Special Operations Weather Teams ( SOWT )
Special Operations Weather Teams (SOWT) are composed of specially selected, and trained airborne quilified Combat Weather (CW) personnel who are tasked with providing specilized weather support to US special operation forces (SOF).
There are currently three Air National Guard (ANG) CW units tasked with providing SOWTs to SOF units. The 107th Combat Weather Flight (CWF) located near Detroit, MI supports the Army National Guard's (ARNG) 20th Special Forces Group. The 146th CWF, which is located in Pittsburgh, PA supports the US Army Reserve's (USAR) 2nd Psyop Group; the ANG's 193rd Special Operations Group (SOG), and the Air Force Reserve's (AFRES) 919th Special Operations Wing (SOW). The Dallas, TX located 181st CWF is tasked with providing weather support to the ARNG's 19th Special Forces Group.
The SOWT selection process differs from that of other Special Tactics units (Combat Control/ Pararescue), because SOWTs have no SCUBA requirement. SOWT personnel are eligible to attend the Combat Diver course, as well as many other courses, such as: Airborne, SERE , Military Freefall-( HALO HAHO , Ranger, Pathfinder, Air Assault, Long Range Surveillance Leader Course (LRSLC), Jumpmaster, and Freefall Jumpmaster. SOWT personnel are also eligible attend language training, and all of the USAF Special Operations School courses.