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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Wesley Martinez, 509th Maintenance Squadron egress technician, removes screws from mission commander hatch during an routine inspection Aug. 12, 2014 at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. The hatches must be removed for inspections on the ACES II ejection seats to ensure serviceability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keenan Berry/Released) EGRESS: The perfection of ejection
The 509th and 131st Maintenance Squadron egress shop works hand-in-hand, maintaining each B-2's egress system to ensure they function properly for pilot safety. "We swap out the emergency equipment, maintain all explosive time changes and ensure there are no defects on the ejection seats," said Staff Sgt. Paul Blake, 509th MXS egress system
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2014
Senior Airman Adam Bairos, 509th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron electronic warfare journeyman, changes a baby doll’s diaper as part of a hands-on exercise for Dads the Basics at the Professional Development Center at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., July 18, 2014. Dads the Basics is a course that teaches soon-to-be fathers the fundamentals of caring for a baby. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nick Wilson/Released) Teaching Dads "The Basics"
On a late night, emergency ambulance services respond to an incident at base housing. They arrive on scene to find a four-week old infant lying cold and motionless.His skin has a black and blue tint. His face is swollen and unrecognizable, due to Shaken Baby Syndrome, which is the "leading cause of death in abusive head trauma cases," according to
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2014
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Mitchell Jones, 442nd Maintenance Squadron welder, wields a piece of metal at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Mo., July 16, 2014. The metal inert gas wielder is used wield pieces of metal, making them reusable. The 442nd MXS is part of the 442nd Fighter Wing, th eonly Air Force Reserve Command wing located in the State of Missouri. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Airman 1st Class Keenan Berry/Released) A job 'weld' done
Sparks fly, metal grinds and heat radiates from heavy machinery as Airmen from the 442nd Maintenance Squadron metals technology shop prepare their products for the Warthogs.In addition to welding metals for the A-10s the shop prepares a wide variety of metals for different base agencies."We make and repair aerospace ground equipment," said Staff
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2014
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Joshua Batman,509th Operations Support Squadron air traffic controller, operates a light gun at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., July 10, 2014. The light gun is used to communicate safety and movement signals to individuals on the flightline. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keenan Berry/Released) Whiteman Tower: Eyes on the Skies
When you are flying an aircraft, there are many things you must remain aware of, and even Team Whiteman's pilots need help navigating all the hurdles within the airspace.Helping pilots navigate theses hurdles are the Airmen from the 509th Operations Support Squadron air traffic control tower. The Airmen watch and examine the airspace, mitigating
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2014
(From left) U.S. Air Force Senior Airmen Lorenza Kates and Victoria Hill, 455th Expeditionary Communications Squadron mail clerks deliver mail at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan June 26, 2014.  Kates and Hill are responsible for handling mail for Airmen in the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing. They handle thousands of packages and letters per month.  Kates is deployed from Davis Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. and a native of Dublin, Ga. Hill is deployed from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. and a native of Blanchard, La.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Evelyn Chavez) You've got mail: Postal Airmen deliver a little piece of home
Care packages, online orders and letters are the little things Airmen at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan look forward to while deployed. The 455th Expeditionary Communications Squadron mail clerks work daily to boost morale by delivering little pieces of happiness for Airmen throughout the wing."My favorite part of the job is seeing people's faces
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2014
U.S. Air Force Capt. Jessica Shalita, 509th Medical Support Squadron pharmacist, counts controlled medications at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., June 18, 2014.  This procedure is done to ensure to ensure both the prescription count and remaining stock are accurate. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keenan Berry/Released) Prescription: Joy in Treating Whiteman
The 509th Medical Support Squadron Pharmacy Element works behind the scenes to provide cures to fight against many common ailments and keep the base populous in good health.The Pharmacy element processes 125,000 prescriptions per year for active duty members, dependents, and retirees. Pharmacy technicians counsel patients on what their medications
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2014
Chief Master Sgt. Shawn Drinkard, 509th Bomb Wing command chief Inspired command chief motivates others
If you have not yet gotten a chance to spend time with our new command chief as he zig zags around base meeting Airmen, brace yourself. Chief Master Sgt. Shawn Drinkard, 509th Bomb Wing command chief, is a very passionate, extremely energetic, and highly motivated leader who loves to get shoulder-to-shoulder with the Airmen while they provide
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2014
Carolina McGarrigle, 509th Force Support Squadron housekeeper, makes a bed at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., June 25, 2014. Preparing rooms are essential to providing presentable living areas for guests. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keenan Berry/Released) The Whiteman Inn: Ensuring excellence and great customer service
There is a refreshing scent in the air, a welcome mat to greet visitors, friendly smiles behind the front desk to greet guests making them feel at home. This is the atmosphere of the Whiteman Inn here on base. The Whiteman Inn offers rooms for all branches of the Armed Forces as well as retirees, Department of Defense civilians and their family
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2014
Staff Sgt. Matthew Tidball, 509th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels hydrants supervisor, inspects a sample of JP-8 Jet Fuel at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., July 1, 2014. Before beginning to cross-train Tidball has worked as fuels distribution operator and supervisor, fuels service center technician, fuels accountant and his current job as fuels hydrants supervisor. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bryan Crane/Released) Gunning for the Future
Have you ever watched "We Were Soldiers" or "Black Hawk Down" and thought to yourself, "Man it would be really cool shooting a machine gun out of a helicopter"? Staff Sgt. Mathew Tidball, 509th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels hydrants supervisor, is taking that thought to real life as he cross trains into Special Missions Aviation and has
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2014
Airman 1st Class Natalie Wainscott, 509th MXS Low Observable aircraft structural maintainer, removes a B-2 Spirit gap filler at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., June 12, 2014. This is done to prevent further damage to tape resulting from oil leakage. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keenan Berry/Released) There's no good offense without good defense
The B-2 Spirit is an aircraft with unique offensive capabilities and a good offense starts with a good defense. The 509th Maintenance Squadron Low Observable Maintenance flight makes sure the B-2's defense is maintained well within its stealth ability every day."We work on time consuming projects that can range anywhere from a month to three or
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2014
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