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Airman 1st Class Steven McCray, 13th Aircraft Maintenance Unit B-2 Spirit crew chief, uses a communication cord to speak with pilots during a pre-flight inspection at Whiteman Air Force Base, April 5, 2013. McCray is 23 years old and has been a crew chief in the Air Force for two years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nick Wilson/Released) A day in the life of A1C McCray
His hands are glazed from spatters of grease and oil. His uniform reeks of hydraulic fluid after working a 12-hour shift maintaining a B-2 Spirit.Airman 1st Class Steven McCray, 13th Aircraft Maintenance Unit B-2 crew chief, is one of more than 160 crew chiefs who perform maintenance on the B-2. He is assigned to the maintenance team for the
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Tech. Sgt. Jeremy Sanford, 509th Security Forces Squadron NCOIC of supply, checks the serviceability of a plate carrier at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., March 20, 2013. Instead of using the base logistics readiness squadron to provide equipment to Airmen, the 509th SFS handles all supply matters internally. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nick Wilson/Released) The logistics of defense
When it comes to supplying the mission, many people often think Logistics Readiness is the primary go-to for all Whiteman units. Not so for the 509th Security Forces Squadron. Security Forces' mission is to defend stealth firepower, U.S. resources and the Whiteman community, "anytime ... anywhere." With 24-hour security coverage, the unit resembles
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Senior Airman Victoria Hill, 445th Communications Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron, poses with Dex, an American K-9, during her six-month deployment to Shindand Air Base, Afghanistan, Oct. 25, 2012.  Hill volunteered to wear a full-body suit to help the K-9s practice for real-world situations. (Courtesy photo/Released) From the Frontlines: Senior Airman Victoria Hill
Communication transformation is perpetually ongoing to meet today's mission requirements. Many Air Force agencies count on the support of the Communications Focal Point to centralize and fulfill the priorities. Senior Airman Victoria Hill, 509th Mission Support Group commander's knowledge operations manager, understands this responsibility
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Heather Rieck, 509th Operation Support Squadron weather journeyman, holds a laser range finder, Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., March 20, 2013. The laser range finder emits a laser indicating the distance and temperature of an object. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keenan Berry/Released)  
On the radar with Whiteman weatherman
Weather can be an unpredictable and uncontrollable force of nature. This makes it all the more difficult for the 509th Operation Support Squadron weather flight to do its job.This flight is responsible for predicting what happens before it happens. Because the weather can change at any given time, it is difficult to always provide an accurate
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U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 Marcus Moore with the 1-135th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., says goodbye to his family March 27, 2013, before his deployment to Afghanistan. Moore and his counterparts will be deployed for more than a year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Shelby R. Orozco/Released) Up and away: The 1-135th ARB deploys
Since Whiteman is officially an Air Force base, many people often forget it is home to multiple joint-force partners. One of these is the Army's 1-135th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion. This unit, which flies the Apache helicopter, maintains a high ops tempo, training constantly to support friendly forces on the ground in combat areas. On
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Airmen 1st Class J.C. Hutchins, 509th Maintenance Squadron hydraulic systems repair technician, measures tolerances on a heat stack from a B-2 Spirit brake system at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., March 22, 2013. Heat stacks must be measured to ensure they are not below the minimum required tolerance for flight operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Bryan Crane/Released) Hydro brake-down
With a weight of 160,000 pounds, the B-2 Spirit can be a hard object to slow down. The 509th Maintenance Squadron hydraulic shop's mission is working on the brake system that brings the B-2 to a halt."We are in charge of maintaining all hydraulic systems on the jet," said Staff Sgt. Nathaniel Elms, 509th MXS NCO in-charge of hydraulic systems.
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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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