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The 17th Operational Weather Squadron has been recognized as the best in the Air Force for 2006.

The squadron, out of Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, beat out the seven other operational weather squadrons worldwide, according to an Air Force press release.

Responsible for more than 110 million square miles and 43 countries, the 17th OWS has the largest area of responsibility of any weather squadron in the Air Force, unit commander Lt. Col. Stephen Romolo was quoted in the release.

“We get it all here,” he said. “From the yellow wind events in Korea to the sea fog in Japan, to the tropical cyclones that occur throughout our AOR — even tsunami warnings, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes.”

Some of the accomplishments the squadron was cited for included completing a merger with the 20th OWS, formerly of Yokota Air Base, Japan, ahead of schedule and under budget and providing weather support to aid mission planners in the evacuation of Wake Island during Super Typhoon Ioke.

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