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WARRENSBURG, Mo. -- Airman 1st Class Matt Bushek, 509th Security Forces Squadron, and William Eckinger play a round of Bingo at the Missouri Veteran's Home in Warrensburg, Mo., July 19.  Airman Bushek and classmates from the First Term Airman Center visited the home to blend the values of America's greatest generation with the innovation and vigor of the Air Force's newest members.(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Torey Griffith) (Released) FTAC transitions new Airmen to the mission
Henry David Thoreau said, "things do not change; we change."  The transition from the civilian lifestyle to the military lifestyle is one of the most drastic transformations a person could make in his or her life.  One program, however, aims to transition Airmen to their first duty assignment efficiently, while setting the standards and
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2010
WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. - Staff Sgt. Donnecha Blackmon, 509th Maintenance Group, Air Force Repair Enhancement Program lead circuit card repair technician, repairs circuit cards in support of Whiteman AFB and tenant units, July 22. Sergeant Stewart recently repaired an interface card for the 509th Maintenance Squadron avionics test station. The circuit card repair saved the Air Force $370,000 and allowed uninterrupted avionics interface testing. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Charles D. Larkin Sr.)  (Released).                                            Airman's ingenuity prevents short circuit
Cutting costs and saving money is at the forefront of many organizations' agendas. The law of supply and demand plays a major factor in the price of equipment; finding alternatives to scarce and pricey items is considered a significant win. Staff Sgt. Donnecha Blackmon, 509th Maintenance Group Air Force Repair Enhancement Program lead circuit card
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Members of the 376th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron recently delivered school supplies to the students of a local elementary school in Bishkek, Kyrgystan. The supplies were donated by Clinton, Mo. residents and 509th Logistics Readiness Squadron Airmen. (Courtesy photo) 509th LRS, Clinton residents donate school supplies to Kyrgyz students
"Always render more and better service than is expected of you, no matter what your task may be," -- Augustine "Og" Mandino, Bestselling Author.Last month, Capt. Sofia Ciro, 509th Logistics Readiness Squadron, currently deployed with the 376th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron, Manas Air Base, Kyrgyzstan, requested assistance from the
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2010
WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. - Staff Sgt. Charles Malone, 509th Operation Support Squadron weather forecaster, readies a surveying instrument as part of the Tactical Meteorological System Observing station, July 6. The TMOS systems can be set up and sending data in 15 minutes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Carlin Leslie)(Released)
Eyes of the storm
It came as a surprise to some; the line of low, dark clouds quickly devouring the western horizon. What had been a still, humid, summer day quickly transformed into torrents of rain, small hail and damaging winds.The forecasters at the 509th Operations Support Squadron Weather Operations Center have been anticipating the action. As the local
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2010
WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. - Leaving dogs outside in extreme heat can subject them to heat exhaustion, heat stroke, brain damage, or even death. To report any unattended dogs left outside for long periods of time, call security forces (660)687-3700. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Carlin Leslie)
Keeping dogs healthy this summer
Suffocating heat has invaded Missouri these recent summer days and residents have been finding ways to combat its effects. Unfortunately, pets and man's best friend in particular, aren't as lucky in obtaining shelter and water from the sun's rays. According to a pet-care website, dogs can't sweat as easily as humans. Dogs have very few sweat
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WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo., -- Airman 1st Class Ben Smyser, 509th Logistic Readiness Squadron Aircraft Part Store technician, fills a maintenance order that is needed for an aircraft on July 14.
(U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jason Huddleston) (Released)

Part of the mission
A necessary component of the B-2 stealth bomber isn't working. The missing piece to this puzzle is among thousands of parts in a warehouse that has no shelves, containers, or systems that organize the items. Instead, there is a massive pile of hundreds of thousands of parts. To prevent chaos like this, Airman from the 509th Logistics Readiness
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2010
SOUTHWEST ASIA -- Staff Sgt. Mitchel Cooney, 379th Air Expeditionary Wing, Commercial Engineer Squadron, at the beginning of his shift as the TCN supervisor. Sergeant Cooney returned from his four-month deployment, May 23. From the Frontlines: Staff Sgt. Mitchel Cooney
From sunrise to sundown, vigilant efforts are needed to help fight the global war on terror. As U.S. and coalition forces assist in the rebuilding of Iraq, third-country-national workers are brought onto installations to build, clean and learn under the watchful eyes of their escorts. Staff Sgt. Mitchel Cooney, 509th Communication Squadron
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WHITEMAN AFB, Mo. - Staff Sgt. Tyler Campbell, 509th Munitions Squadron, installs an arming device into a 500-pound MK-82 bomb during a practice session for the Air Force Global Strike Command Challenge, Jul. 12. Sergeant Campbell was assigned to install the arming devices on each of the 12 bombs during the practice session. Whiteman Airmen ready for first AFGSC Global Strike Challenge
A total force team from the 509th and 131st Munitions Squadron were put to the test during a practice competition Monday in preparation for the first Global Strike Challenge later this month.B-2 Spirit, B-52 Stratofortress, B-1 Lancer, and Intercontinental Ballistic Missile units are competing in the first Global Strike Challenge, showcasing the
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2010
Default Air Force Logo There's a fungus among us
High humidity and an abundance of rain aren't at the top of many Missouri residents' list of things that make life grand, but if you happen to be a mold spore, this summer's weather is cause to rejoice.Mold thrives where there is oxygen, moisture and organic material to feed on. Its purpose on Earth is to to breakdown decaying material, but certain
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2010
WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo., -- Senior Airman Ashley Hussian 393rd Aircrew Flight Equipment technician, inspects the air advanced concept ejection survival vest. The vest contains a weapon, flare, water, and additional life preserving items. 
(U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jason Huddleston) (Released)

"Chuting" for Safety
It's a sunny Tuesday afternoon when you receive an unexpected call. The man on the line informs you an F-16 containing the parachute you personally packed, just went down. Do you trust your work? Are you in fear for the Airmen's lives?Master Sgt. Timothy Mertes, 509th Operations Support Squadron superintendent of aircrew flight equipment, said he
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