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Brig. Gen. Paul Tibbets IV, 509th Bomb Wing commander, Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., conducts pre-flight checks on Doc, a restored B-29 Superfortress, June 9, 2017, on McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. Tibbets’ grandfather, retired Brig. Gen. Paul Tibbets Jr., piloted the ‘Enola Gay,’ during WWII and dropped the world’s first atomic bomb used in warfare. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Tara Fadenrecht) Grandson of Enola Gay pilot flies refurbished B-29 Doc
Wichita’s beloved B-29 Superfortress, Doc, took to the skies yet again June 9, from McConnell Air Force Base, this time with an added aspect of historical significance and Air Force heritage.Sitting in the co-pilot seat was Brig. Gen. Paul Tibbets IV, 509th Bomb Wing commander. Taking control of the aircraft means he has now flown the only two
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U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Ricardo Zuniga, a weapons load crew member from the 131st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, fastens a clamp on a curl bar while working out at the new flightline gym at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., May 30, 2017. The new flightline gym features two treadmills, an elliptical and a row machine, a D-Gym multiuse station, free weights, incline, decline and flat benches, a Smith Machine, and spin bikes. It also features newly mounted fans on the walls, and a sound system equipped with satellite radio. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joel Pfiester) Flightline fitness: One-stop shop for gains
Maintainers and flightline personnel put in long hours working to keep the B-2 Spirit ready to roll at a moment’s notice. They work lengthy and strenuous shifts. On top of that, add the time it takes to get in and out of the entry control points and onto one of the most secure flightlines in the Air Force. This makes squeezing in a workout during your shift nearly impossible, which could result in failed physical training (PT) tests and a decrease in unit morale.
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A B-2 Spirit deployed from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., taxis the runway at RAF Fairford, U.K., June 9, 2017. Strategic bomber missions enhance the readiness and training necessary to respond to any potential crisis or challenge across the globe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Miguel Lara III) Air Force B-2 "Spirit" Stealth Bombers arrive in UK
Two B-2 Spirit stealth bombers joined B-1B Lancers and B-52H Stratofortresses June 9 to participate in theater bomber assurance and deterrence operations.
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Ashleigh Buch, the 338th Combat Training Squadron assistant flight chief, and Chief Master Sgt. Stephen Mallette, the 55th Intelligence Support Squadron chief enlisted manager, both assigned to Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., speak during a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month forum at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., June 6, 2017. During the event, Buch shared her experiences as the first transgender Airman on flying status to complete the transition process under the new policy and the importance of communication to create an open environment. The open forum allowed members of the audience to ask questions about her journey to gain a better understanding of the new policy. It also provided a leadership perspective on how together they navigated the year-and-a-half long process that helped mold the current policy today. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jazmin Smith) Stronger for it: Offutt Airman shares her journey with support of command team
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Ashleigh Buch, the 338th Combat Training Squadron assistant flight chief, and Chief Master Sgt. Stephen Mallette, the 55th Intelligence Support Squadron chief enlisted manager, both assigned to Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., speak during a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month forum at Whiteman Air Force Base,
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U.S. Air Force Col. Mark Ely, far right, the 509th Bomb Wing vice commander, gathers with members of Team Whiteman around a display featuring Trinitite at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., June 2, 2017. Trinity Site is where the first atomic bomb was tested on July 16, 1945. With a power equivalent to around 21,000 tons of TNT, the bomb completely obliterated the steel tower on which it rested. The intense heat melted the New Mexico desert sand into a light green, glass-like substance which was later named “Trinitite.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jazmin Smith) “Trinity Tavern”: Renamed with Reason
Oftentimes, on installations with deep historical roots, one may hear of a building being renamed to honor a person’s memory or their contributions. The Mission’s End club at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, is following suit – with a twist: The new name will commemorate more than one person, by memorializing several moments in the history of the U.S. military.
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The Asian Pacific American Heritage Association hosted a capstone event to close out the Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., May 25, 2017. The event included various food tastings, jiujitsu and dance demonstrations, and a static cultural display. AAPI heritage month concludes with capstone event
AAPI heritage month concludes with capstone event
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Approximately 400 131st Missouri Air National Guard members participate in an annual training week at Camp Clark in Nevada, Mo., May 15-24, 2017. Guardsmen exercised their skills with self-aid and buddy care, Humvee rollover training, and a simulated state emergency exercise. Training also included land navigation and an obstacle course at Camp Crowder in Neosho, Mo. MO Air National Guard Airmen participate in annual training exercise
Approximately 400 131st Missouri Air National Guard members participate in an annual training week at Camp Clark in Nevada, Mo., May 15-24, 2017. Guardsmen exercised their skills with self-aid and buddy care, Humvee rollover training, and a simulated state emergency exercise. Training also included land navigation and an obstacle course at Camp
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Members of Team Whiteman attend a deployment party at Ike Skelton Park at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., May 25, 2017, as part of the Air Force Global Strike Command Year of the Family initiative. The party celebrated Airmen who have recently returned, as well as those leaving soon with prizes, games, face painting and more. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Michaela R. Slanchik) Hails and farewells: Team Whiteman hosts deployment party
Members of Team Whiteman attend a deployment party at Ike Skelton Park at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., May 25, 2017, as part of the Air Force Global Strike Command Year of the Family initiative. The party celebrated Airmen who have recently returned, as well as those leaving soon with prizes, games, face painting and more. (U.S. Air Force photo by
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Orville F. Hill, a nuclear chemist and the grandfather of U.S. Air Force Col. Aeneas Gooding, conducts radiation measurements at a research facility in New Mexico. Trinity Tavern: a testament to Team Whiteman
This week we will be renaming one of the lounges at the Mission’s End club the “Trinity Tavern.” After much consideration of the many suggestions you have provided over the past few weeks, base leadership decided on the name “Trinity,” which was submitted by Tech. Sgt. Joshua White, as it is a perfect reflection of the roots of our nuclear mission. I hope you will have the opportunity to visit in the coming weeks, and you will see that our team has worked hard to turn this lounge into something that not only reflects the rich heritage of the 509th Bomb Wing, but also the many diverse units that make up this incredible installation. We will continue to personalize it while making it a place where we can focus on our heritage.
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Greetings, Team Whiteman! We are just over one week away from our 2017 Wings Over Whiteman air show, which is scheduled for June 10-11! This year’s air show, which is free to attend and open to the public, features an incredible lineup that includes seven decades of American airpower! For example, Wings Over Whiteman proudly features legacy aircraft such as a B-29, a B-17, a B-25, and a P-40 right alongside a B-2, a B-1, a B-52, an F-15, an F-16 and many others!
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