Hurricane Hunters fly research missions into atmospheric rivers

Hurricane Hunters fly research missions into atmospheric riversKEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. (AFNS)

The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, “Hurricane Hunters,” spent Feb. 11-24 flying through “atmospheric rivers” in the Pacific Ocean stretching from Hawaii to U.S. West Coast in efforts to improve storm predictions.

The squadron teamed up with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Weather Service, Scripps Institution of Oceanography California, and Oregon and Washington emergency management offices for the research mission aimed at improving forecaster’s ability to predict where these atmospheric river storms will make landfall.

Atmospheric rivers, a corridor of concentrated moisture in the atmosphere, can lead to flooding, mudslides and damaging winds, and El Nino events contribute to warmer ocean waters which fuel these rivers with moisture. The organizations are taking advantage of one of the strongest El Nino seasons in the past 60 years to view the evolution of storms.

“We are tasked to fly during these specific events within the El Nino period in certain areas over the Pacific Ocean to collect information such as water vapor and temperature. This will allow meteorologists to forecast the amount of rain that is going hit California,” said Lt. Col. Jonathan Talbot, a 53rd WRS senior meteorologist.

Two Air Force Reserve WC-130J Super Hercules completed three missions with both crews flying 2,300 mile treks simultaneously within the atmospheric rivers. For two missions one crew flew out of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, and the other crew from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. The last mission required a crew to fly a mission from Travis Air Force Base, California.

To collect weather data, crews release a dropsonde, which is a parachute-borne cylindrical device that gathers weather data not available through satellite imagery. The dropsondes collect air temperature, relative humidity, barometric pressure, and wind speed and direction as it drops toward the surface of the water.

An aircraft typically releases about 10-20 dropsondes; however, for these missions crews dropped anywhere from 40-60 dropsondes per flight across the width of the atmospheric river, said 1st Lt. Leesa Froelich, a 53rd WRS aerial weather reconnaissance officer. This data was sent real-time by satellite to the National Center for Environmental Prediction to create a multidimensional view of the rivers.

“This mission represents a new chapter in West Coast weather prediction by bringing capabilities of the Air Force’s weather reconnaissance squadron and their impressive C-130J aircraft to beat on the challenges of West Coast atmospheric river landfall predictions,” said Marty Ralph, the Center for Western Weather director and Water Extremes University of California San Diego/Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Knowing the amount of rain California will receive during one of these events is vital, Ralph said.

The last El Nino event in the 1990s produced more rain than the California reservoir infrastructure could handle. To alleviate strain on the reservoirs, the water managers opened the dams and let the water out. The big problem occurred when the rains stopped and too much water was let out and then it didn’t rain again for years, he said.

The data collected from the Hurricane Hunter’s missions will allow scientists to determine how much water needs to be drained, Ralph said.

“Better forecasts of landfalling atmospheric rivers can help with precipitation and river predictions in ways that support water managers in California,” said Jay Jasperse, the Sonoma County Water Agency chief engineer, which oversees operations for a key reservoir that helps supply water to 600,000 people.

“The missions were an absolute 100 percent success,” Talbot said. “All sorties flew and collected in the areas needed, helped to paint the full picture for forecasts.”

Naturalist awarded in support of institution eminence

Naturalist awarded in support of institution eminenceIntersection Fundamental principle Naturalist, Md. (AFNS)

Desk of Collection Tree Hauler proclaimed July 6 that Union Pedestal Naturalist is sole of quintuplet recipients of the Generalissimo’s One-year Bestow on Investiture Greatness.

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Carter talks budget, readiness with Nellis community

Carter talks budget, readiness with Nellis communityNELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. (AFNS)

Defense Secretary Ash Carter visited Nellis Air Force Base Feb. 4, during the last leg of his defense budget installation visits.

After meeting with service members at the California-based Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake and Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Carter spoke to Nellis Airmen to preview the fiscal year 2017 defense budget and discuss its impact on the Air Force.

“The key is readiness; that’s the key to the Air Force today and tomorrow, and it happens here,” Carter said. “What I’m asking the Air Force to do … is maintain a very high level of readiness, and that you get from Nellis.

“This is the only test range where you can bring it all together not only all the kinds of aircraft you see on the ramps out there, but the satellites you don’t see and the cyber (activity) you don’t see. In today’s world, all of that is brought together only here at Nellis, so it’s an enormously important installation. That is reflected in our budget, where we’re adding $1 billion more for training of this kind over the next five years. That’s going to support no fewer than 34 major exercises.”

The defense secretary spoke about attaining a lasting defeat of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, while also ensuring the department is ready for potential conflict with higher-end adversaries and more technologically advanced threats in the future.

Carter said the men and women of the Air Force like the ones he visited earlier in the day at the 66th Rescue Squadron and 823rd Maintenance Squadron will be the keys to the direction the Defense Department plans to take the service in the future.

“We are adding funds to the Air Force budget to grow manpower in the maintenance area because we need more maintainers, given the high-operations tempo, to keep our aircraft ready,” Carter said. “We’re doing all this at the same time that we are modernizing the Air Force, so you’ll see in the future new aircraft here on the ramp.

“You’ll see, shortly, the KC-46 (Pegasus) and one day maybe you’ll see but maybe we won’t show a new bomber, and there’s other things you also won’t see because we like to have some surprises for potential adversaries,” he continued.

On his way to depart the base, Carter noticed a C-5 Galaxy where Airmen were coming off the aircraft, returning from deployment. So, he took a 20-minute detour to personally welcome home every returning Airman.

“It’s indicative that at his last moment on the ramp, when he realized there were Airmen returning, he delayed his departure and said let’s go meet those Airmen. Those Airmen had no idea, they just flew back from their (area of responsibility), climbed off the plane, and here’s the secretary of defense welcoming them back,” said Maj. Gen. Jay Silveria, the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center commander. “As he said, he supports us 1,000 percent.”

208 on July enlisted additional sanction catalogue

208 on July enlisted additional sanction catalogueJuncture Principle SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS)

The Airforce special 208 enlisted Airmen in the service of aiding via the supplementary support system, Airforce Human resources Midpoint officials proclaimed July 10.

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General: Airpower key to ISIL fight; strikes to continue

General: Airpower key to ISIL fight; strikes to continueFORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (AFNS) The head of Operation Inherent Resolve’s air campaign said Feb. 18 the “most precise air campaign in history” has severely hurt terrorist plans across Iraq and Syria, with more airstrikes to come.

“There is no doubt coalition airpower has and continues to dramatically degrade Daesh’s ability to fight and conduct operations,” Lt. Gen. Charles Brown Jr., commander of U.S. Air Forces Central Command, said of the terrorist group also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Ongoing missions by the 19-nation air coalition is exploiting ISIL’s weaknesses, as its leaders and fighters flee in large numbers due to effective airpower, said Brown, who serves as the operation’s combined forces air component commander.

“As the coalition has garnered a greater understanding of the enemy, our airpower efforts have evolved and it’s clear airpower is a vital element to this fight,” Brown said from Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar.

Persistent ops

There are no plans for the air campaign to be impacted by a possible ceasefire to let nongovernmental agencies deliver food and medicine to starving civilians in besieged Syrian towns.

“It doesn’t stop operations against Daesh or ISIL,” Brown said of the relief effort. “The areas where most of the humanitarian aid is going are areas where we don’t operate.”

The general also denied coalition involvement in the Feb. 15 bombing of four hospitals and a school in northern Syria that left dozens of people dead.

“There are only two people flying in that area the Russians and the Syrians,” Brown said of the non-coalition forces. “I can guarantee you that it wasn’t the coalition.”

Accurate strikes

Brown also touted successful airstrikes against ISIL-controlled oil facilities and monetary centers, saying that they’ve crippled their financial resources. This has resulted in ISIL cutting funds to its fighters and combat operations.

During strikes Feb. 13, Air Force and Navy aircraft wiped out five financial targets in a few minutes in downtown Mosul, Iraq, using precision-guided bombs, he said.

“I think it surprised Daesh because we were able to do very precise weaponeering in order to strike them and also minimize civilian casualties,” he said.

Coalition aircraft, he said, have performed almost 120 airstrikes on bulk cash sites, gas and oil separation plants, and crude oil collection points to date.

Eight coalition nations recently dropped about 80 precision-guided bombs at the heart of terrorist command and control, logistics and sanctuary areas in Al Qaim, Iraq, and Abu Kamal, Syria, during another set of strikes, according to the general.

“The objective of the coalition airstrikes was to restrict Daesh movement throughout the Euphrates River Valley,” he said.

Airpower has been instrumental in ground operations, particularly in Ramadi, a former stronghold for the extremists.

“The recent success of Iraqi Security Forces in clearing Ramadi comes after months of supporting ground forces with close air support,” he said.

Brown credited airstrikes with helping take back the city of Sinjar in northern Iraq, as well as Hasakah and the Tishreen Dam in Syria.

“We are making progress,” he said. “We will continue delivering airpower to destroy and eventually defeat Daesh.”

Airmen appropriation pass supply maneuver with Sovereign Inhabitant AF

Airmen appropriation pass supply maneuver with Sovereign Inhabitant AFGrand Indweller Airforce Fundamental principle Naturalist, Country (AFNS)

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SecAF, CSAF testify on FY 2017 AF posture

SecAF, CSAF testify on FY 2017 AF postureWASHINGTON (AFNS)

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III testified before the Senate Appropriations Committee on the fiscal year 2017 Air Force posture on Capitol Hill Feb. 10.

Both James and Welsh stressed that the need for airpower continues to rise and the gap between the U.S. Air Force and its closest pursuers is closing.

“Bottom line here is that … we are fully engaged in every region of the world, in every mission area, across the full spectrum of military operations,” James said. “Put simply: we have never been busier on such a sustained and such a global basis.”

The Fiscal Year 2017 Air Force Posture Statement states the president’s fiscal 2017 budget aims to build, train and equip an Air Force capable of responding to today’s and tomorrow’s threats.

“The United States can’t fight, much less win, today’s wars without airpower,” Welsh said. “That’s just the way modern warfare has moved. The demand signal for that airpower continues to rise. While we work hard to continually become more efficient, which we must, and to minimize the cost of effectively operating our Air Force, if less capability or less capacity or less readiness eventually means we lose even one more young American on the battlefield, we’ll all wish we’d made better investments.”

In her opening statement, James outlined her three priorities: taking care of people, balancing readiness and modernization, and making every dollar count, which are the foundation of the president’s fiscal 2017 budget.

“Airmen and their families are the Air Force’s most important resource and our budget reflects this truth,” James said.

The Air Force stopped downsizing and started right-sizing total force end strength to address a number of key areas to include cyber, nuclear, maintenance, intelligence, battlefield Airmen, and the remotely piloted aircraft community.

James stated her second priority is getting the balance right between readiness and modernization.

“As we have explained in the past, less than half of our combat air forces are ready today for a high-end fight,” James said. “Our aircraft inventory is the oldest it’s ever been, and our adversaries are closing the technological gap on us quickly so we simply must modernize.”

In 2013, sequestration put a strain on the Air Force, forcing the service to park jets, delay upgrades and halt training, which created a gap in readiness.

“For the last two years we have been trying to rebuild that readiness but of course our Airmen have needed to respond to real-world events across the globe,” James said. “If we return to sequestration in (fiscal 2018), this will exacerbate the readiness problem and set us ever further back. If this happens, our Airmen could be forced to enter a future conflict with insufficient preparation.”

In order to equip the force, the Air Force has invested in the F-35 Lightning II, KC-46 Pegasus and the long-range strike bomber, but modernization doesn’t stop there.

“The platforms and systems that made us great over the last 50 years will not make us great over the next 50,” Welsh said. “There are many other systems we need to either upgrade or recapitalize to ensure viability against current and emerging threats. Without additional funding, the only way to do that is to divest old capability to build the new. That requires very difficult, emotional decisions decisions that simply must be made if we are truly to provide for the common defense.”

According to the Fiscal Year 2017 Air Force Posture Statement, as the challengers of the Air Force employ increasingly sophisticated, capable and lethal systems, the Air Force must modernize to deter, deny and decisively defeat any actor that threatens the homeland and its national interests.

“Twenty-five years of combat operations have dramatically impacted our total force readiness, significantly aged our equipment and has shown the brilliance of our Airmen and the loyalty of their families,” Welsh said. “The world is changing, the threat is changing and our Air Force must change with it if we’re to remain relevant. Today, American airpower is a given and I believe it’s our job, collectively, to ensure this nation’s ability to deliver that airpower, when and where it matters most, does not diminish over time.”

The posture reflects the third priority, which is the Air Force’s commitment to preserving taxpayer dollars with a number of initiatives that include streamlined energy usage and cost saving ideas directly from our Airmen.