WHAT'S NEW AT AWRA
2007 News Items
7 Aug 2007 - New information posted on the 2007 Reunion page. The really big news is that, as of today, our entire block of lower rate rooms at the Hilton were filled. That is no reason to panic. Thanks to the hard work of AWRA member Mary Copeskey, we have blocked additional rooms at the newly renovated Comfort Suites at Sabino Canyon. We have initially blocked 10 rooms, 5 Kings and 5 doubles. We will keep a close eye on sales and add more if needed. As you can tell, we are anticipating a great turnout in Tucson. For information about reserving your room, click on the "reunion" link at the top of the page.
More Good News on the reunion front: Not to be outdone by Mary, Peter Copeskey has arranged a USAF sponsored tour of AMARC, aka "the Boneyard," and the 25th Operational Weather Squadron. This will be on Monday, 22 October. We also have arranged a commercial bus to tour the Pima Air and Space Museum on Tuesday, 23 October. Please plan to join us in Tucson.
15 May 2007 - Finally updated a few of the web pages. The Leadership page now reflects Joey Tabaco as the Association Membership Chairman and Bill Burnette as the incoming Secretary-Treasurer. The Reunion page has a link to the Tucson reunion registration form. This form went out in the annual newsletter last week as well. And the Membership Application has been slightly changed to reflect an ongoing contest we are having in conjunction with our membership drive. We are asking everyone to try and encourage some of their old buddies to join the Association and attend the reunion.
30 Apr 2007 - For those who are waiting paitently for the 2007 AWRA Newsletter, it is in the final stages of preparation. We expect it to be in the mail next week and you should be receiving it around May 15th. On the Tucson reunion front, many of you have already reserved your rooms at the Tucson Hilton East. As noted on our reunion web page, AWRA has a block of 35 rooms available for Sunday, 21 Oct through Thusday, 25 Oct, with an amazing $88/night rate. The Hilton will also honor this rate for 3 days prior and 3 days after the reunion on a space available basis - i.e. we don't have a guaranteed number of rooms for those nights. So if anyone plans to arrive early or stay a couple of days later, it would be a good idea to make your reservations now!
15 Mar 2007 - The full version of Jack D. Sharp's book Cold Fronts is now posted on the AWRA server. Jack's son, Doug, helped us find the missing chapter, and we have posted a lead-in page with Jack's biography that was used at his memorial service in 1997. We are still looking for the images that Jack had planned as supporting figures for the book. Go to the the new front cover by clicking here, and follow the link to the Table of Contents. Be sure to read the Forward, written by B/G Albert J. Kaehn Jr., USAF (Ret). General Kaehn was Commander, Air Weather Service, from 1978 to 1982.
13 Mar 2007 - We were checking out the links on our home page the other day and discovered a "dead" link. Jack Sharp's book, Cold Fronts, was no longer hosted by Channelzilch. I managed to contact Jack's son Doug. He apologized, but said he did not know when he would get it back up. I asked if AWRA could host the book and he enthusiastically agreed. I have put everything that I had archived back online at Cold Fronts, by Jack Sharp. As you may note, we do not have Chapter 9, or several of the figures/illustrations. I'm working with Doug Sharp to obtain them, but if some one else has them archived, please E-mail them to email@example.com and we will get the book updated.
28 Feb 2007 - An update, an update, Yeah! A new photo gallery article has been posted. I have come across Colonel Paul H. Fackler's name numerous times since 2004. I originally saw the name while helping a family member research her father, who was killed in a WB-50 accident. Then I discovered many other mentions of Paul Fackler. He was the first to inadvertantly pilot a manned aircraft through a nuclear cloud (1948) and then followed with the first intentional penetration. To view the article, follow this link.
20 Jan 2007 - Happy 2007! This will hopefully be a great year for all of you and for AWRA. Several items have been published to the AWRA web site recently. The membership application form has been migrated to a PDF document instead of the HTML version used for the past several years. The PDF format will print consistently on any operating system. The old HTML version printed differently on every web browser. The updated form also has our new Membership Chairman, Joseph Tabaco. Thank you, Joey, for volunteering your time. To see the new page, or to join AWRA, follow this link.
We recently heard from the 512th Rescue Squadron at Kirtland AFB, NM. The 512th RQS is a direct decendant of the 512th Reconnaissance Squadron (Very Long Range) Weather. In response to the current squadron's request, we put together some photos and information for their Heritage Wall. Not wanting to waste the chance, we also created an online version of the same information. The 512th RS (VLR) Wea. was shortlived in weather reconnaissance, but nonetheless had a very distinguished history. To read about the 512th RS (VLR) Wea., follow this link.
One feature that was added during 2005 was an AWRA discussion forum in Yahoo! Groups.
The group has been great for those of us currently participating. We need to get more folks involved. To join, follow this link. Click on the "Join This Group" tab and you will be asked to log in if you already have a Yahoo! account. If you are new to Yahoo!, it will walk you through the steps to set up your account. Please join us!
The URL for our group is: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/AWRA/
for 2005 and 2006 are still available. They have been archived.
2005 News can be found here
2006 News can be found here