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Air Force Weather
Air Weather Reconnaissance
Association (AWRA) will hold its year 2000 reunion in conjunction with
the Air Weather Association at the Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino
in Las Vegas, 20-24 September 2000.
A separate dinner is planned
for Thursday evening, 21 September, a tour for Friday morning and an AWRA
member meeting on Saturday morning in the hospitality rooms.
For more information, contact the AWRA President, David Magilavy,
1405 Clay Street, Newport Beach CA 92663-5330; Tel: 949-631-7607; Fax:
949-631-4110; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you need membership information contact David or AWRA
Vice President for Membership: Glen
Sharp, 306 Sunset Lane, Belton, MO 64012; Tel: (816) 331-2039.
David wrote: In
September 1999, the AWRA had a very successful and enjoyable reunion in
San Diego at the Town and Country Hotel.
The age of our members is showing, as our 1998 attendance near
Kansas City was about 85; in San Diego it dropped to 78. It used to be
between 100-125 attendees except for the one we had in Sacramento, which
was about 225. Notwithstanding, the camaraderie that I observed, was most
impressive. MGen Tom Aldrich
spoke about his 3-year tour (1962-65) in Victoria, Australia commanding
the 57th Weather Reconnaissance Squadron with a group of WB-57s (with
extended wings that made them look more like U-2s).
He was base commander (the only one in AWS) and spoke of the unique
problems (solved, of course) resulting from the differences in cultures
between Yanks and Aussies. Ladies
were not permitted in the officers’ club so the American gatherings
were held in the base library!
The single remaining Wx Recon Squadron (53rd – Hurricane
Hunters) at Keesler AFB in Biloxi, Mississippi is the only weather reconnaissance
squadron in the Air Force and it is a reserve squadron. They fly hurricane
recon during the Atlantic Hurricane season and atmospheric research during
the quiet times. Of late
we have had a few of the younger people from the 53rd join us but generally
our membership is primarily WWII and Korean War with some few Vietnam
veterans. So our aging population is of some concern to us in terms of
the life-span of AWRA. We invite all individuals who were ever assigned
to a weather reconnaissance unit to join the AWRA.
The AWRA Reunion for 2001
will be held in Denver, Colorado, 19-23 September 2001. AWRA
Life Member, James “Jim” Coyle volunteered to manage it.
The reunion hotel will be the Denver Marriott Tech Center. More
information will be published to AWRA members in upcoming AWRA newsletters
and be posted on the AWA Web site: www.airweaassn.org.
6th Weather Squadron (Mobile) Alumni Association
had their annual reunion from 24–27 June 1999 in Oklahoma
City. The next reunion will
also be in Oklahoma City from 14 to 18 May 2001.
For further information, contact Don Garbutt at 204 W Ercoupe Drive,
Midwest City OK 73110-5516; (405) 737-3285.
alumni will hold their year 2000 reunion in conjunction with the AWA at
the Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, 20-24 September 2000.
For further information contact: Arthur W. Gulliver, 5119
South 81st Street, Omaha NE 68127; (402) 331-4032. George Horn visited
The Mighty Eighth Air Force Heritage Museum in Savannah, Georgia, and
was happy to see the 18th Weather Squadron highlighted with a display
of weather equipment in a mock up of a WW II weather station – they
had just finished hanging a weather balloon. Thanks to Art Howe and other
members in the Savannah area for helping to setup that exhibit.
George says, “the museum is a must see – so is the
one at Warner-Robins.”
A reunion for 1st Weather Wing Korean War Veterans (50's to
60's) was held in Omaha, Nebraska, from 26-28 September 1999.
Most of the people attending were stationed at Offutt during the
50's and 60's. They enjoyed tours of Omaha including the SAC Air Museum,
Offutt AFB and HQs Air Force Weather Agency. They will be joining with
the AWA in Las Vegas for the year 2000 reunion. For further information
contact: Bill Whatley at
(281) 488-6883, e-mail: email@example.com.
15th & 20th Weather Squadrons Association reunion
will be held with the AWA Reunion 2000.
Their 1999 reunion was held in April in Manassas VA and the
following officers were elected for the next 2 years: Hal Todd, President;
Robert Erickson, VP; Jack Reed, Secy/Treas and Jack D. Rusack is their
Newsletter Editor. For questions
regarding the 15th and 20th Weather Squadrons Association contact: Hal
Todd, 909 Woodlane Avenue, Rockford IL 61107-3732; (815) 399-4529; e-mail:
Hal wrote that one of their members, Luke
Campeau, was recently elected
president of the A.G.O.M. (American Guerrillas of Mindanao) Association.
Luke sent in information on the A.G.O.M. Their motto is, “We
Remained 1941-1945.” When
the Japanese took over the Island of Mindanao, 136 Americans hid in the
jungles instead of surrendering.
They survived and continually harassed the Japanese until Gen.
MacArthur recaptured the Philippines. They were also joined later by others
(including Luke and other 15WS members) who came to the islands by submarine
to provide weather reports and surveillance of enemy troop and ship activities
in preparation for MacArthur’s return. The A.G.O.M. have had reunions
every two years since 1945.
II 17th Weather Squadron Association —Weather Merchants will have their next reunion with the AWA reunion
2000. A squadron dinner is
planned. For information contact, Frank J. Brusca, 5643-D Harpers Farm
Road, Columbia MD 21044-2019; (410) 997-2157; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frank sent in the sad announcement that, “Jim Van Dyne passed away on 3 May 2000. Jim was the one who got us organized and single-handedly held
us together. We will all
3349th Technical Training Squadron, Dept. of Weather Training
alumni. This group is made up of weather forecaster and observer course
instructors and support personnel assigned to Chanute from the mid-40s
through mid-50s. They will hold their next reunion with AWA Reunion 2000.
For further info and/or to be added to their mailing list, contact:
Paul W. Schlotterbeck, 3349th TTS Reunion Coordinator, 1130 Ashley Way,
Susanville CA 96130-6013; (530) 251-2462; e-mail: email@example.com.
ROWF – Retired Old Weather Friends The Washington,
D.C. area retired weather officers are still holding bi-monthly meetings
at the Fort Myer Officers’ Club — a tradition that has continued
for several years now. The
gathering normally begins at about 5:30 PM on the second Thursday of odd
numbered months. For more
information contact: Dave Pace (703) 490-6894, DavidJPace@yahoo.com; or
John Lasley (410) 229-7524, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Space Coast –
Central Florida region AWA has seasonal functions.
For further information and to be added to their mailing list,
contact: Hyko Gayikian, 510 S River Oaks Drive, Indialantic FL 32903-4615;
21st Weather Squadron, 40th Mobile Comm Squadron, AAF, WW II contact: Irv Kirch, 34 Hoss Road, Indianapolis, IN 46217; (317) 786-6858; e-mail: IRV8@juno.com