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1st Weather Group

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Covid-19
Active  ???-Present
Type  Group
Country  United States
Role  Weather Surveillance
1st Weather Group
Branch  Air Force Weather Agency
Part of  United States Air Force/Air Force Weather Agency

The 1st Weather Group (1 WXG) aligns stateside weather operations with the Air Force warfighting initiative overseeing operational weather squadrons; the 15th OWS at Scott AFB, Ill.; the 25th OWS at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.; and the 26th OWS at Barksdale AFB, La. The 1st WXG is a subordinate of the Air Force Weather Agency.

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Mission

"Provide accurate, timely, and relevant weather analyses, forecasts, warnings and briefings to Air Force, Army, Guard, Reserve, and Combatant Command forces operating in the continental United States."

"Provide initial qualification and up-grade training for weather forecaster apprentices and new weather officers.”

Organization

The 1st Weather Group is organized into three continental United States squadrons. Each of the squadrons produces forecasts for a specified area of the United States. The squadrons also serve as training hubs for new weather professionals – both enlisted and officers.

Subordinate units

15th Operational Weather Squadron, Scott AFB, IL.

25th Operational Weather Squadron, Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ.

26th Operational Weather Squadron Barksdale AFB, LA.

History

The 1st Weather Group has a long and proud heritage starting as the Far East Air Forces Weather Group in October 1944. In September 1945, the 1st WXG was assigned to the 43rd Weather Wing and later that year to the Headquarters Army Air Forces Weather Service. They were inactivated in 1948, and reactivated and assigned to the Air Weather Service at Offutt AFB through the Military Air Transport Service from 1952 to 1956, after which they were again inactivated. The group reactivated once again under the 1st Weather Wing from 1966 to 1972 at Tan Son Nhut AB, Vietnam. The most recent period of activation was at Fort McPherson, Ga., from 1992 to 1994 under the Air Combat Command.

The Group was distinguished with service and campaign streamers from World War II and Vietnam. They also earned four outstanding unit awards and the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross.

The realignment began with the reactivation of the 1st Weather Group, at Offutt AFB, Neb., 25 May. The 1st WXG continues its long and decorated history of providing weather products and service to Air Force and Army units, and is now part of the Air Force Weather Agency.

The 15th Operational Weather Squadron, Scott AFB, Ill., was the first of four OWSs to re-align under the newly formed 1st WXG during a ceremony 25 May 2006. The 26th OWS was realigned at Barksdale AFB, 22 Jun. 2006. Next, was the 25th OWS at Davis-Monthan on 6 July 2006, and the last addition to the team was the 9th OWS which was re-activated on 20 Jul. 2006 at Shaw AFB. The 9th OWS has since been inactivated on 31 May 2008.

References

1st Weather Group Wikipedia


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