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Weather forecasts protect Air  Force, AmericansWeather forecasts protect Air  Force, Americans
Weather forecasts protect Air Force, Americans

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Capt. John McMillen from the Air Force Weather Agency at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., and Maj. Kimberly Pacheco, 601st Air Operations Center weather team chief, monitor the track of Hurricane Ike as they prepare for a briefing at the AOC here Sept. 11. Weather forecasters with America’s AOC continue to work around the clock as the hurricane plows across the Gulf of Mexico toward Texas. Captain McMillen is one of dozens of active duty members, Guardsmen and Reservists temporary assigned to the AOC and Air Forces Northern in support of hurricane relief operations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Brian S. Orban)
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Posted: 9/12/2008

Eglin's 46th Weather Squadron reacts to severe stormsEglin's 46th Weather Squadron reacts to severe storms
Eglin's 46th Weather Squadron reacts to severe storms

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Tech. Sgt. Andrew Kowal, 46th Combat Weather Flight NCOIC, monitors Doppler radar Sept. 2, just one day after the community here experienced seven tornados because of the base's proximity to Hurricane Gustav. The forecasters were assisted by personnel in the air traffic control tower and weather observers near the flightline to track the tornados and sound warnings in advance of the severe weather. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. LuCelia Ball)
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Posted: 9/2/2008

Forecasters afloat support multinational training exercise Forecasters afloat support multinational training exercise
Forecasters afloat support multinational training exercise

Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Timothy Manning demonstrates how to manipulate satellite pictures on the SMQ-11 satellite receiver to Tech. Sgt. Philip Mohr, weather forecaster. A joint Navy and Air Force weather team worked together at sea aboard the USS Bataan in support of JTFEX 08-4, a multinational exercise that included Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen. (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Nicholas J. Sabula)
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Posted: 7/31/2008

Forecasters afloat support multinational training exercise Forecasters afloat support multinational training exercise
Forecasters afloat support multinational training exercise

Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Timothy Manning demonstrates the SPA-25 surface radar repeater to Capt. Steve Maile, Combined Joint Task Force 950 meteorological and oceanographic officer July 27. A joint Navy and Air Force weather team worked together at sea aboard the USS Bataan in support of JTFEX 08-4, a multinational exercise that included Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen. (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Nicholas J. Sabula)
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Posted: 7/31/2008

Peacekeeping mission continues for Airmen in KosovoPeacekeeping mission continues for Airmen in Kosovo
Peacekeeping mission continues for Airmen in Kosovo

Tech. Sgt. Scott Williams works with sensory equipment on top of a weather tower Feb. 29 at Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo. Sergeant Williams, a combat weatherman, and three Air National Guardsmen provide 24/7 weather forecasting to rotary-winged aircrews and 1,400 Soldiers deployed to Camp Bondsteel. (U.S. Army photo/Spc. Tara Moseman)
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Posted: 5/7/2008

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American Forces Network Weather Center Upgrades

Staff Sgt. Annette Prato, a broadcast weather technician at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., uses their new WSI system to create visuals for their Pacific weather forecast. According to the Rancho Cordova, Calif., native the final product will include detailed graphics, precipitation and an audio voice over.
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Posted: 8/17/2007

Coders revise weather softwareCoders revise weather software
Coders revise weather software

Front to back: Senior Airman Ben Smeland, a software applications technician with the Air Force Weather Agency's 2nd System Operations Squadron at Offutt AFB, Neb., and Senior Airman Russell Pyle, also a software applications technician, work on streamlining code for the Gridded Analysis and Display System used by troops world wide. Photo by G. A. Volb.
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Posted: 7/25/2007

Hurricane HunterHurricane Hunter
Hurricane Hunter

Second Lt. Doug Gautrau, 26th Operational Weather Squadron, stands in front of an infared satellite image of Hurricane Katrina in the briefing room of the 26th OWS.
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Posted: 2/26/2007

15th OWS Performers15th OWS Performers
15th OWS Performers

Mr. Norman Watts, a 15th Operational Weather Squadron network/system administrator, checks the squadron’s server performance. The squadron uploads more than 120,000 files (10 Gbytes) daily. Photo by Mr. Marv Lynchard.
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Posted: 2/26/2007

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15th OWS Performers

Weather Forecaster, Senior Airman Bobbi Quast, 15th Operational Weather Squadron, forecasts the weather with her fellow forecasters on the operations floor. Photo by Mr. Marv Lynchard.
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Posted: 2/26/2007

Foreign VisitorsForeign Visitors
Foreign Visitors

2nd Lt. Holly Stirtz demonstrates several web-based weather data sources for Maj. Muhammad Rehan Ashraf.
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Posted: 2/26/2007

Weather and Comm TeamworkWeather and Comm Teamwork
Weather and Comm Teamwork

Mr. Jeff Gould explains the Mission Execution Forecast verification program at Ft. Benning, Ga. Photos by Maj. David Runge.
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Posted: 2/26/2007

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Staff Sgt. Jay Sablan,

Staff Sgt. Jay Sablan, Air Force Weather Agency Communications Directorate, Network Systems Administrator, replaces a failed hard drive on the Air Force Weather Agency server.
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Posted: 11/2/2006

Weather agency helps commanders with mission decisionsWeather agency helps commanders with mission decisions
Weather agency helps commanders with mission decisions

Senior Airman Brandon Proctor compares previous forecasts against actual weather recordings to quality-check formulas used to make the forecasts. He is a weather broadcast technician with the Air Force Weather Agency at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Shad Eidson)
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Posted: 9/29/2006

Weather agency helps commanders with mission decisionsWeather agency helps commanders with mission decisions
Weather agency helps commanders with mission decisions

Senior Airman Rachael McDowell reads weather forecasts as part of a two-minute weather spot for Air Force News Service overseas. Airman McDowell is a weather broadcast technician with the Air Force Weather Agency at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Shad Eidson)
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Posted: 9/29/2006

Lajes Field prepares for Hurricane GordonLajes Field prepares for Hurricane Gordon
Lajes Field prepares for Hurricane Gordon

Cabo-Adjunto Andreia Palma of AB4 prepares a weather forecast in advance of Hurricane Gordon, expected to hit Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal, early Sept. 20. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Tabitha Kuykendall)
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Posted: 9/19/2006

Air Force, Navy weather forecasters form one frontAir Force, Navy weather forecasters form one front
Air Force, Navy weather forecasters form one front

Aerographers Mate 2nd Class Evelyn Michael prepares weather briefs for aircrews throughout Europe from Sembach Air Base, Germany, Aug. 30. Petty Office Michael is one of the new Navy weather forecasters at Sembach's 20th Operational Weather Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. John Lasky)
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Posted: 9/1/2006

Air Force, Navy weather forecasters form one frontAir Force, Navy weather forecasters form one front
Air Force, Navy weather forecasters form one front

Senior Airman John Gleese and Aerographers Mate 2nd Class Evelyn Michael review weather updates at Sembach Air Base, Germany, Aug. 30. The two are weather forecasters with Sembach's 20th Operational Weather Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. John Lasky)
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Posted: 9/1/2006

Air Force, Navy weather forecasters form one frontAir Force, Navy weather forecasters form one front
Air Force, Navy weather forecasters form one front

The 20th Operational Weather Squadron forecasters at Sembach Air Base, Germany, forecast weather for Europe and its surrounding bodies of water. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. John Lasky)
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Posted: 9/1/2006

Air Force, Navy weather forecasters form one frontAir Force, Navy weather forecasters form one front
Air Force, Navy weather forecasters form one front

Airman 1st Class Andrew Fanning (left) and Staff Sgt. Heinz Disch forecast weather for the North Atlantic region from Sembach Air Base, Germany, Aug. 30. Sergeant Disch and Airman Fanning are weather forecasters with Sembach's 20th Operational Weather Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. John Lasky)
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Posted: 9/1/2006

Homestead reservists prepare for ErnestoHomestead reservists prepare for Ernesto
Homestead reservists prepare for Ernesto

Ron Smith checks on the conditions of Tropical Storm Ernesto Aug. 29. The storm is expected to make landfall late this evening, while the base will see heavy thunderstorms and lightning by mid-afternoon. Reservists of the 482nd Fighter Wing have been preparing for the storm for several days. Mr. Smith is chief of weather operations at Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla. (U.S. Air Force photo/Dan Galindo)
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Posted: 8/29/2006

Changes in weather agency structure improve efficiencyChanges in weather agency structure improve efficiency
Changes in weather agency structure improve efficiency

Senior Airman Javier Acosta works in the flight weather briefing cell at the 25th Operational Weather Squadron at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. The weather cell distributes various weather briefings to pilots and mission planners. (U.S. Air Force photo/Miles Brown)
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Posted: 8/1/2006

Air Force provides Army's weather supportAir Force provides Army's weather support
Air Force provides Army's weather support

Tech. Sgt. Gina Faulds prepares to measure the line of visibility during field training at Wiesbaden Army Airfield, Germany, June 21. Sergeant Faulds, of Chino, Calif., is a battle weather forecaster and the NCO in charge of the 7th Weather Squadron's Detachment 6. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. John E. Lasky)
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Posted: 7/5/2006

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Air Force provides Army's weather support

Tech. Sgt. Jessica Boyle gathers weather data during field training June 21 at Wiesbaden Army Airfield, Germany. A native of Swanzey, N.H., Sergeant Boyle is a combat weather forecaster with Wiesbaden's 7th Weather Squadron, Detachment 6 in southwest Germany. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. John E. Lasky)
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Posted: 7/5/2006

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Air Force provides Army's weather support

Staff Sgt. Craig Gaillardet attaches the lightning detector to the weather station at Wiesbaden Army Airfield, Germany, June 21. Sergeant Gaillardet, a Pecos, Texas, native, is a combat weather forecaster with the 7th Weather Squadron headquartered in Heidelberg, Germany. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. John E. Lasky)
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Posted: 7/5/2006

Hurricane responseHurricane response
Hurricane response

Weather forecaster Staff Sgt. Mitchell Westlund takes part in a hurricane response exercise hurricane at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., on Wednesday, May 17, 2006. The 46th Weather Squadron troop said indications are this will be an above average season for storms and that it would be a mistake to take hurricane preparations lightly. With the season right around the corner, from June through November, Eglin held a three-day exercise May 15 through May 17, called "Hurricane Lisette," to prepare for the next big storm. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Timothy P. Barela)
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Posted: 5/17/2006

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Weather squadrons complete merger

Staff Sgt. Brian Bridges and Tech. Sgt. Gary Lam discuss thunderstorms around Kadena Air Base, Japan, on the operations floor Tuesday, April 18, 2006, at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. Sergeants Bridges and Lam are weather forecasters with the 17th Operational Weather Squadron, which provides Pacific Air Forces with tailored operational forecasts. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo)
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Posted: 4/21/2006

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Weather squadrons complete merger

Master Sgt. Charles Hoffman looks over weather imagery of Korea and Japan on the operations floor Tuesday, April 18, 2006, at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. Sergeant Hoffman is a flight chief with the 17th Operational Weather Squadron, which provides Pacific Air Forces with tailored operational forecasts. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo)
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Posted: 4/21/2006

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Weather squadrons complete merger

Master Sgt. Charles Hoffman and Senior Airman Christopher Eklund collaborate and discuss weather forecasts for Korea and Japan on the operations floor Tuesday, April 18, 2006, at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. Sergeant Hoffman and Airman Eklund are with the 17th Operational Weather Squadron, which provides Pacific Air Forces with tailored operational forecasts. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo)
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Posted: 4/21/2006

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Weather squadrons complete merger

Airman 1st Class Lindsay Jewell watches the weather over Japan on the operations floor Tuesday, April 18, 2006, at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. Airman Lindsay is a weather forecast apprentice with the 17th Operational Weather Squadron, which provides Pacific Air Forces with tailored operational forecasts. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo)
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Posted: 4/21/2006

Weather squadron keeps eyes on the skyWeather squadron keeps eyes on the sky
Weather squadron keeps eyes on the sky

Airman Eric Reichwaldt observes weather data to help predict situations that might affect the Air Force mission. Computers show information about weather patterns for a more accurate weather forecast. He is a regional forecaster apprentice with the 26th Operational Weather Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Stephen Otero)
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Posted: 3/6/2006

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Women weather down stereotypes

First Lt. Alexia Forbes and Senior Airman Jackie Miller train with fellow combat weatherman at the 18th Air Support Operations Group at Pope Air Force Base, N.C. (U.S. Air Force photo/Dave Davenport)
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Posted: 3/3/2006

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Operational Readiness Exercise

Staff Sgt. Ralph Nehring and Capt. Steve Maile, 16th Operations Support Squadron, set up the Davis Tactical Weather Obeserving Station at an exercise Wednesday. The exercise is in preparation for the upcoming Operational Readiness Inspection.
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Posted: 3/3/2006

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Washington weatherman

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- Retired Master Sgt. Dave Law, broadcast weatherman, KHQ6, Spokane, Wash., uses leading edge technologies to bring weather forecasts into the homes of Americans Jan. 6. During his 23 years of service he forecasted the weather for pilots. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nathan Gallahan)
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Posted: 1/13/2006

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Front line forecast

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. (AFPN) -- Staff Sgt. Jody Ball releases a weather balloon during a special operations' weather team exercise near the base. Sergeant Ball is a weatherman with the 10th Combat Weather Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Chief Master Sgt. Gary Emery)
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Posted: 12/9/2005

Special operations weatherSpecial operations weather
Special operations weather

Staff Sgt. Jody Ball, 10th Combat Weather Squadron, inflates a weather balloon during an exercise held near Hurlburt Field, Fla. The balloon is used to determine wind direction and velocity.
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Posted: 11/10/2005

Special operations weatherSpecial operations weather
Special operations weather

Staff Sgt. Jody Ball, 10th Combat Weather Squadron, scans the surrounding area for threats while Tech Sgt. Rick Rohde, 10th CWS, collects weather data during a training exercise held near Hurlburt Field, Fla.
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Posted: 11/10/2005

Weather warriorsWeather warriors
Weather warriors

Capt. Don Garrett, 10th Combat Weather Squadron, leads a special operations weather team during training near Hurlburt Field, Fla. Special operations meteorologists provide weather information to operators from thoughout the U.S. Special Operations Command.
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Posted: 11/10/2005

Weather updateWeather update
Weather update

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- Tech. Sgt. Damion Madison sets up a tactical meteorological observation system during training at the flightline here. The system is a collection of weather sensors connected to a computer and Iridium data modem that measure cloud base, surface pressure, temperatures, dew points, wind speed and density altitude. It provides near-real-time mission-critical weather date to war planners and decision makers. The sergeant is a member of the 374th Operations Support Squadron combat weather team here. (U.S. Air Force photo by: Master Sgt. Val Gempis)
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Posted: 10/24/2005

Weather updateWeather update
Weather update

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- Staff Sgt. Daniel Hayes set up a tactical meteorological observation system during training at the flightline here. The system is a collection of weather sensors connected to a computer and Iridium data modem that measure cloud base, surface pressure, temperatures, dew points, wind speed and density altitude. It provides near-real-time mission-critical weather date to war planners and decision makers. The sergeant is a member of the 374th Operations Support Squadron combat weather team here. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Val Gempis)
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Posted: 10/24/2005

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Weather update

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- Tech. Sgt. Damion Madison (right) and Staff Sgt. Daniel Hayes inspect a tactical meteorological observation system during training at the flightline here. The system is a collection of weather sensors connected to a computer and Iridium data modem that measure cloud base, surface pressure, temperatures, dew points, wind speed and density altitude. It provides near-real-time mission-critical weather date to war planners and decision makers. Both Airmen are members of the 374th Operations Support Squadron combat weather team here. (U.S. Air Force photo by: Master Sgt. Val Gempis)
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Posted: 10/24/2005

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Rescue squad brings experience to Cooperative Key

PLOVDIV, Bulgaria -- Senior Airman Kristopher Abel uses a wind indicator to gauge the weather for a landing site for two other pararescuemen. He is one of about 50 56th Rescue Squadron Airmen from Naval Air Station Keflavik, Iceland, who are here for exercise Cooperative Key 05. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Chance Babin)
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Posted: 9/1/2005

Deployed weather observers report more than the obviousDeployed weather observers report more than the obvious
Deployed weather observers report more than the obvious

SOUTHWEST ASIA -- Senior Airman Michael Ragsdale demonstrates a portable backup method of obtaining weather readings. Since weather is vital in flying operations, the weather observers let people know that it is more than just hot, humid and dusty. Airman Ragsdale is a weather observer with the 380th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron at a forward-deployed location and is from MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Elijah Roberts)
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Posted: 6/8/2005

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Combat weather team forecasts mission success

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan -- Senior Airman Laci Wood collects weather data from a weather observation system while Tech. Sgt. Carlton Hatfield readjusts the system's transmitter. It is one of several methods the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing's combat weather team here uses to gather detailed weather updates hourly for pilots and Combined Joint Task Force 76 operations planners. Airman Wood is deployed from Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and Sergeant Hatfield is from Shaw AFB, S.C. (U.S. photo by Staff Sgt. Jennifer Lindsey)
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Posted: 1/7/2005

Hanging onHanging on
Hanging on

AVON PARK, Fla. -- Tech. Sgt. Charles Rushing pulls himself along a rope during the Dragon Challenge 04 obstacle course event here Dec. 5. Dragon Challenge is an annual competition which tests the physical, mental, and emotional strength, and endurance of tactical air control party Airmen. Sergeant Rushing is assigned to the 18th Weather Squadron at Pope Air Force Base, N.C. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Quinton T. Burris)
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Posted: 12/10/2004

Don't give up now Don't give up now
Don't give up now

AVON PARK, Fla. -- Staff Sgt. Charles Rushing pulls himself across a rope obstacle during Dragon Challenge 04 here Dec. 5. Dragon Challenge is an annual competition where airmen compete for top honor in physical strength, endurance, mental and emotional challenges. Sergeant Rushing is assigned to the 18th Weather Squadron at Pope Air Force Base, N.C. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lapedra P. Tolson)
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Posted: 12/10/2004

How cold is it?How cold is it?
How cold is it?

MCCHORD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- Staff Sgt. Duane Robinson takes an outside weather observation using a weather sensor that judges temperature, wind speed, and moisture here recently. Sergeant Robinson is a weather forecaster assigned to the 62nd Operation Support Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kevin J. Tosh Jr.)
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Posted: 11/16/2004

Rocket scienceRocket science
Rocket science

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --Capts. Paul Lucyk (left) and Breea Lemm perform simulated duties while preparing for upcoming missile or rocket launches here. Both captains are assigned to the 30th Weather Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Matthew Reed)
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Posted: 7/30/2004

    

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