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  • Hurricane Hunters get upgraded

    The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron “Hurricane Hunters” aerial reconnaissance weather officer and loadmaster/dropsonde operator stations are being upgraded with hardware and software to increase their weather collecting capabilities.“The (Meteorology Equipment Technician) shop is in the middle

  • Hurricane Hunters wrap up atmospheric river season

    Three WC-130J Super Hercules aircraft from the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron “Hurricane Hunters” returned from the West Coast to Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., March 25, 2021. The 403rd Wing’s Hurricane Hunters wrapped up the atmospheric river season in partnership with National Oceanic and

  • Women around the Wing: Staff Sgt. Emily Anderson

    Women are always making history within the 403rd Wing on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi.Whether it is in a military or federal civil service capacity, the Reserve Citizen Airmen from the ‘Wing of Choice,’ bring their unique capabilities to perform, execute and maintain the mission.In

  • Hurricane Hunters hunt first winter storm of the season

    Hurricane season might be over, but that does not mean the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron “Hurricane Hunters” are through providing pertinent weather reconnaissance services to those potentially impacted by severe weather. As of Nov. 1, the winter storm season began, and the 53rd took off for

  • First official ARWO winging ceremony

    The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron held its first official winging ceremony for their newest aircrew qualified Aerial Reconnaissance Weather Officers Dec. 6, 2020 at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi.A winging ceremony is a tradition in the armed forces, where, after completing and passing

  • 403rd Wing aircraft return to base

    A WC-130J Super Hercules from the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron taxis through the fresh water rinse, aka bird bath, Oct. 30, 2020 at Keesler Air Force, Mississippi. Aircraft from the 403rd Wing returned from Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, after the fourth evacuation of the year. (U.S. Air

  • Hurricane Hunter sets unit record for eyewall penetrations

    In the Air Force, the number 341 typically elicits an unpleasant memory. Like that time someone in your group of three marching at basic military training forgot to put their cover on, so you all were vehemently reprimanded by a military training instructor and had your 341 pulled.Or that time you

  • NOAA, NHC visit 53rd WRS Hurricane Hunters

    From the outside looking in, hurricane forecasts seem fairly simplistic. On any given local weather station, they show either a spaghetti model or a more conical shaped model predicting a storm’s path and intensity. There might be a high or low pressure system animated into the graphic as well

  • 403rd Wing hosts Employer Appreciation Day

    Reserve Citizen Airmen usually wear multiple hats when it comes balancing a military and a civilian career.When an Airman has to leave their civilian career to serve their country, their employers may not fully understand why or what mission their employee is supporting.To answer some of these

  • Reserve Citizen Airmen hunt hurricanes

    This specialized unit of Reserve Citizen Airmen is made up of a five-person crew consisting of a pilot, co-pilot, navigator, aerial reconnaissance weather officer, and loadmaster who is also the dropsonde operator.