28th Operational Weather Squadron

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 terrestrial and space weather activity.

These regional weather centers are responsible for Air Force base and Army post forecasting, developing weather products, briefing aircrews, and issuing weather warnings for numerous deployed or in-garrison weather teams and other key military locations. 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 aircrew briefing to tactical forecasting.

The regional weather centers work closely with the combat weather flights they support to ensure a flawless exchange of weather information.
The 28th Operational Weather Squadron is located at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, and is responsible for providing operational-level environmental analysis focused on NDS threats such as the Islamic Republic of Iran and violent extremist organizations. They work at the cutting edge of characterizing, predicting, and driving adversary behavior by converging weather intelligence with other Information Warfare stakeholders to form unique competitive advantages. Their forecasters deliver decision-grade products such as a Joint Area Operations Forecast to drive multi-domain operations and risk-determinations. Additionally, the squadron provides a robust reach-back weather support option to the Combined Air and Space Operations Center at Al Udeid AB, Qatar. As the 557th Weather Wing's mission evolves, the 28 OWS aims to become a Weather Center of Excellence for distributed operations world-wide.

(Current as of January 2022)