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President 2017-2019:

 AGC Charles "Cap" Casperson, USN RET

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Source: Aerograph May 2017

Let me say first, that I am humbled to have been given this honor of serving as your Association President for the next two years.  A big thanks to past president CWO4 Bill Bowers for leading us for the past two years.  One special person, who gets very little credit, though she does more work than any of us, except maybe Aerograph Editor xAG2 Gary Cox, is our Secretary/Treasurer Libby O’Brien.  Libby, thank you for serving us for the past 15? years and completing your tenure (sentence) next year when Secretary/Treasurer-elect Tom Miovas takes over.

1st VP CWO3 Jim Romano, 2nd VP AGCM Mel Bourn, and I look forward to serving you and doing what we can to keep the pointy end of this great organization moving forward and toward the part of the horizon we want to see.

Our new first lady, Lori, and I had a great time in San Antonio at Reunion #43.  Thanks to the great Lone Star Chapter who put on a great reunion again for the 70+ participants who attended.  If you didn’t make it, you truly missed out on a good time.  Not only are things bigger in Texas, but for us you put on one of the best parties ever.  We did eat significantly more Mexican food than normal, but all the walking and sight-seeing seemed to keep the added pounds off so it was a win-win for us!

The main planned event this year was a day trip to the National Museum of the Pacific and Admiral Nimitz Museum in Fredericksburg.  What a great trip, though the atrocities and the fierce fighting shown in the maze that is the museum was depressing for some.  One, completely unexpected, personal thing that came out of our visit, was information about a submarine sunk during the war.  We lost 42 to 52 (the museum display said 48) submarines during WWII.  Lori’s uncle was on the USS Flier (SS-250), one of those submarines that hit a mine and sank, and after touring the museum and finding no specific information about it, we went to the museum bookstore to browse.  Lo and behold, there was one book about the USS Flier named “Eight Survived” on the bookshelf and it was the only one there!

Apparently, the USS Flier was the only submarine in the Pacific that was sunk with crewmen that escaped the sinking (15 escaped the sinking, though only eight made it to one of the uninhabited islands of the Philippines), that also evaded capture by the Japanese until they were rescued.  Our interest piqued, we searched more online information when we got home and found a National Geographic video of the search and discovery/filming of the Flier on the bottom of the Sulu Sea.  If nothing else, this visit gave us much more information about a relative that gave his life for our country.

So… you’re all scratching your head and wondering where this young whipper snapper is going with this train of thought.  As I reflect on this reunion (and others) and the good times and conversations I’ve had with you, I realize that I don’t have a quarter of the sea stories or experiences that many of you have.  I’m one of those guys that listens a lot and doesn’t say much.  I am a Cold War Warrior (have a certificate that says so!).  I enlisted shortly after the time that the Vietnam War was ending and retired from active duty in Oct 1996).  While I was active during Desert Storm, I supported it from Guam and not at sea.  I’ve now been in my second career (not weather) for longer than my active duty career and going strong as a Navy civilian on a base that has less than 1,000 Sailors attached to it.  I don’t belong to a Chapter because I live 4+ hours from the nearest chapter (San Diego), though Lloyd Corbett tried hard to get a Desert or Point Mugu/China Lake chapter going when he was here.  The reunions are really the only opportunity for me to get together with fellow NWSA members and potential members.

As I’ve read in many past Aerographs, the recurring theme is that we need new members.  My goal, over the  next two years is to bring more younger members in the association.  Unfortunately, our chapters continue to decline in membership while we see little to no increase in active duty or recently retired members joining.  The Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Community has completely changed in just the short time that I have been retired.  The Navy made the AG rating a part of the Information Dominance Corps, which makes sense if you think about it.  Last year they tried to eliminate the whole Navy rating structure in the name of political correctness, which happily, failed miserably.  Now our AGs are not even a part of ship’s company and have just recently become a part of Intel when they deploy.  These changes may make sense, but they’re different than what we’re used to, so we, now on the outside, remembering the good old days, seem to resist the changes and can’t (won’t) relate with the current Navy Weather Leadership.  I really want to hear what it’s like to be an 1800, LDO, Aerographer, or AG in today’s Navy.  We should certainly share our experiences with the new breed of Sailor, but we need to find, invite and welcome the current batch of AG/Meteorologist/Oceanographer Warfighters into our fold.

I challenge those of you have relationships with active duty members or points of contact in the fleet concentration areas to connect with the Officers and Sailors that can bring new ideas and energy to our Association.  If you have ideas to do that or can visit an active duty location, please let me know and let me know how I can help.

Reunion #44 planning is well under way. Reunion Chairman Gary Cox with Pat and Libby O’Brien have already started making plans for a great ‘New Awlins’ reunion at a great price!  Lori and I have never been there and we’re looking forward to visiting and seeing y’all there! 

Before I close, I can’t forget to remind you that we continue to need a replacement for Gary as the Aerograph Editor.  Remember, effective next reunion, the Association will help defray the cost of attending the reunion if you’re the Secretary/Treasurer or Aerograph Editor.  I apologize for going on so long, but the guy who doesn’t say much had something to say this time.

Take care,


To my buddies on shore or afloat –

“Shipmates but once and you are Shipmates ever,

Bound by the ties no years, no miles can sever.”

                                    From the book, “Hi Hattie, I’m in the Navy Now” published in 1941.

Source: Aerograph February 2017

Well folks, once again we have had a quiet quarter in the NWSA. And that is a good thing.


The only distraction we’ve had is a couple of SPAM emails in mid-January. One from a member’s address to the Sec/Treas and one from her address to a member. Our Aerograph Editor is in the process of trying to rectify the situation.  These emails have been related to the transfer of funds. If you receive an email that appears to be SPAM, please forward it to the Sec/Treas and Aerograph Editor.


Reunion #43 is just around the corner (April 3) and Carol and I are looking forward to a wonderful time in San Antonio. We have registered at the Holiday Inn at Market Square and with the Reunion Committee. Now we are working on the drive from central Florida to San Antonio. We look forward to seeing you there.


Reunion #43 will also bring the end of my tenure as President of the Naval Weather Service Association. It has been an Honor and Pleasure to serve you for the last two years. After the Reunion Banquet I will join you in supporting the incoming Officers: President Cap Casperson, 1st VP Jim Romano, and 2nd VP Mel Bourne. UNTIL that time, however, Mel Bourne, Jim Romano and I are available to serve you. If you have questions, problems or issues concerning the NWSA, please let one of us know.

This will be my last plea for one of you to volunteer to take over the position as The Aerograph Editor. Please talk to Gary Cox, our editor, and to me at the Reunion or to President Casperson after the Reunion.


Bill Bowers

NWSA President



Source: Aerograph November 2016

The NWSA had been kind of quiet, since August, when I received an email from our Secretary/Treasurer with a list of members whose memberships had not been renewed. There has been discussion among members of our NWSA Executive Council as to reasons for non-renewals. Comments ranged from membership cost, life membership, to the on-line posting of The Aerograph. The comments and recommendations will be discussed at our first Executive Board meeting at Reunion #43 in San Antonio.

Speaking of San Antonio, Carol and I have been waiting on the updated reunion information in this issue of The Aerograph. We are looking forward to seeing you all the first week of April 2017.

I know many of you are members of the Fleet Reserve Association, and if you are you have read the article about Aerographer’s Mates in the last issue of the FRA Magazine. Bobby Johnson of the Southeast Chapter forwarded the article to chapter members. It is a well written article and acknowledgements were given to AGCM Robert Picchi, CNMOC CMC and our own Aerograph Editor xAG2 Gary Cox, USN Rel. Way to go Gary.

I am still looking for one of our members to step forward and volunteer as a replacement for our Aerograph Editor Gary Cox. All the equipment and software  required to produce The Aerograph are furnished by the NWSA and Gary will be happy to go over with you how he goes about getting the newsletter ready for printing. Once the newsletter is ready, Gary sends it to Mike Gilroy for printing and distribution. Please let me know that you are ready to accept this important position..

As always, Mel Bourne, Jim Romano and I are available to serve you through Reunion #43. Don’t hesitate to let us know if you have questions, problems or issues concerning the NWSA. We will do our best to help anyway we can.


I wish you all a happy Thanksgiving, the merriest of holiday seasons and a happy and safe New Year.


Bill Bowers

NWSA President

Source: Aerograph August 2016

First of all, Reunion #42 was enjoyed by those in attendance, although a small number. They enjoyed a free tour of The Villages Town Squares and especially the Eisenhower Recreation Center that is decorated with donations from retired military in The Villages and is a tribute to the military services.


I would like to give you the new slate of NWSA Officers for 2017-2019 that will take office at the end of Reunion #43 in San Antonio – President Cap Casperson, 1st VP Jim Romano, 2nd VP Mel Bourn, and Secretary/Treasurer Libby O’Brien (2016-2018).


I have received emails from member Bob Josephs with recommendations/suggestions regarding frequency of issuing The Aerograph, Scheduling of NWSA Reunions (Frequency of Reunions and Days of the Week for conducting them. I will forward them to The Aerograph’s Editor to be printed as he has available space.

Speaking of The Aerograph’s Editor, a motion was made and passed at Reunion #42 to cover the Editor’s Reunion Expenses similar to that of the Secretary/Treasurer’s expenses. We hope that will be an incentive for a volunteer to step forward as a replacement for Gary Cox. An Amendment to the C&BL will be printed in the February 2017 Aerograph to be voted on at Reunion #43.

Carol and I are looking forward to Reunion #43 in San Antonio. Right after Joe McKinzie gave us the dates Carol went home and made arrangements for a dog sitter for April 2017. Yes, it takes a year’s notice in our area.


Mel Bourn, Jim Romano and I are available to serve you through Reunion #43. Don’t hesitate to let me know if you have questions, problems or issues concerning the NWSA. We will do our best to help you anyway we can.


Bill Bowers

NWSA President