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GREATER OMAHA CHAPTER CHAPTER - Apr 17, 2014
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Chapter Learns About Space Weather

On Apr 17, Maj. Jeff Gipson, USAF, director of operations, 2nd Weather Squadron, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, shared some time discussing space weather with the Greater Omaha Chapter. Maj. Gipson clarified that military operations have become reliant on data systems using elaborate depictions of weather to accomplish their mission. He talked about how the spots seen on the sun due to violet reactions can impact the world in a variety of ways. Maj. Gipson elaborated on different space weather impacts like direct radiation, geomagnetic storms, particle events and scintillation. He said scintillation affects ground-to-ground communications and operators require tactical patience to realize not all effects are being perpetrated by adversaries and are the direct effect of space weather. Maj. Gipson touched on geomagnetically induced currents like the Carrington Storm of 1859, where massive electromagnetic interference occurred, resulting in the melting of electric power lines. The major pointed out this event highlights the need to be properly prepared, using circuit breakers and anti-corrosive pipelines whenever feasible. In parting, Maj. Gipson talked about the benefit of using models to predict/project the effects of space weather.

Event Photographs:

Col. Eric Bjurstrom, USAF, (l), chapter president and commander, DISA Field Office at USSTRATCOM, Offutt Air Force Base, shakes hands with Maj. Jeff Gipson, USAF, director of operations, 2nd Weather Squadron, Offutt Air Force Base.  Maj. Gipson received a chapter coin at the April 17 luncheon for addressing the chapter.
Col. Eric Bjurstrom, USAF, (l), chapter president and commander, DISA Field Office at USSTRATCOM, Offutt Air Force Base, shakes hands with Maj. Jeff Gipson, USAF, director of operations, 2nd Weather Squadron, Offutt Air Force Base. Maj. Gipson received a chapter coin at the April 17 luncheon for addressing the chapter.
Pictured from left to right are some of the award recipients from the Omaha Metropolitan Science Fair held at the Henry Doorly Zoo on March 8: Daenen Jones (Omaha North High School, Omaha, Nebraska, ninth grade, Maintaining Life Supporting Temperatures During High Altitude Balloon Flights); Alivia Broadhead (Buffet Magnet Middle School, Omaha, eighth grade, The Acidic Charge); Tyler Rogert (Buffet Magnet Middle School, eighth grade, Fuel of the Future); Ella Bennett (St. Bernard Catholic School, Omaha, eighth grade, Does Font Affect Memory); Sebastian Hanus (Hanus Academy, Omaha, ninth grade, Small Business Server Mash-up); Cole Kalkowski (St. Bernard Catholic School, seventh grade, How Does a Rocket's Weight Affect its Flight?); and Joshua Robinson (Omaha North High School, ninth grade, Squishy Robot).  The chapter awarded a total of $1,500 to the awardees.
Pictured from left to right are some of the award recipients from the Omaha Metropolitan Science Fair held at the Henry Doorly Zoo on March 8: Daenen Jones (Omaha North High School, Omaha, Nebraska, ninth grade, Maintaining Life Supporting Temperatures During High Altitude Balloon Flights); Alivia Broadhead (Buffet Magnet Middle School, Omaha, eighth grade, The Acidic Charge); Tyler Rogert (Buffet Magnet Middle School, eighth grade, Fuel of the Future); Ella Bennett (St. Bernard Catholic School, Omaha, eighth grade, Does Font Affect Memory); Sebastian Hanus (Hanus Academy, Omaha, ninth grade, Small Business Server Mash-up); Cole Kalkowski (St. Bernard Catholic School, seventh grade, How Does a Rocket's Weight Affect its Flight?); and Joshua Robinson (Omaha North High School, ninth grade, Squishy Robot). The chapter awarded a total of $1,500 to the awardees.

For more details regarding this event contact:
Gregory Campbell
402-232-8814

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