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16th Weather Squadron

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Mission
Rapidly innovate, exploit, and operate cutting-edge software applications to generate environmental and IW insights to support national interests.

Personnel and Resources
16th Weather Squadron is comprised of military and civilian technical experts, with integrated contractor support, and is organized into four flights that enable national outcomes through developing and deploying innovative environmental intelligence products into global weather operations.

Operations
The 16th WS rapidly innovates, operates, and exploits cutting-edge environmental analysis and forecast applications to support DoD, Intelligence Community, and National Agency missions. It is the Air Force’s combat-ready provider of automated, accurate, timely, relevant, and accessible environmental intelligence. 16th WS is a squadron of software development and security and operations teams, known as DevSecOps teams, organized in four flights:

Core Models Flight (WXM)
Operates global and regional models software that inform forecasts to support mission planning.  It also produces a global cloud analysis and specialized cloud forecasts.

Tailored Products and Applications Flight (WXP)
Operates specialized environmental/land models and creates weather model ensemble output.  It also operates software that produces warfighter tailored and mission-focused forecast parameters, such as thunderstorms, volcanic ash, turbulence, and aircraft icing.  Finally, it operates Weather Services – Live Virtual Constructive (WS-LVC).

Data Science and Analytics Flight (WXD)
Mines, quality controls, delivers and stores data for use in weather model verification and downstream applications. It also prototypes and operates artificial intelligence, machine learning (AI/ML) and big data software applications.

Special Capabilities Flight (WXS)
Rapidly prepares and prototypes cyberspace platforms and training for the squadron’s software teams.

(Current as of May 2021)