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1st Weather Group

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1st Weather Group
1st Weather Group Patch
Active1945–1948; 1952–1956; 1966–1972; 1992–1994; 2006–present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
RoleWeather Surveillance
Part ofAir Combat Command
Garrison/HQOffutt AFB, Nebraska

The 1st Weather Group (1 WXG) is a group of the United States Air Force. It oversees all six operational weather squadrons; the 15th OWS at Scott AFB, Ill.; the 17th OWS at Joint Base Pearl Harbor–Hickam, Hawaii; the 21st OWS at Kapaun Air Station, Germany; the 25th OWS at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.; the 26th OWS at Barksdale AFB, La.; and the 28th OWS at Shaw AFB, SC. The 1st WXG is a subordinate of the 557th Weather Wing.


"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."

Personnel and resources[edit]

The 1st Weather Group is part of the 557th Weather Wing's worldwide organizational force of more than 1,100 professionals. The 1st WXG manning consists of active duty, reserve, civilian and contract personnel and is headquartered on Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.


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

Subordinate units[edit]


The 1st Weather Group starts 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 Air Force Base, Illinois, was the first operational weather squadron to align under the newly formed 1st WXG during a ceremony 25 May 2006. The 26th Operational Weather Squadron was realigned at Barksdale Air Force Base on 22 June 2006. Next was the 25th Operational Weather Squadron at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base on 6 July 2006, and the last 2006 addition to the team was the 9th Operational Weather Squadron which was reactivated on 20 July 2006 at Shaw Air ForceBase. The 9th was subsequently inactivated on 31 May 2008. When the Air Force Weather Agency became the 557th Weather Wing in March 2015, three more OWSs aligned under the group: the 17th Operational Weather Squadron at Joint Base Pearl Harbor–Hickam; the 21st Operational Weather Squadron at Kapaun Air Station, Germany; and the 28th Operational Weather Squadron at Shaw AFB.


  • Constituted as the 1st Weather Group on 29 August 1945[note 1]
  • Activated on 20 September 1945
Inactivated on 31 May 1948
  • Activated on 8 July 1966
Inactivated on 30 June 1972
  • Activated on 15 June 1992
Inactivated on 1 July 1994
  • Activated on 3 May 2006



  • Manila, Philippines, 20 September 1945 – 31 May 1948
  • Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, 20 April 1952 – 8 October 1956[1]
  • Tan Son Nhut Airport (later Tan Son Nhut Air Base), 8 July 1966 – 30 June 1972
  • Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, 15 June 1992
  • Fort McPherson, Georgia, c. 1993 – 1 July 1996
  • Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, 3 May 2006 – present

See also[edit]


Explanatory notes
  1. ^ The unit is not related to the 1st Weather Group (Provisional) that was organized by Army Air Forces, Pacific Ocean Areas at Wheeler Field, Hawaii on 4 September 1944 and discontinued on 10 February 1945. Nor is it related to the 1st Weather Group that was designated by Military Air Transport Service on 19 May 1948, organized at Haneda Airport, Japan on 1 June 1948, redesignated 2100th Air Weather Group on 1 October 1948, and discontinued on 10 October 1949.
  1. ^ Mueller, p. 458


  • Mueller, Robert (1989). Air Force Bases, Vol. I, Active Air Force Bases Within the United States of America on 17 September 1982 (PDF). Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-912799-53-6. Retrieved 17 December 2016.

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