NAVAL WEATHER SERVICE ASSOCIATION

An association of Aerographers & Mates,
Meteorologists & Oceanographers

NWSA Pensacola Chapter

 

pensacola@navalweather.org

 

President:                   Ed Straten

Secretary/Treasurer:  Pat O'Brien

 

Chapter News

Source: Aerograph August 2022


The Pensacola Chapter met at the Agapi Restaurant on 30 June.  Those in attendance
included Larry and Nancy Warrenfeltz, Ed and Patti Straten, Pat and Libby O'Brien,
Gerrie Marsch, Paul Belt, Walt Kindergan, Elspeth Lloyd, Ken and Barbara Overholt and
Denny and Helen Maljevac

Pat O'Brien reported the Chapter received seed money ($1500.00) toward the 2023 reunion
from the National Chapter.  Patti Straten reported we have 69 people signed up to cruise.

The O'Briens volunteered to host this year's Christmas party, but the date will not be set until
our September meeting.

Denny Maljevac reported he'd spoken with Al Atwell.  Al and Helen are doing well.  Al is recovering
from cataract surgery, and Helen still finds time to work in her garden.  Based on Al's Naval Service,
Denny told him he is eligible for the Republic of Korea Service Medal.  Denny will provide Al with the
necessary paperwork to get the project started.

By way of Tim Kenefik, Bruce Glaes is still struggling to fully recover from his stroke.  News is he
no longer uses his computer, and any future correspondence with him will have to be made via snail
mail (USPS).

Ed and Patti Straten traveled to Alliance Ohio for a terrific Straten family reunion. Great times,
wonderful food (the Straten family has some excellent cooks!) and lots of hugs, laughs and old stories.
Everything a reunion should be!  This summer they are relaxing and preparing for their Med cruise this fall.They will cruise for thirty-five days to Greece, Italy, France, Spain and the Azores. Expect plenty of pictures! They are also excited about our 47th Reunion Cruise in March.

Pat and Libby O'Brien traveled to Virginia Beach to spend a week with Pat's youngest son Sean and his family.  They also spent some time with Libby's grandson's wife.  Her grandson is an OS2 and was at sea aboard the USS Gravely (DDG107) while we were there.  

After returning home from this trip, Pat and Libby flew to Hartford, CT.  They spent a day with Jim Futtner.  Jim was hard down with back and leg pain and had a great deal of difficulty getting comfortable whether sitting or lying down.  I'm glad to report he is now doing much better.  

From Hartford, the O'Briens drove down to Niantic and spent a week with Pat's daughter and husband.  While there, Pat's oldest grandson, and his future wife, were given an engagement party.  They are to be married in one year.  

The O'Brien's next trip was to Evansville, IN, to see Libby's grand-daughter and family.  Libby's 12th great grandchild, Charlotte, who is just 3 months old, was the hit of the trip. Memaw O'Brien couldn't get enough holding the baby time, ha.  

The O'Brien are back home and will be heading to Key West in August.  In October, they planned on going on a cruise with the USS Nimitz Association, but COVID shots are required and that stopped that trip.  When home, Pat continues to play golf, fish, and do yard work at his church.  Libby has suffered with a bum knee for the last couple of months, and cortisone shots haven't provided a lot of relief.  



Source: Aerograph May 2022

The Pensacola Chapter met on Friday, 11 March at the Fin & Fork Restaurant in Pensacola.  The luncheon and meeting were well attended.  It was good to see everyone getting together again after so long!  See picture of the group below.  Those in attendance included Ed and Patti Straten, Pat & Libby O'Brien, Ken & Barbara Overholt, Dave and Jerrie Dunlap, Marion Hawks, Gerrie Marsch, and Dale Grages and his nurse Rosalina Stanislawski.

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We welcomed Dale Grages and his nurse Rosa to our chapter.  This was their first meeting, and it was a delight listening to Dale relate stories of old shipmates. Larry and Nancy Warrenfeltz were not in attendance as they were on a road trip to Pennsylvania to visit family.  This was done at the absolute height of the gas prices. They noticed the traffic on the interstate was noticeably lighter than normal, and people were NOT traveling long distances unless they had to.  With that being said, they related, "When your granddaughters are on stage in The Little Mermaid Jr., you’ve got to be there!"  With tickets in hand for the Saturday matinee, a look at the weather forecast caused them to trade for the Friday night show. It was a good call, because the snow began Saturday morning and dumped a good six inches on Zionsville, PA by sunset.  Larry says, " Florida tires are good for getting heavy rain out from under them, but they aren’t good in snow and ice. With the snow falling on Saturday, it was a great day for movies, popcorn, and hot chocolate with the grandkids.  The two photos show the aftermath of the snowstorm and Larry and Nancy with Madeline (King Triton) and Chloe (the Seahorse).
Paul Belt was also absent from our meeting as he and Cheryl were also traveling.  The highlight of the meeting was Patti Stratens's briefing on the 2023 NWSA Cruise/Reunion.  She reported that on 3 Feb. the 2023 reunion cruise committee (Ed and Patti Straten, Larry and Nancy Warrenfeltz, Paul Belt, and Pat and Libby O'Brien) met at Lost Key Golf and Beach Club for lunch and to discuss cruise options and pricing.  Following lunch, the committee moved over to Ed and Patti's condo, and a phone call was placed to Celebrity Cruise Group Reservations.  As you know by now, we were given an incredible deal, and we booked it.  Patti was extremely excited to report how everything was going.  She told us she had initially asked for 8 staterooms, and they were quickly gobbled up.  She then asked for 15 more, and the same thing happened.  She reported 62 people have signed up for the cruise, and the room rate is good until the end of March.  Ed and Patti Straten are seasoned cruisers, and they have been instrumental in arranging the 2023 reunion cruise. Thank you, Ed and Patti. Prior to our March meeting, Ed and Patti were off on another cruise.  This one aboard the Celebrity Summit.  They used their time exploring onboard bars, restaurants, and entertainment as this will be the same ship we cruise on in 2023.  They report it's a beautiful ship with fantastic food, drinks, and crew.  They experienced gorgeous weather and scenery, and they can hardly wait till March 2023 and our reunion cruise Pictures of Ed and Patti appear below.  At last report, our WX Reunion now has 64 reservations! 
The O'Briens have opted not to have the COVID-19 vaccine, and they thank God they live in Florida. They are hoping travel restrictions will be lifted so that they will be able to attend Reunion #47.  They were supposed to go on a cruise this coming October with the USS Nimitz Association but were told by Royal Caribbean the unvaccinated may not board.  Bummer.  Pat had the coronavirus back in 2021 and lost his taste and smell for a month or so. He quarantined with Libby, and she never got the virus.  Go figure.  Pat and his oldest son, Patrick, have taken one day a week to go fishing.  They used to rent two Old Town Kayaks from N.A.S. Pensacola, but Pat went and bought one along with a kayak trailer.  Pat must think he's pushing 40 instead of 80.  He had two successful operations to correct trigger fingers on the ring fingers of both hands.  He is now awaiting two more surgeries to correct carpal tunnel problems in both wrists.  He says, "I love being OLD."  In March, he and Libby took a trip to Savannah, Georgia to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.  Pat bought a shirt that says, "I got Riverfaced on Shit Street." Sorry to say that didn't happen, Libby beat him to it.  He said it was fun getting her from River Street back to the Army-Air Base where they were staying (Now that’s Pat’s story not mine) lol! They did the Savannah Queen luncheon-cruise the next day.  That was a nice relaxing trip. The O’Brien’s continue to golf, attend Pensacola Ice Flyers hockey games, and Blue Wahoo baseball games.  Bernie Bauer attends these games also. He is doing fine. Paul Belt plays in the same golf association as Pat and Pat says Paul is playing extremely well. 



Source: Aerograph February 2022

The Pensacola Chapter met on 2 December at the home of Larry & Nancy Warrenfeltz.  Others in attendance included, Ed & Patti StratenKen and Barbara Overholt, Pat & Libby O'BrienGerrie Marsh and her daughter Melissa, Paul Belt and Cheryl Alter.   

As usual, the Warrenfeltz home was beautifully decorated, and  great time was had by all.  Before we shared a wonderful meal, we found time for a very short business meeting.  We were informed that Denny and Helen Maljevac weren't able to join us as they were visiting family in Jacksonville.  Pat and Libby O'Brien reported they ran into Dave and Jerrie Dunlap at Founaris Bros. Italian Restaurant. Dave and Jerrie's granddaughter and family were with them, and Dave said all was going well.  Pat reported that Bernie Bauer has to have surgery to remove kidney stones.  Following our meeting and meal, we entertained ourselves with a white elephant gift exchange.  

Al and Helen Atwell have continued to hunker down to avoid Covid-19.. However, with considerable concern, they did enjoy a brief visit over Christmas by daughter/granddaughter from North  Carolina.  In spite of numerous airline cancellations, they made it to Pensacola and back home without incident. Ironically, about two weeks after returning home, they both came down with Omicron (mild symptoms), which they believe their daughter picked-up in school although fully vaccinated and wearing two masks all day.  Helen is dealing with short-term memory loss and this has left Al to cook/clean,etc and worry about all the current daily issues and problems.  But she still fondly remembers all the good times she and Al enjoyed in the past when Al was deployed to WestPac for over 20 years flying in Fleet Air Wings and Squadrons out of various bases in Hawaii, Thailand, Guam, Okinawa, Japan, Vietnam, and the Philippines.  Although Helen has given-up cooking/cleaning, etc. She does enjoy working outside in the yard trimming bushes/raking leaves, etc. They both look forward to when the Covid-19 issue is better resolved and they can again get together with shipmates at various meetings and reunions.

Unlike Al and Helen, Pat and Libby O'Brien have not hunkered down.  They continue to play golf, attend the Pensacola Ice Flyers hockey games, and travel.   In Nov., Pat's youngest son, Sean, came down from Virginia Beach to spend a few days with dad.  The O'Brien's rented a house on Pensacola Beach to be there for the Blue Angel Airshow and to be with Libby's grandson, Cole, who was on leave from the Navy.  The O'Briens celebrated their 27th wedding anniversary on Christmas Day.  That evening they went to the Hilton Hotel on Pensacola Beach for dinner and to spend the night.  The dinner was a memory they'd just as soon forget.  It took almost three for their dinners to arrive after ordering.  I doubt the O'Briens will do that again.  After Christmas, they went down to Tampa, Fl, with two friends to watch the Tampa Bay Lightning play the Montreal Canadians in a National Hockey League game.  They stayed at MacDill AFB quarters. The accommodations were very nice, and you may want to take advantage of them if traveling in that area.  Pat and his oldest son, Patrick, rent pedal kayaks every Tuesday, weather permitting, and fish the intercoastal waterway or Bayou Grande.  Patrick is always looking for the BIG one, while dad is satisfied catching most anything other than a catfish or ray.

Bernie Bauer is doing much better following a successful kidney stone operation. 

Ed and Patti Straten continue to enjoy life and travel the world.  The holiday months were filled with turkey and wonderful family memories.  Their November cruise on the Celebrity Reflection was exciting and relaxin They were joined by their daughter, Kim, her husband John and friends.  They also cruised on the Celebrity Equinox in January with friends.  Beautiful sunny days and fabulous food.  

Nancy and Larry Warrenfeltz enjoyed hosting the Pensacola Chapter Christmas party in early December. They spent the Christmas New Years holidays in Florida for the first time since retiring to the Pensacola area in 2002. After twenty-plus annual road trips to Maryland and Pennsylvania from the Gulf Coast, they enjoy having one family of their grandchildren living in their neighborhood. Having Christmas dinner at your daughter’s house is fun. What a great reason to avoid the craziness of the holiday travel season!

Submitted by Pat O'Brien, P'Cola Sec./Treas..




Source: Aerograph November 2021

Pat and Libby O'Brien have been busy traveling.  They drove east to Pooler, GA, to attend the 46th Reunion of the NWSA.  Pat says, "It was one great reunion, and to those who missed it, you missed a great one."  Our hats are off to Jim and Rosalie Romano for arranging this venue and all the work that was necessary to make it happen.  As is the case with most NWSA Reunions, the weather did not want to cooperate. Our trip into Savannah in open-air buses could have been a wet one, but for some unbeknownst reason, the rain stopped as we left the motel.  Could have been great timing or great planning; not sure which, but we accepted it gratefully. The rainy weather did cause the golf tournament to be cancelled, and it did rain on the day we visited the 8th Air Force Museum, but we were inside.  If you are ever in Pooler, Ga, Pat highly recommends visiting this museum, a great deal of history there worth discovering.  Following the reunion, the O'Briens headed back to Pensacola in the rain.  Some extremely heavy rain had Pat wishing he had chosen another route.  On arriving in Pensacola, Pat began getting ready for another trip.  He and eleven other guys went over to Gulf Shores, AL, for a three-day golf outing.  Libby and her daughter, Teresa, worked in Libby's front flower bed while Pat played golf.  Nice planning Pat.  He says he was really impressed with all they accomplished.  The very next week the O'Briens left for San Antonio, TX, to attend the 24th USS Nimitz Association Reunion.  They spent a week on the Riverwalk.


Jim Futtner was there, and he and Pat walked a couple of miles along the river, in the dark, each morning.  Jim's an early riser and a dedicated walker.  He's walked every day for 560 consecutive days.  Pat welcomes all the AGs who served aboard Nimitz to join him and Jim at future reunions.  The next scheduled Nimitz Association Reunion is a cruise out of Fort Lauderdale or Miami in the fall of 2022.

 

Ed and Patti Straten had the most wonderful reunion in Savannah and would like to thank everyone involved and everyone who attended. BZ to Joe Romano and his lovely wife Rosalie for hosting such an excellent event!

 

Their 40th Anniversary cruise on the Celebrity Edge was a wonderful experience. First time back on a ship since the Covid closed them down. Their next cruise will be a back to back Caribbean in November, and they will be joined by their daughter, Kim, and her husband John.

 

Looking forward to the Christmas holidays, including our annual Christmas party hosted this year by Larry and Nancy Warrenfeltz!


Pictures below include 40th anniversary on the Celebrity Edge and at National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force. Our hopes and wishes to all for a safe, healthy and wonderful 2022!


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