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WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. -- Members of the 509th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Department put out an aircraft fire at the training pit during the Conventional Operation Readiness Inspection May 16. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel A. Park) 509th BW Airmen receive Meritorious Unit Award
The 509th Bomb Wing recently received recognition for outstanding achievement in direct support of combat operations when Air Combat Command officials bestowed the Meritorious Unit Award. The MUA, the services' newest unit-level award, was created in March 2004 to recognize active duty, Reserve and Guard units for exceptionally meritorious conduct
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2007
WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. -- Maj. David Thompson,131st Fighter Wing, gets reacquainted with a B-2 Sept. 18 before becoming the first fully-qualified B-2 pilot to fly for the Air National Guard Oct. 24. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel Park) Aviator returns to stealth bomber as Air National Guard's first B-2 pilot
"Hey stranger, I thought you got out!" said Staff Sgt. Tim Owens, 509th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron B-2 crew chief, as Maj. David "Skipper" Thompson approached a B-2 Spirit stealth bomber in one of the aircraft docks. Indeed, Major Thompson, rated in both the F-15 and B-2 aircraft, left active duty Air Force in January 2005, but not of the
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2007
Katie Harris looks at gowns at the Airman and family readiness center Oct. 24. Community project helps military spouses
Cinderella was glamorous from head to toe for the night at the prince's ball. Though her dress was elegant and her glass slippers sparkling, she didn't do it alone. It took a fairy godmother to transform her for that ball. Fortunately, looking glamorous for special evenings doesn't take magic for Whiteman spouses. Thanks to a collaboration of the
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2007
Left to right: Gen. John Corley, Air Combat Command commander with headquarters at Langley Air Force Base, Va., presents a check for $50,000 to Col. Garrett Harencak, 509th Bomb Wing commander, at the ACC commander’s conference Oct. 12. Whiteman received the money in recognition of being named ACC’s runner-up in the 2008 Commander in Chief’s Installation Excellence Award installation category. The money will be used for quality of life improvements.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Cecil McCloud) Installation excellence: Whiteman is ACC runner-up, wins $50,000
Whiteman Air Force Base was selected as Air Combat Command's runner-up recipient in the 2008 Commander in Chief's Installation Excellence Award installation category Oct. 12. In recognition of Whiteman's accomplishment, Col. Garrett Harencak, 509th Bomb Wing commander, received a check for $50,000 at the ACC commander's conference to use for
0 10/17
2007
Tech. Sgt. Dale Wilson, 509th Operations Support Squadron, (center) currently assigned to the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing Expeditionary OSS, Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, displays the Navy Achievement Medal citation awarded to him Aug. 31 at a wing staff meeting. (U.S. Air Force photo printed with permission of Tech Sgt. Dale Wilson) Deployed 509er earns Navy Achievement Medal
When two F/A-18 Hornets encountered engine trouble and had to land at an air patch at Ali Al Salem, Air Base, Kuwait, Aug. 25-26, Tech. Sgt. Dale Wilson, 509th Operations Support Squadron, currently deployed to the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing OSS, spent 36 hours in supporting the aircraft pilots and three Navy maintenance repair teams by ensuring
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2007
Retired Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James McCoy, speaks to Team Whiteman's newly selected senior NCOs at the professional development center prior to the SNCO induction ceremony Aug. 24. Chief McCoy, who was guest speaker of the ceremony, entered the Air Force in 1951 and served with the Air Defense Command as a radar operator and instuctor. He was selected as one of the 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Air Force in 1974, and became the sixth chief master sergeant of the Air Force in Aug. 1979. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Rob Hazelett) Office of CMSAF marks 40th year
The date was April 3, 1967, the Air Force wasn't 20 years old and the Department of Defense issued Release Number 274-67. Now, a little more than 40 years since the DoD created the office of Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, that moment in our history continues to evolve and become an important part of the Air Force today. In the early 60s,
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2007
An insurgent acted out by Airman 1st Class Chance Farmer, 509th Security Forces Squadron, fires his M249 Squad Automatic Weapon at a convoy of Airmen at the Cobra Site during Air Expeditionary Combat Skills training Aug 10. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Stephen Linch) Skills for success
Boom! The deafening sound of an improvised explosive device going off brings the convoy to a halt as insurgents open fire. The Airmen the convoy is comprised of answer the small arms fire with their own as they set up a defense for the convoy under siege. This is a scenario Airmen, Soldiers, Marines and Sailors are faced with in deployed locations
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2007
WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. -- Barbara Blair, 509th Bomb Wing demand reduction office, shows an Airman the inside of a sample bottle to confirm the bottle is empty and ready for use. Positive control of sample bottles from the time of issue until final testing is a critical part of the demand reduction process. The control process ensures no foreign contaminates enter the sample and produce a false reading. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jason Barebo) Just the facts about demand reduction
The staff of Whiteman's Demand Reduction Office has heard just about every urban legend and old wives' tale there is concerning the Air Force's use of random urinalysis to test for illicit drug use. Just a few examples include - "There's no way this is random, I get tested every time I come back from leave!"; "They pick you by the last four of your
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2007
WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. -- Members of the 823rd RED HORSE Squadron continue to repair runway 19 as two T-38 Talons fly overhead. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jason Barebo) Whiteman’s runway receives facelift
Major repairs to the base's runway and taxiway alpha have begun and are scheduled through the end of August. Members of the 823d RED HORSE Squadron, deployed from Hurlburt Field, Fla., will replace more than 25 concrete slabs and 25,000 feet of joint sealant during the more than $740,000 project, according to Navy Lt. j.g. Shay Meskill, project
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2007
LSA ANACONDA, Iraq -- Chief Warrant Officer 2 Allen Crist (left) and Chief Warrant Officer 4 Kevin Purtee, check on the medical condition of Spc. Jeffrey Jamaleldine following a harrowing mission to evacuate the wounded Soldier. (U.S. Army photo/Maj. Gregory O’Connor) On a wing and a prayer
"On a wing and a prayer" took on a new meaning recently when an Army warrant officer deployed from Whiteman gave up his seat to a critically-wounded Soldier and rode to safety on the wing of an AH-64 Apache helicopter. The scene: a battlefield in Ar Ramadi, Iraq, June 30. The men involved: Chief Warrant Officer 2 Allen Crist, deployed to Company B,
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