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AFGSC commander visits Whiteman

Members of Team Whiteman stand with Gen. Robin Rand, Air Force Global Strike Command commander, his wife, Kim, and AFGSC Command Chief Master Sergeant Calvin Williams next to a B-2 Spirit at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Jan. 19, 2016. While touring the aircraft, AFGSC leadership met with Airmen to hear about weapon systems available to the world’s premier stealth bomber. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Airman 1st Class Jazmin Smith)

Members of Team Whiteman stand with Gen. Robin Rand, Air Force Global Strike Command commander, his wife, Kim, and AFGSC Command Chief Master Sergeant Calvin Williams next to a B-2 Spirit at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Jan. 19, 2016. While touring the aircraft, AFGSC leadership met with Airmen to hear about weapon systems available to the world’s premier stealth bomber. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Airman 1st Class Jazmin Smith)

Gen. Robin Rand, AFGSC commander, speaks with Senior Airman Rebecca Krause, an aircraft armament journeyman assigned to the 131st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, prior to receiving a coin for her superior performance. Krause filled a one-year temporary technician position as a weapons loader, working full-time alongside active-duty counterparts, where she trained 10 active duty and Guard members. Her continuity of training is an important factor to the armament shop’s 98 percent pass rate. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jazmin Smith)

Gen. Robin Rand, AFGSC commander, speaks with Senior Airman Rebecca Krause, an aircraft armament journeyman assigned to the 131st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, prior to receiving a coin for her superior performance. Krause filled a one-year temporary technician position as a weapons loader, working full-time alongside active-duty counterparts, where she trained 10 active duty and Guard members. Her continuity of training is an important factor to the armament shop’s 98 percent pass rate. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jazmin Smith)

Kim Rand, right, wife of AFGSC commander Gen. Robin Rand, talks with Patricia Cotton, left, a 509th Force Support Squadron community readiness technician, during a coffee social with key spouses at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Jan. 20, 2016. The Key Spouse program is an Airman and Family Readiness Center program offering support and mentoring on resources available while service members are deployed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jazmin Smith)

Kim Rand, right, wife of AFGSC commander Gen. Robin Rand, talks with Patricia Cotton, left, a 509th Force Support Squadron community readiness technician, during a coffee social with key spouses at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Jan. 20, 2016. The Key Spouse program is an Airman and Family Readiness Center program offering support and mentoring on resources available while service members are deployed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jazmin Smith)

Tech. Sgt. William Riney, 509th Security Forces Squadron kennel master, shows Kim Rand, wife of AFGSC commander Gen. Robin Rand, different protection gear available to military working dog handlers for training during her visit to Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Jan. 20, 2016. After Rand’s tour of the kennels, the handlers performed a series of training exercises while explaining situations in which they would be used. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jazmin Smith)

Tech. Sgt. William Riney, 509th Security Forces Squadron kennel master, shows Kim Rand, wife of AFGSC commander Gen. Robin Rand, different protection gear available to military working dog handlers for training during her visit to Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Jan. 20, 2016. After Rand’s tour of the kennels, the handlers performed a series of training exercises while explaining situations in which they would be used. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jazmin Smith)

Members from the Whiteman Key Spouse program stand with Kim Rand, left-center, wife of AFGSC commander Gen. Robin Rand, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Jan. 20, 2016. During a meeting with Mrs. Rand, key spouses discussed how the program engages with family members and their goals for the program. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jazmin Smith)

Members from the Whiteman Key Spouse program stand with Kim Rand, left-center, wife of AFGSC commander Gen. Robin Rand, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Jan. 20, 2016. During a meeting with Mrs. Rand, key spouses discussed how the program engages with family members and their goals for the program. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jazmin Smith)

Kim Rand, right, wife of AFGSC commander Gen. Robin Rand, and Angelle Tibbets, center, wife of the 509th Bomb Wing commander Brig. Gen. Paul Tibbets IV, discuss key issues with Sarah Sheteron, wife of Staff Sgt. Lloyd Sheteron Jr., a 509th Civil Engineer Squadron water and waste-water treatment plant operator, during a meeting at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Jan. 20, 2016. Representatives from the Airman and Family Readiness Center briefed Mrs. Rand, Mrs. Tibbets and spouses of deployed service members on available resources and programs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jazmin Smith)

Kim Rand, right, wife of AFGSC commander Gen. Robin Rand, and Angelle Tibbets, center, wife of the 509th Bomb Wing commander Brig. Gen. Paul Tibbets IV, discuss key issues with Sarah Sheteron, wife of Staff Sgt. Lloyd Sheteron Jr., a 509th Civil Engineer Squadron water and waste-water treatment plant operator, during a meeting at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Jan. 20, 2016. Representatives from the Airman and Family Readiness Center briefed Mrs. Rand, Mrs. Tibbets and spouses of deployed service members on available resources and programs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jazmin Smith)

Air Force Global Strike Command commander Gen. Robin Rand gives a mission brief to Airmen and their spouses at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Jan. 19, 2016. The brief focused on resiliency, leadership and families, and the importance of maintaining balance in life. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Keenan Berry)

Air Force Global Strike Command commander Gen. Robin Rand gives a mission brief to Airmen and their spouses at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Jan. 19, 2016. The brief focused on resiliency, leadership and families, and the importance of maintaining balance in life. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Keenan Berry)

Staff Sgt. Ishmael Otero Octtaviani, a 509th Munitions Squadron munitions trainer, explains the MHU-204 trailer capabilities to Gen. Robin Rand, AFGSC commander, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Jan. 19, 2016. Rand visited different facilities and learned about their missions as well as future base innovations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Keenan Berry/Released)

Staff Sgt. Ishmael Otero Octtaviani, a 509th Munitions Squadron munitions trainer, explains the MHU-204 trailer capabilities to Gen. Robin Rand, AFGSC commander, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Jan. 19, 2016. Rand visited different facilities and learned about their missions as well as future base innovations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Keenan Berry/Released)

Staff Sgt. Robert L. Willis, 509th Logistics Readiness Squadron non-commissioned officer in charge of vehicle maintenance, receives a coin from Gen. Robin Rand, AFGSC commander, for his superior performance. Willis served four years as a technical instructor at Port Hueneme, Calif., and his current goal is to pursue his bachelor’s degree as an elementary school teacher. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Keenan Berry)

Staff Sgt. Robert L. Willis, 509th Logistics Readiness Squadron non-commissioned officer in charge of vehicle maintenance, receives a coin from Gen. Robin Rand, AFGSC commander, for his superior performance. Willis served four years as a technical instructor at Port Hueneme, Calif., and his current goal is to pursue his bachelor’s degree as an elementary school teacher. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Keenan Berry)

Maj. Matthew Drossner, the 509th Munitions Squadron commander, center right, talks about the massive ordnance penetrator with Gen. Robin Rand, AFGSC commander, center-left, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Jan. 20, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Keenan Berry)
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Maj. Matthew Drossner, the 509th Munitions Squadron commander, center right, talks about the massive ordnance penetrator with Gen. Robin Rand, AFGSC commander, center-left, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Jan. 20, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Keenan Berry)

Gen. Robin Rand, AFGSC commander, speaks to Airmen during an all call gathering at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Jan. 20, 2016. Rand talked about heritage, being a good wingman and families, expressing the importance of all three and how they to apply to the Air Force mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Keenan Berry)
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Gen. Robin Rand, AFGSC commander, speaks to Airmen during an all call gathering at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Jan. 20, 2016. Rand talked about heritage, being a good wingman and families, expressing the importance of all three and how they to apply to the Air Force mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Keenan Berry)

Capt. Jesse Hemsworth, a 509th Medical Operations Squadron physician’s assistant, explains decontamination procedures to Gen. Robin Rand, AFGSC commander, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Jan. 20, 2016. In addition to visiting the 509th Medical Group, Rand visited different facilities and learned about their missions as well as future base innovations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Keenan Berry/Released)
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Capt. Jesse Hemsworth, a 509th Medical Operations Squadron physician’s assistant, explains decontamination procedures to Gen. Robin Rand, AFGSC commander, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Jan. 20, 2016. In addition to visiting the 509th Medical Group, Rand visited different facilities and learned about their missions as well as future base innovations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Keenan Berry/Released)

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. -- Gen. Robin Rand, commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, his wife Kim, and Chief Master Sgt. Calvin Williams, AFGSC command chief, visited here Jan. 19 - 21, to meet with the Airmen of the world's only B-2 stealth bomber base.

During his visit, Rand spoke with Airmen and leadership from the 509th Bomb Wing, the 131st Bomb Wing, the 442nd Fighter Wing and other tenant units on the current status of the command Air Force issues. He also toured base facilities to gain a better understanding of the Whiteman mission.

Members of Team Whiteman attended an all-call where AFGSC leaders stressed the importance of Whiteman's unique B-2 mission, communicating how every Airman's effort impacts the overall global strike mission.

Rand emphasized the importance of being good wingmen for each other, investing in families and overcoming challenges to sustain a resilient Air Force community.

"It's personal. We recruit Airmen, and retain families...or we lose them. This is built on the foundation of the Profession of Arms...our Core Values and the Airman's Creed," Rand said. "If you want to fix a challenge, be a good wingman, be good at your job and foster a culture of dignity and respect."

While at Whiteman, Mrs. Rand visited base support agencies and observed the many aspects of what makes the base a functioning community while hearing from key spouses and unit representatives on resources and programs available to service members and their families.

Prior to departing, the commander thanked the Airmen for their hospitality and professionalism. Brig. Gen. Paul W. Tibbets IV, the 509th Bomb Wing commander, echoed Rand's sentiments and stressed the importance of upholding the Whiteman legacy and staying true to the Air Force core values.

"I would like to reiterate that I am extremely impressed by the dedication, capability and the credibility each member of Team Whiteman displays as we continue the vitally important mission of strategic deterrence," Tibbets said. "We all are focused on upholding the legacy of excellence that Team Whiteman is famous for, and we are excited to be writing the next chapter in our storied history."