Air Force Weather Archives
The Past Will Guide The Future!
AWS History Office Expands
by Lil Wilbur
Air Weather Service
Chief of History
Did you know your Air Weather Service History Office
was re-established at Scott AFB, Ill, in 1995?
Since then it has been relocated numerous times, finally
settling in an area occupied in the past by the 7th Weather Wing.
The office has been undergoing a metamorphosis over the past 18
month and the final stage culminated with a ribbon-cutting
ceremony and reception Dec. 3, 1996.
Do these pictures look familiar? How many of us have not
had changes in their place of work over the last few years?
Patti Warner and I have been working hard to bring the history
office into a pro-active role at AWS. Through long hours and
hard work we are well on our way. These pictures depict our
move, the files installation, and the moving and unpacking of
over 185 boxes filled with historical archives and files!
Today, the AWS History Office is more user-friendly with
rolling files similar to those seen at the Air Weather Service
Technical Library at the Air Force Combat Climatology Center.
Visitors to our facility now have a place to sit and look through
past history files. Individuals needing a place to sit and study are
welcome, as are people working on official research projects.
Now that we're in our permanent location, please remember we
accept any donated artifacts or archival materials, such as
photos, slides, and/or weather equipment. We are pleased to
expand our archives now that we have the room! Keep our office
in mind when spring cleaning comes around.
General Dwight D. Eisenhower once said, "Neither a wise nor
a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the
train of the future to run over him..." We, in the History
Office, agree with that.
Did You Know is brought to you by your friendly Air Weather
Service History Office. For more information, contact Lil Wilbur
by E-mail at "firstname.lastname@example.org" or call (618) 256-5654,
etc. 258; or DSN 576-5654, etc. 258.
Other historical and archival sources:
Air Force Historical Research Agency (AFHRA/RSA)
600 Chennault Circle, Maxwell AFB AL 36112-6424
phone (334) 953-5834
(AFHRA shares Bldg. 1495 with the Air University Library)
AFHRA has published an informative pamphlet:
"Air Force Historical Research Agency, Information for
For information on specific individuals:
National Personnel Records Center
Air Force Reference Branch
9700 Page Blvd.
St Louis MO 93132
The National Archives also has certain information.
The Air Force Museum has a collection of shoulder patches of the
various numbered Air Forces, as well as a number of insignias of
Army Air Corps and Air Force weather units. These, especially
the latter, would make an interesting online exhibit.
18th WS Built Weather Station
Exhibit at AF Museum
AF Weather Exhibit at AF Museum
Tower Replica WWII Control Tower Air Force Museum