Air Force Weather Agency is a field operating agency reporting to the Headquarters Air Force Director of Weather, Deputy Chief of Staff Air and Space Operations. It was formed October 15, 1997, and has its headquarters at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.
The mission of Air Force Weather Agency is maximizing America’s air, space, cyberspace and land power by enabling decision makers to exploit relevant environmental information across the full spectrum of warfare.
The 1st Weather Group, with Headquarters at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., includes four operational weather squadrons responsible for providing around-the-clock analyses, forecasts, warnings, and aircrew mission briefings to Air Force, Army, Guard and Reserve forces operating at 350 installations throughout the continental United States. Each OWS has a specified geographical area of responsibility: 9th OWS, located at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., is responsible for the southeastern United States; 15th OWS, located at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., is responsible for the northern and northeast United States; 25th OWS, located at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., is responsible for the western United States; and 26th OWS, located at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., is responsible for the southern United States. These squadrons also provide initial qualification and upgrade training for new apprentice forecasters and weather officers.