Special operations weather

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Special operations weather is a United States Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) specialty. To qualify for the special operations mission, airmen must already be expert in meteorology. On qualification, they also receive the ground combat training to operate in hostile or denied territory. [1] Their parent unit, the 10th Combat Weather Squadron, is part of AFSOC, which is the air component of United States Special Operations Command. Special operations weather technicians may be attached to the special operations component of any Unified Combatant Command.

They gather and interpret weather data and provide intelligence from deployed locations while working with Air Force and Army special operations forces in a special reconnaissance role. This can involve weather information operated directly by the special operations weather technicians, or via unattended weather sensors; the latter may be manually emplaced or airdropped.

The technicians train both U.S. and foreign special operations in limited tactical weather collection. They can go beyond individual training into a developing host nation military weather services.


  1. Air Force Special Operations Command, Special Operations Weather