Georgia MUFON pays tribute to one of our own

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Marine Honor Guard Photo By: Lance Cpl. Melany Vasquez
Photo By: Lance Cpl. Melany Vasquez

 

As State Director I was only recently made aware that one of our former State Directors, Retired College Park Chief of police Walter Thomas “Tom” Sheets passed away October 2 of this year. I did not have the opportunity to meet Tom personally but his legacy was still going strong 10 years after his retirement as State Director. Most of what I know and write below was passed on to me by my predecessor who shared much respect for Tom.

“Tom Sheets was a fine man and an excellent leader. He served his Georgia neighbors and citizens locally as a dedicated law enforcement officer, and the Nation as a United States Marine in the Vietnam War. I’m honored to have known Tom and many others feel the same. Here in Georgia, upon his retirement from his police career he became a MUFON FI and eventually became State Director in 1998. He served from then until mid-2004 then again from 2007 through 2009.”    R. Howard, SD 2010-2017

 
Tom continued working with MUFON International after being State Director for Georgia, including helping establish the Office of Professional Standards and serving as its first Administrator. He also worked on various special projects for then MUFON International Director James Carrion. I have the greatest respect for State Director W. Tom Sheets and am honored to have such broad shoulders to stand upon.

Scott Cantrell
Georgia State Director
Alabama Assistant State Director

Video recreation of the USS Nimitz UFO encounter 2004

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Many may remember December 16, 2017 and the government’s release of video showing Military aircraft encounters with UFOs including the USS Nimitz UFO encounter in 2004. During that same time frame retired officer Lou Elizondo was interviewed on CNN as well as interviews with the New York Times. The entire news arena was abuzz about the government publicly acknowledging the existence of UFOs. Soon after hearing the story about the Nimitz encounter, David Beaty started to conceptualize a video recreation of the event. After a little less than a year including investigating details of the event and bringing together the require video and CGI, David has given us a visual recreation of the USS Nimitz UFO encounter.

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Ga MUFON public meeting Sat, Dec 8th 2018

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Meeting topic: UFOlogy today

What we have learned, what we want to learn and how to get there

December 8, 2018
1:45-5:00 PM
Reid H. Cofer Library meeting room in Tucker, GA

Please RSVP:  https://goo.gl/g9iZ3p

“The Madonna with Saint Giovannino”, 15th century by Domenico Ghirlandaio (1449-1494)

Throughout our history, we have been writing, drawing, and painting what we see in the world around us. As a species, we have been documenting our reality for centuries, leaving a rich repository of information. These records and art are littered with evidence supporting the probability of intelligent, or intelligently controlled, physical objects moving about in the skies, and I’m not speaking about birds or flying, winged dinosaurs. Some of the earliest paintings contain what appear to be saucer, or otherwise unusually shaped, aerial objects in the sky; and some religious and sacred writings depict Gods or physical beings appearing to wage battle in the skies with one another. Artists have been inspired, placing unknown objects in their paintings throughout history, begging the question – what inspired these shapes and objects? Furthermore, does the fact that these paintings survived for so long infer that the populace, at that time, was aware or accustomed to these aerial phenomena?

Considering ourselves to be more educated than our ancestors, we apply the scientific method in  an attempt to uncover the truths behind those events our ancestors observed so long ago. The scientific method in our investigations requires a quantity of accurately observed and documented information to give us useful or viable results. The results obtained through the investigation process are directly proportional to the data fed into it. If we only have low quality information available to us, we can expect the same caliber of results from the investigation.

The data we have available through our historical records offer us precious little information for our scientific method to produce what most would consider to be viable information. At the time of writing this article, Georgia had received and investigated 298 reports of events that occurred in the last 20 years that were found to be classified as unknown. Today, we know little more from the activities in the last two decades than the events documented for us over 1,000 years ago. At the next Georgia MUFON meeting in Tucker, we will endeavor to find a way to change this.

You are invited to join us and collaborate at our next meeting, as we begin the review process. Together, we will identify what we are able to learn of the phenomena, using our current methods and processes, what information we want to gain from investigations, and we will ask the questions: why do we want this information, and, what, as a society, will we do with this knowledge? As a group, we will put together a road-map to reassess our current investigation process. We will start to examine what data will be required to answer these questions and what resources and processes will be needed to collect and analyze this data. Lastly, we will consider how these processes can be incorporated in our current investigations, and, equally important, the ways and means to secure the resources required.

If we are able to achieve our goals above, we will have the framework to enable us the ability to increase what we learn through investigations of UFO reports, if the data needed is available. Data availability is, of course, going to be the crux of our efforts to increasing our knowledge about the phenomena. The challenges we will face include: our receiving quality reports, having the man-power to investigate the reports that come in, and working with witnesses who have accurately observed and noted useful information for the investigation processes. After developing a complete process and identifying our needs, requirements and challenges, Georgia MUFON will develop public awareness campaigns to foster education of the public with the goal of improving our investigations and gaining the knowledge about the phenomena we are looking for.

Your assistance sharing information on the meeting with the public is appreciated.  Click the link below to download a flyer for the meeting which you can post for others to see. GA MUFON December 2018 meeting – Flyer