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Captain Austin Gibbons

Instructor of Meteorology

Department of Economics and Geosciences

Captain Gibbons
Contact Information

(719) 333-9492



Captain Gibbons commissioned in 2012 through Officer Training School, after obtaining meteorology degrees from the University of Michigan and Saint Louis University. He has spent time at an Operational Weather Squadron, at the tactical level with a weather flight command, and deployed twice to Qatar as both an Executive Officer to a Maintenance Group and another weather flight command. He grew up just outside Chicago and loves Chicago and University of Michigan sports, running, triathlon, and reading a good book.


M.S., Meteorology – Saint Louis University (2009)

B.S.E., Earth Systems Science Engineering (Meteorology) – University of Michigan (2007)

Professional Experience

Flight Commander, Weather Operations – 23d Operations Support Squadron, Moody AFB, GA (2015-2018)

Flight Commander, Weather Operations – 379th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar (2018)

Executive Officer – 379th Expeditionary Maintenance Group, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar (2016-2017)

Officer-in-Charge, Standardization and Evaluation – 17th Operational Weather Squadron, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii (2012-2015)

Research and Scholarly Interests

Meteorology, Severe Storms, Tropical Meteorology, Lake-Effect Snow


M.S. Thesis titled, “A Comparative Analysis of Heavy-Banded Snow Events over the East Coast and Central United States”