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25th Operational Weather Squadron


Brief History:

The Army Air Forces constituted the 25th Weather Squadron on October 28, 1943. The squadron activated at Patterson Field, Ohio, and was assigned to the Army Air Forces Weather Wing four days later.  The 25th moved to Lynbrook, Long Island, New York, on November 4, 1943, and was disbanded on September 7, 1944.  The U.S. Air Force reconstituted the 25th Weather Squadron on May 18, 1948, and activated it at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. The squadron was assigned to the 104th Weather Group, later the 2104th Air Weather Group on June 1, 1948. It was reassigned to the 2059th Air Weather Wing on October 24, 1950.  The 25th moved to Donaldson Air Force Base, South Carolina, on September 10, 1951. The squadron was assigned to the 2102nd Air Weather Group on September 16, 1951. The 25th was reassigned to the 2nd Weather Group on April 20, 1952.  In 1953 in addition to operating the Troop Carrier Weather Center at Donaldson Air Force Base, the 25th was designated to test and develop doctrine for the provision of weather service for airborne forces and determine the requirements of and procedures for providing their service in cold weather operations. To validate its cold weather concepts, the squadron participated in joint training activities such as Exercise SNOW STORM in upstate New York during the winter of 1953.  The 25th moved to Waco, Texas, and began its association with the Twelfth Air Force on September 18, 1957. In addition to providing meteorological services to Twelfth Air Force bases, the 25th supported U.S. Strike Command exercises, contingencies, and special missions. The squadron was assigned to the 5th Weather Wing when the wing was activated on October 8, 1965.  The 25th Weather Squadron moved to Bergstrom Air Force Base, Texas, on May 23, 1968, concurrent with the move of Headquarters, Twelfth Air Force from Waco to Bergstrom Air Force Base.  Air Weather Service inactivated the 25th Weather Squadron on June 30, 1972, as an Air Force budgetary reduction causing Air Weather Service to reduce squadron overhead. A Staff Weather Officer cell was established in its place to support Twelfth Air Force. This was short-lived as Air Weather Service again activated the squadron at Bergstrom Air Force Base and again assigned it to the 5th Weather Wing on January 1, 1975. In June 1975, Lt Col George E. Chapman, who was later promoted to brigadier general and served as commander of Air Weather Service from 1982 to 1988, took command of the 25th. In addition to numerous annual exercises, the 25th supported contingencies such as Operation JUST CAUSE in 1989.  The 25th was inactivated on September 30, 1991, as part of the divestiture of Air Weather Service. The squadron was redesignated the 25th Operational Weather Squadron on February 5, 1999, and activated at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, on April 1, 1999. It was assigned to the 612th Air Operations Group, renewing its association with Twelfth Air Force, which moved its headquarters to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in 1993.  The 25th Operational Weather Squadron is a unit of the 1st Weather Group under the 557th Weather Wing.



The mission of the 25th OWS is to provide weather support to military operations in the western United States as well as in U.S. Southern Command’s area of responsibility.  Additionally, the 25th OWS produces aviation hazard forecasts for flight levels above 18,000ft and surface weather analysis across the entire U.S. Northern Command area of responsibility. 


Vision Statement:

Science-based, decision-quality weather information for those we support in today’s fight…with an innovative mindset for tomorrow’s…by an organization and its Airmen that are integrated, balanced, and resilient



The 25th OWS is comprised of over 150 active duty and GS civilian personnel.



Current as of  November 2017