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AWRA Reunion will be held in Biloxi, MS

From 17 - 21 September 2014

 



AWRA had planned to hold our 2005 Reunion in Biloxi, MS.  Unfortunately, Hurricane Katrina, the lady shown above, interceeded, and we were forced to move the function to San Antonio.  Ever since then, we have wanted to return to the Gullf, and this is the year!  We are looking forward to seeing the latest hurricane hunting equipment and hearing from the folks that carry on the tradition of the Hurricane Hunters.

                                                                                                                                                                  Official USAF Images

REUNION WILL BE HELD AT THE

QUALITY INN BILOXI BEACH

2414 Beach Blvd, Biloxi, MS 39531

Hotel Reservations:  (228) 388-1000


Planned events include a tour of Beauvoir
as well as tour of 53rd WRS and one of their WC-130J

Download Registration Form HERE






2013 McClellan Reunion A Success!

98 Members and Guests Gather in Sacramento



GROUP PHOTOS FROM THE 2013 BANQUET

(Unfortunately, I am missing some names, so please help. 
Send any info to awra038@aol.com)



PILOTS



From left: Ed Paris  Unknown, Fred Sparks, Jeff Faulkner, Ron Hust, Warren Searls, Bob Korose, John Hug, Randy Roberts,  M/G Tom Aldrich, Pat Hanavan, Charlie Fleischer, Paul Meisner.

                                                                                                                                                      Photo by Bernie Barris, All rights reserved



MAINTAINERS



From left: Ventura Franco, Leo Usmial, Paul Morefield, Bill (Modzelewski) Moore, Roger Blank, Bruce Cathcart, John Rice, Joe Arnold, Joe Walling, Tom George.  Missing from photo was Bob Mann.

                                                                                                                                        Photo by Bernie Barris, All rights reserved



WEATHER OFFICERS



From left:  Bob Korose, Larry O'Shea, Erich  Linse,  Ed Erickson, and Frank Coons.   Missing from photo was Dick Williamson.

                                                                                                                        Photo by Bernie Barris, All rights reserved



FLIGHT ENGINEERS



From left:  Unknown,  Ed Fleck, Bill Ostendorf, "Stoney" Faubus, Ventura Franco, Chuck Lavoie, Bob Nowack, and Paul Meisner.

                                                                                                                        Photo by Bernie Barris, All rights reserved



DROPSONDE OPERATORS



From left:  Harald Davis, Jim Garrett, Rich Teerman, Ernie Z., Bill Davis, Bob Tuttle, Bill Scott, Roy Metcalf, and John Lassiter.  Note that Roy is wearing a 56th WRS cap.  We will offer caps and shirts for any of the squadrons at future reunions.  For the first time in recnt history, The Drops were not the biggest group this year.  That honor went to the Pilots, followed closely by the Maintainers and Navigators.

                                                                                                                   Photo by Bernie Barris, All rights reserved



NAVIGATORS



From left:  Unknown, Joe Robinson, Ed Erickson, Bernie Barris, Leslie Nowack, Dale Knuth, Dale Holland, Mel Marvel, Stan Sowa,  and Joe Buckwalter.  Missing from photo was Herb Plucker.

                                                                                                          Photo by Bernie Barris, All rights reserved



RADAR OPERATOR



Even though John Lassiter (above) arrived at the 514th on Guam as one of the first Dropsonde Operators trained by AWS, he soon found out that the squadron had other plans for him.  First they sent him to B-29 gunner training, as their B-29 aircraft were still combat configured.  Then he discovered that none of the aircraft had dropsonde chambers installed.  The biggest need facing the 514th was a shortage of Radar Operators.  John received in-unit training and flew most of his missions on Guam manning the radar.  

Photo by Bernie Barris, All rights reserved



WIVES AND GUESTS



Herding Cats??  Maybe someone else got a better photo.  Thank you all for your support, both back in the day - and now!

                                                                                                                     Photo by Bernie Barris, All rights reserved