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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Pablo Novel-Valdez, left, and Senior Airman Lance Voegtline, biomedical equipment technicians (BMET) with the 509th Medical Support Squadron, inspect dental equipment at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Oct. 13, 2016. BMETs are responsible for ensuring approximately 1,043 equipment items at the medical group are functioning correctly. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Danielle Quilla) Biomedical has the fix on your health
The blood pressure machine beeped as the cuff slowly released the pressure from the patient’s upper arm. Standing at five foot ten inches, the dedicated long distance runner thought this would be a routine check-up. However, to his surprise, the nurse read off the measurement to be 140 over 90. Does this mean stage one hypertension or a machine error?
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Melissa E. Lewman, the master planning manager and directorate of public works assigned to U.S. Forces-Afghanistan, stands on an armored vehicle at Bagram Airfield (BAF), Afghanistan, May 11, 2016. Lewman was responsible for managing more than 77 high profile projects and overseeing identification and documentation of more than 2,800 properties on BAF. (U.S. Army photo by Jet Fabara) Whiteman civilian supports Operation FREEDOM’S SENTINEL
With her hair tied up in a bun and “DOD CIVILIAN” sown on the left of her multicam uniform, one civilian deployed a year alongside U.S. service members in support of Operation FREEDOM’S SENTINEL.
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U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Michael Becker, the explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) flight chief assigned to the 509th Civil Engineer Squadron, poses next to a F6A robot at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Aug. 22, 2016. Becker is the Air Force recipient of the 2016 Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs Grateful Nation Award for his superior conduct in the war on terrorism and designing new state-of-the-art robotics systems to keep Airmen safe inside assault vehicles during missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Danielle Quilla) Whiteman Airman receives 2016 JINSA Grateful Nation Award
Every year since 2003, the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA) Grateful Nation Award is presented to six members, one from each branch of the U.S. Armed Forces and the U.S. Special Operations Command, who are recognized for having distinguished themselves through superior conduct in the war on terrorism.
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U.S. Air Force Maj. Michael Granberry, the 394th Combat Training Squadron T-38 Talon assisted director of operations of the Companion Trainer Program (CTP), adjusts his gear prior to boarding a T-38 Talon aircraft at Whiteman Air Force Base, July 12, 2016. Unsecured gear during in-flight emergencies can lead to complications during egress procedures. Talons Out: Companion Trainer Program keeps pilots in air
The T-38 Talon plays a vital role in the Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., mission; it provides the needed training for pilots to keep the B-2 Spirit in the air. Pilots have monthly in-flight training requirements that must be met in order maintain their mission ready status. Every pilot stationed here depends on the T-38 aircraft to obtain and maintain their certification requirements.
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Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Robert Fortney, center, a former 13th Bomb Squadron (BS) commander, and his family tour the B-2 Spirit during their visit with Lt. Col. Matthew Newell, third from right, the current 13th BS commander, and fellow Team Whiteman members at Whiteman Air Force Base (AFB), Mo., July 26, 2016. During the Cuban Missile Crisis, Fortney was chief of the control division at Barksdale AFB, La. He later transferred to Andersen AFB, Guam as the vice commander from June 1966 through July 1968. While at Andersen, he flew numerous B-52 Stratofortress missions over Vietnam. In 1968, he served as base commander of Blytheville AFB, Ark., until his retirement in June 1971. (U.S Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jazmin Smith) 13 BS upholds legacy: I wanted to fly
Retired Col. Alvin R. Fortney commanded the 13th Bomb Squadron (BS) during the Korean War from December 1951-July 1952. Since he held the rank of major at the time he was selected, Fortney also received a spot promotion to lieutenant colonel as the position was slated. During his command, he was instrumental in bringing about the conversion of the 13th BS to a “hardnosed” squadron.
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Lauren Palmer, a 509th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander support staff personnel craftsman, left, and her husband, David Roberts, look at old photos May 13, 2016. The couple reminisced on memories from before Lauren was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in October 2014. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Michaela R. Slanchik) More than surviving
"Other people get cancer, not me," said U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Lauren Palmer, a 509th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (AMXS) commander support staff (CSS) personnel craftsman. "That will never happen to me."That's exactly what Palmer thought--even after she noticed a lump on the bottom of her neck in August 2014.She made a doctor's appointment to
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Default Air Force Logo EFMP smooths transitions for dependents with ASD
Parents deploying, permanent changes of duty station and switching schools come with the territory of being a military child. But, for approximately 20,000 of these children, there is an added layer of complexity: living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), symptoms of ASD include
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Bob Parks, the 13th Bomb Squadron Association (BS) vice president, smiles during his visit at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Dec. 17, 2015. The value of the visit to was to inform Airmen of the unit’s lineage and educate them on opportunities to carry on that legacy through the association. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Keenan Berry) Past meets present: The 13th Bomb Squadron
Three U.S. Air Force veterans visited Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., to help solidify the bond shared between the brothers and sisters of their past unit, the 13th Bomb Squadron (BS). The veterans spoke with different Airmen in the 13th, learning about their current mission as well as sharing stories about their days assigned to the unit.During the
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Catherine Miller, a child and youth program assistant with the 509th Force Support Squadron Susie Skelton Child Development Center (CDC), sit with her students prior to story time at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Dec. 22, 2015. In 2010, Miller began a drive to help veterans spending the holiday season alone. This year, 13 different classrooms at the CDC “adopted” a veteran by collecting items and making them cards. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jazmin Smith) Behind the scenes: Making the holiday season special for veterans
Bells ring as spare change is dropped into a small, red kettle. Gifts of different shapes and sizes, which will soon brighten a child's holiday, are placed under the angel tree. Random acts of kindness can be seen all around. It's the time of year when many people are filled with a desire to serve others.In the military, service members are always
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jacob McSheffrey, a 509th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels distribution operator, fuels an A-10 Thunderbolt II at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Nov. 3, 2015. The fuels shop mission is to ensure aircraft, vehicles and equipment receive fuel with a minimal amount of water and contains no contaminants. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Keenan Berry) POL fuels the mission
The 509th Logistics Readiness Squadron (LRS) petroleum, oil and lubricants (POL) flight works around the clock to fuel the diverse missions of Whiteman Air Force Base. With timeliness and proficiency, they are able to maintain fueling expectations for operational purposes. The POL flight's mission is to ensure aircraft, vehicles and equipment
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