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Earning the gray beret

Senior Airman Michael Pastrone received the Gray Beret at his graduation from weather forecasting school June 5.  The Gray Beret represents his completion of the course along with Army Basic Airborne School and other unique requirements for the Air Force Special Operations Weather Team career field.  Team members collect atmospheric data, assist mission planning, generate accurate and mission-tailored target and route forecasts in support of global special operations, conduct special weather reconnaissance and train foreign national forces.  Airman Pastrone, who’s been in the  Michigan Air National Guard for three years, is assigned to the 107th Weather Flight at Selfridge ANG Base, Mich. He’s headed to Camp Blanding, Fla., for additional training.(U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Senior Airman Michael Pastrone received the Gray Beret at his graduation from weather forecasting school June 5. The Gray Beret represents his completion of the course along with Army Basic Airborne School and other unique requirements for the Air Force Special Operations Weather Team career field. Team members collect atmospheric data, assist mission planning, generate accurate and mission-tailored target and route forecasts in support of global special operations, conduct special weather reconnaissance and train foreign national forces. Airman Pastrone, who’s been in the Michigan Air National Guard for three years, is assigned to the 107th Weather Flight at Selfridge ANG Base, Mich. He’s headed to Camp Blanding, Fla., for additional training.(U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)