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U.S. Air Force Capt. Renee Cassidy, the 509th Maintenance Operations officer in charge, and her husband, Capt. Justin Cassidy, the 13th Aircraft Maintenance Unit officer in charge, pose for a photo in Knob Noster, Mo., Feb. 27, 2017. The Cassidys began long-distance dating in 2012 and were officially married in May 2013. Joint-spouse orders reunited the couple at Whiteman Air Force Base in 2014. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jazmin Smith) AFGSC's Year of the Family: A little laughter goes a long way
Maintainers are notorious for their sense of humor and ingenuity. You can only imagine the atmosphere when two decide to share a life together. For U.S. Air Force Capt. Justin Cassidy, the 13th Aircraft Maintenance Unit officer in charge, and his wife of nearly four years, Capt. Renee Cassidy, the 509th Maintenance Operations officer in charge, these qualities would lay the foundation for the start of their relationship in 2012. As rival colleagues, the pair always looked for ways to one-up each other, but barely spoke until they deployed with the 28th Maintenance Group at Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, in 2009.
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Crew chiefs and weapons specialists assigned to the 509th and 131st Aircraft Maintenance Squadrons look over the munitions handling unit (MHU)-204 trailer for defects while performing a visual inspection of the assets during a no-notice operational readiness exercise at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Feb. 28, 2017. During the exercise, Total- Force Integrated Airmen were tasked with executing Whiteman’s strategic deterrence mission while validating operational readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jazmin Smith) Ready to Roll: Whiteman holds base exercise
Crew chiefs and weapons specialists assigned to the 509th and 131st Aircraft Maintenance Squadrons look over the munitions handling unit (MHU)-204 trailer for defects while performing a visual inspection of the assets during a no-notice operational readiness exercise at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Feb. 28, 2017. During the exercise, Total- Force
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U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Paul W. Tibbets IV, the 509th Bomb Wing (BW) commander, far left, and Chief Master Sgt. Melvina Smith, the 509th BW command chief, far right, stand with members of the Women’s History Month committee following the signing of the Women’s History Month proclamation at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., March 1, 2017. During the month of March, all citizens have the opportunity to recognize and commemorate the heritage and contributions that women have bestowed upon history through various events on the installation. (U.S. Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jazmin Smith) BW CC signs women's history proclamation
U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Paul W. Tibbets IV, the 509th Bomb Wing (BW) commander, far left, and Chief Master Sgt. Melvina Smith, the 509th BW command chief, far right, stand with members of the Women’s History Month committee following the signing of the Women’s History Month proclamation at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., March 1, 2017. During the
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The Air Force Surgeon General has announced the recipients of the Air Force Medical Service 2016 individual and team Annual Awards. Air Force Medical Service 2016 Award Winners Announced
The Air Force Surgeon General has announced the recipients of the Air Force Medical Service 2016 individual and team Annual Awards. The nominations submitted reflect the extraordinary quality of the Airmen in the Air Force Medical Service. The accomplishments of those recognized demonstrate expertise, leadership and commitment across the full
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A new 509th Bomb Wing icon has been added to every computer’s desktop at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Feb. 16, 2017. By clicking on the “Whiteman HELP” icon, individuals can access a list of help agencies on and off base, and most items are hyperlinked to the agency’s web page. One click can make a difference
Sometimes the answer isn’t as simple as we hope. Life inevitably has problems we haven’t faced before. They can manifest suddenly or appear over time. Sometimes they can get so overwhelming, a person loses hope. If you, or someone you know, is facing adversity and doesn’t know how to overcome it, there are resources available to assist in finding the information needed to combat hardship.
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U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft sit on the flightline at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Feb. 14, 2017. The A-10 Thunderbolt II has excellent maneuverability at low air speeds and altitude, and is a highly accurate and survivable weapons-delivery platform. The aircraft can loiter near battle areas for extended periods of time and operate in low ceiling and visibility conditions. 358th FS crew chiefs maintain KC Hawgs
The Thunderbolt II can employ a wide variety of conventional munitions, including general purpose bombs, cluster bomb units, laser guided bombs, joint direct attack munitions (JDAM), wind corrected munitions dispenser (WCMD), AGM-65 Maverick and AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles, rockets, illumination flares, and the GAU-8/A 30mm cannon, capable of firing 3,900 rounds per minute to defeat a wide variety of targets including tanks.
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Tech. Sgt. Peter Matthews, 407th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, poses for a photo at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq. Matthews is part of a dozen defenders forward-deployed from the 407th Air Expeditionary Group to support Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve. CJTF-OIR is the global Coalition to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Benjamin Wilson)(Released) 407 AEG defenders forward deploy in fight against ISIS
When 12 security forces Airmen from the 442nd Fighter Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base first received word of their deployment, they thought they knew what lay ahead. The U.S. Air Force Reserve Airmen began their training to become a fly-away security team before their deployment in early December. As information flowed that the deployment tasking had changed – the Airmen were headed to the 407th Air Expeditionary Group to perform base security, not FAST support – many of them were disappointed they would not do the job for which they were trained, according to Senior Airman Logan Schneider. Little did Schneider and his fellow Airmen know this would be the first of several changes to their mission in the fight against ISIS.
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A crew chief from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., marshals in a B-2 Spirit stealth bomber at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Jan 19, 2017. Two B-2 Spirit stealth bombers returned after flying an approximate 30-hour sortie in support of operations near Sirte, Libya. In conjunction with the Libyan Government of National Accord, the U.S. military conducted precision airstrikes Jan. 18, 2017, destroying two Daesh camps 45 kilometers southwest of Sirte. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joel Pfiester) Weapons school officers employ total force training during Libya B-2 strike
Two B-2 Spirit bombers departed Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, for a transatlantic flight to Libya on Jan. 18, 2017, in what would become the B-2’s first combat mission since Operation Odyssey Dawn in 2011.
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Paul Occean, a confinement supervisor assigned to the 2nd  Security Forces Squadron from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., stands guard at an entry control point Jan. 17, 2017 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Close to 200 Airmen from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., and Barksdale Air Force Base, La., deployed to Andersen AFB, in support of U.S. Strategic Command Bomber and Deterrence missions. USSTRATCOM bomber missions familiarize aircrew with airbases and operations in different Geographic Combatant Commands. USSTRATCOM forces are on watch 24 hours a day, seven days a week to deter and detect strategic attack against the United States and our allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Andy M. Kin) Whiteman, Barksdale defenders protect operations in the Pacific
During the 2017 Bomber Assurance and Deterrence mission, Airmen with the 509th Security Forces Squadron (SFS) at Whiteman Air Force Base (AFB), Missouri, joined their brothers and sisters assigned to the 2d SFS at Barksdale AFB, Louisiana to protect one of the military's greatest assets.
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Elijah Fleming, a crew chief assigned to the 509th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, walks on top of the B-2 Spirit aircraft while performing post-flight inspections after a local training at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Jan. 17, 2017. Close to 200 Airmen from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., and Barksdale Air Force Base, La., deployed to Andersen AFB, in support of U.S. Strategic Command Bomber and Deterrence missions. USSTRATCOM bomber missions familiarize aircrew with airbases and operations in different Geographic Combatant Commands. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Andy M. Kin) Maintainers: Keeping Spirits up overseas
During the 2017 Bomber Assurance and Deterrence mission, over 20 different shops under the 509th and 131st Maintenance Group provided Airmen who embraced long days and demanding workloads. Charged with fixing any issues that arise with the aircraft, the maintenance Airmen, or maintainers, who deploy with the B-2 Spirit would each undertake any tasks that fall within their domain.
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