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17th Operational Weather Squadron

Emblem for the 17th Operational Weather Squadron located at Hickam AFB, Hawaii

Emblem for the 17th Operational Weather Squadron located at Hickam AFB, Hawaii

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 provides highly accurate, timely and relevant environmental situational awareness as well as mission tailored, operational, and tactical level meteorological, oceanographic, volcanic ash, and space environment products to Air Force, Navy, and Army Commanders operating in US Pacific Command. The 17th OWS is responsible for producing and disseminating mission planning and execution weather analyses, terminal aerodrome forecasts, and briefings for Air Force, Army, Army AGR, ANR, USFK, PACOM, PACAF, USARPAC, SOCPAC, and NAVPAC forces operating at 121 DoD installations/sites encompassing over 113M square miles within Pacific theater of operations.

For more information, check out this 17th OWS video.