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  • Weather officers graduate from Naval Postgraduate School

    Six Air Force weather officers recently graduated from the Meteorology Operational Sciences curriculum of the Naval Postgraduate School.Capt. Paul Hayes, Capt. Stephanie Hedstrom, Capt. Daniel Muggleberg, Capt. Chandra Pasillas, Capt. Nicholas Reitz and Capt. Sean Wile all completed the 18-month program in March.The group all earned the Master of
  • Don't want to get 'off it' -- Summer swap helps two lieutenant colonels remain on base

    When the Air Force Weather Agency's Lead Command Management Division chief and the 343rd Recruiting Squadron commander move on to new assignments this summer, their commutes won't change much.As AFWA's Lt. Col. Stephen Phillips moves just down the street to take command of the 343rd RCS in June, outgoing commander, Lt. Col. Steve Polomsky, may pass
  • Deployed weather Airmen keep birds out of stormy conditions

    Many may not think much of rain, fog or mostly sunny days here, but to a base that conducts 30 percent of U.S. Air Forces Central Command's air tasking order sorties, weather monitoring is no simple matter. The 379th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron Weather Flight conducts around-the-clock weather support for 379th Air Expeditionary Wing
  • Air Force officials announce 2012 weather awards

    Air Force officials have released the 2012 Air Force Weather Awards.Individual Awards:AIR FORCE WEATHER FIELD GRADE OFFICER OF THE YEAR: Maj. Jeremy Alexander, 15 OWS, Scott AFB, Ill.AIR FORCE WEATHER COMPANY GRADE OFFICER OF THE YEAR: 1st Lt. Benjamin Wood, 5 OSS/OSW, Minot AFB, N.D.AIR FORCE WEATHER CIVILIAN OF THE YEAR: Mr. Jeff Fries, 1 WXG,
  • 'Hurricane Hunters' kept relentless watch on 2012 storms

    As the nation rebounds from 19 named storms and 11 major hurricanes in 2012, a small but hardy military organization keeps relentless watch to track and prepare for such disasters.Located at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, dubbed the "Hurricane Hunters" of the Air Force Reserve, is the Defense Department's
  • Battlefield weather forecasters key to mission success

    Throughout history, countless military battles and campaigns have been impacted by the weather.From Hannibal and Genghis Khan to Napoleon and George Washington, military leaders who pay attention to weather events and patterns typically fare better than those who ignore them.Modern missions in Afghanistan are no different, as weather conditions
  • SWO: Forecasts factor in mission execution

    Three staff weather officers provide Task Force Wings with weather predictions during a Joint Operations Aviation Exercise Aug. 20-29.The SWO team monitors the weather in the task force's tactical operations center to keep pilots and their crews updated on the latest weather forecasts and monitor any changes in conditions while they are on
  • Hurricane Hunters provide critical data during major storms

    As the Air Force Reserve's 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, better known as the "Hurricane Hunters," wrap up their mission flying through Hurricane Isaac, one of the unit's pilots provided an insight into who they are and some facts and figures about how they perform during their dangerous missions.Lt. Col. Jeff Ragusa is based with the unit
  • Ground broken for new JB Lewis-McChord weather facility

    Ground was officially broken here July 13 for a brand new 1st Weather Squadron headquarters facility.The new complex is part of a $6.4 million Army project and will increase the capabilities of this group of 65 battlefield Airmen and five civilians."This is the result of years of support all the way from the Pentagon staff at headquarters Air Force
  • Air Force Weather celebrates 75 years

    More than 250 members of the Air Force Weather career field gathered together to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Army Air Corps Weather Service during a ceremony at the Air Force Weather Agency here Aug. 2.The career field traces its history back to July 1, 1937 when the Army Air Corps Weather Service assumed responsibility