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  • 14th Weather Squadron to turn 75

    Did you know the 14th Weather Squadron is older than the U.S. Air Force, and the squadron celebrates its 75th birthday this September? The unit traces its heritage to its original home at Bolling Field in Washington, D.C., to the days preceding the 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor.  There it originated as the climatological production branch of the
  • Asking for innovation

    The common complaint from innovators is that the bureaucracy just doesn't understand us. We have great ideas, but "they" don't seem to care -- "they" being our bosses and the bureaucracy around us.When the discussion turned towards bosses who do not listen to our ideas during Howard Lieberman's breakout session on Accelerating Large Enterprise
  • A tribute to Captain Nathan J. Nylander

    April 27, 2011 will forever be remembered around the 25th Operational Weather Squadron as a day many of us would like to forget. The tragic news of Capt. Nathan J. Nylander's passing was written on each person's face that day. He was a man who impacted the lives of those who knew him, and brought out the best in everyone. Many of the people here at
  • 14th Weather Squadron - More than just a beautiful place to live

    The first thing that strikes you when driving into this town is the stunning beauty of the mountains and rivers surrounding the area. There is no questioning why Relocate-America.com listed this city in its top 10 places to live in the United States. One visit and I understood why they gave it such a high ranking. The city itself, tucked neatly
  • New Agency structure, same essential mission

    March 28, 2007 marked a major milestone for the Air Force Weather Agency as we reorganized HQ AFWA along A-Staff lines, reactivated 2nd Weather Squadron under the command of Lt. Col. Marv Treu and activated the brand new 2nd Systems Operations Squadron under Lt. Col. (sel) Chris Cantrell. These two squadrons will join with the Air Force Combat
  • It's not just semantics...

    Chances are you're reading this article because you are a member of the Air Force weather community, and as such, you have chosen to participate in our Nation's military weather operations. You have chosen to be part of a noble calling, the profession of arms. Today we remain a nation at war, and each of us are performing duties supporting military
  • U.S. Air Forces in Europe, a command in transformation

    Nearly 26 years ago to the day I arrived at Rhein Main AB, Germany, "The Gateway to Europe" as 2nd Lt. Ralph Stoffler, enroute to my first duty station, Feucht Army Airfield in Nuernberg, Germany. Rhein Main was a sprawling Air Base collocated with even busier Frankfurt International Airport. In Nuernberg I found a large U.S. community with eight
  • A Note to the Weather Warriors

    You get it! We're Airmen and warriors first. I must say I'm extremely impressed with the way weather Airmen identify a problem and work to fix it at a full sprint. In my 4 months as Director of Weather, I've found that, far from having to jump in and direct a solution, I have to jump out of the way so you don't run me over! When more than 40 of our
  • The new face of the Pacific

    I was once told you can't control how the world is changing around you, but you can control how you react to that change. Col. John Murphy did an excellent job in the Jan/Feb '06 issue of the Observer outlining some of the changes we face as a career field and our game plan to meet the accompanying challenges and succeed. As we move along the path
  • Most of you are domino pushers

    That's right, domino pushers. Recognize it and take pride in it. I do. Okay, what am I talking about? I'm referring to the awesome responsibility of operational weather squadrons, combat weather flights, special operations weather teams, and all other organizations producing weather information. When you provide an analysis or forecast, a chain