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Default Air Force Logo Where there's a Will, there's a way
Imagine you have a particular gift you want to give a friend of yours. It might be a special memento, such as an exotic knife or a vacation souvenir - something that has a lot of meaning. You tell your friend you want him to have it, but when the time comes, the government steps in and gives it to someone else. Think of how frustrated you would be!
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Default Air Force Logo Force Protection is everyone's business
The further we get from the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the more complacent people seem to become about the threat from global terrorism. Without security and law enforcement personnel at every turn, it takes a total team effort to protect the Whiteman AFB community. Each person, regardless of their military affiliation, plays a vital role in the
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2014
Airman 1st Class Cameron Wheatley, 442nd Fighter Wing Aircraft Maintenance Squadron aircraft armament technician, performs a 7-day gun-no-fire inspection on the Gatling gun of an A-10 Thunderbolt II at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Dec. 17, 2013. The 30 mm seven-barrel gun allows pilots to accurately fire at ground targets. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nick Wilson/Released) Without us, it’s just another airline
When weapons on an A-10 Thunderbolt II do not fire, the mission fails. To prevent this from occurring, a team of technicians rotate and reset wrenches daily to ensure those munitions get where they need to go.Active-duty and reservist Airmen from the 442nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons flight are the ones who maintain the armament and
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman India Meserve, 509th Medical Operations Squadron physical therapy technician, gives instructions on a shoulder exercise to a patient at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Nov. 8, 2013. This exercise strengthens the rotator cuff, which can help reduce shoulder pain and provide better range of motion. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nick Wilson/Released) A mission to provide aid and therapy
Senior Airman India Meserve, a physical therapy technician with the 509th Medical Operations Squadron, joined the Air Force to experience different views and broaden her horizons.As a physical therapy technician, her job is to help provide evidence-based care to reduce pain and restore function following musculoskeletal injuries or orthopedic
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2013
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Nathan Davis, 72nd Test and Evaluation Squadron maintenance system evaluator, inspects area racks at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Oct. 29, 2013. Engineers across the Air Force use area racks to record data from the aircraft to see how it functions daily. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keenan Berry/Released) The 72nd Test and Evaluation Squadron - testing for success
The B-2 Spirit is the world's most-feared weapon system, but it would not be so without the 72nd Test and Evaluation Squadron ensuring its ability to fight.The 72nd TES has the essential job of evaluating and implementing new equipment, software and weapon systems specifically for the B-2 fleet. "We test avionic computers and software to verify
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2013
U.S. Air Force Capt. Phillip Ervie, 509th Bomb Wing Judge Advocate chief of adverse actions, provides legal assistance to an Airman at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Oct. 30, 2013. The military justice system is designed to promote good order and discipline and to ensure mission accomplishment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nick Wilson/Released) Supporting the mission through legal assistance
Even as B-2 Spiritss are flying overhead and operations are in full swing, a dedicated team of legal professionals are constantly working to ensure Team Whiteman and her Airmen are in full compliance with the laws they serve to protect. The 509th Bomb Wing Legal Office provides support and advice to commanders and base agencies on a variety of
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2013
A slit lamp is used to evaluate the eyes of Alyssa White, 509th Medical Operations Squadron optometry technician, in the optometry clinic at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Sept. 4, 2013. The slit lamp is also used to help check for proper fit of contact lenses on patients’ eyes.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nick Wilson/Released) "Eyes on" the mission
To provide support for nuclear deterrence and global strike operations, Airmen first need to be able to see.Members of the 509th Medical Operations Squadron (MDOS) are responsible for providing vision care to more than 2,000 Service members each year. The optometry clinic at Whiteman leads this charge by offering routine eye exams to all
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2013
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Chad Grauerholz, 509th Maintenance Squadron electrical environment technician, recharges a B-2 Spirit battery at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Oct. 15, 2013. B-2 batteries must be charged every other day for 12 hours to ensure the B-2s are provided adequate power for operation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keenan Berry/Released) Electrical environmental: From the back shop to the sky!
Before pilots complete their mission planning, before aircraft are cleared for take-off, the 509th Maintenance Squadron Electrical Environment back shop crew aircraft work behind the scenes to ensure they are mission-ready. The 509th MXS Electrical Environment back shop crew performs inspections to ensure all components are functioning properly on
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2013
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class William Butler, 509th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment technician, inspects the pockets of a back automatic-22 parachute to ensure the presence of strobe lights, Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Oct. 9, 2013. Strobe lights are used to signal for rescue once the pilot has ejected and is awaiting extraction. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keenan Berry/Released) Aircrew flight equipment formula: Safety, training and camaraderie
When pilots suit up and prepare for a mission, they have a lot on their minds - the long hours they will spend in the cockpit, various flight patterns and other mission objectives. With all these important demands on their attention, they need to know that their life-support equipment is ready to go in case of emergency. Thanks to the professionals
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2013
Senior Airman Bryenna Breckheimer, 2012 Air Force Global Strike Command Outstanding Airman of the Year, visits with Airmen from the 509th Logistics Readiness Squadron at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Sept. 25, 2013. As part of her tour, Breckheimer learned about how each shop contributes to the Whiteman mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keenan Berry/Released) AFGSC Outstanding Airman of the Year visits Whiteman
The 2012 Air Force Global Strike Command Outstanding Airman of the Year visited Whiteman Sept. 25-26 to interact with Airmen and hear their thoughts on improving the Air Force.Senior Airman Bryenna Breckheimer visited squadrons within the 509th Bomb Wing to gather information on improving Airmens' work environments, careers and the base
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2013
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