Selfridge Weather Flight Airmen Hone Skills Published July 22, 2011 By 127th Wing Public Affairs COMBAT READINESS TRAINING CENTER ALPENA -- The Airmen of the 107th Weather Flight are undergoing rigorous training this summer to ensure that their skills are kept razor sharp. The Weather Flight has been training at the Michigan Air National Guard's Combat Readiness Training Center in Alpena, as well as at the Michigan Army National Guard's Camp Grayling as part of their annual Gray Wolverine training exercise. The Airmen are part of the Air Force Special Operations Command and wear a distinctive gray beret to symbolize their status as special operators. The Airmen are Air Force weather technicians with unique training that enables them to operate in hostile or denied territory. From such forward locations, they are able to report on weather and environmental conditions, which is necessary for military mission planning. The weather operators often work closely with special operations teams from the U.S. Army and Navy. Every special operations mission is planned using the intelligence and coordination of special operations weathermen. Among the training taking place during the Gray Wolverine exercise were marksmanship training with a variety of weapons, survival skills in a hostile environment and small unit tactics. The 107th Weather Flight is a component of the 127th Wing, based at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich.