James Collin Caldwell
United States Special Operations
7561 Blackbird Avenue
MacDill Air Force Base, FL 33621
Collin Caldwell, an AMS Member, is the Meteorological and Oceanographic (METOC) Officer in Charge for the United States Special Operations Command Central at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida, serving the United States Central Command and United States Special Operations Command communities. Captain Caldwell is the primary advisor to the USSOCCENT Commander and Staff for environmental issues affecting United States Special Operations Forces conducting combat operations and military operations other than war in the Middle East. This scope of support ranges from standard military weather forecasting products to covert weather reconnaissance missions. Capt. Caldwell and his teammates serve in a unique reconnaissance role as forward observers on the battle field. Their environmental reconnaissance yields real-time weather, riverine, avalanche, and sea state data that operational leaders use to make accurate decisions to either keep their forces safe, or potentially exploite the conditions. They serve with Navy, Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps special forces worldwide. Even though the word weather is in ther name, they train and fight to observe the total environmental picture. Capt. Caldwell graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2003 with a degree in meteorology and received his commission in 2004 from the Air Force Officer Training School located at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. His career includes assignments as a conventional weather team leader, Special Operations Weather Team Officer, Special Forces Liaison Officer, and Detachment Commander. Captain Caldwell deployed three times to the Middle East, where he earned the Air Force Combat Action Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with Valor and the Bronze Star. He received the Air Force Special Operations Command Weather Officer of the Year Award in 2009 and 2010 for his environmental and weather support to Special Operations Forces during Operation Enduring Freedon. Capt Caldwell was also recognized as the Air Force Battlefield Weather Company Grade Officer of the Year in 2010.