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					                             DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE
                                DET 1, 548TH COMBAT TRAINING SQUADRON
                                         FORT POLK AIN, LOUISIANA




                                                                           6 June 2007
MEMORANDUM FOR XXXX

FROM: Det 1, 548 CTS/CC
      7078 Pennsylvania Loop, Bldg 4210
      Fort Polk LA 71459

SUBJECT: Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) Weather Letter of Instruction (LOI)

1. Purpose. This LOI establishes procedures and responsibilities for environmental support to
   the JRTC and its participants during rotations.

2. Concept of Operations.

   a. The JRTC Area of Operations (AO) is divided into four sub-AO's: Self AAF AO, Peason
      Ridge AO, Fullerton AO, and Alexandria AO.

   b. Forecasts

       -   The 26th OWS will issue a Joint Operations Area Forecast (JOAF) twice a day at 10Z
           and 22Z. The 26th OWS will METCON with the rotational weather team(s) prior to
           issuing the JOAF.

       -   The Battlefield Weather Element (BWE) is responsible for issuing Mission Execution
           Forecasts (MEFs) for their local AO. The BWE will METCON with the 26th OWS
           prior to issuing a MEF to ensure horizontal consistency.

   c. Watches/Warnings/Advisories

       -   A list of all JRTC weather watches, warnings, and advisories is attached to the end of
           this LOI.

       -   The Fort Polk weather station and the 26th OWS will issue watches, warnings, and
           advisories for all JRTC AOs. The BWE will also issue any customer unique weather
           watches, warnings or advisories that are not covered by JRTC criteria. The BWE will
           notify the 26th OWS and Fort Polk weather station if any of these watches, warnings
           or advisories is issued. The BWE will issue lightning warnings for the airfield their
           deployed location(s).

       Due to the real-time weather data collection capabilities of the 26th OWS and Fort
       Polk weather station, and for safety reasons, any watches, warnings, and advisories
       issued by the Fort Polk weather station and the 26th OWS will override/supersede
       any and all watches, warnings, and advisories issued by the BWE, if the BWE
       watch, warning, or advisory is deemed the less safe of the two products. A watch,
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       warning, or advisory will not be lifted until the conditions are no longer occurring
       or expected to exist.

   d. Aircraft Accident Investigations

       -   For real world AAI coordination between the Fort Polk weather station (commercial #
           337-531-4100) and the rotational weather team is paramount.

       -   For any Aircraft Mishap, to include rotational and JRTC local aviation, an
           observation from the field location is required.


3. Responsibilities

   a. The JRTC WX O/C will:

       -   Schedule/provide Exercise Rules Of Engagement (EXROE) brief within 2 days of
           BWE arrival.

       -   Issue kill cards to the rotational weather team.

       -   Ensure EXROE is followed.

       -   Observe BWE under field conditions.

       -   Coach, teach and mentor BWE as required.

       -   Provide liaison between BWE and JRTC Army O/Cs, 26th OWS, Fort Polk weather
           station, and Army customers (as required).

       -   Provide After Action Review (AAR) inputs.

       -   Notify the Fort Polk weather station and 26th OWS of the BWE estimated arrival and
           departure date.

       -   Provide a written AAR to HQ ACC, FORSCOM and the BWE Chain of Command
           within 7 days of BWE departure.


   b. The 26th OWS will:

       - Issue and disseminate the JRTC JOAF bulletin twice daily.

       -   Issue weather watches, warnings, and advisories for the JRTC AO for the criteria
           listed in attachment 2.




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   -   Issue KPOE TAF

   -   Provide the BWE with METCONs prior to issuing the JOAF.

c. The Fort Polk Weather Station will:

   -   Provide local area or DD 175-1 pilot briefs to JRTC Flight Detachment and aviation
       assets assigned to JRTC (O/C aircraft).

d. The BWE will:

   -   Coordinate weather support with its customers, especially aviation units, before
       deploying to and redeploying from JRTC. This includes bringing enough forecasters
       to brief all aviation assets into the JRTC AOI from the Initial Staging Base (ISB),
       especially in the case of the aviation assets splitting up and deploying into the JRTC
       AOI at different times. The Fort Polk Weather Station will not be tasked to
       provide flight weather briefings to deployed aviation units. Player units that pre-
       deploy aircraft to JRTC for live fire exercises conducted in conjunction with their
       normal rotation will bring weather personnel to support the aircraft.

   -   Bring all required equipment, as determined by its Unit Tasking Code (UTC), for
       training purposes, in addition to any non-standard equipment (i.e. DTN, etc.). OPS
       check all equipment before deploying to JRTC. Obtain/acquire basic training on field
       skills before deploying to JRTC.

   -   Request KQ identifier(s) prior to deployment.

   -   Submit a SAR NLT 30 days prior to arrival to the 26th OWS.

   -   Provide weather support IAW existing regulations (including FORSCOM Regulation
       350-50-2, Appendix W, the regulation governing JRTC, the Army-Air Force MOA,
       dated 1998, FM 34-81, AFJI 15-157, and ACCI 15-150), the JRTC Weather support
       LOI, unit TSOPs and customer requirements.

   -   Upon arrival at Fort Polk contact the JRTC Senior Weather O/C at DSN 863-7872
       (COMM 337-531-7872; cell phone 337-350-0141) and the 26th OWS at DSN 781-
       3809 (COMM 318-456-3809).

   -   Attend the EXROE briefing.

   -   Establish and maintain voice communications with the 26th OWS via unit issued cell
       phone or an Iridium.

   -   Perform staff weather officer duties in the field as required.




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       -   Take, record and disseminate hourly observations under their obtained KQ identifier.

       -   Produce operational forecasts (i.e., MEFs).

       -   Issue lightning W/I 5NM warning for the airfield they are deployed to. Issue any
           watches, warnings and advisories that are customer unique that have requirements
           less than JRTC minimums.

       -   Issue all required weather products to the supported customer (IPB charts, weather
           effects matrix, NBC bulletins, CDM, etc).

       -   Attend weather AARs to discuss both the positive and negative aspects of weather
           support during the rotation.

       -   Provide the JRTC O/C with written AAR within 30 days of redeployment.

       -   Coordinate JOAF changes through JRTC WX O/C.

       -   Coordinate with the JRTC WX O/C for weather support when conducting STX/CPX
           training with its customers.

4. If you have any questions or need additional information, contact the JRTC Weather Staff at:
   DSN 863-7872 (COMM 337-531-7872).


                                                    ///////SIGNED///////
                                                    Commander, 548 CTS

Attachments:
1. JRTC Aircraft Minimums
2. Weather advisory, watch and warning criteria
3. JRTC ASOS Network Information




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                                                                                  Attachment 1

JRTC Aircraft Minimums

The following information is taken from the Aviation Procedures Guide (APG) issued by Joint
Readiness Training Center (JRTC) & Ft Polk.

VFR Weather minimums:
APG paragraph 1-15/page 1-8

Rotary Wing – Day time – ceiling 700 feet & visibility 1 mile
Rotary Wing – Night time (aided or unaided) – ceiling 700 feet & visibility 2 miles

Fixed Wing – Day or night time – ceiling 1000 feet & visibility 3 miles

ADVERSE Weather:
APG paragraph 1-18/page 1-11




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                                                                                    Attachment 2

                WEATHER WATCHES, WARNINGS AND ADVISORIES

1. Fort Polk/Polk AAF and JRTC Weather Watch Criteria and lead times

       a.   TORNADO                                        As potential warrants
       b.   SFC WINDS 50 KNOTS OR GREATER                  As potential warrants
       c.   SURFACE WINDS 35 – 49 KNOTS                    As potential warrants
       d.   HAIL ¾ INCH OR GREATER                         As potential warrants
       e.   HAIL GTE ½ INCH AND < ¾ INCH                   As potential warrants
       f.   FREEZING PRECIPITATION                         As potential warrants
       g.   LIGHTNING W/I 5NM                                     30 Min

** All watches are issued by the 26th OWS through the NTFS and will be relayed to the
rotational weather team by the pre-arranged telephone contact number.

2. Fort Polk/Polk AAF and JRTC Weather Warning Criteria:

       a.   TORNADO                                               15 MINUTES
       b.   SFC WINDS 50 KNOTS OR GREATER                         2 HOURS
       c.   SFC WINDS 35 – 49 KNOTS                               60 MINUTES
       d.   HAIL ¾ INCH OR GREATER                                2 HOURS
       e.   HAIL GTE ½ INCH BUT <3/4 INCH                         60 MINUTES
       f.   HEAVY RAIN/SNOW GTE 2 INCH IN 12 HOURS                60 MINUTES
       g.   FREEZING PRECIPITATION                                60 MINUTES
       h.   LIGHTNING W/I 5 NM (Ft. Polk Airfield)                AS OBSERVED

   **All forecasted warnings will be issued by the 26th OWS and all observed warnings will be
   issued by the BWS, and all will be relayed to the rotational weather team by the pre-arranged
   telephone contact number.

3. Fort Polk/Polk AAF and JRTC Weather Advisories:

       a. TERMINAL (POLK AAF)

       CRITERIA                                    ISSUED BY                       DLT
       LLWS                                        BWS                             OBSERVED
       HAIL <1/2 INCH                              BWS                             30 MINUTES
       WIND 25 - 34 KNOTS                          BWS                             OBSERVED
       Visibility <3 Statute Miles and/or          BWS                             OBSERVED
       Ceiling <1000 feet
       CEILING <700 FEET                           BWS                             OBSERVED
       Ceiling <500 feet                           BWS                             OBSERVED
       Visibility <2 Statute Miles                 BWS                             OBSERVED




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   Visibility <1 Statute Miles                  BWS                           OBSERVED
   TEMPERATURE < 25F/-4C                        BWS                           6 HOURS
   24 HOURS OR LONGER


   b. JRTC AOIs

   CRITERIA                                     ISSUED BY                     DLT
   LLWS                                         OWS                           OBSERVED
   HAIL <1/2 INCH                               OWS                           30 MINUTES
   WIND 25 - 34 KNOTS                           OWS                           OBSERVED
   Visibility <3 Statute Miles and/or           OWS                           OBSERVED
   Ceiling <1000 feet
   CEILING <700 FEET                            OWS                           OBSERVED
   Ceiling <500 feet                            OWS                           OBSERVED
   Visibility <2 Statute Miles                  OWS                           OBSERVED
   Visibility <1 Statute Miles                  OWS                           OBSERVED
   TEMPERATURE < 25F/-4C                        OWS                           6 HOURS
   24 HOURS OR LONGER


**All JRTC advisories will be issued by the OWS, and all will be relayed to the rotational
weather team by the pre-arranged telephone contact number.




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                                                            Attachment 3
                            JRTC ASOS Network Information



There are three ASOS’s in the JRTC AOI’s.

      1.    Peason Ridge
                           ICAO: KAQV
             Fld Elev: 374ft
             Latitude: xxN Longitude: xxW
             MGRS: xx
             Voice: (337) 531-8945 VHF: xxxxxx

      2.    Fullerton FLS
                           ICAO: KBKB
             Fld Elev: 296ft
             Latitude: xxN Longitude: xxW
             MGRS: xx
             Voice: (337) 531-8676 VHF: xxxxx

      3.    Self FLS
                           ICAO: KDNK
             Fld Elev: 370ft
             Latitude: xxN Longitude: xxW
             MGRS: xx
             Voice: (337) 531-5679 VHF: xxxxxx




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