An association of Aerographers & Mates,
Meteorologists & Oceanographers

NWSA Lone Star Chapter



President           Curtis Arnond

Sec/Treasurer    Jim Maxwell



Chapter News

Source: Aerograph May 2017

The 43rd annual Naval Weather Service reunion concluded on April 7th and attendees scattered to the four winds.  By all accounts, it was a successful and enjoyable event.


The following were in attendance:

Roper, Roberta & Kerekes, JoAnn; McKinzie, Joe; Corbeille, Frenchy & Barbara; Warrenfeltz, Larry & Nancy; Ledbetter, Wayne & Betty; Berkeridge, Thomas; Peterson, Pete & Diane; Raley, John & Carol; Cox, Gary, Mary & Jonathan; Corbett, Lloyd & Daisy; Welch, Paul & Mary Jo; Price, Dewey & Ann; Burk, Gerald & Sandra; Cruse, Marge; Overholt, Ken & Barbara; O’Brien, Pat & Libby; Arnold, Curtis; Maxwell, Jim & Suzanne; Steinbeck, James & Lolis; Bourn, Mel and Partesius, Pat; Duncan, Phil & Vinnie; Summey, Morry, Locke, Martha, Roberts, Marilyn, Bowers, Bill & Carol; Casperson, Charles & Lori; Hyytinen, Michael & Shirley; Graham, Howard & Shirley; McMullin, George & Ellyn; Kerr, Earl & Lynn; Jordan, Charlie & Ann; Miovas, Tom & Mary Ann; Straten, Ed & Patti; Nicolson, Harry & Pat; Mullin, Moon & Nadine; Meyer, Paul (AKA Berl) & Patricia; Hicks, Stephen & Shirley; Canfield, Roy & Cathy.

Unfortunately, Tom Berkeridge and Stephen Hicks, both fell ill at the reunion and were unable to attend the banquet but were feeling well enough to travel by Friday.  Charlie Jordan had planned to attend but was not feeling well enough to travel and Harry Hale is recovering from surgery and unable to travel as yet. We hope you all are feeling better now.

As an afterthought, I hope sincerely that our Chapter lived up to your expectations. Hopefully those members and their spouses who could not attend this reunion will be able to make the New Orleans trip next year. I'd like to thank everyone who had a part in this reunion and special kudo's go out to Joe McKinzie, Lolis and Jim Steinbeck, Curtis Arnold, Mel Bourn and Pat Partesius, my spouse Suzanne Maxwell, and all who had a part in the planning of this the 43rd.  Also, I would be remiss if I did not mention those of you who manned the hospitality desk. Lastly, but certainly not least, a big

Thank You to the Holiday Inn Hotel Management and all the employees who made this a great time and assisted Joe and I in our numerous trips to San Antonio and with our daily necessities.


Thank You for coming to San Antonio ya'll the Lone Star Chapter enjoyed having you!     

Jim Maxwell, Sec/Treas.

Source: Aerograph February 2017

On Saturday, January 21, 2017 the Lone Star Chapter met for lunch and a planning meeting for the upcoming NWSA Reunion in San Antonio on April 3-7th. We met at Pappadeaux’s Seafood Restaurant, a very good place to enjoy Cajun seafood. We had 10 members show up for the meeting, which is just about a normal turnout. The following members and spouses were in attendance: Joe McKinzie, Curtis Arnold, Mel Bourn, Charlie Jordan came into town from Abilene, Jim and Lois Steinbeck from Houston, and Jim and Suzanne Maxwell. I invited a new prospective member, Sam and Ceil Flores, whom joined us. It was very nice to see someone new in our midst.

Sam and I ran across each other by accident at a Veteran’s Day celebration at our grandkids high school. We sat down across from each other in a crowded auditorium and struck up a conversation. Turns out Sam was in the Aero Office aboard USS John F. Kennedy in the early 70s. Hopefully, we can get him to join and come on down to the reunion. He has his paperwork and necessary information.  

We missed Anne Jordan, and Pat Partesius, who wasn’t feeling well! Jeanie and Harry Hale were visiting their children and grand kids in Seattle, Washington. As usual, there was a lot of good conversation, and a “Sea” story or two. Our conversations always gravitate toward health issues, of which we all have some!

With the 43rd Reunion in San Antonio now a little over 2 months away, this get together finalized what we have accomplished, and what is left to do. Joe McKinzie has done a terrific job planning and setting up the agendas. Enough cannot be said about his effort and work in getting this Reunion ready to go! Suzanne and Jim Maxwell will be traveling to San Antonio and Fredericksburg in early February to finalize a few last minute items.

Not much else going on down here. Hope all of you out there had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. See you in San Antonio!  

Jim Maxwell, Sec/Treas.

Source: Aerograph August 2016

On Saturday, June 11, 2016, the Lone Star Chapter travelled to Abilene, TX for its summer meeting. The meeting was scheduled in West Texas to allow for easier travel for several members that otherwise would have to travel more than 6 to 10 hours to meetings in DFW. Those members in attendance included Pat Partesius and Mel Bourn, Ann and Charlie Jordan, Jeanie and Harry Hale, Jim and Suzanne Maxwell, Joe McKinzie, and a new member Dave Bollinger. Welcome Aboard Dave!!! The meeting was held at the Lytle Land and Cattle Company. The lunch was enjoyed by all. There was a lot of good conversation, some good ideas about the reunion were exchanged, and a few “Sea” stories. A special thanks goes to Charlie for setting up the luncheon.


With the 43rd Reunion in San Antonio fast approaching, now only 8 months away, the meeting was held to discuss where we are at planning wise. Joe McKinzie briefed everyone on what has been accomplished thus far, and what is yet to be done, when it needs to be done, and who will be responsible for accomplishing the remaining tasks. Much has been accomplished, but many things have yet to be done. Joe McKinzie and I (Jim Maxwell) will be travelling south to San Antonio on Aug 9th and 10th to hopefully get a number of tasks taken care of. We will be staying at our Reunion Hotel which will have just completed a total makeover by the first week of August.


Not much else going on down here. Our energy is totally geared and focused on the Reunion 43. Information on the Reunion is already appearing on the NWSA website, so watch for more as it becomes available.   

Submitted by Jim Maxwell, Sec/Treas