Date: July 2nd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Southport Community Building, 203 E. Bay Street
Speaker: Gerald "Jerry" Iverson, Colonel, US Air Force (ret.)
As we celebrate Independence Day, let us not forget our nation’s independence is not a given nor does it come without a cost. We ask that our brave men and women in our armed services protect and defend our nation’s freedom every day. Some pay the ultimate cost and have given their lives. All have given at some cost.
We honor and celebrate the contributions of those that have served our Nation through a Veteran’s Recognition Ceremony. The Ceremony will include displays, entertainment, food and a keynote speaker. Each year the Festival Committee will choose a specific military branch, conflict or war to highlight, but make no mistake, all Veteran’s and Active Military are welcome and honored.
Held at the Southport Community Building annually during the festival, this event gives Veterans a chance to visit, laugh, and remember with other Veterans. We invite anyone who is a Veteran or Active Military, relative of a Veteran or Active Military or those individuals who just want to show their appreciation to attend. Sponsored by Carillon Assisted Living of Southport. and River Road Animal Hospital.
The North Carolina 4th of July annual Veteran Recognition Ceremony will be held on July 2, 2016 at 6 p.m. at the Southport Community Building at 223 E. Bay Street, Southport, NC. The public is invited to share in the recognition event. This year’s speaker will be Gerald “Jerry” Iverson, Colonel, US Air Force (ret.)
Jerry Iverson grew up in Williston, ND and graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1966 with a BS in Mathematics. Jerry joined the Air Force and was commissioned through Officer Training School as a 2nd Lieutenant in June of that year. He served 24 years in the USAF, with 12 years in C-130 operational assignments and 12 years in systems acquisition. He was a command navigator with over 5,000 flying hours and over 800 hours of combat time in Viet Nam.
After commissioning, he attended Navigator Training at Mather AFB and was awarded his wings in June 1967. He was assigned to C-130 transports and spent three months at Pope AFB, NC enroute to South East Asia (SEA) where he was assigned to the 50th Tactical Airlift Squadron (TAS) at CCK Air Base, Taiwan. Returning from SEA, he was assigned to the 36th TAS at Langley AFB, VA, where he served as an instructor and Stan/Eval navigator. He was then selected to return to college for an advanced degree and attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute graduating with an MS in Computer Science in 1972. He was assigned to Hanscom AFB, MA for his first tour in systems acquisition developing a Tactical LORAN System for use by F-4 aircraft in SEA. He was selected to attend Air Command and Staff College in 1977 and upon graduation; he was assigned to the Pentagon, Washington, DC.
He first served on the Air Staff as the Program Element Monitor for the World Wide Airborne Command Post fleet, including the E4B – the National Emergency Airborne Command Post. After 3 years on the Air Staff, he was assigned to the Joint Staff C3I Directorate where he was responsible for evaluating the connectivity between sensor systems and command elements. He returned to flying duties in 1981 at Pope AFB and served as the Operations Officer for the 41st TAS and Squadron Commander of the 39th TAS. After completing Air War College at Maxwell AFB in 1987 he was assigned to Hanscom AFB as the Director of Strategic Communications with responsibility for upgrading C3I systems for strategic forces, including the B-2 Bomber, Minuteman ICBMs, and other communication systems.
After retiring in 1990, Jerry moved to Waco, TX where he held positions of increasing responsibility as program manager, program director, and finally as Vice President and Site Executive of Waco Operations – an aircraft modification facility. He retired from this job in 2003 and moved to St James Plantation. He is married to the former Rhenda Ellis of Sanford, NC and that explains the retirement home in North Carolina.
The Veteran Recognition Ceremony is a mainstay of the July 4th Festival. During the many celebrations, it allows the public to stop and remember those who serve for our country, protecting our freedoms. The public is invited. We encourage all Veterans in the area to attend. This year’s event is sponsored by River Road Animal Hospital and Carillon Assisted Living of Southport. Dinner will be provided.