsletter
- Coastal Carolina Website
- Coastal Carolina Print Newsletter
- Sandhills Chapter Print Newsletter
- SENCLand Chapter Website
- SENCLand Chapter Print Newsletter
- Triangle Chapter Website
- Triangle Chapter Print Newsletter
- Catawba Valley Chapter Website
- Catawba Valley Chapter Print Newsletter
- New River Chapter Website
- New River Chapter E-Newsletter
KUDOS TO ALL OUR COUNCIL AWARDEES!
The Military Officers Association of America Marix Awards Ceremony, named for MOAA's first president, was on April 4th...North Carolina Council of Chapters President, CAPT Doug Ehrhardt, USN, Ret., and his wife Cathy, attended the ceremony as part of the annual event on Capitol Hill with the North Carolina Council of Chapters delegation and other MOAA council and chapter members in DC for "Storming the Hill," 2017.
* The North Carolina Council of Chapters delegation that will "Storm the Hill" tomorrow, April 5th to meet our 2 Senators and 13 Representatves to bring our message of two primary issues of importance to the military - active, retired, Guard and Reserve, officer AND enlisted, as well as surviving spouses of deceased persons is pictured. Issue #1 - sequestration, and Issue #2 - the SBP/DIC offset.
* Shown (left to right): COL Ed Baisden, USA, Ret., COL Jeri Graham, USA, Ret., Lt Gen Dana Atkins,USAF, Ret. and CAPT Doug Ehrhardt, USN, Ret.
David and Catherine Sevier gave an informative presentation to the 1st quarterly meeting of the North Carolina Council of Chapters regarding the Carolinas Center (TCC), a nonprofit association serving a large network of hospices and palliative care organizations across North and South Carolina for which they received a $1.1 million Duke Endowment Foundation grant to help persons "Own One's Own Health" and to also enable them, and their families, in making important end of life decisions.
The two files, below, are downloadable for use by chapters to share this information with their members.
* The March "Affiliate," MOAA's e-Newsletter, contains information on changes to the LOE awards program that affect both Councils and Chapters.
* It is recommended that Chapter Presidents read the new policy regarding Levels of Excellence awards and plan accordingly for efforts within their chapter to participate in the revised program.
* Click here to open an important link to information about the Bailey case that is helpful to ALL North Carolina veterans! The link is to the North Carolina Department of Revenue.
* Please provide widest dissemination of this information to all chapter members in the North Carolina Council of Chapters.
* Also, please remember to register on the 4th Branch website to stay informed with action in the NC legislature regarding Bailey.
The attached photograph of the Catawba Valley Chapter's Officer Installation was taken at the chapter's regular meeting. Shown are North Carolina Council of Chapters President, CAPT Doug Ehrhardt, USN, Ret. administering the oath of office to "Davie" Davenport (pictured left) and LTC James Cole (right). Congratulations to each on their commitment to "Never Stop Serving."
(Photo courtesy of COL John Liburdi, Catawba Valley Chapter).
* The Piedmont Chapter of MOAA, LTC Lee Richmond, President, sponsors 2 ROTC units and 20 JROTC units. The units and their programs foster leadership skills and the Piedmont Chapter is proud to participate in their programs.
* Recently, chapter leaders were invited by Navy Captain Frank Shearin (shown upper right with LTC Richmond), Southeast Guilford High School Navy JROTC commander, to attend the area commanders inspection of the school’s Navy JROTC.
* Chapter members BGen Blake Williams, LCDR Jim Ertner and Lee (lower right) were warmly welcomed to watch the well trained cadets perform drills in the school gymnasium (thumbnail photograph).
* It was an excellent performance and we were pleased that MOAA had representatives at this event.
The annual meeting of MOAA can be viewed in its entirety in this YouTube video.
* The Piedmont Chapter of the North Carolina Council of Chapters was recognized in the November 2016 issue of Military Officer magazine on page 42 for their donations to the Triad Veterans Stand Down...
* Kudos to Chapter President, Lee Richmond and the members of the Piedmont Chapter of MOAA!
* Check it out!
* The inspirational movie about WWII Medal of Honor winner Desmond Doss, a conscientious objector who saved the lives of 75 of his fellow soldiers in Okinawa opened in more than 3000 theaters in the U.S. on November 4th.
* Please share with fellow veterans, and GO SEE THIS MOVIE!!
* To learn more about Desmond Doss, click here.
* To get more information on the production of the movie, click here.
* To see the 2004 documentary film, "The Conscientious Objector," produced by Terry Benedict, click here.
The annual meeting of the Military Officers Association of America was held on October 25, 2016 at the Sheraton Arlington Hotel in Washington, DC. The meeting was preceded by the annual awarding of Levels of Excellence streamers (shown, lower right) to Councils and Chapters earning 4- or 5-Stars at the Friday, October 24, 2016 dinner.
* This year, the North Carolina Council of Chapters, as well as 11 of our 16 state chapters received 4- or 5-Star streamers from MOAA Chairman of the Board, GEN Tony Robertson, Jr., USAF-Ret. at the annual awards dinner. Shown in the first thumbnail photograph (right) is a group picture of the North Carolina Council of Chapters winners.
* Award recipients (thumbnail pictures #2 - #11) are:
North Carolina Council - CAPT Doug Ehrhardt, President is shown accepting a 5-star streamer.
Cape Fear Chapter - COL Juan Chavez, President is shown accepting a 5-star streamer.
Coastal Chapter - CAPT Marie Senzig, President is shown accepting a 4-star streamer.
Charlotte-Metrolina Chapter - COL Ron Morgan, President is shown accepting a 5-star streamer..
Sandhills Chapter - COL Ed Baisden is shown accepting a 5-star streamer on behalf of Polly Flippo, President.
Southeastern Chapter - COL Jim Brumit, President is shown accepting a 4-star streamer.
Tarheel Chapter - LTC Greg Bean, President is shown accepting a 4-star streamer.
Triangle Chapter - COL Matt Segal, President is shown accepting a 5-star streamer.
Western Chapter - CDR John Nunnellee is shown accepting a 5-star streamer on behalf of Spence Campbell, President.
High Country Chapter - Maj Bob Gibbard, President is shown accepting a 4-star streamer.
Note: CAPT Ehrhardt, NCCOC President accepted a 4-star streamer on behalf of COL Joe Cansler, President of the Catawba Valley Chapter and a 5-star streamer on behalf of Maj. Lou Burge, President of the New River Chapter.
* The Catawba Valley Chapter's efforts in support to a community "Stand Down" are recognized in the October 2016 edition of Military Officer magazine on page 64.
* Kudos to President Joe Cansler and the Catawba Valley Chapter for the excellent work in applying their USAA/MOAA sponsorship funds for council and chapter community focused events.
* Triangle Chapter President Matt Segal shared information from his presentation that was given at the 3rd Quarterly NCCOC Meeting in Blowing Rock, NC.
* Open the attached file to learn more about the opportunity for veterans who were on active duty in the Korean War theater of operations and follow up as desired.
* Thanks Matt and Meg for this information.
* The North Carolina Council of Chapters and individual Chapters can utilize the NC4VETS website to promote their activities by clicking on this link...
* Check it out!