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Deployed weather forecaster provides important data
SOUTHWEST ASIA -- Staff Sgt. Joshua Hartline shows off his work center and weather maps of the local area. Sergeant Hartline is a weather forecaster from Scott Air Force Base’s 375th Operations Support Squadron, deployed with the 380th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron Weather Flight. (Courtesy Photo)
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Deployed weather forecaster provides important data

Posted 3/30/2011   Updated 3/30/2011 Email story   Print story


by Senior Airman Andrew Davis
375th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs

3/30/2011 - SOUTHWEST ASIA -- The weather can have a profound effect on everything and everyone.

Staff Sgt. Joshua Hartline, a weather forecaster from Scott Air Force Base's 375th Operations Support Squadron, deployed with the 380th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron, helps keep the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing, informed of the weather and the mission rolling.

"At the 380th EOSS Weather Flight we provide mission execution forecast data to intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance, refueling and fighter aircraft," said Sergeant Hartline. "We issue watches, warnings, and advisories for resource protection of aircraft and personnel to enhance safety throughout the wing. We also provide weather updates to airborne aircraft to enhance mission effectiveness."

Almost two months into his first deployment, Sergeant Hartline is enjoying the challenge of a more diverse range of aircraft to support.

"The main difference between the 380th AEW and 375th AMW is the supported airframes" said the sergeant. "With a broad range of aircraft at the 380th AEW, comes a broad range of weather sensitivities and it forces you to learn each aircraft's specific sensitivities to be able to fully support the wing's mission."

Holding down the home front is his wife, Staff Sgt. Apryll Hartline, a member of the 618th Air and Space Operations Center (TACC).

"The biggest challenge has been leaving my wife and 2-year-old son Nathan," said Sergeant Hartline. "My wife who is also in the Air Force and has been tackling being a full time student, an active member in her unit and picking up the slack around our household since I deployed here, has done a great job and I'm very proud of her and look forward to seeing her and our son in a few months."

One of his favorite moments since he's been deployed was his reenlistment ceremony a month ago.

"My favorite moment since I've been here is when my old roommate from technical school was able to reenlist me," he said. "In 2005 he was Airman 1st Class Michael Dean now he is 1st Lt. Dean, an Air Battle Manager from the 960th Expeditionary Airborne Air Control Squadron here."

Recently featured in his base's daily bulletin, the ADAB Daily, Sergeant Hartline is showcasing the efforts and unrivaled support and services of Team Scott members to his deployed wing.

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