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  • Tackling Tornadoes Takes Teamwork

    Across military operations, weather influences the entire spectrum of planning to execution. From carrier groups routing around typhoons to installations evacuating aircraft in advance of a hurricane, weather drives human behavior daily. Within the 557th Weather Wing, forecasters are preparing now to alert units of potential severe weather this
  • Accomplishing the unimagined

    In celebration of Women’s History Month, the 17th Operational Weather Squadron would like to shine the light on their first female commander, Lt. Col. Sarah J. Zimmerman.To her command support team, she is much more than an ordinary commander.  She’s a counselor, coach, mentor, cheerleader, punk rock lover, athlete, movie buff, mother, daughter and
  • Embracing the work-life challenge

    March is Women’s History Month and the 2d Weather Group would like to highlight the current commander of the 2d Systems Operations Squadron.Lt. Col. Heidi Schiano claims Langley AFB, Virginia, as her home but like many Air Force “brats,” she struggles to identify exactly where her hometown is located.Growing up, Schiano learned about dedication and
  • Renewal ensures wing, Volcanic Ash Advisory Center partnership endures

    The 557th WW serves as the backup to the Washington Volcanic Ash Advisory Center via its own VAAC located within the 2d Weather Squadron.  This backup capability ensures that the Department of Commerce continues to protect general and commercial aviation over the U.S by leveraging Department of Defense capabilities.
  • Machine-learning radar closing the gap to operations

    This is the third in a three-part series covering the innovative work by 557th Weather Wing Airmen for the ongoing development efforts into machine-learning for a weather radar depiction across the globe, designated the Global Synthetic Weather Radar (GSWR).
  • Weather specialists forecast mission success

    In the 621st Contingency Response Wing, weather specialists play a critical role in executing the mission safeguarding personnel and property, and updating squadron and contingency response element leaders to affect plans.
  • Intelligence beyond the storm

    As two tropical storms threaten Department of Defense installations along the northern Gulf of Mexico, the 557th Weather Wing uses innovative methods to collect, analyze and exploit weather intelligence.The intelligence is then distributed to decision makers in the vulnerable areas to minimize damage related to the high winds, heavy rain, and storm
  • 1st Weather Group holds change of command

    The 1st Weather Group welcomed a new commander during a socially-distanced ceremony July 24, 2020, in the Chief Master Sgt. Peter Moore auditorium. As part of the ceremony, Col. Travis Steen relinquished command of the 1st WXG and Col. Bradley Stebbins assumed command. The ceremony was officiated by Col. Patrick Williams, 557th Weather Wing commander.
  • 557th WW hosts change of command

    The 557th Weather Wing held a change of command ceremony at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, June 25, 2020. Col. Brian Pukall transferred command to Col. Patrick Williams in a ceremony presided by Lt. Gen. Timothy Haugh, Sixteenth Air Force (Air Forces Cyber) commander.
  • 2nd WXG holds change of command

    The 2nd Weather Group held a change of command ceremony at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, June 24, 2020.Col. Patrick Williams relinquished command to Col. Michael Marsicek in a ceremony presided by Col. Brian Pukall, 557th Weather Wing commander.“Thank you Pat, for your leadership in the 2nd WXG over the last couple years,” Pukall said. “And I’ll
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