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 November 2017

This quarter the Pensacola NWSA chapter met for lunch at the BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse for soda, tea and a few assorted microbrew beers, the comradery was fantastic.
Rose and Arthur Frazier have had a very busy year.  Rose's Mom, Irma Gastel, had a heart attack in May and after a few days in the hospital, she was moved to a local nursing home where she is still residing.  She can no longer walk but still recognizes most people and loves visitors.  Arthur had successful back surgery in July, having a spinal stimulator inserted into his neck along the spine and can now move his head and do more activities without a lot of pain.  Rose is doing well, most days, while tending to her mother's affairs and keeping abreast of her care, organizing and leading a mission trip to Costa Rica in late July, getting son, Timothy's financial paperwork finished for his sophomore year at Florida Tech in Melbourne, and continuing to be involved at her church.  Arthur and Rose also attended her 40th class reunion in Orlando, along with a 4 day cruise, in June.  They also took a 5 day cruise to Mexico in early October out of Mobile with friends and members of both of their families. They are looking at the end of the year spending a quiet holiday after weeks of Santa and Mrs. Claus at various schools and other places around Milton and Pace.
Larry and Nancy Warrenfeltz left Florida as Irma approached (but not for hurricane evacuation reasons). They were headed to Annapolis for the Navy-Tulane football game. Their son Jim is a Tulane graduate, so he and his family joined Nancy and Larry in Annapolis for the weekend. Introducing three grandchildren to the sights and sounds of the Naval Academy Yard and Navy football was a wonderful experience. The two older granddaughters chose to wear Navy shirts for the game. Jim, his wife Liz, and 3-year old son dressed in green to support Tulane. The Green Wave played Navy tough, but the Midshipmen prevailed 23-21.
After a wedding in Kentucky, Larry and Nancy are Hawaii bound for a reunion of Naval Postgraduate School friends. More on that in the next Aerograph.
Ed and Patti Straten had another great summer.  They loved Sundays with Blues on the Bay, relaxing by the pool and beach time all summer.

In June they went to Biloxi to see the Happy Together show.  All their favorite wonderful oldies including:  The Turtles, The Cowsills, The Archies, The Association, The Box Tops and Three Dog Night.  And, Oh, what a night!  Also, they went to the Wharf and saw Jimmy Buffett, drank Margaritas and sang old Buffett tunes!

For their 36th wedding anniversary, we took a trip to Las Vegas to see Cher.  Just a fabulous show!  She still looks and sounds the same.

   Patti turned Sweet Seventy in October.  They are enjoying nature walks around Johnsons Beach and Big Lagoon State Park.  They are looking so forward to travel and holidays ahead.  The grandchildren will be with them in Pensacola for Christmas this year.  What could be better?

Ken and Barbara Overholt this past July traveled in California in their motorhome to attend Ken's mother's 100th birthday.  They enjoyed several days in Los Cruces, New Mexico, both coming and going, visiting Barbara's cousin who had just retired there.  Her cousin showed us the sights in and around Los Cruces.  Additionally, we had the pleasure of seeing a Road Runner up close as it came up to the window, we never did see Wylie Coyote, though we kept looking.  We arrived in California a few days before mom's birthday, mom did not want anyone to celebrate or call attention to her birthday, not that she was trying to keep it a secret but did not want the attention that it would afford. So for the next week there were several celebrations for her to attend.  The family had a large celebration on a Saturday, a full meal with about 100 individuals present, and the celebration included the Mayor of Brea presenting her a certificate for having reached this milestone, with many kind words for her volunteer work for the city of Brea.  Needless to say mom was pleased even though she did not want the praise.  While there we visited Ken's father's grave in the National Cemetery at Riverside.  We were able to park our RV at a park just outside the gates of Disneyland, so every night at 9:30 we watched fireworks from the comfort of our motor home. 

   After all the celebrations we took a leisurely trip home. The rest of summer found us doing our volunteer work, enabling us to keep busy and to stay out of trouble. The hurricanes kept us alert but did not affect the Pensacola area.

Pat and Libby O'Brien are working with Gary Cox to set up NWSA Reunion 44 in New Orleans.   Pat and Libby have made several trips to New Orleans to find a suitable hotel; to arrange for the welcome aboard gathering, banquet and hospitality room; and to discuss arrangements for those participants who will be touring the World War II Museum.  They're hoping for a great turnout in this fun city.

   The O'Briens also made a couple of other memorable trips.   They flew to Germany to see one of Libby's grandsons and his family.   Her grandson is stationed in the Army there.   They had a wonderful time touring and seeing the sights. 

   In September, they departed on what would be a 3600 mile automobile trip that included a one-week stop in Norfolk for the CVN 68 Nimitz Association Reunion and to see Pat's youngest son and family, a 4-day visit with his daughter and her family in Niantic and Simsbury, Ct.  The O'Briens were very happy to see Jim and Joan Futtner at the Nimitz Reunion and again at their home in East Hartford, Ct.  Jim and Joan treated them to lunch at a New York Style Jewish Deli which was a first for Pat and Libby. 

After leaving Connecticut, they traveled to Indianapolis to attend a baby shower for Libby's oldest grandson's wife.  Following the shower, they headed to Evansville, IN to spend a few days with Libby's youngest daughter and her family.  While there Libby got to see her newest great grandchild for the first time.  From Evansville, the O'Briens traveled home and got there in time to attend the local NWSA Chapter Luncheon.  In between the trip to Germany and the above mentioned auto expedition, Pat had to have a stent put in his right coronary artery.  That makes three.  The other two were inserted back in 2007 in his left descending artery. Pat feels very lucky to still be here enjoying life. 

In early October, Libby left for a week in Las Vegas with her oldest daughter and three other woman.  When asked what he was going to do while she was gone, Pat said, "Smile a lot."  At the end of October, he'll leave on his annual 3-day guys only golf outing.  When that ends, Libby will pick him up, and they will proceed to Leesville, LA, to attend a birthday party for Libby's sister-in-law.  Come November, they'll spend a week at their time share in Orange Beach, AL.
Paul Belt and Cheryl Alter attended his daughter, Stephanie’s wedding in Omaha, Nebraska on Labor Day.  The first photo is Scott and Simona Belt visiting from San Diego, Paul, ex-wife Denise, Matt and Stephanie Nurton, my 14 YO grandson Armando, Chris and Kristen Belt and 8 YO granddaughter Lilly  visiting from Ft Meyers, FL
The second photo is Stephanie, Cheryl and Paul.   We’re heading on an 18 day European trip on 9 October to celebrate Paul’s 69th birthday, it should be a fantastic trip.
Source: Aerograph August 2017

The Pensacola NWSA chapter met for lunch at the Rio Bravo Mexican restaurant in Pensacola, FL
this quarter  Chapter members shared many laughs discussing past and future travel plans.

A week later, Cap Casperson, the new National NWSA President, was at Hurlburt Field on government business, and we invited him to drive to Pensacola where several of us met him for dinner at Nick’s Boathouse.   Following dinner, Cap joined Bernie Bauer and Libby and Pat O’Brien for a Pensacola Wahoo’s baseball game.

Denny and Helen Maljevac spent a week in Myrtle Beach as the guests of Helen’s cousin and his wife.  One of their fun activities was playing miniature golf.  Later in the month they attended their oldest granddaughter’s high school graduation in Jacksonville.  And, at this year’s Covenant Hospice volunteer dinner, Denny was recognized for the number of volunteer hours he provided for patients and their families and for his special recognition of veterans.

    

Ed and Patti Straten are spending a relaxing summer sipping wine and swimming in the pool.  Their annual trips this year include Las Vegas in August where they will see Cher and a trip to Jamaica in November.

 

Jerrie and Dave Dunlap are headed to Washington D.C. at the end of July, then on to Ocean city to visit with Dave’s four sisters and their families.  Dave was on the Forrestal during the fire in 1967.  On July 29th, fifty years from the date of the fire, the Forrestal Association is holding a remembrance ceremony at the graves of the shipmates and friends who died during the fire and are buried there. They expect to be back in Pensacola within two weeks.

 

Paul Belt and Cheryl Alter continued enjoying his permanent retirement.   On 27 May we joined another couple and flew from Orlando, Florida to Keflavik, Iceland.   Cheryl wanted to celebrate the 31st anniversary of her 39th birthday scouring the countryside of Iceland while enjoying the spectacular landscape scenery.  It was amazing!   On June 3rd we jumped onboard an airplane for a quick flight to Oslo, Norway.   This was a somewhat organized travel agenda.  The tour company arranged all hotels, trains, buses, and ferry excursions from Oslo, to Bergen, to Stavanger, to Kristiansand, and back to Oslo around the southern two thirds of the country.  We then did as many tourist things as we could enjoy.  We especially enjoyed sightseeing tours through the tourist town of Flam, and a tour to view Pulpit Rock looking up nearly 2,000 feet from the Fjord.   Below we’re enjoying the Ferry ride from Flam to Voss, it was a very rainy and cold trip.  

Pat & Libby O'Brien have been busy working with Gary Cox on getting Reunion #44 set up.  They have made two or three trips to New Orleans to confer with hotel and museum staff.  It breaks Pat's heart to have to go to New Orleans.   Libby received a NWSA Membership request from Greg Ireton, and she asked Pat if he knew him.  Pat said the name was familiar, but he couldn't remember exactly where from.  It turns out Greg was a young sailor stationed at NAVEASTOCEANCEN Norfolk when Pat was stationed there in the late 70's and early 80's.  Greg lives in Slidell, LA, and will be retiring from the Navy in January. Greg has volunteered to help with the New Orleans reunion. Pat and Libby along with Libby's daughter flew to Germany the last of June to visit with Libby's grandson and family. They are stationed at a U.S. Army facility at Grafenwoefr.  They spent 11 days traveling around seeing the sights.  Libby and Pat agree that the scenery was pretty spectacular.  The O'Brien's continue to play golf on a regular basis.  Libby was voted the most improved golfer in the Lady's League of which she is a member.  Pat continues to play golf backwards - Spell it.

 

Nancy and Larry Warrenfeltz: Before the high school softball season in Florida came to an end in May, Larry put a lot of miles on his car. He evaluated umpire crews at over 60 softball games this season, including a week in Vero Beach at the State Championships.  After the season ended, he had three meetings with various committees of the Florida High School Athletic Association.

   In June, Nancy and Larry made their annual trek to the Outer Banks of North Carolina for a family reunion at the beach. (Yes, they really leave Pensacola and drive 900 miles to go to the beach!) This year, they started out with a side trip to St. Petersburg for the last softball meeting. That isn’t exactly on the way. In July, the car got a break as they flew to Seattle for a week with their daughter, son-in-law, and two grandsons.

   Nancy and Larry are looking forward to autumn trips to Annapolis for Navy football, Kentucky for their nephew’s wedding, and Hawaii for a get-together with friends from Naval Postgraduate School days. 

Submitted by Paul Belt, Sec/Treas.


Source: Aerograph May 2017

The Pensacola chapter met at the Grand Buffet in Pace, FL this quarter.   Chapter members traded Christmas and New Year’s Eve family stories and future travel plans.

 

Ed and Patti Straten celebrated their traditional St. Patrick's corned beef, cabbage and Irish rebel music at Paddy O'Leary's at Pensacola Beach.  Patti also organized a "heart" party celebrating Ed's 20 years since his heart attack. All 3 stents are intact and functioning properly.  And it was a thrilling day when Ed enjoyed his one year retirement anniversary by trimming his hair.  That's right!  No haircut in one year!  Patti says he looks much younger now.

They just returned from the fabulous San Antonio Reunion where Ed got chewed out by a Ranger for touching the Alamo (what an emotional, wonderful landmark!)  They explored three Irish bars and took a great boat tour of the Riverwalk with Larry and Nancy.  They also set out to buy a T- shirt at the Hard Rock and …thanks to their fantastic shuttle driver Steve…ended up sipping wine at the Tower of the Americas.  What a view!


The hotel staff and the Texas people all showed warm and wonderful Texas hospitality!  The food, shopping and all the reunion activities were the stuff memories are made of!  Those Texans sure know how to throw a party.  Terrific job!

Paul and Cheryl (Alter) Belt celebrated 21 years together in January enjoying a week in San Diego which always includes a one or two day stay in Temecula wine country 80 miles NE of San Diego.  After a week, Cheryl returned to Pensacola, and one of Paul’s retired IT Master Chief’s, Roger Cauley, flew in from Guam.   They enjoyed a week of golf and microbrewery beer tasting.   San Diego has over 130 microbreweries but we only visited a few.


Paul began his permanent retirement on 1 February and flew to Council Bluffs, IA for 12 days in February to bond with his 14 year old grandson (Armando) and visit family, while his daughter enjoyed a week long Gulf of Mexico cruise with her fiancée.   Paul tried to wear out Armando on the abundant walking and bicycling trails in the area but failed.    However, the cold weather did remind him why he chose to retire in Pensacola.   Unfortunately, Paul returned to Glenwood, IA on 17 March to attend his mother’s funeral.  A sad time for anyone that has experienced the loss of a parent.   He did get to enjoy some of his very youthful pictures that he had never seen before.  It seems he put on some weight in the last 65 years.

Paul finished out the quarter in March by returning to San Diego to visit AGC Scott Belt and wife Simona.   Scott had just returned from a six month deployment to Iraq.  They hit some of the hiking trails, attended a hockey game and once again visited some of the 130 microbreweries in the area.  He then headed west to Guam to visit Roger and Lisa Cauley for 12 days.   They played lots of golf and enjoyed the island scenery.   This is one of the stunning Par 3 holes on the northern shore of Guam.  You tee off over an inlet that is part of the Philippine Sea, and the green is in the distance off Paul’s left shoulder (184 yards).

Pat & Libby O'Brien continue to stay as active as possible.  They both play golf at least once a week; attend Pensacola Ice Flyer Hockey Games; and Blue Wahoo’s Baseball Games.  In January, Pat found out he was NOT a candidate for cataract surgery - Yet.  However, he also found out he is the early stages of macular degeneration.  In Feb, he and Libby went over to New Orleans where they met up with Gary Cox to do some leg work with regards to the 2018 Reunion.  They were excited with what they accomplished.  In March, Libby and Pat went up to Evansville, IN, to attend a pre-birth party for Libby's granddaughter.  To Libby's disappointment, she's having a BOY.  While there, they took in two ice hockey games between the Evansville Thunderbolts and the Ice Flyers. Back home, the O'Brien's celebrated St. Pat's Day at McGuire's Irish Pub.  After six hours of imbibing, Pat did NOT have to be assisted/carried out of the place.  Later in March the O’Brien’s spent a couple of days visiting friends in Alabama.  Their friends have a cabin/chalet that overlooks Pine Barren Creek off the Alabama River.  Pat got to do some crappie fishing and actually caught a couple.  Whoopee!!  He also got to use his fly rod to catch bream - small bream - make that very small bream.  He says he was using a very small fly.  They report the reunion in San Antonio was a huge success, and the weather actually cooperated. Libby and Pat hope to see these same individuals and many more next year in New Orleans.


Nancy and Larry Warrenfeltz greatly enjoyed Reunion #43 in San Antonio. Beautiful weather, historic city, great friends—it was a wonderful week!

As we were in the middle of the high school softball season in Florida, Larry spent many February, March, and April evenings evaluating umpires across the Florida Panhandle. The players are getting better and faster. The umpires (who aren’t getting any faster) have to use every tool they can to give the players and fans the game they love.

Submitted by Paul Belt, Sec/Treas.


Source: Aerograph February 2017
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Our chapter celebrated an early Christmas get together / Dirty Santa gift exchange at the home of Nancy and Larry Warrenfeltz’s on 4 December.  Almost the entire chapter was in attendance, with Nancy and Larry providing the entrée and drinks with all members bringing delicious side dishes and scrumptious desserts.  A “merry” time was had by all!  Okay, there might have been a couple Dirty Santa surprises that received some dirty looks!


Pensacola Chapter Change of Command held on 14 December 2016 [See above].  You can see Larry and Ed smiling on the left, after two years they convinced Denny Maljevac and Paul Belt to take over the reins of the chapter.   Larry and Ed we thank you for your services.


Ed and Patti Straten had a great Christmas and wonderful dinner with their daughter, Kim and son in law John, who live in Pensacola…and granddaughter Caitria joined them from FSU where she is a junior.  To make the day complete, grandson Dominic called from his home in Maryland, and their son Craig, his wife Melissa and their three youngest grandchildren, Braedyn, Jordyn and Ryan face timed with the IPAD so they could watch them open gifts all the way from NH.  Technology is a marvel.

New Year’s Eve will be celebrated at Kim and John’s annual party, always a fun evening with neighbors and friends. 

   In January, Patti and Ed will be on the Celebrity Reflection cruising to Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, St. Kitts and Nevis.  After the cruise, they plan to drive to Key West and Key Largo.  Best way to start the New Year!  We hope everyone had a great Christmas with family and friends and wish you a prosperous and healthy and Happy New Year.  They are really looking forward to San Antonio in April!


Pat and Libby O'Brien continue to play golf, travel, attend Pensacola Ice Flyers' Hockey Games, work in their yard and house, and help where they can at their church.  They spent a week at their time share in Orange Beach, AL, in November, and upon leaving the beach, they headed for Louisville, KY, to see Pat's granddaughter, Caroline, participate in the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championship.  Caroline's Johns Hopkins Team took first place.  From Louisville, they headed to Williamstown, KY, to see a replica of Noah's Ark.  Pat says, "The exhibit is quite mind boggling, and you have to see it to believe it."  From Williamstown, they traveled to Evansville, IN, to see Libby's youngest daughter and her family.  They celebrated Thanksgiving there before heading back home.  The O’Brien’s are currently preparing for Christmas.  Pat is in charge of putting up the outside decorations and decorating the tree, while Libby decorates pretty much every room in the house.  This Christmas they celebrated their 22nd wedding anniversary, and they hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and have a Happy 2017.

Submitted by Paul Belt, Sec/Treas.