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A firefighter from the 509th Civil Engineer Squadron makes adjustments to his gear prior to engaging with a simulated aircraft fire during a major accident response exercise (MARE) at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., June 8, 2016. The exercise is conducted to test readiness and response times in case of a major accident.  (US Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jovan Banks) Whiteman holds MARE

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U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Jeffrey Carter, the 509th Security Forces Squadron commander, speaks to attendees during the Whiteman Wreath Laying Ceremony at Memorial Park Cemetery in Sedalia, Mo., May 21, 2016. The annual event honors 2nd Lt. George Whiteman, a Sedalia native and the namesake of Whiteman Air Force Base, who was killed at Bellows Field, Hawaii, during the Japanese attack on Dec. 7, 1941. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Matthew Van Wagenen) Whiteman Wreath Laying Ceremony: an annual heritage connection
The heritage of Whiteman Air Force Base (WAFB) runs deep in west-central Missouri. Each year, the Whiteman Wreath Laying Ceremony in Sedalia, Mo., serves as a reminder of the connection between the base and the neighboring community.2nd Lt. George Allison Whiteman, a Sedalia native and the base's namesake, was killed on Dec. 7, 1941, as he
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Lauren Palmer, a 509th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander support staff personnel craftsman, right, and her husband, David Roberts, reminisce on past trials and triumphs May 13, 2016. The couple told their story about the journey after Palmer was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in October 2014. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Michaela R. Slanchik) More than surviving
"Other people get cancer, not me," said U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Lauren Palmer, a 509th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (AMXS) commander support staff (CSS) personnel craftsman. "That will never happen to me."That's exactly what Palmer thought¬--even after she noticed a lump on the bottom of her neck in August 2014.She made a doctor's appointment to
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Members of Whiteman’s Honor Guard post the colors at the Police Week opening ceremony at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., May 16, 2016. National Police Week was established in 1962 to recognize law-enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the safety and protection of others. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Michaela R. Slanchik) Whiteman celebrates National Police Week

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Default Air Force Logo Strategic deterrence: 70 years with SAC
March 21, 2016, marked the 70th anniversary of the Strategic Air Command (SAC), the forefather of what is now Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC).In 1946, SAC was activated as one of the three combat commands of the U.S. Army Air Forces. Shortly after, SAC would transition into a command under the newly-created U.S. Air Force.The 509th Bomb
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Conner Walsh, a 509th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal team member, operates an F6A robot controller at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., May 10, 2016. The controller enables the robot to climb and maneuver around different obstacles as well as disarm explosive devices. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keenan Berry) At your disposal

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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Brandon Anderson, a 393d Aircraft Maintenance Unit (AMU) load crew member, prepares the bomb rack sway pads prior to loading an AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile during a weapons load competition at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., April 27, 2016. Total Force Airmen from the 131st and 393d AMU competed in the competition to test the crews’ ability to load weapons in a timely manner. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keenan Berry) Load crew of the quarter competition

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Senior Airman Dylan Kielcheski, a family practice medical technician from the 509th Medical Operations Squadron, poses in front of a wrecked vehicle display at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., April 21, 2016. The wrecked vehicle was involved in a real-world drunk driving accident and was donated by a local salvage business to serve as a reminder of the potential outcome of drunken driving. A sobering display of drunken driving consequences
At the intersection of Spirit Boulevard and Vandenberg Avenue lie the remnants of what was, at one time, a fully-functioning vehicle. Now, all that remains is a reminder of how one impaired decision can have drastic consequences.The vehicle on display, donated from a local salvage yard, was involved in a real-world drunken-driving accident. It now
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Default Air Force Logo Volunteering really pays off
People volunteer every day for various reasons to assist in maintaining the well-being of the community. Whether they know it or not, volunteering impacts lives, develops new skills and provides network opportunities. It is a fundamental aspect in giving back to the community, and the result can pay off in the end.Recently, a check was presented to
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Marco Cardenas, a 509th Medical Support Squadron pharmacy technician, verifies medication inventory levels at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., April 20, 2016. The pharmacy stocks over 1,300 medications each month to ensure adequate supply. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keenan Berry) Whiteman Warrior
Meet U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Marco Cardenas, a pharmacy technician from the 509th Medical Support Squadron. He handles medications and prescriptions for patients. Cardenas was raised in South El Monte, California and has served three years in the Air Force."I love my job because I get to interact with customers," said Cardenas. "I gain no
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