9th Operational Weather Squadron

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9th Operational Weather Squadron emblem
Active 2006- 31 May 2008
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Part of 1st Weather Group
Garrison/HQ Shaw AFB, SC
Mascot Hurricanes

The 9th Operational Weather Squadron (9 OWS), based out of Shaw AFB, SC, was the Squadron responsible for weather prediction in the Southeastern United States. It was split from the 28th Operational Weather Squadron in 2006. The 9 OWS inactivated on 31 May 2008 and merged with the 26th Operational Weather Squadron located on Barksdale AFB, Louisiana.


The 9th Operational Weather Squadron was responsible for producing and disseminating mission planning and execution weather analyses, forecasts, and briefings for Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines, Guard, Reserve, USSTRATCOM, and USNORTHCOM forces operating at 40 installations/sites in a 4 state region of the Southeastern United States.

The 9th weather squadron was responsible for base or post forecasting, developing weather products, briefing transient aircrews, and weather warnings for all of their geographical units. Using automatic observing systems located at all military installations and communicating with their combat weather flights, the squadron was able to 'watch' the weather in their entire area of responsibility from one central location.


20 July 2006, the 28th Operational Weather Squadron was split into the USCENTCOM which would stay the 28th Operational Weather Squadron, and the 9th Operational Weather Squadron which would continue the CONUS based operations. It was inactivated in 2008.

Personnel and resources[edit]

9th Operational Weather Squadron’s manning consisted of active duty, reserve, civilian and contract personnel and was located on Shaw Air Force Base, SC., under the 1st Weather Group, Offutt Air Force Base, NE.


Approved on 10 Apr 1959, the blue and black background colors indicate day and night and are symbolic of the around-the-clock mission of the unit. The three lightning flashes are symbolic of the commands the squadron supports. The cumulonimbus cloud is a weather symbol. It is commonly known as an "anvil top" cloud and this is again repeated in the iron anvil. The arm and the hammer indicate the drive of the unit. Taken together, the arm and hammer, the iron anvil, the cloud and the lightning symbolize the forcefulness of the squadron.


  • Constituted as the 9th Weather Squadron
Activated on 17 July 1942
Inactivated on 30 June 1972
Activated on 1 January 1975
Inactivated on 15 July 1992
  • Redesignated 9th Operational Weather Squadron
Activated on 20 Jul 2006
Inactivated on 24 June 2008



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