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Master Sgt. Trapper Otto, 509th Security Forces Squadron first sergeant, and Senior Airman Matthew Stivala, 509th Security Forces Squadron response force member, inspect an M-4 rifle at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., May 1, 2014. U.S. Air Force first sergeants are responsible for the morale, welfare and well-being of the enlisted members of their respective squadrons.(U.S Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joel Pfiester/Released) A first sergeant's job is never done
Whenever an Airman needs help with their personal well-being or requires counseling or guidance for not living up to the core values, they come to the person with the diamond on his or her chevrons. Master Sgt. Trapper Otto, 509th Security Forces Squadron's first sergeant, is one of these "diamond sharp" individuals. Originally a hydraulics
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James Sales, 509th Bomb Wing demand reduction program manager, puts a specimen bottle into a box at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., May 6, 2014. Demand reduction program personnel must perform a final quality control check on specimen bottles prior to packaging and shipping. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keenan Berry/Released) Demand Reduction keeps Whiteman running
The 509th Bomb Wing Demand Reduction Program at Whiteman Air Force Base has been operating for 20 years to ensure Whiteman succeeds in keeping the community safe and the environment drug-free."We randomly test civilian and military personnel for drugs," said James Sales, 509th Bomb Wing demand reduction program manager. Some of the types of testing
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2014
Master Sgt. Jay Scoda, 509th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron special section chief, poses with the two newest additions to his family, Iryna and Jayson. Scoda and his wife, Trina, recently adopted the children. (Courtesy photo) Adding to the family
When a new family member arrives, there are a multitude of different feelings ranging from love to excitement. For one Whiteman family, their multitude of love and excitement was multiplied by two.Master Sgt. Jay Scoda, 509th Maintenance Squadron special section chief, along with his wife Trina, recently adopted 13-year-old Iryna, and 5-year-old
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2014
Master Sgt. Josef Albert, commandant of Whiteman’s Airman Leadership School, was recognized as Air Force Global Strike Command 2013 Senior NCO of the Year. He earned the the prestigious award for his role as commandant, community involvement, educational accomplishments, and instructing more than 230 Airmen annually on the importance of being good leaders and role models. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bryan Crane/Released) Leading by example: Master Sgt. Josef Albert
Twelve years ago, Senior Airman Josef Albert was in Airman Leadership School learning the finer points of being a supervisor and an NCO in the world's greatest Air Force.Today, Master Sergeant Albert is commandant of Whiteman's Airman Leadership School, and was recently named Air Force Global Strike Command's 2013 Senior NCO of the Year, earning
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2014
Tech. Sgt. Christopher Kitts, 509th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment quality assurance, was recognized as Air Force Global Strike Command 2013 NCO of the Year. During 2013, he led COPE NORTH AFE, altered 1.6K-sq.-ft. shop consisting of 253 pilots and saved the Air Force $798K The award triad: dedication, hard work and selflessness!
Air Force Global Strike Command recently announced its 2013 Airmen of the Year, and among them was one of Whiteman's finest.Tech. Sgt. Christopher Kitts, 509th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment quality assurance, was recognized as the Global Strike NCO of the Year for his outstanding achievements over the course of the year."I
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Airman 1st Class Lance Lockett, 509th Maintenance Squadron aerospace ground equipment apprentice, removes a hydraulic line from a 30-ton jack at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., April 9, 2014. This task is done in preparation for a new paint job, which helps prevent corrosion from occurring on jack. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keenan Berry/Released) Ground Power Leads To Air Power!
The loud purr from generators and steady grind of electrical drills are muffled through bright yellow ear plugs. Intense noise, oil stained boots, and proud faces are elements displaying the efforts of dedicated Airmen working 24/7, supporting Whiteman's air power by providing ground power."We take care of all the ground support equipment the crew
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2014
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Dustin Cournoyer, 509th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels laboratory technician, removes a single weight from a sampler at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. April 1, 2014. This portion of the weekly inspection is done to ensure there is no sediment within the fuel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keenan Berry/Released)  Refueled and ready to go!
For many years, fuel has been a vital source behind multiple forms of transportation mobility. This source is an important piece to the Whiteman mission because the base and the B-2 Spirit's success depend on it to keep the mission going.The 509th Logistics Readiness Squadron's fuel management flight works 24/7 to equip the aircraft with Jet-A
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Airmen from the 509th Munitions Squadron conventional maintenance section crew strap down two GBU-31 Joint Direct Attack Munitions to an MHU-110 trailer at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., April 1, 2014. The 509th Munitions Squadron conventional maintenance section is responsible for building, testing and maintaining munitions for different aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keenan Berry/Released) The key to destruction
When engaging in a combat mission against the enemy our combat aircraft must be equipped with reliable munitions, ready to deploy at a moment's notice. Without munitions, combat aircraft are simply static displays. The Airmen of the 509th Munitions Squadron conventional maintenance section are responsible for building, testing, and maintaining the
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2014
U.S. Air Force Chris Finkes, 509th Civil Engineer Squadron crew chief, left, and Senior Airman Tony Beaudry, 509th CES operator, extinguish a fire during controlled burn training at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., March 19, 2014. This training allows firefighters to get a “feel” for the fire, as well as extinguishing it. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keenan Berry/Released) Whiteman firefighters turn-up the heat
A dark smoke-filled house is set ablaze. The high-pitched symphony of sirens reverberates in the distance. The echo of stomping boots sprinting toward the monstrous inferno. The cool, calm facial expressions worn by firefighters portray bravery and determination as they prepare to extinguish the blazing terror.To many people this compares to a
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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Annemieke LeBorgne, 509th Medical Operations Squadron NCO in charge of Occupational Health, samples a liquid at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., March 12, 2014. All foreign liquids are brought to the lab for testing and evaluation purposes.   (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keenan Berry/Released) A team with chemistry
There are many hazardous materials capable of causing massive damage and hindering the mission. Exposure to hazardous materials could cause health related problems or even result in death. To prevent these possibilities, the 509th Medical Operations Squadron Bioenvironmental Engineering Flight works every day to find solutions to protect Whiteman
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