Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Greetings Altair Crew. Here is a ?Special Altair Report?

Reunion Chairman John B. Thomas, citing ?personal reasons? has resigned as reunion chairman. Our next reunion is in October 2012 in Tampa, Florida; and, the following year in New Orleans. We need a shipmate(s) to step up and take over the 2012 Tampa reunion; and, the 2013 New Orleans reunion. Please contact myself or Tom Planes at ?tomplanes [at]

It has come to my attention that we need a more formal and current leadership team for the Altair Association. When this all began about 10 years ago, a board was ?formed? consisting 6 (six) shipmates to help with the direction of the group, reunions, dues, membership, expenses, etc. These six shipmates were the first original shipmates found! I now have 486 shipmates on my mail list of which about 145 do not have email access. IT IS TIME FOR A NEW BOARD! Please email me with YOUR nominations for the Altair Board. You can list yourself, any one member, or several shipmates that you would like to see on the board. I will tally names and put out a list to select five shipmates; I will also snail mail the non-email shipmates for their votes including ?write-in? votes. It seems the only fair way to get a new board and a new direction for our Association.

The Altair Association has been very fortunate with Martin Summann taking over the Altair web site; and Dick Braun handling the Altair Blog and Photograph sites. Great job guys!

A fairly quick response is needed to both the items (1) the 2012 Tampa reunion leadership; and, (2) nominees to the new Altair board. PLEASE RESP0ND QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.

Please DO NOT reply to this email. Use cmbaltairaks32 [at] or Tom Planes email address.

Best Regards To All????.Charles

Friday, November 04, 2011

October 2011 by Charles Brecheisen

Greetings Altair Crew. Here is your monthly report for October 2011.

SHIPMATE PASSING: We lost Shipmate Mike Bruskotter a few weeks ago. Mike was a SK3 aboard the Altair 1963-1966. Mike's son has sent me quite a few Altair photographs which are being forwarded to Shipmate Dick Braun for uploading to the Altair photograph web site. Our condolences to the Bruskotter family.

FINANCIAL: The beginning "on hand" cash balance was $1370.76 with no income or expenses leaving a balance of $1370.66. The beginning savings balance was $5176.73 with interest income of $3.66, dues income of $20.00 and reunion auction income of $660.00 totaling $5860.39. No expenses.

ALTAIR REUNION: According to the reports, the reunion was a success.
The White House tour was fantastic..........Annapolis was great. Etc. etc. etc.

However, some of the other Shipmate comments were:

We need an earlier and better hospitality room for early arrivals.

Where were all the goodies? Early shipmates only got peanuts.

All the goodies disappeared and none were available for the shipmates that stayed over for a day or two.

Accounting figures? Since not many goodies any $'s return?

(John will be supplying me with all the receipts, returns, etc. which I will publish)

ALTAIR REUNION MIAMI 2012: I will be sending out information shortly about the Victory Ship "American Victory" which is located in Miami.
Stay tuned......

All for now. Please contact me at cmbaltairaks32 [at] fastmail with any comments or questions.

Best Regards To All..........Charles

2012 reunion update

Greetings Altair Crew. Here is information about the Victory Ship "American Victory" located in Tampa, FL, site of our 2012 reunion.
This info courtesy of Tom Planes.

"I called the Captain of the American Victory in Tampa. He got pumped when I told him that our 2012 reunion was going to be centered around his ship. If we get commitment early enough and get enough committed to come we can do a dinner cruise complete with ship drills and aerial battles I don't think we can start too soon promoting this reunion. I would like for it to be bigger than any before. There are lots of things to do in Tampa the aquarium is next door to the ship and Ybor city offers the finest Spanish cuisine this side of Barcelona. Setting up the accommodations early and sending out monthly reports with keep the hype up."

Thanks for the info Tom. This really sounds exciting!

Their web site is

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Shipmate Passing

To whom it may concern,

My father, Mike Bruskotter, died a few weeks ago. He spoke of his time in the Navy often - he loved the "Altair".


Mick Bruskotter

Pratt & Whitney
Part Family Manager
North Berwick Engineering Center - Turbines BOAS & LPT Vanes

phone: 207-676-4227
technet: 8-426-4227
e-fax: 860-755-0875
m/s: 801-27"

Mike Bruskotter was a SK3 aboard the Altair 1963-1966. His family can be reached at:

Mike Bruskotter Family
2825 3rd. Avenue North
Great Falls, MT 59401
(mikeb [@]

Our deepest sympathy is sent to the Bruskotter family. His son Mick can be reached at michael.bruskotter [at]

Best Regards To All......charles

Baltimore Reunion by John Thomas

I hope everyone returned home safe and sound.

First of all, let me say "Thank You" to all the shipmates and their wives who attended the reunion, and to those who planned to attend but had circumstances occur that prevented them from going.

We had a great turnout with several who had never attended before. We had shipmates from as far away as Oregon, Nevada, and Arizona. Hopefully everyone enjoyed it enough to attend again next year.

Before I forget, let me give a special thanks to shipmate Joe Basso who made contact and helped with the follow up for out trip to the White House. Thanks, Joe.

For those who could not attend, I will give you a little overview. The reunion was kicked off on Thursday evening with a reception to meet and greet everyone.

Our trip to Washington and the White House began at 7 AM Friday morning. Our guide who was very knowledgeable of Washington made it very informative and interesting. While there we enjoyed a riding tour of Washington and dinner at a seafood restaurant. We arrived back at the hotel at 7:30 PM.

On Saturday we went to Annapolis and toured the campus. It was homecoming so there was quite a bit of activity on campus and around town. Sorry to say that Navy lost to East Carolina. Everyone enjoyed browsing the shops and having lunch. We returned to the hotel at 3 PM to get prepared for the banquet and auction.

After the banquet we adjourned to the hospitality room for fellowship and our yearly auction. We made $660 from the sale of items donated by shipmates.

On Sunday we were sad to say our goodbyes but happy for the memories we had of the reunion and old friends.

Have a safe and blessed year and hope to see everyone in Tampa in 2012.
John B."

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

October 2011 by Charles Brecheisen

September 2011 by Charles Brecheisen

Greetings Altair Crew. Here is your monthly report for September 2011.

ALTAIR REUNION: The Altair reunion is almost here! (October 20-23) Please contact the reunion chairman with any questions.

John B. Thomas, Jr.
2632 Oakleaf Circle
Bessemer, AL 35022-7227
broadusthomas [at]

FINANCIAL: The beginning and ending cash-on-hand balance is $1370.76; no income or expenses. The beginning and ending saving balance is $5176.73; no income or expenses. The overall cash balance is $6547.49.

SHIPMATES: Welcome back Shipmate Robert J. Morande, SK2, 1961-63; Berlin, CT

That's all for now. Hope everyone has a wonderful time at the reunion!

Best Wishes To All.........Charles

August 2011 by Charles Brecheisen

Greetings Altair Shipmates. Here is your monthly report for August 2011.

I hope all Shipmates survived hurricane Irene with minimal damage. That was a bad 'un. Especially from a rain standpoint.

FINANCIAL: The beginning cash-on-hand balance was $1418.76 with no income and $48.00 expenses leaving a balance of $1370.76. I renewed the Altair website name for 3 years at $16.00 per year. The beginning savings balance was $5176.73 with no income or expenses leaving a balance of $5176.73. The total cash balance is $6547.49.

NEW SHIPMATE: Back in 2004 when I was sending out letters seeking Altair shipmates, David A. Touhey, SA, received the letter and promptly misplaced it. Well, believe it or not, he found the letter last week, 7 years later! Shipmate Touhey made a career out of the Navy and retired a QMC. WELCOME ABOARD SHIPMATE TOUHEY! Shipmate Touhey resides in Kingston, NH.

That's all from this end. We are still having 100 plus degree days every day and no rain.

Best Regards To All...........Charles

Roe Karstetter's wife passing!

It is with a heavy heart that I report the passing of Barbara Karstetter, beloved wife of Shipmate Roe Karstetter. Lillie and I first met Barbara and Roe at the first Altair reunion in Norfolk, VA and always looked forward to their company at later reunions.

All the Altair Shipmates send their sincerest condolences and sympathy to the Karstetter family. Roe can be reached at USNROE [at]; or,

Roe Karstetter
P.O. Box 1271
Robertsdale, AL 36567