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The 2017 AWRA Reunion
Was
held in San Antonio, TX
  at
the 
Holiday Inn Market Square


The group of AWRA members and guests who attended the 13 Oct 2017 USAF BMT graduation at Lackland AFB.  The fresh-faced YOUNG men and women who embarked on their service to the country that day were impressive.  After their parade we went to the former WB-29 that is on display.


Our group of Weather Reconnaissance
Veterans and Guests had a great time!
(See photos below)

Planning is Underway to hold the
2018 AWRA Reunion in

Savannah, Georgia

Hope to see you there!




Photos From the San Antonio Reunion


The group who attended the 13 October USAF Basic Military Training graduation ceremony at Lackland AFB.  After the parade and swearing-in, we assembled in front of the B-29 Dispaly for a photo.  The aircraft is diplayed as  the first B-29 to arrive in the Marianas during 1944.  It is actually WB-29A 44-62220 which was assigned to several  different weather reconnaissance units and locations, including Bermuda, Guam, and two tours in Hawaii.

Front Row from left:  Bernie Barris, Jeff Proulx, Bill Hendley, Bruce Russell, John White, James (Pepe') LaChute, and Bob Tuttle.  Standing:  Jim Reardon, Dick Williamson, Joe Walling, Bob Nobbs, Joe Robinson, Ken Kaiser, David Steiner, Wayne Freeman, Ron Anderson,G.D. (Stoney) Faubus, and Russell Hammond.


On Thusday, 12 October, thirty of us boarded a tour bus and travelled to Fredericksburg TX to visit the National Museum of the Pacific War and the Nimitz Museum.  Heading back to San Antonio, we stopped at the Wildseed Farms and again in Luckenbach, TX. 

From left:  Bernie Barris, James (Pepe') LaChute, Terry LaChute, David Steiner, G.D. (Stoney) Faubus, Ken Kaiser, Melva Faubus, Wayne Freeman, Chuck Lavoie, Joan Head, Sara Garrett, Bob Nobbs, and Jim Garrett.



Our Keynote speaker this year was Dr. David Steiner, PhD.  David was assigned as a navigator at the 54th WRS on Guam from 1969-71.  While there he participated in the MOTORPOOL mission, which attempted to disrupt North Vietnamese resupply along the "Ho Chi Minh Trail".  This was done by seeding certain types of clouds to increase the rainfall along the trail.  David's conclusions:  1.  The strategic goal was a failure, and 2.  It was a very expensive failure.

MOTORPOOL Veterans


I'm not sure if it was a coincidence or not, but we had a group of folks who participated in the MOTORPOOL missions attend the reunion this year.  Kneeling from left:  John White, Jeff Proulx, and Ken Kaiser.  Standing from left:  Harald Davis, Bill Hendley, Bill Davis, David Steiner, Bill Severn, and Bruce Russell.


More Photos From San Antonio are Coming

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