NAVAL WEATHER SERVICE ASSOCIATION

An association of Aerographers & Mates,
Meteorologists & Oceanographers

NWSA Pensacola Chapter

 

pensacola@navalweather.org

 

President:                   Denny Maljevac

Secretary/Treasurer:  Paul Belt

 

Libby O'Brien - NWSA Secretary/Treasurer

Chapter News

Source: Aerograph February 2019

We held our December meeting at the home of Paul Belt and Cheryl Alter on Monday the 17th of December.  It was the second year in a row that Paul and Cheryl opened their house to the membership for our annual Christmas get together.  Attendees included: Al and Helen Atwell, Bernie Bauer, Dave and Jerrie Dunlap, Arthur and Rose Frazier, Marion Hawks, Denny and Helen Maljevac, Ed and Gerrie Marsch, Pat and LIbby O’Brien, Ken and Barbara Overholt, Ed and Patti Straten, Elizabeth Tokryman, and Larry and Nancy Warrenfeltz. The membership was especially pleased that Marion Hawks and Elizabeth Tokryman attended the festivities.  Paul and Cheryl provided an absolutely scrumptious ham and members provided side dishes and desserts.  Pat O’Brien said grace and everyone enjoyed the food and conversation.  We also held our usual “Dirty Santa” gift exchange, but this year it was held with a twist. Gifts had to be new and not something to be pulled from the attic or a dark corner of the house.  By the end of the exchange everyone had something they liked, unless it was “captured” by someone else.  All-in-all it was a fun game.  During the business portion of the meeting Larry Warrenfeltz volunteered to serve as our next President and Pat O’Brien volunteered to be our next Secretary/Treasurer. Thank you gents!

As the evening drew to a close, Denny sang Silent Night in Croatian. Everyone left, lifted by shared friendship and the joy of the season.


Patti and Ed Straten celebrated their October birthdays at the IP in Biloxi.  In November they flew to San Juan to take a beautiful cruise on the Celebrity Summit.  They celebrated Veterans Day on St. Croix with a great parade and many welcoming smiles from the locals.  They also toured St. Maarten, Dominica, Barbados and Grenada.  Wonderful ports!  They had a wonderful early Christmas with family and New Year’s Eve with Kim and John (daughter and son in law) at their annual party.

January finds them on the Celebrity Silhouette at the ABC Islands (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, and Grand Cayman.  Warm sunshine and great fun and relaxation!  Terrific way to start the year off right!

Pat and Libby O'Brien hope everyone's Christmas was merry and bright and that 2019 is a year of happiness and good health.  In October, Pat had successful cataract surgery on his left eye, and he's happy to report he can now see his golf ball after he hits it.  Now, he awaits surgery on his right eye.  Oh, the joys of old age.  Just before Thanksgiving, Pat and Libby made a power trip to Evansville, IN, to see Libby's youngest grandson, Cole, before he departed for Norfolk to board the USS Gravely DDG 107.  On returning home, they packed up and headed over to Orange Beach, AL, to enjoy the Thanksgiving Holiday at their timeshare.  Libby's oldest daughter, Sandy, her son Dwayne, and two of their Canadian friends joined them for a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner of roast turkey and all the trimmings.  Pat said, “The warm and sunny weather was great.  The snowbirds were out in force with many of them actually playing and swimming in the Gulf of Mexico."  From Thanksgiving onward, the O’Brien’s debated on what to do over the Christmas Holidays.  Many options were considered before Pat decided they would just stay home, and they did.  His rationale was based on this possibly being their last Christmas in their house.  Sometime after the first of the year, they will be looking to put their home on the market and look for a much smaller place.  Pat's hoping less yard and house work will lead to more time for golf and fishing.  Christmas was also Pat and Libby's 24th anniversary although Libby will tell you they've been together for 31 years.  She counts the seven years they lived together before getting married.  At the December NWSA Chapter Christmas Party/business meeting, Pat volunteered to take over the Pensacola Chapter's secretary / treasurer duties from Paul Belt.  Pat looks forward to putting together future Aerograph inputs from chapter members.  The next trip for the O’Brien’s will be at the end of February.  They will fly to Costa Rica to spend a week with Pat's daughter, Kelly, and her husband, Chris at a Marriott Resort.

Larry and Nancy Warrenfeltz made their annual Veterans Day trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina to cheer on their son Jim in the 13th Outer Banks Marathon.  Jim finished fifth overall and first in his age group! It was a very Merry Christmas for the Warrenfeltz family. All four sons and their wives were together with Larry’s parents on December 23.  Larry is eager for the high school softball season to begin in mid-February. It’s been too long since he last provided umpires some (constructive) criticism!

Betty and Don Warrenfeltz and their four sons
Arthur and Rose Frazier had a very busy fall.  Between working the Pumpkin Patch at church, Shoebox ministry, organizing Tee shirt sales, a yard sale at church, and planning their holiday activities, along with many doctor appointments, they rarely found time to relax.  The end of November saw the start of their "Santa & Mrs. Claus" activities and they left on a 2 week cruise around the southern Caribbean, including a partial transit of the Panama Canal.  When they returned, their days were full of Santa activities, parties and reconnecting with their son, Tim, who was home for the holidays from college.  After the holidays, they are trying to find time to relax and work on downsizing their belongings.  Never a dull moment in the Frazier household.  Arthur and Rose both reached their weight-loss goal on New Year's Eve qualifying them to graduate to Keeping Off Pounds Sensibly (KOPS) in their Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) group.  They will be going on a cruise at the end of February with the TOPS International Group.  The photo below show them just after the New Year at a celebration for the local Bariatric Support Group.
Paul Belt and Cheryl Alter enjoyed nine days in the greater Scottsdale and Phoenix area with their Navy friends, Roger and Lisa Cauley visiting from Guam.  Paul has been enjoying the constant stream of photos of his two newest grandkids.   Alex Belt has been visiting his Italian grandma the past couple months while daddy AGC Belt been deployed.  His daughter Stephanie gave birth to Chloe Nurton on 12 November and both Paul and Cheryl will meet Chloe for the first time on 9 January.  Below are photos of Alex’s and Chloe’s first Christmas. 
Alex Belt
Chloe Belt
In Memory of our fallen chapter shipmates, Larry Warrenfeltz participated in the “Wreaths across America” ceremony at Barrancas National Cemetery onboard NAS Pensacola for Christmas 2018:
Barrancas National Cemetery
Dick Tokryman Monument
Greene Hawks Monument


Source: Aerograph November 2018

Denny and Helen Maljevec.  The Pensacola chapter held its quarterly meeting on September 21st at the Chicken Coop restaurant in Milton.  It is a family run business and the food and service were terrific.  Attending were Al and Helen Atwell, Bernie Bauer, Paul Belt, Dave and Jerrie Dunlap, Arthur and Rose Frazier, Elspeth Lloyd, Denny and Helen Maljevac, Ed and Gerrie Marsch, Pat and Libby O’Brien, Ken Overholt, and Ed and Patti StratenBarbara Overholt and the Warrenfeltz’s were out of town visiting friends.  It was also National POW/MIA Remembrance day.  Denny shared a brief story about his friend FN Duane Hodges from when they worked together at the Armed Forces Radio Station in Rota, Spain.  Denny recounted how happy Duane was when he had received orders to an (as yet unnamed) small ship on the West Coast.  Duane was excited because he’d be closer to his parents who lived in Creswell, Oregon.  Unfortunately, one day in early 1968, Denny heard on the news that the USS Pueblo (GER-2) had been attacked by North Korean gunboats and that one sailor was killed and the rest of the crew captured.  Duane was destroying classified documents when he was killed by a rocket.  He was posthumously promoted to DC3 and the “Bronze Star” was presented to his parents.  Sadly, in a short period of time we lost two of our members, Greene Hawks and Dick Tokryman.  Marion Hawks and Elizabeth Tokryman each expressed their sincere appreciation for the support provided by the chapter members including our presence at the Barrancas National Cemetery services and the flower baskets we provided.  At the close of our meeting Pat O’Brien said a prayer of remembrance for Greene and Dick.  Our chapter Christmas party will once again be hosted by, Paul Belt and Cheryl Alter.  They have graciously offered their house for this fun event and celebration of the season.

Pat and Libby O'Brien have had a very busy last few months.  In August, they began a trip north by attending the funeral of the last of Libby's Uncles in Opelika, Alabama.  Pat thinks they would do better without these types of family get together.  After spending Sunday night in Opelika, they headed north to Evansville, Indiana.  The plan was to spend a few days there visiting Libby's youngest daughter and family before heading to the Recruit Training Center at Great Lakes, Illinois, to attend Libby's grandson Cole’s graduate from boot camp.  The young man wanted to become an AG, but his recruiter told him it wasn't possible, and he'd have to choose another rating.  It looks as if he's going to be an Operational Specialist - OS.  Shortly after arriving in Evansville, Pat and Libby were told Cole was hospitalized, and he wouldn't be graduating on Friday as expected.  Pat thought about heading back home to wait for word on Cole's new graduation date.  Libby had another plan that involved visiting her oldest grandson in Indianapolis for a few days and then her granddaughter in Dayton, Ohio.  Well, that suggestion blew Pat's plan of returning home right out of the water.  While in Dayton they found out Cole would be graduating one week later than originally planned.  Pat breathed a sigh of relief as he had no idea where Libby would have them go next if they had more time to kill.  Anyway, they finally got to Great Lakes, and Libby got to see Cole graduate.  Following graduation, they spent the weekend with the new “swabbie”, his mom, dad, and girlfriend enjoying the sights of Chicago.  After travelling 2,107 miles we rolled back into home (Cantonment, FL) for three weeks of R & R before heading to Philadelphia to attend the USS Nimitz Association Reunion at the Navy Yard Complex.  The Navy Yard is home to the Navy's Mothball Fleet, but the complex has more civilian offices than Navy offices.  We traveled to Philadelphia up and back on the western side of the Appalachians to avoid any problems that might be caused by Hurricane Florence.  This was a brilliant move on Pat’s part as Florence was wreaking havoc across the Carolina’s!  The reunion was a success, but the hospitality room was not big enough.  It was wall to wall people at times.  The O'Brien's got to enjoy the company of Jim and Joan Futtner, and they were very grateful for that.  Joan has had some serious health issues, and she and Jim have had to cut back on a lot of their travels.  At the reunion, Jim and Pat would enjoy a morning walk around the complex, and one morning they happened upon the USS John F. Kennedy.  Of course, they didn't know it was the Kennedy because there was no name or numbers on it.  They finally found someone who knew it was the Kennedy.  It's a part of a much smaller mothball fleet than the one Pat remembers from the 60's 2,526 miles later we rolled back into Cantonment.  The O'Brien's next outing will be spending a week at their time share in Orange Beach, Alabama, in November.  Prior to that, Pat is having cataract surgery on his left eye.  He complains he can't see his golf ball after he hits it, so he's hoping the surgery will help correct that.  Pat forgot to mention that his doctor told him if he wanted to see his golf ball, not to hit it so far!  The O'Brien's continue to be blessed with good health and are very thankful for their many blessings.

 

Paul Belt and Cheryl Alter began July with Cheryl having her right knee replaced.  After three months she is doing well but still working on her mobility.  In August we spent a week in San Diego meeting my newest grandson, Alex, and spending time with my son, AGC Scott Belt and his wife Simona, prior to Scott’s deployment to Iraq in September.  Below Paul, Alex, and Scott share a happy moment together.
Paul’s long planned October and November three week golfing vacation in Scottsdale, AZ, Las Vegas and southern California has been derailed due to another bout with melanoma cancer on his left shoulder blade.   This trip has been rescheduled to next spring.

Arthur and Rose Frazier had a very busy summer and it looks like fall will be more of the same, but less fun.  Rose was involved in an auto accident in August and is under pain management and physical therapy for injuries to her back.  Arthur is seeing a dermatologist for skin cancer.  Fall is also a very busy time at their church, with the Pumpkin Patch, Operation Christmas Child Shoebox ministry, which Rose heads up, and preparing for another two week cruise in December.  We’re heading to the Panama Canal, South & Central America, and southern Caribbean.  They have both continued to lose weight and both are very close to their goals.  Their son, Tim, is doing well in his Junior year at F.I.T.

 

Ed and Patti Straten in August went to Biloxi for The Golden Boys Show, Bobby Rydell, Fabian and Frankie Avalon.  The show was wonderful and reminded Patti of the day she appeared on American Bandstand at age 13!  From September 29 through October 2nd we ventured to Las Vegas, stayed at the Excalibur and saw the Tournament of Kings show.  Vegas is always fun, people watching in all those beautiful hotels and casinos, great food and the wonderful RIRA Irish Bar.  In November they’ll fly to San Juan and cruise to St. Croix, St. Maarten, Dominica, Barbados, Grenada, and back to San Juan on the Celebrity Summit.  After taking a breath for the holidays, they will start the New Year off right!   With a planned cruise to Grand Caymans, Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire on the Celebrity Silhouette.

 

Bob Jaques was appointed by Kay Ivey, the Governor of Alabama to serve on the USS Alabama (BB-60) Battleship commission for a four year term.  The commissioners are tasked with maintaining and equipping this Historic National Alabama Landmark as a permanent public memorial; they also assist the staff with managing and marketing the Park.  On behalf of the NWSA Pensacola Chapter Congratulations Bob!

 

Larry and Nancy Warrenfeltz traveled to the Outer Banks of NC for their annual beach vacation with Nancy’s family. Our five grandkids were half of the newest generation to enjoy the Outer Banks Beach Club.

“Pajama party with the grandkids at the Outer Banks Beach Club”

 

In July, they left the Florida heat to enjoy a week with daughter Lindsay, husband Nate, and family in the Seattle suburb of Bothell. Interestingly, the NWS issued an “excessive heat warning” for Seattle while they were there. Temperature was 87F. “Feels like” temperature was 87F. That would be a cold July afternoon in Pensacola!


Pensacola dodged the bullet of Hurricane Michael. (I suppose it would be more accurate to say that the bullet dodged us.) Panama City Beach and areas east were not so lucky. Larry was scheduled to umpire a college fall softball scrimmage between Gulf Coast College and national champion Florida State in Panama City two days after landfall. Needless to say … that game was cancelled.

Submitted by Paul Belt, Sec/Treas.




Source: Aerograph August 2018

The Pensacola NWSA chapter completed this quarter with a luncheon at a locally owned Italian restaurant called Franco’s.  The food was fantastic and chapter turn-out was very good.

Pat & Libby O'Brien continue to travel here, there, and everywhere.  At least that's what Pat says.  They had an unplanned trip to Virginia Beach in March as Pat's first wife, Diane, passed away unexpectedly.  In April they co-hosted the NWSA Reunion in New Orleans.  Everyone seemed to have had a good time.  The first of May, they headed back to Virginia to attend the college graduation of Pat's grandson, Sean, from James Madison University.  Later in May, they traveled to Evansville, Indiana to attend the high school graduation of Libby's grandson Cole and spend a few days with her daughter and family before Cole left for Navy Boot Camp in Great Lakes.  When they left Evansville they headed for Lacrosse, Wisconsin to watch Pat's granddaughter, Caroline, participate in the NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships.  Caroline chose to race in Wisconsin rather than walk and receive her diploma from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. While in Wisconsin, Pat and Libby were able to knock off two more of their states playing golf!  They were able to play in Minnesota and Iowa. Their goal is to play golf in every state.  Although Pat is from Baltimore, he said he was much happier with her decision to go to Wisconsin.  Every time Pat thinks of going back to visit Baltimore he remembers Nancy Pelosi is also from Baltimore and he cringes. Pat and Libby's next trip was back to Virginia Beach.  This time it was to see Pat's granddaughter, Maddie, graduate from high school.  It also allowed Pat to spend Father's Day with his youngest son, Sean. Those last two trips totaled 4,600 road miles, and the O'Brien's were ready to stay home for a while. 

Over the 4th of July, Pat's oldest son, Patrick, came to visit, and Libby's grandson and granddaughter and families from Indiana came to town with Libby's newest great grandbabies.  It was a busy week!  The O'Brien's next trip will be in August to Great Lakes to see Cole graduate from boot camp.  

When Pat and Libby heard Dick Tokryman was in the hospital they were able to see him before he passed away.  It was very hard for Dick to talk, but he did say to Pat, "We go back a long way.”  Dick and Pat were instructors at Lakehurst, N.J., in the early 70's.  Pat has fond memories of Lakehurst and those with whom he was stationed.

Paul Belt and Cheryl Alter enjoyed a nine day organized tour of Costa Rica with another couple in February.  In April, Paul’s youngest son, AGC Scott Belt and wife Simona celebrated their first son (Alex), and Paul’s fourth grandchild.  A trip to see Alex is planned for August.  In May, Paul made his annual journey to Glenwood, Iowa to hunt and find “morel” mushrooms.  This is a throwback to Paul’s childhood whereby the family would find these precious mushrooms in the older timber stands of southwest Iowa.  This delicacy is cleaned, rolled in flour and then deep fried is butter, they taste awesome!

Arthur and Rose Frazier have been very busy first half of 2018.   Arthur and Rose celebrated her mother's (Irma Gastel) 89th birthday in January and regrettably she went home to the Lord on April 16th.  They held two funerals, one in Milton and the other in Orlando.  She was buried in the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida with her husband.  They have also made a number of trips in and out of the country.  In February, a weeklong cruise with friends to the Caribbean from New Orleans.  In 2018 Rose and Arthur have continued pursuing their weight loss journey, Rose is down 70 pounds and Arthur is down 42.  In early April we travelled to Punta Gorda, Florida where Arthur was recognized as the “State of Florida Winner” for CY17 in his division for T.O.P.S. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)!  In May, their son, Timothy, came home from Florida Institute of Technology for a well-deserved summer break.   In mid-May they enjoyed a family trip through Denmark, Scotland, Ireland, Norway, and Germany.  In July, Rose was crowned Queen of her Red Hatters group; which was followed by a trip to Arkansas to visit family and surprise their grandsons. In August they are going on another cruise out of Mobile for their anniversary.  We just can't get enough of the sea!

Ed and Patti Straten had an amazing time at the NOLA Reunion in April.  Here is a photo of Ed joining the Bourbon Street Parade one fine afternoon.
Their granddaughter, Caitria, graduated FSU.  Patti, daughter Kim and Caitria celebrated with a trip to Iceland and Ireland.  Here is a photo from the famous Blue Lagoon in Keflavik.