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Most important weather forecast ever made
Seventy-five years ago, Allied forces began the task of opening the second front in Europe when they landed on the beaches of Normandy, France on June 6, 1944. Weather was a key factor in deciding when and where the invasion would take place. There were competing priorities when selecting the desired conditions for the invasion. “You have to think of all the many varied platforms that would be used to launch the offensive, each one needed certain conditions,” said Kent Sieg, 557th Weather Wing historian. “Bombers needed clear sight to targets. Tides had to be low to expose obstacles, but could not be too low or troops would have too long a distance to get to shore.” Selecting a date that would be the best compromise for these requirements was the challenge. The time determined to be most favorable for an offensive was a full moon. Had Stagg and his team delayed the invasion until the next full moon, June 19, Allied forces would have faced one of the largest storms in the English Channel in almost 80 years and D-Day may have very well failed.
Annual Appreciation Picnic offers morale boost to Team Offutt
The annual Offutt Advisory Council’s Appreciation Day Picnic is scheduled for June 7, 2019, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Since the flood has damaged much of Offutt AFB and its facilities, including the base lake area, the picnic will be held at an alternate location. For safety and security reasons, the location is being withheld from public announcements, but Team Offutt members can get the information from their leadership.
Empowering tomorrow’s Leaders for the future
The third annual Empowering Tomorrow’s Leaders conference was recently held at the Salvation Army Kroc Center in Omaha Nebraska.
2019 Defenders of Freedom Air & Space Show Cancelled
The 2019 Defenders of Freedom Open House and Air Show has been cancelled. While the 55th Wing and our partner units are fully mission-capable, the recent flooding event affecting much of Nebraska has made hosting this year’s annual event untenable.
Team Offutt battling flood waters
Like large portions of Nebraska, Offutt personnel are battling flood waters which started to creep onto the installation March 15. An increase in water levels upstream due to a record-setting snowfall this winter, in addition to a huge drop in air pressure earlier in the week, has overwhelmed the southeastern side of the base with water from the Missouri River and Papio Creek.
2nd WXG Innovations: 14th WS releases new climate go kit
This is the first of a series highlighting innovations by the 557th Weather Wing’s 2nd Weather Group. After only six months of in-house development, the 2nd WXG’s 14th Weather Squadron in Asheville, North Carolina, introduced their Climate Go-Kit, a new tool for weather forecasters to prepare for operations in Contested, Degraded or Operationally-limited, known as CDO, environments. The go-kit’s development aligns with three Air Force priorities: to drive innovation, restore readiness and cost-effectively modernize. “Go-kits provide climate information about a country directly to the warfighter,” said Master Sgt. Kenneth Elwood, 14th WS systems flight chief. “Users can use the information to help familiarize themselves with the country’s climate; answer planning and general climate type questions; and develop forecasts, to name just a few.” The 14th WS is the Air Force’s only climate operations unit, co-located with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Centers for Environmental Information. The 14th WS collects, protects and exploits authoritative climate data to optimize military and intelligence operations and planning worldwide.
Offutt Field House expanding to 24 hour operations
Access to the Offutt Field House, the largest fitness facility in the Department of Defense, expands to 24 hours a day starting March 1.
Intensive Out Patient Care Program Implemented at Offutt AFB
There is a new Intensive Out Patient Care Program with in Ehrling Bergquist Clinic at Offutt Air Force Base. IOPs presently exist at a handful of bases throughout the Air Force. Due to the success of these programs, the mental health clinic saw it as a tremendous opportunity to provide Offutt with additional mental health services.
African American History event features Omaha influencers
The Offutt Diversity Team hosted an African American History Event Feb. 12 at the Warhawk Community Center in correlation with Black History Month. The event, designed to celebrate accomplishments, pride and diversity, featured guest speakers Dr. Cheryl Logan, Omaha Public School District superintendent, and Daisy Sudderth, 2019 Miss Omaha
How many presidents have been to Offutt?
Presidents Day, celebrated the third Monday of February, was originally established in 1885 in recognition of our first president, George Washington, born Feb. 22, 1732. Eventually it was moved as part of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act in 1971, which made it a combined a celebration of all presidents. However, the only presidents born in the month
557th WW joins 55th WG for Winter Havoc
The 557th Weather Wing joined the 55th Wing, Offutt Air Force Base’s host wing, for the Operational Readiness Exercise Winter Havoc. Twenty-one Airmen from the 2nd Systems Operations Squadron, 2nd Weather Squadron and 16th Weather Squadron joined approximately 600 other Offutt AFB Airmen for the late January exercise, marking the first time the wing has partnered with the 55th WG for a mass readiness exercise since the 557th WW’s creation in 2015. “The 557 WW demonstrated its capability to deliver ready weather and cyber forces in support of multi-domain operations against any adversary across the entire spectrum of conflict,” said Lt Col. Kenneth Roberts, 2nd Weather Support Squadron commander and 557th WW Crisis Action Team representative for the exercise. This first phase of the exercise focused on pre-deployment preparations, getting Airmen ready to deploy and moving cargo. Phase two will continue in the spring.
Know your drone-zone
Commercial, off-the-shelf remotely piloted aircraft, or drones, continue to be an item of interest for gift-giving during the holiday season. As a result, a policy has been established to ensure the public is aware of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Department of Defense (DoD) regulations regarding the safety and security of resources and
Community program offers “Home Away From Home”
A support program was launched in September 2018 by the SAC Foundation that will provide new opportunities for first-term Team Offutt service members to connect with families in the local community.
25th OWS celebrates 75th anniversary
Surrounded by historic aircraft in the main hangar of the Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona, the 25th Operational Weather Squadron celebrated its 75th anniversary Nov. 2, 2018. Originally known as the 25th Weather Squadron, the unit provided weather support to Army and Army Air Corps units operating and training throughout the Northeastern U.S. from an office building on New York’s Long Island.
2 WS shares Halloween down under
On Halloween, nearly 430 people from Exmouth – a town of about 2,000 located on Western Australia’s Northwest coast – visited a haunted house built by Airmen from 2nd Weather Squadron’s Detachment 1. The popularity of the detachment’s haunted house is underscored by the fact that Australia isn’t known for celebrating Halloween, however, its popularity has been on the rise in recent years.
Chief’s Mess dedicated to Navy Veteran
The Great Plains Chief Petty Officer Association dedicated their Chief’s Mess to the memory of U.S. Navy veteran and retired Chief Petty Officer John Sheeran during a ceremony at the 55th Operations Support Squadron Oct. 20, 2018.Sheeran served for more than 20 years in the Navy as an aviation machinist mate before retiring in 1960.“John not only
Changes released for Voter Assistance Program
The Secretary of the Air Force issued new guidance to Air Force Instruction 36-3107 in August implementing changes that re-align Installation Voting Assistance office responsibilities, update Air Force Personnel Center responsibilities, and clarify Unit Voting Assistance Officer responsibilities.
Patriot Club to transition to Community Center
The Patriot Club will be transitioning to a full Community Center Jan. 4, 2019, and as part of this conversion, dining room operations will cease November 4.Special functions and luncheons already booked will be held as scheduled through the end of 2018, but no new reservations will be made until the Community Center opens.“The new Community Center
Cyber Airmen “fuel” innovation
Cyber Airmen assigned to the 557th Weather Wing recently teamed together with the Defense Innovation Unit program making changes to how airborne tankers are scheduled. The changes are the direct result of a March 8, 2018, memo from Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command, where he stated, “bringing the future faster requires both expanding our culture of innovation and balancing prudent risk acceptance with agile reaction.” That is the goal of the Defense Innovation Unit where members of the military partner with companies that specialize in fields such as artificial intelligence and information technology, to find new solutions to complex problems.
557th WW Airmen find innovative cyber solutions
Innovation is more important than ever. The 2018 National Defense Strategy has called for rapid innovation and to “deliver performance at the speed of relevance.” 557th Weather Wing Airmen have a history of finding ways to innovate, working smarter to save money and deliver new capabilities and their efforts are benefiting the Air Force Weather community and the Air Force at large.