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Default Air Force Logo Summer leadership program sharpens youth skills
For many teens, summer months bring-on carefree days and study breaks. But for some, warmer days can mean getting involved in extracurricular activities and team building exercises. Members of the Whiteman Teen Leadership Academy recently returned from a leadership conference in Cincinnati, July 11. There, 10 teenagers, ages 13-18, spent a week
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2010
WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. - Airman 1st Class Brandon Mills, 509th Operations Support Squadron airfield management, marks a portion of the flightline that requires maintenance, Aug. 4. Cracked concrete can cause foreign object debris on the flightline and can hinder flightline operations. Airfield management personnel conduct numerous checks throughout the day to prevent FOD. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jason Barebo) Keeping personnel, aircraft safe on the ground
It is commonly accepted that safety is everyone's responsibility. For one 509th operations flight, safety plays a critical role in protecting flightline personnel and assets.Airfield management specialists from the 509th Operational Support Squadron highlight safety by managing aircraft arrivals and departures, responding to emergencies, and
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2010
Tech. Sgt. Nick McRoberts, 442nd Fighter Wing crew chief, chooses a snack offered by the first sergeants during the operational readiness exercise July 8, 2010. The 442nd FW is an Air Force Reserve unit at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Danielle Wolf) Taking care of Airmen: First Sergeants boost morale during ORI
Despite the heat and humidity during the July operational readiness mini-exercise and inspection, one group of Airmen could be seen smiling even through their chem gear - the first sergeants.Throughout the 442nd Fighter Wing's exercises and inspections the first sergeants had one goal: To boost morale. To do this, they loaded up a van full of
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2010
LINCOLN, Mo. - Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars 2591 march in the community parade. Lincoln is a small community near Highway 65, just north of Lake of the Ozarks and Truman Reservoir.  Located in Benton County, it could easily be described as "The Front Door to the Twin Lakes Area of Lake of the Ozarks and Truman Lake". BCC links Airmen to surrounding communities
(Editor's note: This is the first of a series highlighting the BCC featured communities.)WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. -- Henry Ford once said "Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, and working together is success."For more than 20 years, Whiteman AFB has been building and maintaining relationships within 18 surrounding
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2010
WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo.- Airman First Class Barry Hochderffer, 509th Civil Engineer Squadron, draws  a sample downstream from the treatment plant, July 22. This sample is the most crucial in the whole treatment process, measuring Whiteman's footprint on the local environment.(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Carlin Leslie) 
Sifting through the sludge creates clean solutions
The impact of the gulf coast oil crisis has shown us the harmful realties when dangerous chemicals are released into the environment. In an effort to reduce pollution, Team Whiteman's is doing its part to decrease its environmental foot print. To ensure water is up to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources standards and to guarantee Team
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2010
WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo.,- Senior Airman Jacob Rosko,509th Medical Operations Squadron ambulance service technician, trains Airman 1st Class Matthew Mendoza, 509th Medical Squadron ambulance service technician, on the morning ambulance checklist July 27. The team checks all equipment at the start of every shift. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cody H. Ramirez) (Released) Ambulance Services: First response in emergency care
The emergency medical team rushes to the ambulance after receiving a dispatch call reporting a middle-aged man having chest pains. The two medical professionals, an Independent Duty Medical Technician and an Emergency Medical Technician driver, crank-up the eight-cylinder diesel and blaze the sirens. Within the next few minutes, they will be
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2010
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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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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2010
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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