Board of Dir.
Serving the Present... Remembering the Past...
The Operators/Warfighters Choice for Air and Space Weather
Information on Demand for Global Engagement; Providing the Knowledge Needed
to Own the Weather. Our road toward this vision has been very productive,
but like any worthwhile endeavor, it has involved a lot of hard work from
many of you. We have called on many of you for your expertise and
innovative thinking. Your efforts paid real dividends when, in June,
we briefed the senior commanders of the Air Force on our proposed changes.
Thanks to your hard work, often with short suspenses, our detailed planning
efforts have met with solid success. Air Force senior leaders support
what we are doing to improve our functional area--as was demonstrated
by our AFW Strategic Plan being approved on 18 Aug 97 by AF/CV!
The Operations Directorate (XO) will oversee AFWA weather operations. I will manage the scheduling and production of highly accurate, worldwide, mission-tailored weather products 24-hours-a-day to meet the requirements of the National Command Authorities, DoD, Unified Commands, Joint Operations, the Air Force and the Army, and other SECAF-directed programs. It will assist AF/XOW and the MAJCOMs in establishing AFW observing and forecasting procedures and standards. AFWA/XO will also assist AF/XOW and the MAJCOMs by consolidating AFW operational requirements.
The Air and Space Sciences Directorate (DN) will be the focal point for developing improved methods, processes, and tools to help do the job; managing the training of our all of our weather people; and maintaining the quality of our worldwide weather support by exploiting applied meteorological/geophysical techniques and visualizations. AFWA/DN, working closely with the schoolhouse at Keesler AFB and MAJCOMs, will help standardize and centrally produce on-the-job-training (OJT) programs. It will also assist AF/XOW, AETC, and the other MAJCOMs in working and coordinating all AFW training issues. It will also direct operational air and space science activities to improve the weather support capabilities and operations based on the newest techniques, products, and visualizations.
The Communications and Computer Systems Directorate (SC) will be responsible for the critical communications and computer processing technology that makes AFW work. We will depend on this group to coordinate the communications and computer technology for AFW. They will be responsible for coordinating weather communications programs with Air Force, Army, Joint, DoD, and MAJCOM agencies. AFWA/SC will also be responsible for weather computer hardware operations and software development.
The Plans and Programs Directorate (XP) will look to the future as AFW moves forward. The mission for this directorate will be to assist AF/XOW and the MAJCOMs in planning and executing programs to acquire, field, and sustain capabilities for all of AFW. It will assist AF/XOW and the MAJCOMs in providing guidance on new systems and software by keeping the user's requirements in focus. Finally, through the long-range, strategic planning process, AFWA/XP will assist AF/XOW and the MAJCOMs in analyzing mission support shortfalls in order to ensure we are on target to meet our customers' future needs.
Each component of the new Air Force Weather Agency is necessary to assist the MAJCOMs and AF/XOW in providing critical weather information, training, systems, and future development as we take the next step towards being the operators' choice for weather information, allowing them to fully exploit the air and space environment.
As always, I invite your comments and suggestions
as we move forward. While we continue to work together to build
the best military weather capability in the world, forming the AFWA is
one of those very important steps to making this a reality. It's
time for us to continue to steadily move towards a new way of doing business
in AFW. It's time to stand-up the Air Force Weather Agency and on
15 October, we will do just that so our operators can OWN THE WEATHER!
In 1991 AWS changed significantly when much of the "Service" part of the organization was moved under direct supervision of the operational and/or airbase Wings and the MAJCOMs. At that time AWS really became what we now call Air Force Weather--the total support structure needed to provide the Air Force, Army, other DoD agencies the air and space weather and climatological support they require.
So, what's in a name? The
reality is that AWS is already an Air Force weather agency--since it supports
all of AF Weather as they conduct their daily air and space weather missions.
So the name, Air Force Weather Agency, is very descriptive of what today's
AWS has become--so why not change the name to be more reflective of the
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