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  • BY ORDER OF THE COMMANDER

    RAF MILDENHALL (USAFE)

    RAF MILDENHALL INSTRUCTION 15-101

    13 JUNE 2014

    Weather

    WEATHER SUPPORT

    COMPLIANCE WITH THIS PUBLICATION IS MANDATORY

    ACCESSIBILITY: Publications and forms are available on the e-Publishing website at

    www.e-publishing.af.mil for downloading or ordering

    RELEASABILITY: There are no releasability restrictions on this publication.

    OPR: 100 OSS/OSW

    Supersedes: MILDENHALL15-101,

    2 March 2010

    Certified by: 100 OSS/CC

    (Lt Col Heather Baldwin)

    Pages: 28

    This instruction implements Air Force Policy Directive (AFPD) 15-1,Air Force Weather

    Operations; Air Force Instruction (AFI) 10-229, Responding to Severe Weather Events; AFI 15-

    114, Functional Resource and Weather Technical Performance Evaluation; AFI 15-128, Air

    Force Weather Roles and Responsibilities; Air Force Manual (AFMAN) 15-111, Surface

    Weather Observations; AFMAN 15-124, Meteorological Codes; AFMAN 15-129V1 , Air and

    Space Weather Operations Characterization and AFMAN15-128V2, Air and Space Weather

    Operations - Exploitation; and Federal Meteorological Handbook 1 (FCM-H1), Surface Weather

    Observations and Reports located at: http://www.ofcm.gov/fmh-1/fmh1.htm. It establishes the

    responsibilities and procedures for providing weather support and using weather services

    available for RAF Mildenhall. It applies to all Wing personnel. This publication may be

    supplemented at any level, but all supplements that directly implement this publication must be

    routed to 100 OG/CC for coordination prior to certification and approval. Approval authority for

    waiver of Tier 3 requirements with this supplement is 100 OG/CC. Submit requests for waivers

    through the chain of command to the appropriate Tier waiver approval authority, or alternately,

    to the Publication OPR for non-tiered compliance items. Refer recommended changes and

    questions about this publication to the Office of Primary Responsibility 100 OSS/OSW, using

    the AF Form 847, Recommendation for Change of Publication; route AF Forms 847 from the

    field through the appropriate functional chain of command. Ensure that all records created as a

    result of processes prescribed in this publication are maintained in accordance with (IAW) Air

    Certified Current on 14 December 2015

    http://www.e-publishing.af.mil/http://www.ofcm.gov/fmh-1/fmh1.htm

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    Force Manual (AFMAN) 33-363, Management of Records, and disposed of IAW Air Force

    Records Disposition Schedule (RDS) located in the Air Force Records Information Management

    System (AFRIMS).

    SUMMARY OF CHANGES

    This document has been substantially rewritten and must be reviewed in its entirety. Air Force

    Weather AFMANs, AFIs, RAF Mildenhall Weather Limitations Data Sheet and RAF Mildenhall

    Resource Protection Datasheet have been updated and revised requiring local documentation to

    be significantly updated.

    1. General Information ............................................................................................... 2

    2. 100 OSS/OSW Duty Positions ............................................................................... 3

    3. Airfield Services .................................................................................................... 4

    4. Operational Support ............................................................................................... 11

    5. Limitations to Weather Services ............................................................................ 17

    6. Reciprocal Support: ............................................................................................... 17

    Attachment 1GLOSSARY OF REFERENCES AND SUPPORTING INFORMATION 24

    Attachment 2DUTY PRIORITIES 27

    Attachment 3LOCAL WEATHER CONDITIONS 28

    1. General Information

    1.1. Introduction. The 100th Operations Support Squadron Weather Flight (100 OSS/OSW)

    provides and/or arranges for weather support to enhance the 100th Air Refueling Wings

    (100 ARW) missionProvide and Employ Global Air Refueling, Combat Support and

    Expeditionary Forces.

    1.1.1. This instruction establishes the responsibilities and procedures for areas of weather

    support that must be coordinated at local levels to meet mission needs. Basic weather

    concepts and procedures to supported units are outlined in Air Force (AF) and Major

    Command directives.

    1.1.2. This publication consolidates weather support requirements and procedures for

    peacetime operations. It does not cover weather support procedures for emergency war

    operations, other special operations or procedures. These are covered in applicable

    operations plans, regulations and locally developed procedures.

    1.1.3. This publication and the supporting RAF Mildenhall Resource Protection

    Datasheet and RAF Mildenhall Weather Limitations Datasheet will be updated as

    mission changes require.

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    1.1.3.1. The 351st Air Refueling Squadron (351 ARS), the 95th Reconnaissance

    Squadron (95 RS), and any aircraft temporarily attached to the 100 ARW are

    designated as primary customers.

    1.1.3.2. The 352d Special Operations Group (352 SOG), Open Skies Missions, Night

    Watch Missions, transient aircraft support and installation resource protection are

    designated as secondary customers.

    1.1.3.3. All host and tenant units on RAF Mildenhall are supported for the purpose of

    resource protection.

    1.2. Assumptions. RAF Mildenhall/USAFE communication networks will function and

    provide sufficient dataflow for the continuity of weather support.

    1.2.1. 100 OSS/OSW Mission. Provide or arrange for timely, accurate and relevant

    weather support to maximize Team Mildenhalls operational capabilities.

    1.3. Support. Weather support provided by 100 OSS/OSW is largely driven by the

    requirements of flying operations for, but not limited to, the 351 ARS, 95 RS and base

    agencies.

    1.4. Duty Priorities. 100 OSS/OSW duty priorities are listed in attachment 2.

    1.4.1. Release of Weather Information. Weather observations, forecasts, historical and

    climatologically data records will only be released to Department of Defense (DoD) agencies

    or contractors under contract to the United States Air Force (USAF).

    1.4.2. All other agencies and civilians will be referred to Public Affairs (100 ARW/PA)

    and/or the Base Freedom of Information Act Monitor (100 CS/SCOK) to obtain approval

    prior to the release of weather observation records.

    2. 100 OSS/OSW Duty Positions

    2.1. Combined Element (CE) section. Combines mission weather and airfield services into

    one duty position, the Combined Element Forecaster (CEF). The CEF:

    2.1.1. Supports the primary customers listed above and all RAF Mildenhall

    units/personnel for the purpose of resource protection.

    2.1.2. Is responsible for producing tailored flight weather products, primarily the Mission

    Weather Product (MWP), for local flying units. The primary method of briefing 351 ARS

    is video teleconference; other local units receive flight weather briefings in the weather

    station, over the telephone, by email or designated secure means.

    2.1.3. As mission requirements allow, provides weather briefing support to transient

    aircraft or coordinate transient support.

    2.1.4. Conducts MISSIONWATCH and coordinates with squadron planners and/or

    directly with aircrews whenever weather may affect ongoing missions and is responsible

    for requesting feedback from returning aircraft.

    2.1.5. Will supplement and/or back-up the Automated Meteorological Observation

    System (AMOS) IAW AFMAN 15-111.

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    2.1.6. Is responsible for weather collaboration with 21 OWS and 352 SOSS/A3W on-

    duty forecaster.

    2.2. 100 OSS/OSW Staff. The staff provides and/or arranges for operational weather

    products and services that support the 100 ARW staff, tenant units and transient units using

    100 ARW facilities.

    2.2.1. 100 OSS/OSW Flight Commander holds the position of command meteorologist

    and exploits knowledge of military meteorology and 100 ARW operations to make

    weather a force multiplier. He or she is responsible for managing 100 OSS/OSW and is

    the liaison to 100 ARW leadership.

    2.2.2. 100 OSS/OSW Flight Chief provides technical leadership. The Flight Chief adapts

    resources to mission requirements, manages the CEF section, weather services and

    equipment. He or she is responsible for all training activities and the technical health of

    the unit.

    3. Airfield Services

    3.1. 100 OSS/OSW provides dedicated weather services for RAF Mildenhall.

    3.1.1. Standard operating hours are Monday through Friday (excluding holidays and

    down days) from 0400L until the end of the duty day based on the local flying schedule.

    During weekends, holidays and down days, opening and closing times will be dictated by

    the local flying schedule. During standard operating hours 100 OSS/OSW can be

    contacted at DSN: 314-238-4502.

    3.1.2. Limited Duty. The weather station is manned to provide weather support services

    24-hours a day, 7 days a week and operates on a limited duty schedule with personnel

    on telephone