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Squadron History


The 3d Weather Sq has a long and storied history pre dating the Air Force itself.  The Third Weather Squadron was constituted on 24 June 1937; it was then activated at Barksdale Field, Louisiana, and assigned to the Office of the Chief of the Army Air Corps on 1 July 1937.  It was one of three original squadrons organized when the weather function was transferred from the Army Signal Corps to the Army Air Corps.

The Third Weather Squadron then moved to Duncan Field (now Kelly AFB), Texas, on 1 March 1941. It was assigned to the Directorate of Weather, Army Air Forces on 9 March 1942 and redesignated as the 3d Weather Squadron, Regional, on 16 June 1942. On 13 April 1943, the squadron was assigned to the Flight Control Command and to the Weather Wing, Flight Control Command (later Army Air Forces Weather Wing) on 19 May 1943.  The unit was re-designated the 3d Weather Squadron on 1 November 1943.

On 7 September 1944, the 3d Weather Squadron was disbanded and replaced by the 70th Army Air Forces Base Unit (3d Weather Region). The 3d Weather Squadron was later reconstituted on 10 August 1951. It was assigned to the 2d Weather Group on 20 April 1952, relocated to Shaw AFB, South Carolina, and assigned to the 5th Weather Wing on 1 January 1975. It was then inactivated in September 1991. On 1 July 1994, the squadron was again activated at Fort Hood Army Installation, Texas, and assigned to the 3d Air Support Operations Group in support of the Army's III Corps.

In July 2008 the 3d Weather Sq again received a unit realignment driven by the re-designation of weather forces supporting Army operations as Battlefield Airman; the Air Force Program Action Directive that created the Battlefield Airman also designated 3d Weather Squadron as one of two US based force pools providing weather support to the US Army. 

Today the 3d Weather Squadron continues a proud history of providing combat weather support to the US Army.  The modern day stated mission of 3d Weather Sq is “Deliver superior weather capability when called to support any worldwide land or air component tasking.” The vision of the Squadron is “The leader in training and equipping today’s Battlefield Airmen for tomorrow’s challenges.”  The mission and vision are directly tied to our function of providing direct weather support to III Corps, 1st Cavalry Division, 1st Armor Division, 1st Infantry Division, 4th Infantry Division and their respective Brigades 19 in all.  Another integral piece of our mission is training Battlefield weather forces to deploy in support of combat operations, since the buildup of forces for Operation Iraqi Freedom 3d Weather Squadron has had a constant presence in Iraq, providing mission critical weather intelligence for Commanders to enable effective operations, 3d Weather Squadron Battlefield weather forecasters provided key weather data that supported the 4th Infantry Division’s planning and execution of Operation RED DAWN the operation that ultimately led to the capture of Saddam Hussein in December 2003. 

Another unique aspect of the 3d Weather Squadron is our patch.  The unit officially adopted Cupid from Walt Disney's Fantasia as their emblem in June 1943.  Cupid, jotting down the weather forecast while sitting on a cloud between the sun and rain is wearing a "Sherlock Holmes" hat, symbolizing the unit's mission of weather investigation and prediction. This emblem was designed by the Walt Disney Company and was licensed to the U.S. Government on 15 April 1943 for the sum of one dollar, and it remains today as it was originally designed. 

 

Squadron Emblem


The unit officially adopted Cupid from Walt Disney's Fantasia as their emblem in June 1943.  Cupid, jotting down the weather forecast while sitting on a cloud between the sun and rain is wearing a "Sherlock Holmes" hat, symbolizing the unit's mission of weather investigation and prediction. This emblem was designed by the Walt Disney Company and was licensed to the U.S. Government on 15 April 1943 for the sum of one dollar.

Cupid license from Walt Disney Productions.

 

 

This page last updated on February 25, 2009