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Lieutenant Colonel Paul Homan

Director of Meteorology & Assistant Professor of Meteorology

Department of Physics

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(719) 333-2240

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Bio

Lieutenant Colonel Homan is an assistant professor in the Department of Physics at the U.S. Air Force Academy and is the Director of Meteorology. During his career he served as the 96th Weather Squadron Commander at Eglin Air Force Base, Okaloosa County, Fla. In this capacity, he was responsible for integrating critical environmental intelligence into every phase of research, testing, planning, and mission execution across 9 Wings or Wing equivalents and 34 associated units with $18B in assets, represented by every DoD service and 6 Air Force MAJCOMS at the DoD’s largest installation. In his prior assignments, he also participated in joint research projects with the Climate Prediction Center, Space and Atmospheric Research Center, National Weather Service, and Mexico Weather Service. He also supported Air Warrior, Emerald Warrior, Red Flag, Combat Hammer, Combat Archer, Presidential visits, the National Airborne Operations Center, the space shuttle Columbia recovery as well as numerous joint aircraft incident search and recovery efforts.

Education

Air Command and Staff College (2014)

PhD, Meteorology, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif. (2013)

Squadron Officer School (2009)

Master of Science, Meteorology, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif. (2007)

Aerospace Basic Course (2003)

Bachelor of Science, Meteorology, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs. Colo. (2002)

Professional Experience

Director of Meteorology, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo. (2018-Present)

Commander 96th Weather Squadron, Eglin Air Force Base, Okaloosa County, Fla. (2016–2018)

Commander 96th Weather Flight, Eglin Air Force Base, Okaloosa County, Fla. (2013–2016)

Graduate Student, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif. (2010–2013)

Executive Officer, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo. (2007–2010)

Graduate Student, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif. (2005–2007)

Wing Weather Officer, 355th Operational Support Squadron, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson, Az. (2004–2005)

Lead Meteorologist, 25th Operational Weather Squadron, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson, Az. (2002-2004)

Honors & Awards

Air Force Materiel Command Weather Field Grade Officer of the Year (2015)

Dean of Faculty, U.S. Air Force Academy Company Grade Officer of the Year (2008)

Meritorious Service Medal, 2 Oak Leaf Clusters

Joint Service Commendation Medal

Air Force Commendation Medal

Research and Scholarly Interests

Mountain Meteorology

Numerical Weather Prediction Models

Climate Change

Publications

Development of a Wet-Bulb Globe Temperature Approximation Equation from Standard Meteorological Variables and Implementation of an Automated Site Specific Heat Stress Condition Display at the Eglin Test and Training Complex, (Submitted for Publication) (2018)

Ensemble Sensitivity Analysis of a Severe Downslope Windstorm in Complex Terrain: Implications for Forecast Predictability Scales and Targeted Observing Networks, Naval Postgraduate School. http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a590058.pdf (2013)

Evaluation of High Density Surface Observations in Complex Terrain and their Contribution to the MM5 model, Naval Postgraduate School. https://calhoun.nps.edu/handle/10945/3595 (2007)

Presentations:
American Meteorological Society 9th Conference on Environment and Health – Development of a Wet-Bulb Globe Temperature Approximation Equation from Standard Meteorological Variables (2018)

American Meteorological Society Emerald Coast Chapter: Northwest Florida State College – A Comparison between Climate Model Forecasts and Observations (2015)

American Meteorological Society 15th Conference on Mountain Meteorology – Ensemble Sensitivity Analysis for Weakly and Strongly Force Mesoscale Events in Complex Terrain (2012)

3rd International Symposium on Integrating DFD and Experiments in Aeronautics – An Overview of Atmospheric Data Assimilation and Numerical Weather Prediction (2007)