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  • Hurricane Hunters wrap up 2021 season; brace for winter ops

    After a historically busy Atlantic hurricane season in 2020, the Air Force Reserve’s 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron Hurricane Hunters at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., were gifted a relative reprieve, though still an above average hurricane season this year.Today marked the end of the Atlantic

  • Hurricane Hunters fly Hurricane Sam

    The Air Force Reserve’s 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, better known as the Hurricane Hunters, flew their first mission into Hurricane Sam out of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, Sept. 27.First recognized as Tropical Depression 18 Sept. 22, the National Hurricane Center began monitoring the

  • Hurricane season picks up; Hurricane Hunters up to taskings

    As the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season nears its peak period for activity, the Air Force Reserve’s 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron Hurricane Hunters at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., have seen a surge in operations with Tropical Storm Fred and Hurricane Grace.The squadron began flying what was

  • 403rd Wing members announced as major selects

    Col. Stuart M. Rubio, 403rd Wing commander at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., released the names of the 11 Reserve Citizen Airman from the wing who were selected to pin on the rank of major, July 26.Congratulations to the following major selects: Mandatory Board SelectsJulie Fantaske, 403rd

  • Little Rock Reserve maintainers assist Keesler with WC-130J repair

    Maintaining aircraft for 10 WC-130J Super Hercules is no easy task, especially when that job is to repair an aircraft after a destructive fire.On Nov. 1, 2020, a 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron crew was preparing to take off to fly Hurricane Eta when the aircraft’s left wing caught fire. None

  • Hurricane Hunters head to Homestead ARB, fly TS Elsa

    Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunters, from the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, took off today from Keesler Air Force Base on their way to Homestead Air Reserve Base in southern Florida prepositioning for an Atlantic storm mission. The Hurricane Hunters are scheduled to begin flying Tropical

  • Scholarship honors lost crew of Swan 38, assists wing members

    The Hurricane Hunter Association is awarding two $2,000 Swan 38 Memorial Scholarships for the 2021 fall semester, and the deadline to apply is Aug. 1.Each year, the association, a private group of former and current Hurricane Hunters, Typhoon Chasers, Storm Trackers and related weather

  • Hurricane Hunters prepared for hurricane season takeoff

    The 403rd Wing’s 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron based out of Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, is the only Department of Defense organization that flies weather reconnaissance missions.The Hurricane Hunters’--as they are more commonly referred to—mission, as it relates to tropical

  • 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