Janita Mastin
POST COMMANDER
Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, a true “Buckeye”! She is very proud of this fact, as she is also an alumna of The Ohio State University, College of Nursing. She graduated in 1995 and began her nursing career in March of 1996. Over the past twenty-six years, Janita has served in many areas of nursing and healthcare. One of those areas of nursing included the United State Air Force. Janita joined the Air Force in August 2001 as a single mother with three children and at the time of the Twin Towers and Pentagon attacks on September 11, 2001. Over the next thirteen years, she served at Langley Air Force Base, where she met her husband of 17 years. Larry, is a retired Lt. Col Intelligence Officer from the Air Force. After four years at Langley, she received orders to Ramstein Air Base, Germany where she served as a Flight Nurse. Janita earned one of the highest medals for an Aeromedical Evacuation Crewmember, the Air Medal. She earned this medal as a result of the number of missions flown in and out and over 300 flight hours to Iraq, Kuwait, Afghanistan, Israel, Kosovo, Germany, France, England, and multiple bases in the United States. After Janita completed her assignment at Ramstein in May 2008, she and her family moved to Cumming, GA. For the next five years she served as a Flight Nurse and as the Officer-in-Charge for the Medical Group’s Immunizations Clinic at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, GA. Janita obtained the rank of Major in 2010 and her Master’s degree in Nursing Education from North Georgia College and State University. In 2013, she went into IRR status with the Air Force Reserves. Janita and her husband joined the VFW Post 9143 in 2014 and then in 2015 selected to be the first “female” Service Officer. In 2016 both Janita and Larry, began participating as one of the Post’s Turkey Shoot volunteers and then two years later Janita and Larry became the Turkey Shoot coordinators & judges. Since that time, they have raised approximately $25,000.00 for the Post. In 2018, Janita was appointed as the Post’s Adjutant and currently remains in this position. In May of 2022, Janita had been nominated and elected Post 9143 Commander and is the Post’s first female Commander in the 75-year history of the Post.
Taylor Mehaffey
VICE COMMANDER
Jason Early
JR VICE COMMANDER
Staff Sergeant -- United States Army/ Ga Army National Guard -- 21 years BBA Degree -- North Ga College Military Occupational skills: 63B Light Wheel Vehicle Mechanic 63M Bradley Fighting Vehicle System Maintainer Military Awards: Bronze Star Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve medal with "M" device, Combat Action Badge, Parachutist badge, Driver and Mechanic Badge w/ mechanic clasp and Iraq Campaign medal. Current Occupation: 24 years with Dekalb County Fire Rescue--Currently, a Fire Captain assigned to Fire Station 11 in Stone Mountain, Ga.
Ivan Ramirez
HOUSE COMMITTEE
MOS 52 Charlie Completed 12 weeks of basic training at Ft. Knox in 2006. Arrived at Ft. Meade in Aberdeen, MD for my MOS training. Stationed at Ft. Riley, KS as my duty station in 2007 with 1ST Sustainment Brigade .Deployed to Iraq in 2009 through 2010. Completed my 4 year contract in the Army and transitioned out of the military with Honorable discharge. MILITARY AWARDS Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct, National Defense Service Medal, Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Campaign Star, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon Marksmanship Qual Badge
Bill Stradtner
I started my career becoming a Marine in 1969, spent a full tour in Vietnam, when I got out of the service, I relocated to southern California where I met my wife Sharon, and we were married in 1974 it was there that I went to college, learned about computers, and became a Test Engineer working on Core memory systems for the US Navy. In 1980 I joined Pacific Bell as a Toll Test Board Technician and worked my way up to an IT Architect with AT&T. My division was sold to IBM, and I continued my career working up to become a Senior Certified IT Architect designing Computer systems for large companies. As part of this job, I was the Chief Engineer, responsible for computing resources for both North and South America for one of IBM’s larger clients. In 2015 I retired from IBM and all the travel that was required for the position I was in. I’ve been a member of VFW Post 9143 for over 12 years and have held many different positions within the Post, for 6 of out the last 7 years I have been the Post Quartermaster, and during a 3-year period I held a position as the Department of Georgia’s Employment chairman.
Tom Burgess
CHAPLAIN
- Retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after 23 years in the US Air Force. - Flew as a Senior Director on the E-3C AWACS and Mission Crew Commander in the E-8C Joint STARS surveillance aircraft. 900+ combat flying hours in Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan). Three years Associate Professor at US Air Force Academy - 1 year as a Squadron Commander. 3 years Counter Drugs, 1 year in Korea. - Medals Awarded include 3 Meritorious Service Medals, 5 Air Medals, 3 Commendation Medals, 2 National Defense Service Medals, Air Force Expeditionary Medal, 3 Southwest Asia Service Medals, 2 Iraqi Campaign Medals - 6 Years with Northrop Grumman Corporation as a Systems Engineer upgrading both the E-3 and E-8 aircraft. - Currently owns Christian Brothers Automotive in Cumming and Jones Bridge GA
Terry Greene
JUDGE ADVOCATE
MASTER SERGEANT UNITED STATES ARMY (RETIRED) BA DEGREE: UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS / SPRINGFIELD MA DEGREE: BOSTON UNIVERSITY RETIRED SCHOOL TEACHER / ADMINISTRATOR (ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL) ENLISTED: UNITED STATES ARMY (12 DEC 1966 – NOV 1970, 1981-2000) GEORGIA STATE DEFENSE FORCE (JAN 2006 – SEP 2021) MILITARY OCCUPATIONAL SKILLS: SPECIAL IDENTIFICATION OPERATOR AND ANALYST (DF) MORSE INTERCEPTOR INTERROGATOR INTELIGENCE ANALYST INFANTRYMAN (AIRBORNE) UNITS SERVED: 7TH RADIO RESEARCH FIELD STATION (MAR 68- AUG-69) EXTENDED 370TH ASA CO / 301ST ASA BN 273RD MI CO H CO / 121ST INF (LRSU) MI DET / 1ST BN 20TH SFG (ABN) / 1ST SF 4TH BN / 1ST BDE GSDF (NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR SEARCH AND RESCUE SARTECH II)
Jason Hawkins
HOUSE COMMITTEE
Virgil Grovenburg
HOUSE COMMITTEE
Sara Day
GUARD
Paula Olsen
TRUSTEE
Lyndon Lang
TRUSTEE
Larry Mastin
ADJUTANT/SURGEON
David Brimmer
TRUSTEE
Cindy Hayes
SERVICE OFFICER