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28th Operational Weather Squadron

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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 (28 OWS) is expanding integration with Intelligence Squadrons by providing adversarial forecasting tools to increase kinetic and non-kinetic lethality. The 28 OWS is at the cutting edge of the weather career field’s symbiotic relationship with the Intelligence community, developing and communicating relevant weather intelligence for the United States Central Command Area of Responsibility and beyond to reduce risk to joint forces and missions. As the USCENTCOM designated Lead METOC Production Unit, the 28 OWS produces and disseminates Joint Operations Area Forecasts for the AOR. These products are one of many of the graphical products produced, in addition to point forecasts and weather watches, warnings, and advisories for multiple locations. The squadron also provides reach-back weather support to the Combined Air and Space Operations Center at Al Udeid AB, Qatar.  Overall, the 28 OWS issues weather products supporting U.S. Army and Air Force personnel, as well as Coalition partners, deployed to 25 countries spanning 6.43 million square miles across two continents.

(Current as of May 2021)