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1st Lt. Diana Wong, assigned to the 509th Force Support Squadron at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., takes a moment to appreciate the sunrise on Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Feb. 11, 2013. On the last day of the hike, the group set off at 11:30 p.m. to make it to the peak nine hours later to catch the view. (Courtesy photo/Released) Lieutenant conquers Kilimanjaro
On Feb. 14, 1st Lt. Diana Wong found herself standing atop Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa, and the largest free-standing peak in the world.Just three months earlier, she had been burnt out from work and a full-time graduate school course load. After seeing a pamphlet for the mountain, she made a decision -- it was time to mix up
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Bernard Jones, 509th Civil Engineer Squadron sign maker, weeds sign material and visually checks for flaws on a sign at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., March 11, 2013. The flaws Jones is checking for are errors in colors, spelling and other blemishes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nick Wilson/Released) 509th CES Sign Shop - Whiteman's third base coach
(Editor's note: This is part three of a three-part series about the 509th Civil Engineer Squadron Heavy Repair section.) "Halt!"A base police officer stops a civilian wandering past a restricted area sign. The restricted area sign helps establish boundaries on base, providing notification to individuals that entry beyond a certain point is
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Education is a priority for many members of Team Whiteman. As of March 11, 2013, when the Air Force announced the suspension of the Tuition Assistance program, 24 percent of active-duty Airmen at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., were receiving TA funds—907 Airmen overall. Whiteman’s dedicated team of education professionals is always eager to help individuals come up with an education plan and the strategy to pay for it. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexandra M. Boutte/RELEASED) The Whiteman Education Center - Helping Airmen finance their future
With the suspension of the Tuition Assistance program, Airmen across the service have been left wondering the same question - "How am I going to pay for my education?" The Whiteman Education Center's answer - "Come see us." "People that had approved TAs are going to be honored," said Darla Rush, 509th Force Support Squadron force development flight
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Airman 1st Class Christopher Amsel, 509th Maintenance Squadron egress systems journeyman, inspects a retaining pin on a training ejection seat parachute at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., March 19, 2013. The egress shops work schedule varies depending on flight operations each week. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Bryan Crane/Released) Egress integration shop – the pilot’s last line of defense
If a mishap occurs during flight, it is vital that pilots be able to safely eject from the cockpit. The 509th Maintenance Squadron egress shop is responsible to ensure they can accomplish just that.The egress shop's mission is to handle required maintenance for all parts of the ejection seats in the B-2 Spirit and T-38 Talon."We are responsible for
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Staff Sgt. Blaine Caudill, 509th Operations Support Squadron air traffic control watch supervisor, scans the skies around Whiteman Air Force Base for birds, March 11, 2013. Scanning for birds is an important procedure that helps prevent accidental strikes by aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keenan Berry/Released) On the watch around the clock
Despite the ease with which they carry themselves and the cool, calm and collected attitude they display to the public, pilots have one of the most intense jobs in the world - flying multi-million dollar aircraft to their destination.  Part of being a pilot is possessing excellent vision, but even then, they cannot always see everything. They often
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Default Air Force Logo A dream becomes a reality
Senior Airman Nia Newton is one of those Airmen who strives to accomplish any goals that she sets for herself. One of those goals has always been to use her vocal talents on the job. Recently, that goal became a reality, as Newton was chosen to fill one of only 32 positions on the 2013 Tops in Blue tour. For Newton, this is more than just an
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Zachary Hildebrand, Kansas City Blues Rugby Club player, tries to evade a tackle during practice in Kansas City, Mo., March 14, 2013. A U.S. Air Force staff sergeant stationed at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Hildebrand plays rugby for its physicality, brotherhood and chaotic, yet organized, nature. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brigitte N. Brantley/Released) For the love of rugby
"Bring the heat, bring the pain." These demands from the captain of the Kansas City Blues Rugby Club set off another no-holds-barred match of colliding bodies, shouted expletives and bloody injuries. This sport, played worldwide by men hell-bent on barreling through any opponent who dares get in their way on the field, is known for both the vicious
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Senior Airman David Sanchez, 509th Maintenance Squadron aerospace ground technician, performs a routine oil change on his vehicle at Spirit Auto, Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., March 12, 2013. Customers can use a vehicle bay to conduct self-help projects on their vehicles, or make an appointment to have their car serviced. (U.S. Air Force photo by Heidi Hunt/Released) Spirit Auto: Going the distance
"Car problems are awesome," said no one ever. While vehicle trouble is inevitable, many find it challenging to be without their own transportation. When these troubles leave Airmen without their own wheels, getting to and from work and tackling daily errands can become an issue. Fortunately, the 509th Force Support Squadron provides Team Whiteman
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WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. – The 509th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Emergency Services flight is on-call 24/7. The fire services mission is to prevent fires, minimize injuries and loss of lives, protect property and the environment during periods of peace, war, military operations other than war and humanitarian support operations for those charged in their care. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Bryan Crane)(Released) Firefighter brings positive attitude
Houses catch on fire, vehicles collide, carbon dioxide detectors begin to warble...No matter what the emergency, Tech. Sgt. Cory McGee of the 509th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Emergency Services and the rest of the Whiteman Fire Department are always prepared to take it on.Being a firefighter can be a daring job, but it is something that McGee has
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WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. -- Petty Officer 1st Class Lisa Vanharn, Coastal Riverine Squadron 11, Detachment Alpha 2 information technician, provides classroom training to Naval reservists during their drill weekend, Feb. 9, 2013. Many of the security team members are gunner’s mates, masters-at-arms, logistics support personnel, information technicians or operations specialists. (U.S. Air Force photo/Heidi Hunt) (Released) Naval reservists train in America's heartland
Far from any shoreline, settled in the Midwest, the U.S. Navy's Coastal Riverine Squadron 11 is anchored in America's heartland. More than 70 Sailors, consisting primarily of security specialists and various others career fields, gather at Whiteman monthly to accomplish unit readiness and mission preparedness tasks."Coastal Riverine Squadron 11
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