NAVAL WEATHER SERVICE ASSOCIATION

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Meteorologists & Oceanographers

NWSA President

President 2017-2019:


 AGC Charles "Cap" Casperson, USN RET
president@navalweather.org






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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



Source: Aerograph August 2018

Happy Summer Friends,

 

Ever hear the saying; “The hurrier I go, the behinder I get.”? Seems like my life these days is following that mantra. As we get closer to retirement, my work has increased exponentially and includes a lot more travel as I’ve said before. Our Editor, Gary, patiently waits, tapping his foot virtually, while I finish up this missive.


Lori has been hard at work putting Reunion 45 together.  As seen on the web page http://www.navalweather.org/reunion45.html, we’ve adjusted the dates to be able to make the lunch and tour at the Reagan Library more affordable.  That lunch, under the wings of Air Force One, will be on Friday of the Thursday to Monday Reunion.  The hotel is very affordable for this part of the world and includes free breakfast, coffee and water all day in our hospitality suite, and parking.  Saturday and Sunday, except for the banquet on Sunday evening, are currently open as the last few reunions have been, so friends and small groups can get out and do your own thing, whether it be golf, wine-tasting, beach combing, or visiting the sites around Los Angeles or Santa Barbara.  Look for the registration form and schedule of events in the November Aerograph or sooner online.  Lori has done most of the heavy lifting, but really needs help from some volunteers, especially in SoCal and specifically members in the Ventura County area that can help with local logistics and provide us local knowledge.  Please send your willingness to help and suggestions/questions to lcasperson@me.com.


I observed but did not participate in some spirited discussion between board members and Robert Josephs concerning our future as an organization, and better ways to keep and add new members in this era of social media and diminishing service/social groups.  As we struggle with smaller reunion attendance; how do we change when reunions are held, venues, costs, and interval between reunions, voting for changes, and finding ways to make reunions more affordable?  Unfortunately, for those who don’t attend, we make the bylaw changes and vote on the upcoming reunion(s) at the reunion, and if you choose to not attend, your voice isn’t heard.  I believe it is the Board’s responsibility to hear and act on those views that are provided to us by those who don’t make it to the reunion, though the reunions are the place to vote, since we’re not a virtual organization.  There is nothing stopping the Reunion Committee from modifying when a reunion can be held and if you noticed, we’ve changed next year’s reunion to a long weekend rather than during the middle of the week.  This is a chance for those who work to miss less work to attend.  Don’t’ miss it!  Also, Mel Bourn has proposed a change to the bylaws to use NWSA funds to offset the cost of reunions which will be voted on next year.  Robert asked participation questions to the METOC, AG, and NWSA Facebook pages and though I didn’t see a lot of response, I believe his questions prompted some growth of our Facebook page.  Our page has significantly fewer members than the other two, but since his questioning, we’ve seen a growth of 30% in the last month so, thanks Robert!  Let’s contribute to the page now so it continues to be a site to visit.

As I said earlier, I’m maintaining a significant travel schedule, but bookending my last trip to DC and the mid-Atlantic states including Lakehurst, Lori and I made a quick (two days for me) trip to Long Island, NY for her Aunt and Uncle’s 80th surprise birthday celebration the weekend after Independence Day, followed by a trip to North Carolina looking at prospective retirement locations on the following weekend.  It’s green there!  We had the good fortune to meet up for dinner with a shipmate from Misawa, Japan, Steve and Noriko Brantley.  It was great to see them and visit about that great duty station and what we’ve done since.  We had great weather while there and just missed the heavy thunderstorms and rain showers that hit the Mid-Atlantic States the following week.

As I finish this up, our normal 50 mile visibility in the valley has been reduced to five to ten miles due to smoke from numerous wildfires around California.  According to Cal Fire, over 300 fires are raging across California with one that closed Yosemite National Park last week, the Carr fire in Shasta that has killed five people already, and an arson fire near Idyllwild south of us which is where our smoke is likely coming from.  Please pray for the fire fighters and residents displaced by the horrific fires.

Look for the “Surfin’ USA” Reunion 45 registration form and schedule coming up next issue.  The hotel is already available for registration and our personal reunion link, http://hamptoninn.hilton.com/en/hp/groups/personalized/L/LAXTOHX-NWS-20190403/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG can also be found at our Reunion website.  See you then!

Take care,

Cap




Source: Aerograph May 2018

Greetings Shipmates,

 

Well, if you missed Reunion 44 last month you missed a great one!  Despite the lower turnout than we expected for such a great location, the venue was great with a wonderful hotel and staff.  This was Lori’s and my first trip to the Big Easy and our Reunion Chair, Gary Cox, along with Libby and Pat O’Brien and the Pensacola Chapter pulled off another successful reunion.  I believe everyone in attendance had a great time.  With plenty of time to relax and visit, Lori and I got to ride the trolleys, see a cemetery or two, visit the French Quarter and Bourbon Street (during the day), walk the River Walk, and taste the wonderful beignets and coffee at the world-famous Café Du Monde.  Très bien!  Of course, there was time to sit and talk or have breakfast, lunch, or dinner with old friends that we normally don’t get to see.

The highlight of the week was the visit and tour of the World War II Museum.  What a huge display of what happened during WWII from Europe to Asia and our part in it when we finally “joined” with our allies.  It continues to sober me as I reflect on all the atrocities of that war and how many people died, both American and the rest of the world.  There just wasn’t enough time to take it all in, but it was a very memorable activity.  Lunch and a Frank Sinatra impersonator show broke up the day with a lot of fun had by all.

 

Thursday night’s banquet topped off the week with a great dinner provided by the hotel.  We had the great fortune of having CNMOC, RADM John Okon as our guest speaker.  His remarks about the advances in technology that are improving the accuracy of our forecasts to the fleet, autonomous vehicles below and above the ocean surface, and advances and differences in training our Sailors was enlightening.  He highlighted the danger of our enemies (and friends) that steal and copy our technology to improve faster than us.  After his remarks he and Command Master Chief Chevalier took questions from our members, most of which related to the difference of having AGs that were Ship’s Company and how it is done now, closer to what most of saw as a Mobile Teams.  It remains clear that our Sea Services continue to stand in harm’s way to protect our sea lanes and continue to keep our country and our allies safe.  All in all, it was a great, informative presentation that was appreciated by all in attendance.

Last year, our First Lady, Lori, said she would look at pricing and scheduling a cruise as you’ve seen in previous issues of the Aerograph.  At this year’s General Meeting, the cruise was overwhelmingly voted down, partially due to cost and partially due to whatever.  At that point it was voted on to hold Reunion 45 in Southern California.  The association has gotten little participation out of the San Diego area, which would be the logical location, for several years so Lori and I with some help from Moon are setting it up slightly north of there in the Ventura County area.

 

So, last year in San Antonio and this year in New Orleans our main event for each was a museum relating to WWII.  Since almost all of us are actual Cold War Warriors, we’ve decided to have the reunion centered around the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, CA.  The rough plan right now will be to tour the Library, followed by our Banquet under Air Force One in the museum.  Since none of this was planned before a couple of weeks ago, we’re scrambling to get locations scouted out.  More information will be found further back in the Aerograph and I’ve asked Gary to delay sending this issue out for a couple of days, so we can give you a better idea of where we will be staying and estimated costs.  Besides the museum, there are many things to do.  We’ll be close to Point Mugu and will see if we can get a tour through the weather office (if there is interest), Point Mugu also has a small building off the base that is a museum, though they don’t call it that, Port Hueneme is close and has a CB museum, lots of golfing available, as well as beaches.  More to come in this issue and more to come next issue.

 

Take care,

 

Cap


Source: Aerograph February 2018

Happy New Year Shipmates!

 

I hope this issue finds you warm and not snow-bound anywhere across this great nation.  This past year has been an odd weather year for California as well as the country.  After record rain and snow last winter that “ended the drought”, we saw devastating fires in northern California’s wine country, an area not normally affected by large wild fires.  Locally, we had an early snowfall in the mountains in early fall, but then no precipitation until this month.  Hot, dry Santa Ana-like winds whipped up multiple wildfires, fed by all the brush and grass growing from last year’s rain, in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, now labeled as the largest wildfire in California recorded history.  While those fires were fought for most of December, before the fire was completely out, we had a couple of days of solid rain that created flooding and mud slides in the burned-out areas, making Christmas and New Year’s a very sad time for many.  While fire and mud slides are old hat for most of Southern California, this disaster hit a lot of people very hard, not just the ones living in their “mansions” on the top or side of a SOCAL hill.  Locally, we received 1.08” of rain during the rain that created the flooding in Santa Barbara County.  That’s a quarter of our annual rainfall out here in the desert, and the first rain we’d seen since September, so we were happy to see it here.


In less than three months, we’ll be gathering in New Orleans for Reunion #44!  Gary, Libby, Pat (and apparently much of the Pensacola Chapter) have been working hard putting together a great reunion for us.  With only one Reunion activity scheduled (other than meetings, Welcome Aboard Party, and the Banquet) you will have plenty of time to sight-see, go to lunch/dinner with fellow attendees, or do anything else you’d like.  This is the first time Lori and I have been to New Orleans, so we’re excited to have this opportunity.  Signups, as indicated on the web site have been slow, so please get your registration in as soon as possible.  If you register before 1 February, you’ll be in the running for a free room!  I’m looking forward to seeing many of you there.


This past year, we have lost several of our members.  Most recently we lost a stalwart of the Association, LCDR Morry Summey from our Southern California Chapter in San Diego.  Morry worked tirelessly to serve the Association and Chapter and made it to almost every Reunion in the recent past, accompanied by his loving daughters.  His smiling face and charming personality will be missed by many in the Association and in the other organizations he served in the San Diego area.  Rest in Peace Morry.


As you know, Libby will be turning over the reins of Secretary/Treasurer after this reunion to AGCM Tom Miovis.  Libby has served the association superbly and for far longer than is expected of one of our Association officers.  While Tom will replace her, he has some huge shoes to fill.  Thank you so much for your service Libby!  Also needing a replacement this year is our Finance Chair, Captain Chuck Steinbruck.  Chuck has been a great help to Libby and when I was a member of the Finance Committee, his mentorship and advice made it easy to serve with him on that committee.  Thank you so much for your service Chuck!  That being said, I am looking for a replacement for him and will be reaching out to members to fill that position.


During and after Reunion #43 last year we asked for someone on the Left Coast to step up and put together a Reunion committee and venue for #45.  No one has stepped forward from the San Diego, Monterey, Pacific Northwest areas to host a reunion.  After some discussion in San Antonio, Lori agreed to research costs and ideas for a NWSA Cruise for Reunion #45 in 2019 with a possible backup in the SOCAL area.  Her research is found in this issue, but we’ll be sending out a survey to get a better idea of preferred dates, type/length of cruises, and port of debarkation by Reunion #44.  It is likely going to be more expensive than our normal venue, but since most everything would be part of the cruise package, it may even out your costs.

 

I wish you all a safe and prosperous new year and I look forward to seeing you in a couple of months.  Laissez Les Bon NWSA Temps Rouler!

In Service,

 

Cap Casperson