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557th Weather Wing

The mission of the 557th Weather Wing is maximizing America's power through the exploitation of timely, accurate and relevant weather information; anytime, everywhere.

The 557th WW delivers worldwide weather products to Air Force and Army warfighters, unified commands, National Programs and the National Command Authorities. In addition, the wing provides twenty-four hour technical assistance on all standard weather systems and equipment.

Each day, the wing's dedicated men and women build the world's most comprehensive weather database of observation, forecast, climatological, and space weather products available on the World Wide Web.

The wing is focused on developing, evaluating and transitioning new technologies to weather teams around the world.

 

1st Weather Group

The 1st Weather Group is comprised of six operational weather squadrons providing timely, accurate and relevant weather operations around the clock in support of joint warfighters worldwide.  Each squadron produces decision-quality forecasts and weather threat assessments for aviation and ground forces tasked to fulfill specific geographic combatant command, service component and international partner operations.  The 1 WXG also includes Operating Location Kilo, which is responsible for management of the Department of Defense's portion of the Next-generation Weather Radar program.  OL-K works alongside National Weather Service and FAA professionals to engineer, maintain and sustain over 160 Doppler radars worldwide as part of a tri-agency agreement with the Department of Commerce and Department of Transportation.

2d Weather Group

The 2d Weather Group delivers timely, relevant and specialized terrestrial, space and climatological environmental intelligence to joint forces, defense agencies, DoD decision-makers, and allied and coalition partners worldwide for planning and execution of missions across the range of military operations. The Group operates, sustains, maintains and monitors the wing’s $303M strategic high-performance computing complex, production network and applications and provides DoD’s only space weather operations center, climate monitoring and prediction capability and environmental data for Live, Virtual and Constructive modeling and simulation.  2 WXG exploits leading edge weather forecasting models and provides fielded weather systems experts for operational testing, deployment training and deployed maintenance on tactical weather systems.  The 2d WXG comprise 6 primary subordinate units:  2d Systems Operations Squadron, 2d Weather Squadron, 16th Weather Squadron and Detachment 1, 2d WXG are located at Offutt AFB, Nebraska. 2d Combat Weather Systems Squadron is located at Hurlburt Field, Florida and 14th Weather Squadron in Asheville, North Carolina.  In addition, there are four solar observatories that fall under 2d WXG at Learmonth, Australia; Sagamore Hill, Massachusetts; Holloman AFB, New Mexico and Kaena Point, Hawaii.