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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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WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. – U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jim Gargano, 509th Maintenance Squadron metals technology assistant section chief, welds a connector of a B-2 Spirit Bomber tail pipe liner, Mar. 6. Technicians make use of a wide variety of equipment, including welders, grinders, mills and lathes.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandra M. Boutte) (RELEASED) The art behind the aircraft
In today's fast-paced Air Force, one might think an artistic point of view and sense of creativity are not necessary to accomplishing the mission. Tech. Sgt. Jim Gargano would disagree.Gargano, a metals technology assistant section chief in the 509th Maintenance Squadron, has worked on a metallic canvas for 19 years in the Air Force, and the 509th
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WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. -- Jack Crain, 509th Civil Engineer Squadron locksmith, inspects a stack of job orders, March 6. Team Whiteman’s locksmiths are accountable for more than 1,200 job orders each year. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Nick Wilson) (Released) Saving the world, one lock at a time
(Editor's note: This is part two of a three-part series about the 509th Civil Engineer Squadron Heavy Repair section.)The world's first lock and key was made of wood and used by the Egyptians more than 4,000 years ago. As societies discovered new ways to make locks more sophisticated, criminals unveiled just-as- innovative techniques for picking
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Default Air Force Logo Women’s History Month impacts all Airmen
Without the historical contributions of women in the military, the Air Force culture and society would not be the same. On March 1, 1987, Congress passed a resolution designating March as Women's History Month.Since the early days of the Women's Auxiliary Corps, to the Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron, our mothers, sisters and wives have helped
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AFI 36-2903, Section 3.1.2.2. states, “… male Airmen may have mustaches; however they will be conservative (moderate, being within reasonable limits; not excessive or extreme) and will not extend downward beyond the lip line of the upper lip or extend sideways beyond a vertical line drawn upward from both corners of the mouth. See Figure 3-1, reference points B, C, and D.” (U.S. Air Force Graphic/Senior Airman Torey Griffith) Mustache Madness
As March rolls around, Team Whiteman may notice more and more facial hair around base. This is no coincidence, as some members on the base will be participating in Mustache March.Some may be thick and full, some may be small and shaped, and some may not even resemble a mustache at all. Either way, the month promises to be fun, and a great morale
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WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. – Airman 1st Class Fernando Aguilera, 509th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordinance Disposal team member, operates a robot, Feb. 27. Aguilera is checking to ensure that the robot is capable of picking up an improvised explosive device. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Keenan Berry) (Released) EOD is the BOMB
Explosive devices - for years they have plagued our troops overseas, and they can pose a threat at home, too. One group of dedicated Service members at Whiteman is devoted to mitigating that threat. That team is EOD. The 509th Explosive Ordnance Disposal team trains every day to prepare for any situation and to defeat explosive devices, said Senior
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WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. -- Senior Airman Michael Rafael, 509th Civil Engineer Squadron structural journeyman, welds a box blade for a snow plow, Feb. 27. Structural journeymen are responsible for maintaining knowledge and proficiency in metal layout, metal fabrication, welding, cutting, brazing and lock-smithing. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Nick Wilson) (Released) Keeping structures strong
As Mother Nature's resources naturally break down with time, so does the infrastructure on base. Buildings age, pipes wear down and other vital assets require replacement. This creates a balancing act for unit facility managers as they try to perform their primary duties and juggle the multiple issues that make buildings seem as if they are
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