Operational Weather Squadrons provide weather support covering a specified region of the world. Professional meteorologist and weather technicians operate the squadrons around the clock ensuring continuous monitoring of any terrestrial and space weather activity.
These regional weather 'hubs' are responsible for base or post forecasting, developing weather products, briefing transient aircrews, and weather warnings for all of their geographical units. Using automatic observing systems located at all military installations and communicating with their combat weather flights, the squadron is able to 'watch' the weather in their entire area of responsibility from one central location.
The Operational Weather Squadron is the first place a newly schooled weather apprentice will report. At the squadron, working along side a seasoned weather professional, the forecaster is trained in all aspects of Air Force meteorology, from pilot briefing to tactical forecasting.
The hubs work closely with the combat weather flights they support to ensure a flawless exchange of weather information.
The 17th Operational Weather Squadron (17 OWS), located on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, maximizes United States Indo-Pacific Command’s lethality through the exploitation of environmental intelligence with a focus on building an understanding of impacts and effects of environmental conditions on both blue and red forces. The squadron includes a team of dynamic Air Force weather, cyber, and support information warfare professionals, Airmen assigned to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center for typhoon reconnaissance, and a Detachment of Sailors attached and integrated in the joint operations center. Additionally, our Airmen maintain a combat mission ready status to deploy in support of Combatant Command taskings. The 17 OWS uses innovative tools and process improvement to provide the most efficient and relevant environmental characterization of the 113M square mile Pacific theater of operations and ensure a competitive military advantage over China and North Korea.
For more information, check out this 17th OWS video.
(Current as of May 2021)