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  • Hardening the 557th WW’s cyber defenses

    In order to deliver timely, accurate, and relevant weather information in support of military operations in the air, on land, at sea, or in space, the 557th Weather Wing must work in and through cyberspace — without cyber readiness the weather mission fails. From maintaining the Air Force’s $322 million strategic weather computing complex to managing the flow of weather data to defending against cyber adversaries, about 20 percent of the wing’s Airmen are assigned to cyber roles. Like in the other war fighting domains, there is no guarantee of U.S. dominance in cyberspace. In fact, the 2018 National Defense Strategy calls out cyberspace as a contested domain. Because of this, the 557th WW is taking steps to protect and harden its cyber infrastructure, a tall order considering the complexity of the systems and data streams involved.
  • 557th WW Airmen find innovative cyber solutions

    Innovation is more important than ever. The 2018 National Defense Strategy has called for rapid innovation and to “deliver performance at the speed of relevance.” 557th Weather Wing Airmen have a history of finding ways to innovate, working smarter to save money and deliver new capabilities and their efforts are benefiting the Air Force Weather community and the Air Force at large.
  • 2nd WS Airmen give a voice to weather

    Many people check the weather before they start their day; looking for guidance about how they should dress, how their commute may be affected and whether they can expect severe weather. For service members overseas, this can be difficult as their local weather may be presented in a foreign language, in an unfamiliar temperature scale or may not even exist. Four Airmen from the 2nd Weather Squadron at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, provide this service to men and women all over the world by producing weather forecasts for both the American Forces Network and Stars and Stripes. However, broadcasting is not in their blood.
  • 1st WXG holds change of command

    The 1st Weather Group welcomed a new commander during its change of command ceremony July 24, 2018, at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. Col. Travis Steen assumed command from outgoing commander Col. Thomas Blazek in a ceremony officiated by 557th Weather Wing Commander Col. Brian Pukall.
  • 2nd WXG holds change of command

    The 2nd Weather Group held its change of command ceremony July 11, 2018, at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. Col. Patrick Williams assumed command from outgoing commander Col. Jason Patla in a ceremony officiated by 557th Weather Wing Commander Col. Brian Pukall.
  • UNL Weather Camp visits 557th WW

    High school students interested in meteorology visited the 557th Weather Wing as part of the National Weather Camp program June 12, 2018, at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. The students, who have a desire to pursue careers in weather, are in grades 10 - 12 from high schools across the United States.
  • 2nd WS continues volunteering tradition at veterans’ home

    Service members from the 557th Weather Wing’s 2nd Weather Squadron – as well as other wing units – volunteered to assist in hosting Memorial Day ceremonies May 28, 2018, at the Eastern Nebraska Veterans’ Home in Bellevue, Nebraska. The effort has become a squadron tradition which brings together multiple generations of veterans to remember those who gave their lives in service.
  • Young meteorologist learns about weather, gets big surprise

    Ask any child what they want to be when they grow up and you’ll probably get a number of answers. Careers like medicine, law enforcement and acting are some of the most popular. Not many children dream of becoming a meteorologist. The 557th Weather Wing at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, had an opportunity to introduce an aspiring meteorologist to his dream career on May 11, 2018. Mason Ogle, a 14-year-old from Crescent, Iowa, who is currently battling cancer and one day wants to become a meteorologist.
  • Spring and summer bring more than sunshine and flowers

    As spring emerges from winter’s cold shadow, warmer temperatures melt away the snow and ice in the Offutt community. Unfortunately, spring and summer weather bring dangers of their own. Taking a few moments to learn how to prepare for and respond to severe weather may reduce stress and increase the odds of making it through a disaster unscathed.
  • 557th Weather Wing holds annual commanders’ summit

    The 557th Weather Wing held its fourth annual commanders’ summit at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, Feb. 27 – March 1, 2018. Squadron leaders from across the 557th WW gathered to discuss leadership priorities, including weather operations, readiness, cyber operations and professional development.
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