2nd Weather Squadron

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The 2nd Weather Squadron, headquartered at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., continuously supports Joint warfighters and Department of Defense decision-makers, including the intelligence community and space operators with accurate, relevant, timely and specialized global terrestrial and space observations, analyses, forecasts and alerts.

The 2nd WS's capabilities include the DOD's only 24/7 weather operations center at the top secret level, space weather operations center, volcanic eruption and ash tracking ops center and the Armed Forces Network broadcast studio.

Additionally, the 2nd WS operates four solar observatories around the globe: Det. 1, Learmonth, Australia; Det. 2, Sagamore Hill, Mass.; Det. 4, Holloman AFB, N.M.; and Det. 5, Kaena Point, Hawaii.

Emblem[edit]

The black of the shield symbolizes night, with the two stars indicative of the 2nd Weather Squadron. The blue of the shield represents day with a typical cloud formation symbolizing weather, the inference being the 2nd WS is on duty night and day, observing and forecasting the weather elements. The wings represent the Air Force to which the weather service is assigned.

History[edit]

The Second Weather Squadron was constituted on 24 June 1937 and assigned to the Office of the Chief of the Air Corps on 1 July 1937 at Langley Field, Va. It was one of three original squadrons organized when the weather function transferred from the Signal Corps to the Air Corps. The squadron moved to Patterson Field, Ohio, in March 1941, and was assigned to the Directorate of Weather, Army Air Forces in March 1942. It was redesignated as the 2nd Weather Squadron, Regional, in June 1942 and assigned to the Flight Control Command in April 1943 and to the Weather Wing, Flight Control Command (later Army Air Forces Weather Wing) in May 1943. The squadron was once again redesignated as the 2d Weather Squadron in November 1943 and disbanded on 7 September 1944 at Patterson Field, Ohio, and replaced by the 69th Army Air Forces Base Unit (2d Weather Region).

The 2d Weather Squadron was reconstituted on 10 August 1951 at Carswell Air Force Base, Texas, and assigned to the 2101st Air Weather Group (MAJCOM) on 5 September 1951. It was assigned to the 1st Weather Group in April 1952 and moved to Westover Air Force Base, Mass., in June 1955 and inactivated there on 8 October 1956.

The squadron was activated once again in May 1967 to the Military Airlift Command until the Air Weather Service organized the 2d Weather Squadron in June 1967 at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. It was assigned to the 3d Weather Wing in June 1967, replacing Detachment 1, 3d Weather Wing, and was inactivated in July 1969.

The 2d Weather Squadron was activated at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., and assigned to Air Force Global Weather Central on 1 July 1975. It was assigned directly to Air Weather Service in January 1981 and to the 4th Weather Wing in January 1984, until it was inactivated 30 September 1991.

The 2nd WS's Detachment 11 became the 45th Weather Squadron, at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida in November, 1991.[1]

When the Air Force Weather Agency was restructured in 2007, the 2nd Weather Squadron was activated on 28 March and assigned to the 2nd Weather Group.

Awards[edit]

Service Streamer, American Theater, World War II, 7 Dec 1941-2 Mar 1946

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, 1 July 1980-30 June 1982

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