NAVAL WEATHER SERVICE ASSOCIATION

An association of Aerographers & Mates,
Meteorologists & Oceanographers

NWSA President

President 2021-2023:


 CAPT Larry Warrenfeltz, USN RET
president@navalweather.org






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Source: Aerograph November 2022

Greetings Shipmates,

After a rather calm summer, life is picking up the pace as we navigate football season and look ahead to the always busy Thanksgiving – Christmas – Hanukkah – New Year’s marathon.

Also rapidly approaching (with constant bearing and decreasing range) is our Reunion #47 cruise on board Celebrity Summit. Sailing from Miami on 30 March and returning on 3 April, we plan to have a memorable get together for the association. At the last count,    we have
After a rather calm summer, life is picking up the pace as we navigate football season and look ahead to the always busy Thanksgiving – Christmas – Hanukkah – New Year’s marathon.

Also rapidly approaching (with constant bearing and decreasing range) is our Reunion #47 cruise on board Celebrity Summit. Sailing from Miami on 30 March and returning on 3 April, we plan to have a memorable get together for the association. At the last count, we have 67 folks on the manifest! That includes spouses, significant others, and friends as well as NWSA members. It is not too late to join us for our 2023 deployment from Miami to Key West and the Bahamas. See the Reunion #47 link on the navalweather.org website. We have created a private Facebook page for anyone going cruising with us. On Facebook, search for “NWSA Reunion #47 Cruise.” Request to join, and if you are on the manifest, you’ll be accepted. This group allows cruise rookies — like Nancy and me — to learn from the veterans

I hope everyone who is cruising with us has already ensured that your passport is current. If you don’t have a current one, the time to start the process is TODAY. After all, it’s a government-run program. It’s not exactly a quick process!

Larry Warrenfeltz
Captain, USN (Ret)





Source: Aerograph August 2022

Greetings Shipmates,

 

Our Reunion #47 cruise on board Celebrity Summit (30 March to 3 April, 2023) is really shaping up to be a memorable get together for the association. At the last count, we have 67 folks on the manifest! That includes spouses, significant others, and friends as well as NWSA members. It is not too late to join us for our 2023 deployment from Miami to Key West and the Bahamas. See the Reunion #47 link on the navalweather.org website. We have created a private Facebook page for anyone going cruising with us. On Facebook, search for “NWSA Reunion #47 Cruise.” Request to join, and if you are on the manifest, you’ll be accepted. This group allows cruise rookies — like Nancy and me — to learn from the veterans.


An important point for all reunion cruisers — check your passports NOW! You will need a passport for #47. If you don’t have a current one, now is the time to start the process. After all, it’s a government-run program. It’s not exactly a quick process!

Elsewhere in this issue, you will read about our two NWSA scholarship recipients for 2022. With past- president Mike Gilroy chairing the scholarship committee, we have a great partnership with the American Meteorological Society (AMS). The AMS has the mechanism in place to review candidates for one undergraduate student and one grad student each year. We are supporting the future of our science. Making your contributions to the Scholarship fund is one of the best ways you could possibly make sure your money makes a difference.

 

Jim Maxwell (Secretary/Treasurer of the Texas Chapter) informed the NWSA Board of Directors that the Texas Chapter made the decision to close their doors effective 15 July. As Jim said, “It was a great run, but all things must end.” With four members remaining, the choice is understandable. To quote from Navy Blue and Gold … “But still when two or three shall meet, and old tales be retold, from low to highest in the fleet, will pledge the Blue and Gold.”

 

Larry Warrenfeltz Captain, USN (Ret)


Source: Aerograph May 2022

Greetings Shipmates,

 

It sure looks like our Reunion #47 will be a popular chance for the association to get together and go to sea. We will cruise aboard Celebrity Summit from March 30 to April 3, 2023. When the Reunion planning committee first met, we were hoping to fill 16 cabins. At the last count, we have 64 folks on the manifest! That includes spouses and friends as well as NWSA members. Patti Straten — wife of 2nd VP Ed Straten — has been the key point of contact with the people at Celebrity. We owe Ed and Patti a huge thank you for all the work they have done so far. Libby and Pat O’Brien and Paul Belt also play important roles in the reunion planning. It isn’t too late to join us for our 2023 deployment from Miami to Key West and the Bahamas. See the Reunion #47 link on the navalweather.org website.


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Happy 100th Birthday to LCDR Norman Canfield (USN, Ret) — Life member #450! Norm celebrated his 100th trip around the sun at home in Minnesota in April.

 

At the end of our time in Savannah last October, we asked attendees to answer a couple of questions about their Navy careers. The replies showed a diverse group of aerographer’s mates and METOC officers. We’ve covered the ranks from E-1 to E-9, WO-1 to CWO-3, and O-1 to O-6. Members who responded averaged 25 years, 8 months of active duty service in an average of 11 different duty stations. Allow me to close with a great quote from AGCS (Ret) Phil Duncan.

 

“At 83 years old and soon to be 84, the men and a few ladies that I served with in the Navy still remain, in my mind and heart, as some of the finest, most patriotic people this great country has to offer.”

 

Well said, Sir!

 

Larry Warrenfeltz

Captain, USN (Ret)


Source: Aerograph February 2022

Greetings Shipmates,

 

Here we are — a couple of months into 2022 — and we are STILL dealing with the pandemic that has upset and changed our lives for the last two years. It looks to me like the 2019 version of coronavirus and its variants will always be with us, much like influenza and the common cold (which is also a coronavirus). With this in mind, we move forward as sailors always have!

 

 

Reunion #47 planning is underway. Second VP Ed Straten and NWSA stalwart Pat “OB” O’Brien are heading up the committee, with the able help of their wives, Patti and Libby. The date, in the spring of 2023, is still to be determined. The first option is to take a cruise. Many military groups have used a cruise option and found it to be a great experience. Stay tuned for details. Personally, I would love to once again lean on a ship’s rail and watch salt water flow by. I will try to resist the urge to spit (downwind) … but I will probably fail.

 

 

Former shipmate Tim Rush sent me the following link to a very cool video that he found on YouTube:


Computer History: Control Data CDC 6600 Supercomputer (NavalWeather Global tracking Climate) 1972 - YouTube


The Computer History Archive Project grabbed a 1972 movie produced by the Naval Weather Service Command called “The Story of a Storm.” Some of you may recognize a few of the people in the film. Every one of us will certainly recognize the equipment! Click on it, sit back, and enjoy!

 

Larry Warrenfeltz

Captain, USN (Ret)





Source: Aerograph November 2021

Greetings Shipmates,

 

Well that was worth the wait! We finally made it to Savannah, and it was OUTSTANDING! It is a beautiful, historic city and the residents are welcoming and friendly. Tours of the city and of the Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force were educational and enjoyable. Like any good reunion, the planned events and excursions were great, but the real value is found in the Hospitality Room. Visiting with friends—old and new—is the part that everyone cherishes. The farewell banquet at the Crosswinds Country Club was a perfect way to end our visit to Georgia. An enjoyable, professional magic show by the “Amazing” Joe Romano was a special treat. Once again, we owe a huge thank you to Jim and Rosalie Romano — reunion planners extraordinaire!

Don’t think that we played for the whole four days. We also took care of business in Savannah. The Executive Committee met twice — before and after the General meeting of the association. Congratulations to Ed Straten who was elected our new Second Vice President.


We spent some time discussing the distribution of the Aerograph. If you are reading the electronic version of this fine publication, thank you. The e-version is nice. It has cool color and much more information than the hard copy version that is distributed via the postal service. Mailing the Aerograph is rather expensive, so the more people who get it via email, the better it is for our bottom line. We know that there are some readers who are not comfortable with computers and email. We will always make sure that every person who wants a hard copy is able to have one.  (If you look at Secretary-Treasurer Tom Miovas’ report, you will see that the association is financially sound. We have money to mail the Aerograph to everyone who needs to get it that way.)

For planning purposes, Reunion #47 will be held sometime in the spring of 2023. Where we go and what we do is still to be determined. Plan to join us. The Navy camaraderie just can’t be duplicated.

 

 Larry Warrenfeltz

Captain, USN (Ret)