Nav y Dedicates McAdie Building The Fleet Weather Central, Nor- folk, Va., dedicated its new facility, the McAdie Building, in a ceremony held at the Norfolk Naval Air Sta- tion on 1 September. Rear Admiral William J. Kotsch, Deputy Director for Operations (Environmental Affairs) with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Dr. Francis W. Reichelderfer, former Chief of the U.S. Weather Bureau (now National Weather Service), were the principal speakers. Of- ficiating over the dedication ceremony was Cap- tain Leland J. Underwood, Commanding Officer of the Fleet Weather Central. Named in honor of Alexander G. McAdie, the Navy's first meteorolo- Capt. Underwood and Mrs. Reichelderfer cut the cake after the gist, the McAdie Building is the first such facility dedication ceremony of the McAdie Building, while Dr. in the Naval Weather Service history to be designed Reichelderfer and RAdm. Kotsch look on. and built for the purpose of housing a Fleet Weather Central. The building contains communications, data processing, and maintenance support equip- ment required to provide detailed meteorological and oceanographic services in support of the armed forces in the Atlantic Fleet area. RAdm. Kotsch, the first and only admiral in the Naval Weather Service, spoke on the development of computer-oriented meteorology. Dr. Reichelderfer, a former student of McAdie's in the Naval Weather Service, outlined the accomplishments of McAdie and reminisced on the early years of meteorology in the Navy. About 150 guest were present for the ceremony, which included the unveiling of a plaque commemo- rating McAdie. An open house, cake cutting, and re- freshments completed the dedication. RAdm. Kotsch reads the inscription of the plaque honoring Dr. McAdie. Capt. Underwood and Dr. Reichelderfer also participated in the unveiling ceremony. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 53, 1114. si:* ' r\ Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 268 5
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Nov 1, 1997
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