Board Members

Colonel (Retired) Paul Longgrear

Colonel (Retired) Paul R. Longgrear, an Arkansas native, was drafted into the US Army in 1965. He was commissioned in 1966. After spending 18 months in training, he went to Vietnam with Special Forces and during 2 tours received a Silver Star, 2 Bronze Stars for Valor, the Combat Infantry Badge, and was wounded 5 times. Paul left active duty in 1976 to go into full time Christian ministry. He remained in the US Army Reserve and retired with a combined federal service of 26 years. He has been inducted into the US Army Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame and the US Army Ranger Hall of Fame both located at Fort Benning, Georgia and the Arkansas Military Veterans Hall of Fame. Colonel Longgrear is the founder and Director / Chairman of The Board of the Georgia Military Veteran’s Hall of Fame.

Captain (Retired) Clifford Barnes

Chairman of the Board
Captain (Retired) Clifford Paul Barnes, a Georgia native, received his commission in the US Navy from the US Naval Academy in 1951 and served a total of 23 years on active duty. His service included tours of duty on surface ships and submarines. He was a commanding officer on both types of vessels and served in the Korean War and the Viet Nam War. His awards include the Bronze Star Medal and the Navy Commendation Medal. Since retirement in 1974 he has served on several charitable and educational boards. Captain Barnes is a charter member of the Georgia Military Veteran’s Hall of Fame.

Colonel (Retired) Richard White

Co-Director & Chairman of the Board
Colonel Rick White, a native of Norcross, Georgia, enlisted in the US Army Airborne Infantry as a Private in 1966. He was commission as a Second Lieutenant through Infantry Officer Candidate School (OCS) in 1967 at the age of 19. He soon deployed to Vietnam for a total of 24 months in combat serving as a Rifle Platoon Leader and Reconnaissance Platoon Leader in the 4th Infantry Division and as an Airborne Infantry Company Commander in the 173rd Airborne Brigade. His numerous awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal for Valor, Combat Infantry Badge, Senior Aviator Wings, Ranger Tab, Special Forces Tab, and Master Parachutist Wings. He has degrees from Harvard University, Webster University, University of Maryland, and the Army War College. During 31 years of service, he commanded two brigades, two battalions, six companies, and three platoons encompassing Infantry, Special Forces, Aviation, and Recruiting. In 1997, he retired from active duty and was later inducted into the US Army OCS Hall of Fame located at Fort Benning, Georgia. Colonel White and his wife, Pamela, make their home in Johns Creek, Georgia. Their family consists of twin daughters, a son, two son-in-laws, a daughter-in-law, and four grandsons.

Sergeant Harry Gregory

Board Member
Former Technical Sergeant Harry H. “Chip” Gregory, IV, a Georgia native, enlisted in the US Air Force in 1998. His initial assignment was at Whiteman AFB, Missouri with the 509th Security Forces Squadron followed by Moody AFB, Georgia with the 823 Security Forces Squadron. While at Moody, he deployed 4 times as a Fire Team Leader in support of Operations Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom for a total of 19 months in combat zones. His final assignment was at Robins AFB, Georgia with the 78th Security Forces Squadron and 5th Combat Communications Group. At Robins he was the Non-Commissioned Officer In Charge of the Combat Readiness School and the Group’s Force Protection & Anti-Terrorism Officer. After 13+ years, he left active duty in April 2011 and currently works in the insurance industry. Chip is a charter member of the Georgia Military Veteran’s Hall of Fame.

Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) John Paul Jones

Board Member
Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) J. P. (John Paul) Jones, an Alabama native, was drafted into the U.S. Army in August 1969. He received his commission in July 1970 as a Signal Corps officer. In April 1973 he branch transferred to the Army Finance Corps, in which he served until January 1993. His assignments encompass duty with both the 3d Infantry Division and the 1st Infantry Division as well as post in the United States, Germany and Korea. His awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster as well as others. He is a Certified Public Accountant. J.P. recently completed tenure as the Executive Administrative Manager for the just completed Hartsfield-Jackson Development Program at the Atlanta airport. Following those duties, he assumed the role as the Project Accountant for an international engineering and consulting company that is the Program Manager for the next expansion at the Atlanta airport, ATLNEXT.

LTC Graham White

Board Member
LTC Graham R. White, a Georgia native, enlisted in the Georgia Army National Guard as an Airborne Infantryman on his 17th birthday in 1995. Upon graduation from high school, he entered the US Military Academy where he played football and graduated in 2000. His major units of assignments to date are: 82nd Airborne Division (twice), 75th Ranger Regiment (three), 2nd Infantry Division, and 25th Infantry Division. He has commanded an Airborne Infantry Rifle Platoon, a Ranger Platoon, an Infantry Rifle Company, a Ranger Company, and a Ranger Reconnaissance Company. He currently is the commander of an Airborne Infantry Battalion in the 82nd Airborne Division. So far, he has 10 combat deployments totaling 39 months in combat divided between Iraq and Afghanistan. His numerous awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal for Valor, the Purple Heart, and the Combat Infantry Badge. LTC White is a charter member of the Georgia Military Veteran’s Hall of Fame.

Lorraine Berry

Board Member
• Retired from AT&T
• Founder/Manager Dog-Gone Good Bargains, Pine Mountain, GA.
(a thrift store benefiting the Humane Society of Harris County)
• Board Member – David H. Aldrich Community Center, Pine Mountain, GA.
• Member Patchwork Community Theater, Pine Mountain, GA.
• President – Maple Ridge Ladies Golf Association, Columbus, GA.
• Spouse of deceased Navy veteran “Roger W. Berry”.

LTC (Retired) Samuel E. Nelson

Board Member
LTC Nelson is a graduate of Marion Military Institute, and the University of Alabama. He has Masters degree in Criminal Justice, Personnel Management, and National Security Management. He is a graduate of both the Army Command and General Staff Course, and the Air War College. He spent most of his career as a soldier, or peace officer. He served from Vietnam time to Granada. He has served in Panama, Bosnia, and the Middle East. Sam retired in 2001, and has become a Veterans rights advocate in our area. He is a member of both the American Legion, and the VFW, and served as a Team Captain of a House of Hero’s project. He currently serves as Chairman of the Chattahoochee Valley Veterans Council.

Ryan Berry

Board Member
BSBA University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Phi Delta Theta -Tennessee Epsilon Chapter Alumni.
Commercial airline pilot.
8th Air Force Historical Society member and volunteer.
Son of deceased Navy veteran Roger W. Berry.