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U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Edward Williams of St. Louis, exchanges a hearty handshake with his Commander-in-Chief, President Harry S. Truman, Oct. 13, 1950, at a casual meeting during the President's morning walk. Williams had been in the Air Force nine years at the time of this photograph. (Courtesy photo) Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Executive Order 9981: The Beginning of Equal Opportunity Program
On July 26, 1948, President Harry S. Truman defied members of his political party, dogmatic naysayers and the majority of the American populous, when he signed Executive Order 9981. This action occurred during an election year when he was running for president. What is Executive Order 9981? This directive prohibits segregation based on race, color,
0 9/11
2008
Default Air Force Logo B-2 weapons school... so easy a caveman can do it!
Since my return to the 325th Weapons Squadron a year ago, I have realized time and again that many Whiteman personnel are unaware of how Cavemen contribute to the Air Force mission of "Fly, Fight, and Win!" When I say I work in the Weapons Squadron, many immediately confuse us with the 509th Munitions Squadron. On the flightline, Airmen see the
0 8/27
2008
Default Air Force Logo Don't judge a book...
Imagine yourself walking out of the chapel next Sunday after a wonderful service of praise and worship. You decide to take your family out for a nice, relaxing Sunday dinner at your favorite restaurant. As you pull into the lot you realize finding a parking place is going to be a challenge. It appears the Baptist and Catholic churches down the
0 8/13
2008
Default Air Force Logo Do it, Do it right, Do it right the first time
At some point in everyone's career or life, there will come a time when you will reflect on a person, experience or saying that you always carry with you and refer to from time to time for inspiration, motivation or in my case guidance. When I was a zero striper at my first duty station, my maintenance superintendent would always refer to a certain
0 8/01
2008
Default Air Force Logo One Team... One Fight
Wow, what a great past 12 months. Exactly one year ago today (30 July 2007) I headed off to lovely Ft. McCoy, Wis. to get ready to start my Combat Skills Training in preparation for my deployment. I was both excited and a bit apprehensive as to what all this was going to entail. After arriving in Wisconsin, I met the command element who was taking
0 7/31
2008
Default Air Force Logo Who are the Coyotes?
I'm constantly amazed by the diversity of the people and missions at Whiteman Air Force Base. Active duty, Guardsmen, Reservists, civilians, contractors, Air Force, Army and Navy (who would have thought of that in Missouri?) all performing great service to a grateful nation. Apache helicopters, A-10 'Hogs, T-38's, of course the B-2, the mobile,
0 7/22
2008
Default Air Force Logo Air Force families on the move
Have you ever noticed that there is a certain life cycle about assignments? We all start out at square one when we find out the answer to the "where" question. Maps are pulled out, calendars consulted, friends are called. "Have you ever been to North Fogbound Air Force Base? What was it like? Do you know anybody there? Would you want to go there
0 7/16
2008
Default Air Force Logo Principles of leadership
As you all are aware, we've been involved in combat operations for over 17 years. From the time the First Fighter Wing deployed into the eastern province of Saudi Arabia in August of 1990, our Air Force has been fighting continuously across the globe. Our Airmen participated in operations in Haiti, Bosnia, Kosovo, Somalia, Afghanistan and Iraq to
0 7/01
2008
WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo., -- Capt. Bob Butterfield (left) and his navigator, Capt. Hugh Davidson, pose in front of their 13th Bomb Squadron B-57 after flying a mission in Vietnam. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)
Itching to serve: A Grim Reaper in Vietnam
No matter how bad a war gets, some Americans will always serve. In previous Warrior articles, you read about 13th Bomb Squadron "Grim Reapers" serving in WWII and Korea. Both those wars had political and popular support from home. Sometimes, that support fades, as happened during the Vietnam War. However, despite the debates at home, it seems you
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2008
Default Air Force Logo Five keys to being a successful supervisor
Supervision is the first line of management in any organization. Supervisors are charged with encouraging and motivating members of a work center to work together to accomplish the organization's goals and objectives. The supervisor's work involves planning, organizing, staffing, motivating and controlling. Along with these skills the supervisor
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2008
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