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  • Dedicated crew chief maintains Hurricane Hunters

    Tech. Sgt. Victoria Kinman is a 403rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief and works on the WC-130J Super Hercules aircraft at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. As of March 20, 2020, Kinman is one of three 403rd Wing female dedicated crew chiefs who have their names displayed on the aircraft. She

  • Hurricane Hunters train over Gulf of Mexico

    Tech. Sgt. Larry Banks, 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron loadmaster, prepares to drop a simulated buoy from a WC-130J Super Hercules aircraft March 19, 2020, off the Gulf Coast of Mexico. The Hurricane Hunters train all year to maintain readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Larry Banks)

  • Hurricane Hunters fly Winter Storm

    The United States Air Force Reserve 403rd Wing’s 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, also known as the Hurricane Hunters, flew their first Winter Storm of the season Feb. 26. A WC-130J Super Hercules aircraft departed Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. midday to fly the Western Atlantic Flight Track,

  • 53rd WRS reflect on 2019 Hurricane season

    Andrea, Barry, Dorian, Fernand, Humberto, Jerry, Karen, Lorena, Nestor and Olga. At first glance one may think this is a list popular baby names for the year, but in fact they’re the names of nine storms the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron flew into during this year’s hurricane season. The 2019

  • Hurricane Hunters finish flying Dorian

    Over the last two weeks the Air Force Reserve’s 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, aka Hurricane Hunters, have flown 25 missions in support of Hurricane Dorian.

  • Flying Tropical Storm Dorian

    Three WC-130J’s and one C-130J Super Hercules aircraft from the 403rd Wing departed Keesler Air Force Base Monday for Curaçao to provide weather reconnaissance support for Tropical Storm Dorian.

  • Hurricane Hunters takeoff for investigative mission

    The Air Force Reserve’s 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, aka Hurricane Hunters, took off today to fly an investigative mission out of Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico. The low level investigative mission is when the WC-130J Super Hercules aircrew flies between 500 and

  • Accountability through technology

    The Air Force Personnel Accountability and Assessment System, aka AFPAAS, is a notification system designed to inform Airmen and their families who are directly affected by major emergencies, such as hurricanes, fires, floods, earthquakes and evacuations due to these natural disasters or crisis