We believe veterans are our nation’s heroes and our Beacon Pointe team is proud to support veterans and military families. May we never take for granted the courage and sacrifice of the men and women of our nation’s Armed Forces who have served to protect our peace and freedom.
To our clients who have served our nation, you have our deepest gratitude. We are grateful to be your financial advisor and we hope that each of you, your families, and your communities have a wonderful Veterans Day.
Additionally, we would like to take a moment to thank our Beacon Pointe team members who also happen to be veterans, Chuck Carrick, Garth Flint, John Gray, Mark Moehlman, Scott Plamondon, Liam Powell and Ryan Quigley, for their dutiful service to our country. We are excited to share their stories below.
Dollars & Sense Podcast – A Veterans Day Tribute
In a special Veterans Day tribute, Beacon Pointe’s Dollars & Sense podcast host, Coby Cress, sits down with Beacon Pointe co-Founder and Vietnam Veteran, Garth Flint. Garth flew F-4 fighter jets for the U.S. Navy while assigned to several carriers, including the U.S.S. Coral Sea. In 1967, right after Christmas, his recon plane was shot down over Haiphong in the Gulf of Tonkin by a North Vietnamese AAA anti-aircraft gun. In this episode, Garth shares his story, providing insight into what life as a civilian and investment consultant has looked like since that fateful day, and more.
Resources for Veterans
Exiting the military and returning to life as a civilian is an exciting time, but also not without its challenges. If you are a younger veteran or are close with friends or family who are retiring from service, taking steps to preparing your financial future is critically important. To help adjust, our Beacon Pointe team has put together the following financial planning steps as a general guideline to start out on the right path.
Beacon Pointe Veterans
- Rank Held at Beginning of Service: Ensign
- Rank Held at End of Service: Commander
- Service Dates: November 1963 – April 1968 Regular, November 1968 – November 1976 Reserves
- Work You Did: I flew as a Naval Aviator in the F-4 Phantom, carrier based with two cruises to North Vietnam. I had 217 missions, was shot down and rescued on the 194thmission. While in my raft in Ha Long Bay, one of the rescue aircraft, flown by a good friend of mine, made a very low pass over me then did a couple of rolls and went back to orbit with the other rescue aircraft. When we returned to the carrier, my friend asked me how I liked his aerobatics and I said, “they scared me more than being shot down!” Most of our missions were flak suppression (bomb the anti-aircraft sites) and then converted to fighter coverage (prevent engagement by enemy aircraft) for the jet attack bombers we were escorting. The balance of the missions was combat air patrol flown next to the coastline to protect the aircraft carriers from enemy aircraft.
- Brief Story that Stands Out from Your Service Time: (in conjunction with the above…) My co-pilot and I were conducting a routine weather reconnaissance flight mission in our F-4 Phantom over Vietnam, and we were shot down in the icy waters in the Tonkin Gulf. We survived our emergency ejection from our jet, and we were rescued! A short story on our harrowing experience was published by Tom Wolfe, in “The Truest Sport: Jousting with Sam & Charlie.”
- Rank Held at Beginning of Service: Private
- Rank Held at End of Service: Corporal
- Service Dates: 1989 – 1993
- Work You Did: Military Police Officer
- Brief Story that Stands Out from Your Service Time: I participated in Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Our MP unit provided security for a very strategic base that was approximately 50 miles from Kuwait. The base provided water and fuel to all the Marine ground units and aircraft positioned along the front lines. After the start of the air campaign, Iraqi military began to launch scud missiles over the course of 3 nights trying to hit our base. On the 3rd night, our military identified the location of where the missiles were being launched and destroyed the launch sites. Two missiles hit our base but fortunately there were no casualties. We felt like sitting ducks but knew it was only a matter of time before we would locate and take out the enemy.
- Rank Held at Beginning of Service: entered military service as a draftee (private)
- Rank Held at End of Service: exited as a Specialist 4th Class
- Service Dates: April 15, 1969 to January 14, 1971
- Work You Did: Basic Training at Ft. Ord, CA, April-June, 1969; Payroll specialist at Ft. Hood, Texas from July, 1969 to April, 1970; Payroll specialist at DaNang, Vietnam from May, 1970 to January, 1971. I paid the troops that did the actual fighting.
- Brief Story that Stands Out from Your Service Time: The highlight of my Vietnam tour was coming home for a two-week leave in November of 1970, and seeing both the SC-UCLA and SC-Notre Dame football games in the L.A. Coliseum.
- Rank Held at Beginning of Service: Airman
- Rank Held at End of Service: Senior Airman
- Service Dates: 1984 to 1987
- Work You Did: Crew Chief on a KC-135 Air Refueler
- Brief Story that Stands Out from Your Service Time: I joined the Air Force to help pay for college and got to travel the world on the plane. I was able to finish 3 years of college at night. I loved my time in the Air Force and it was an honor to serve my country.
- Rank Held at Beginning of Service: Private
- Rank Held at End of Service: Lance Corporal
- Service Dates: January 2005 – January 2009
- Work You Did: Heavy Equipment Operator- Convoy Security during Iraq Deployment
- Brief Story that Stands Out from Your Service Time: During a deployment to Iraq, our platoon was returning to base from a night patrol in search of IED’s and ensuring the main supply routes were secure. Our team was exhausted from a long day that turned to night, traveling hundreds of miles in our 4 Humvee (HMMWV) patrol. As we waited at the gate to enter back into base, our platoon leader shot a small pin flare into the desert night sky, he then got on the radio and told everyone happy 4th of July and to remember how good we have things back home. As I watched this flare go up like a “firework” it really put things into perspective for me how great it is to call the United States home and the many things I take for granted. The greatest part of serving was having people of all different backgrounds and walks of life, coming together for a common mission/goal.
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