Scott Air Force Base News

Weather Operations provides critical support

The Weather Operations section of the 375th Operations Support Squadron on Scott Air Force Base plays a major role in all flight line activity.

“Weather Operations (services) are vital to any military mission,” said Senior Master Sgt. Jeremy Henderson, 375th OSS weather superintendent.

Weather operations are vital to any military mission. From the earliest days of warfare, commanders have understood the impacts that weather can have on their mission, and the ability to forecast conditions to take advantage of opportunities has proved pivotal to operations such as the D-Day invasion in Europe.

Senior Master Sgt. Jeremy Henderson, 375th OSS weather superintendent

“From the earliest days of warfare, commanders have understood the impacts that weather can have on their missions. The ability to forecast conditions to take advantage of opportunities has proved pivotal to operations such as the D-Day invasion in Europe.

“The environmental information we provide to multiple levels of commanders gives them the data they need to mitigate weather conditions and ensure the success of worldwide missions.”

The 375th OSS Weather Flight provides weather briefings to C-21, C-40, and KC-135 pilots in addition to airfield services such as hourly weather observations, weather warnings, and weather watches.

Master Sgt. Joshua Hartline, 375th OSS weather NCOIC, said “the flight has adjusted to provide around-the-clock services due to increases in flightline operations.”

Additionally, the weather flight provides event-specific forecasts, five-day outlooks, and staff briefings and advises the installation commander during severe inclement weather about base closures.

Weather Operations also provides agencies around the installation critical information to make decisions. For example, providing a long range winter outlook to the Mission Support Group allows their civil engineers to properly plan and schedule base construction projects around anticipated winter precipitation.

In January 2016, the weather flight assumed support of the Vice Chief of Staff’s C-21 airlift mission, providing weather briefings for all C-21 missions originating from the 458th Airlift Squadron at Scott AFB and the 457th Airlift Squadron at Andrews AFB, Md.

The increased operations have improved the opportunities for our weather operators to perfect their weather forecasting, observing, and briefing skills and improve their readiness to support missions worldwide.

Senior Master Sgt. Jeremy Henderson, 375th OSS weather superintendent

“The increased operations have improved the opportunities for our weather operators to perfect their weather forecasting, observing, and briefing skills and improve their readiness to support missions worldwide,” said Henderson.

Recently, the weather flight has stepped up to support a 403 percent increase in aviation related services through initiatives such as the creation of a drop zone and hot pit refueling.

The number of transient aircraft on Scott’s ramp has also increased.

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