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Our first stop today was the former Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, Illinois. Chanute AFB was closed in the early 1990s.
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|My unit was OLA 16, Detachment 16,|
5th Weather Wing, Military Airlift Command,
United States Air Force
This Air Force Base was home to a number of training schools, including those for Weather, Weather Equipment Maintenance, Aircraft Mechanics, and Aircraft Avionics Maintenance. I was very disappointed to find little or no reference left to the Weather or Weather Equipment training. I'm inserting an image of my own AWS patch! All Weather personnel supporting the Air Force and Army were trained at this base from the late 1940s until the base closed in 1993. I am referring to a very large number of persons, many who went on to post-military careers with the National Weather Service and NOAA, including the Severe Storms Forecast Center for tornado and hurricane tracking and forecasting. Every Air Force Base and Army Air Field in the world have had a significant number of Air Force Weather Service personnel whose duties include conducting flight weather briefings.
I was unable to locate the barracks where I lived during my training here!