Robert A. (Bob) Van Veghel
- Master Sergeant
- Served: July 1966 – September 1987
- Vietnam War
- Weather Forecaster
- Awarded Meritorious Service Medal, Army & Air Force Commendation Medal
I truly enjoyed my Air Force experience and being a weather forecaster was one of the most enjoyable jobs that I have ever had. Although I was in the Air Force, I did spend nine years attached to the army in Germany (Bad Toelz Army airfield with the 1st Armored Division) where I provided weather support.
Other assignments were Laredo Air Force Base, Texas, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. AT Offutt AFB I worked for the European forecast section providing short term and long range forecasts for our forces in Europe.
At Ansbach Army Air Field, the other forecaster (TSgt Bill Elliott) and I set numerous records for forecast excellence. In addition, I provided daily weather forecasts to the local military school.
While in Germany, I learned the language and one of my additional duties was listed as a translator for the Air Force.
From my military career, I learned to appreciate the camaraderie that comes with that service. So after my military service, I went to work for the Department of Defense from which I retired after working there for 25 years.