Public Affairs Office

557 WW/PA
101 Nelson Drive
Offutt AFB, NE 68113-1023
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Comm: (402) 232-4772
DSN: 272-4772
E-mail: 557WW.PA.PublicAffairs@us.af.mil

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What is the Air Force Weather Career Field like?

The Air Force weather career field is formed from an elite group of officer, civilian and enlisted specialists. These highly skilled men and women are our most valuable resource.

They contribute to the security of the Nation and the peace and stability of the world on a daily basis. They learn leadership and technical skills while sharpening their meteorological aptitude. 

The weather technician is an expert in terrestrial and space weather and the impact these conditions have on weapon systems and missions. They are part of the action worldwide from observing and forecasting weather conditions on a global scale to specific weather forecasts for any military operation. 

The meteorologist manages and directs weather operations critical to the success of Air Force and Army activities and is the overall unit technical leader in the meteorology and space environment. They develop, direct and coordinate meteorological weather studies and research. 

The meteorologist's daily responsibilities include integrating current and forecasted atmospheric and space weather conditions into operational planning. 

The men and women who form the Air Force weather forces are prepared to meet the demands of a rapidly changing environment.

How do I get climatological weather data?

Climatological weather data is compiled, archived and stored with the 14th Weather Squadron in Asheville, N.C. If you are researching historical events that need weather data, you can contact the 14th WS at (828) 271-4291.

Where can I get information about the 557th Weather Wing history?

The roots of Air Force Weather go back two centuries when U.S. Army surgeons began recording weather observations regularly in the early 1800s. When the Air Force became a separate service in 1947, Airmen assumed all responsibility of worldwide weather reporting and forecasting for both the Air Force and the Army and have been doing it ever since.

For a brief history on Air Force Weather since 1937, please click here. And if you have a specific question about Air Force Weather history, please contact the 557th Weather Wing History office at (402) 294-0328.