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AG School Class pictures (Lakehurst, Chanute, Keesler) are being accepted for upload to this site.
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CAPT Julian M. "Skip" Wright, USN RET
Passed March 17, 2019 at Age 77

CDR Michael Dotson has Passed
Details Soon

AG A School Lakehurst 1976
AGC Hafer Instructing

A School Chanute Summer 1990

AG A School Keesler 1994

Chanute A School December 1984

As of Feb. 28th

Cutoff Date for Negotiated Room Rates is 13 March!

Robert Agness, GS RET CIV SVC and NWSA member, Passed January 30, 2019

AG A Student at Lakehurst teletype


AGCM Thomas J. “Joe” Berry, USN RET

Nov. 9, 1929 to Feb. 23, 2019

AG A Class 7710
Last 'A' Class to Graduate at Lakehurst

Keesler AG C Class Graduation 2-1-19

CAPT John W. "Jack" Kidd, USN RET
August 21, 1927 to June 10, 2016

Robert Agness, GS RET CIV SVC and NWSA Member, Passed January 30th
After a battle with stage 3 lung cancer

Updates to Reunion 45 Info

February 2019 Aerograph Now Available to Members on:
Aerograph (Restricted) webpage
Members Must Have a Username and Password to Access this Restricted webpage

                                                                                      President's Report

CAPT Bill King


Gladys Rose Beasley

April 1, 1925 to January 16, 2019

Wife of AGCM Tom Beasley, USN RET


In December, an exAG3 who served on the USS Hornet during the early 1960's sent a message to Tom Hanagan offering information and photos of the weather office. The message was lost. Would that good person please resend the message to or call me at 530-908-4843. Thank you!

LCDR Robert E. Buttrick, USN RET
February 6, 1933 to May 16, 2018

AGCM Bob Frazier, USN RET

Keesler Classes AG-A 181220 and AG-C1 18090


My name is Paul A. Smith, and I'm a retired Marine MSgt. I'm writing to you to see if you can point me in the right direction. My Dad Elmer Harvey Smith was career Navy, and he was an Areoagrapher. Unfortunately he and my Mom met when he was stationed in Rhode Island, and divorced when I was 4, and I only got to see him about five times in my life. I do have a few photos of him, which I've attached. One is of him in what appears to be a school. He is in the bottom row, 2nd from the right, and another (Click Image to Enlarge) from when he was stationed at a weather station in Antarctica I believe. I'd love to be able to get his ribbons so I can make a shadow box. He passed away back in 1989 when I was a young SSgt on the Drill Field, and I don't know or have his service number. Is there ANY way that I could still get his ribbons? Your cooperation in this matter will be greatly appreciated. 
Semper Fi, 
Paul A. Smith
MSgt USMC(Ret)

If you recognize any of the ribbons in AG1 Smith's photo below, please contact his son, MSgt Paul Smith, at the contact info above.
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The New Navy and Vietnam Gun Line

CAPT Jack J. Jensen, USN RET
November 23, 1940 to Sept. 10, 2018

AG1 Elmer H. Smith, USN RET
February 21, 1931 to September 11, 1989
AGC Robert J. Mackie, USN RET has Passed
August 23, 1932 to April 28, 2018

November 2018 Bellinger Members and Non=Members Lists
 Now Available to Members IN MORE PRINTABLE FORM (Landscape orientation recommended) on:
Aerograph (Restricted) webpage
Members Must Have a Username and Password to Access this Restricted webpage

Keesler AG A Class 2018-130

NWSED Misawa, Nov. 1978

Chanute Class Feb. 92 or 93

AGC Joseph Beuley has Passed
Details Soon

JSOC 1988-89

Chanute AG School Picture June 1987

Chanute AG School Pictures Aug. 1983 and 1992

Chanute, Spring 1980

November 2018 Aerograph Now Available to Members on:
Aerograph (Restricted) webpage
Members Must Have a Username and Password to Access this Restricted webpage

Updated Reunion #45 Information
Including Registration Forms


Looking for shipmates stationed at FWC Pearl from November 1968 to August 1971.

Keesler AG-C1 Class 18070
Graduated Oct. 18, 2018

Chanute Observer's School 1986 Picture
Submitted by Jeffrey M. Gould

AG 'A' School Lakehurst Class 7131 Picture
Submitted by AGCS Robert Srodulski, USN RET

AGC Elroy R. "Mac" McLeod, USN RET
 Passed Sept. 13, 2018 at Age 74
Submitted by Jim Romano

xAERM2C Francis J. Drybala, USN REL
Sept. 21, 1924 to August 8, 2018

AGC John P. Bleclic USN RET
Passed Sept. 4, 2018 at Age 97 

Some Navy Terminology


First USN-USAF C School Class Chanute 1977

xAG3 Tony Mach, USN REL (NWSA Life Member #455) retired from NWS earlier this year with 39 years of service. His career in weather began in the U.S. Navy (1964-1968). Tony's first duty station, after completing AG A School at NAS Lakehurst, NJ, was aboard USS Long Beach CGN-9 (1965-1966). 

Here he is (wearing an AG tee shirt and USS Long Beach cap) being presented with a retirement certificate by the boss, Barbara McNaught Watson, MIC of the NWS Office in State College, PA.

OA Div., USS Enterprise (CVAN 65) 1966

OA Div., USS Constellation (CVA 64) 1967


USS Shangri-La Reunion

3rd to 8th October 2018

Jacksonville, FL

RADM Kenneth E. Barbor, USN RET
Passed July 22, 2018

AG1 Greene Berry "Gene" Hawks, USN RET
Nov. 3, 1937 to Aug. 5 2018

AGC John E. "Jack" Halpin, USN RET

January 19, 1949 to July 26, 2018

AG1 Jimmy E. Moore, USN RET
Passed April 7, 2018 at Age 73

Correction to August Aerograph!!!
Page 20 bottom half had previous Sec/Treas. return address
It should read:
AGCM Thomas Miovas, USN RET
3211 Laurel Dr.
Glenshaw, PA 15116-1115

Information Update

NOCF San Diego Xmas 1986


NOCF San Diego Xmas 1985

xAG Dorothy Reetz, WAVE REL
May 27, 1922 to July 15, 2018


CDR Kenneth R. Liechty, USN RET

August 30, 1939 to July 14, 2018

Doris C. Stepaniak, 77, passed July 16, 2018

AGCM Richard "Dick" Tokryman, USN RET
April 23, 1942 to June 27, 2018

By CAPT R. Claude "Frenchy" Corbeille, USN RET

Updated Info on

USS Guam (LPH9) Christmas 1989


Looking for John F. Garfield, USMC, who attended AG 'A' and 'B' Schools at Lakehurst

AGCM Richard "Dick" Tokryman, USN RET, Passed June 27th 
Details Soon

6 Pages PDF

Items Needed for Restoration of USS Hornet's Weather Office

I am starting a restoration of the weather office on the USS Hornet. I would like to reach out to the members to see if I can get background on the state of the office when it was decommissioned in 1970. This includes photos as well as information on what equipment was installed. I know some equipment has been removed, but most of it is there. Do you have suggestions on how to reach out to AG's who were stationed on the ship back then? I'll also be trying to procure equipment that was located in the office at the time (e.g. recording barographs and thermographs, handheld psychrometers, etc.). I'd like to contact NAS stations that may have old stuff laying around, and I'm guessing the best way is through the "old boy network". Finally, older hand plotted maps and especially teletype transmissions of weather code for a display of decoding, plotting, and map analysis. Any suggestions there are appreciated, too. 

Best regards,
Tom Hanagan

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And if you wonder which three years, they would be 2012, 2013 and 2014.
In advance I am thanking you for your continued support and patronage.
Submitted by CAPT R. Claude "Frenchy" Corbeille, USN RET

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A Virtual Wastebasket of Random Memories

Both Highly Recommended...
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E-mails from the Front Lines of the Cancer War


AGC Charles "Cap" Casperson, USN RET

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