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  • 53rd WRS flies first Pacific, Atlantic missions of the season

    The Air Force Reserve 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron’s 2022 hurricane season got off to a timely start as they flew their first fix missions of both the Pacific and Atlantic seasons this week.As a suspect area developed in the Eastern Pacific, just west of southern Mexico, the National

  • Hurricane Awareness Tour Returns

    Air Force Reserve 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron participated in the first Hurricane Awareness Tour since 2019. The HAT took place during National Hurricane Preparedness Week with the purpose of promoting hurricane preparedness and awareness before the 2022 hurricane season begins.

  • Preparing for the worst, training provides aircrew life-saving skills

    Flying 500 feet above the surface of the ocean hunting hurricanes and flying into these monster storms at 10,000 feet comes with some risks.Preparing aircrew members with the training and skills to survive if an aircraft goes down due to an emergency or other event is Survival, Evasion, Resistance

  • Deadline for Hurricane Hunter Association Scholarship application Aug. 1

    The Hurricane Hunter Association (HHA) is awarding two Swan 38 Memorial Scholarships for the 2022 fall semester, and the deadline to apply is Aug. 1.The first place winner will receive $2,000 and second place will receive $1,000 for their undergraduate or graduate education.“Each year, the

  • NHC, Hurricane Hunters CHAT preparedness in the Caribbean

    For the first time since 2019, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Hurricane Center and the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron “Hurricane Hunters” were able to team up for a Caribbean Hurricane Awareness Tour in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico April 20-21.“The

  • Reservist chased a dream; now chases hurricanes

    Nearly three decades after the fact, U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Amaryllis Cotto can still vividly remember Hurricane Andrew. The shrill screech of a woman screaming for her life outside.Windows breaking.Walls vibrating.Running across the street to seek shelter with neighbors as her own family’s house

  • 53rd WRS wrapping up Atmospheric River missions

    The Air Force Reserve’s 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron Hurricane Hunters from Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., are nearing the end of their 13-week stay out west at Mather Air Field, Calif., where they are stationed supporting the National Winter Season Operations Plan.The Hurricane Hunters are

  • Hurricane Hunters fly first missions of winter season

    The Air Force Reserve’s 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron “Hurricane Hunters” at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., flew a system from its time as a swath of water vapor moving over the Pacific Ocean to the wintry conditions it delivered across the United States, marking the unit’s first atmospheric