NAVAL WEATHER SERVICE ASSOCIATION

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Meteorologists & Oceanographers

NWSA President

President 2019-2021:


 CWO-3 James "Jim" Romano, USN RET
president@navalweather.org






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Source: Aerograph August 2019

Plans are well underway for our #46 reunion. The highlight of the week will be a tour of the National Museum of The Mighty Eighth Air Force.  I urge you all to read Masters of the Air by Donald Miller.  You will really appreciate The Mighty Eighth if you do.


Reunion will take place during April 5-April 9, 2020 in the Pooler area of Savannah, GA. This is about 4 miles from the airport and 6-7 miles from Bay Street along the Savannah River.

 

Hotel, right next to the museum, is the Best Western Plus (Suites.)  155 Bourn Ave., Pooler, GA. Ph 912-330-0330. Our rate is $105.57 per nite, includes all taxes. Just mention you’re with NWSA. Free parking, Free WiFi and Free Breakfast are includedThey also offer an Airport shuttle. You may cancel 72 hrs prior to reservation time. Every room comes with a sitting area, Fridge & Microwave. Venue is at exit 102 at Rt 95 & GA Rt 80.


Full scheduling of events and event pricing will appear in November Aerograph or on the website prior. There is plenty of great shopping, restaurants and a cinema within a 2-mile area from the hotel.

 

Along with the Mighty Eighth tour, we’ll tour lovely, historic Savannah by trolley, have lunch at Paula Dean’s and have plenty of free time to enjoy the area. We’ll arrange nine holes of golf at a nice local course.  Banquet will be held at our hotel or nearby Sam Sneads which has excellent food.


So, we’re off and running.  Weather should be decent.  All we need is the crowd!

 

Would also like to give a well done to Lori Casperson who has volunteered to move into the 2nd VP chair. Looks as though we will have another Casperson as our president someday.  What a family!

 

Rosalie and I hope you all had a great summer and are looking forward to a loverly fall. It’s our favorite time of the year.

Cheers everyone,

 

Jim Romano


NWSA President









Source: Aerograph May 2019

FROM THE PRESIDENT,

I am very proud and honored to assume the role as your President.  I do so with fond remembrance and respect for people like Don and Marge Cruse who helped build the Naval Weather Service Association and provided years of invaluable guidance to many of us in our early Navy careers. Don was the first LDO in the Naval Weather Service and thru the years, he made us all proud.


Many thanks go to Lori and Cap Casperson for a wonderful and educating reunion in Thousand Oaks. Lori did a superb job finding a great hotel, planning a neat venue for a delicious dinner and arranging a very informative tour with President Reagan.  The highlight of the reunion was a day at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.  The library is seated on a picturesque hill overlooking the splendor that is Southern California.  Inside the Library were very moving videos, exciting displays and a complete history of a great President who helped end the Cold War. A large piece of the Berlin Wall is also on display. We were able to tour Reagan’s Air Force One and enjoyed a buffet lunch under its wing.  Many of us agreed that it was one of the finest Presidential Libraries/Museums we have.


A special temporary exhibit of the history of Pompeii and its destruction by the Mt Vesuvius eruption in 79 AD was very moving, as preserved remains of victims were also on display. A film depiction portrayed the horror of that historic day.


I sincerely thank AGC Cap for his patience and guidance in helping me to slide into the President’s chair smoothly.  Cap is very well organized and I have always admired his calm demeanor.  I hope to emulate his leadership as I become the Caretaker of our President’s Gavel.

My first order of business is to begin planning our #46. Many of you are wondering…. IT’S SAVANNAH!!  The center piece of #46 will be The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force. Why the Air Force you ask??  If you will please read the book Masters of the Air by Donald Miller, prior to our reunion, you will understand.  Get it at the local library or Amazon or call the museum.  It will make you angry, shocked and proud of what the 8th accomplished.  Winston Churchill coined the phrase when he spoke,” Without the Masters of the Air, the men of the American Eighth Air Force who fought in the greatest Air War in history, D-day could not have happened.”

Please do some reading/research-You’ll be glad you did.  I have visited the Mighty Eighth several times and it’s an inspiring place.


In a few months I will have the reunion details, hotel, dinner, golf etc. Rosalie & I are shooting for late April or late October 2020. Depends on best availability and reasonable pricing.


We are still looking for a new editor for the Aerograph.  Gary Cox has done a splendid job for many, many, many years.  We need a new editor so that Gary can do more work on the web page. Someone please step up!  Speaking of the Aerograph, we need more of you to opt for an e-mail copy.  Please sign up on the webpage. HELP SAVE BUCKS!!


I am looking forward to a great two years.  I know that Mel, Larry, Tom, Gary and the rest of the executive board will be a great help keeping me out of trouble and my foot to the pedal.  Please contact any of us to discuss your ideas or suggestions to improve our programs or Association in general.

Cheers,

 

CWO-3 Jim Romano USN Ret

NWSA President





Source: Aerograph February 2019

Greetings Friends,

 

Happy 2019!  The year is starting out well for us here in the upper Mojave Desert of California.  While many of you are suffering extreme cold, it has been fairly mild here.  The one great thing for us was we got an inch and a half of rain in one week in the middle of January and it fell slowly enough that there wasn’t significant flooding except in some of the burn areas along the coast.  That may not seem like much to most of you, but it is a third of our annual rainfall!  We finished up 2018 with 3.19” which seemed like a good year.  We recorded 5.12” in 2017, which was a very wet year for California.  The wet weather is greening the hills of southern California, bringing wildflowers and green grasses for the spring.  By the time you arrive in Ventura County/Thousand Oaks for the NWSA 45 “Surfin’ USA” Reunion in April, the area will look beautiful for our event.


I had the honor to attend the annual AMS meeting in Phoenix in early January to stand-in for our Reunion Chair, Mike Gilroy, and represent the NWSA as the NWSA Scholarships were presented to Alexandra Mazurek attending the University of Georgia, and Jessica Wiedemeier attending the University of Oklahoma.  Really sharp young ladies with a great future in Atmospheric Science/Meteorology thanks, in part, to your generous contributions to our scholarship fund managed by the AMS.


Speaking of the Reunion, the Woolsey fire at the end of 2018 started near our venue of Reunion 45, but did not affect the location, so don’t hesitate to get your reservations in asap.  Lori and I have been working hard to get this reunion put together, so register early and register often.  Remember, if we receive your registration before the 1st of February, you’ll be eligible for a drawing for free room. Reservations have been trickling in, so we look forward to many more soon. One mistake I made (copying previous reunion registration forms) was whom to make your check out to. We’ve discovered that the bank won’t let us cash a check that is only to NWSA45, so please make it out to Lori Casperson so we can credit your submission. If you’ve already sent it in as we originally requested, Lori will be emailing you asking for a new one.


As I wind down my tenure as your president, I’m amazed how fast it has gone by. In another couple of months, I’ll be turning the reins over to CWO3 Jim Romano, USN Ret, to lead us into the next decade. I sincerely appreciate and thank the folks who have done the heavy lifting with/for me over the past years, especially Libby, Gary, Tom, Chuck, Jim and Jim, Larry, Mike, Joe, Lloyd, and Pat. I look forward to seeing you and many others at NWSA45 and beyond. Thank you!

 

In Service,

AGC Cap Casperson, USN Ret





Source: Aerograph November 2018

Happy (almost) Election Day Shipmates!

 

As we head in to winter, here in the high Desert Southwest, we’re still experiencing daytime temperatures in the 80’s while the night time temperatures drop to the upper 40’s.  Of course, this time of the year and spring time is why we don’t mind living here!

Speaking of elections, one of our past US presidents that many of us served under has this cool library/museum down in Simi Valley near where we’ll be holding our Reunion in 2019.  Now, you don’t have to be a Republican to visit the library so please don’t let your political affiliation deter you from attending this reunion.  There is a lot of information about his life as an actor, California governor, and the president that ended the cold war.  His wife, Nancy, was a big part of their life and the library includes much about their love affair that started in the early 50’s.  There is a piece of the Berlin Wall there that he and many of you helped tear down during his terms in office.  The private tour we will take will be led by docents at the library followed by lunch under the wings of his Air Force One.  Did you know that one of our own, Moon Mullins, is a docent on the Air Force One at the Library?  After lunch, we’ll have another couple of hours to wander through the grounds, revisit parts of the library, and visit their current special exhibit, Pompeii: The Exhibition.  This will be a great event that everyone will enjoy.

Speaking of reunions, things are shaping up nicely for Reunion #45.  Reservations and arrangements for the major events have been made and all we need is our Shipmates (YOU) to register and make your way to California.  As you’ve noticed, we’ve made this a long weekend venue this year as that seems to be one of the chief complaints, we hear about reunion attendance.  This schedule allowed lower prices than a mid-week event and though not cheap, hotel and dinners are a good price for Southern California (SOCAL).

Speaking of SOCAL (see what I keep doing there?), we’ve finally got the reunion here on the West Coast and though it’s not San Diego, it should be much easier for west coasters to travel to Ventura County.  I really look forward to seeing a good turnout from California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Idaho and the other states west of the Mississippi this year.  That’s not to exclude our regular attendees from the south and east, as we always look forward to seeing our good friends there or here.  Lori could really use some help, especially from folks in the Ventura and Los Angeles counties, as we finalize everything since the committee is just her and me at this point.  Please get your registrations (found in this issue of the Aerograph) in as soon as possible and don’t forget to reserve your rooms online; https://hamptoninn.hilton.com/en/hp/groups/personalized/L/LAXTOHX-NWS-20190403/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG, or by phone; (805) 375-0376, as well.  Let Lori know if there are issues with the hotel reservations, so she can try to resolve.  Registrations sent to her by 1 February 2019 will be put into a drawing for a free room (depending on the number of attendees).  Hope to see you in April!

Again, as I’ve said in the past, please check out the Bellinger List in this issue to see if you have shipmates that have dropped off or aren’t there and invite them back.  Confirm that your information is updated and correct.  I look forward to seeing you in California in April.  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and Christmas season.  Please email me any thoughts or questions you may have to grow/improve our association or how I can serve you better as President.



In Service,

 

Cap Casperson