Media Relations

The Whiteman AFB media outreach team works to put our regional neighbors and the world in touch with the U.S. Air Force community at Whiteman Air Force Base. 

Team Whiteman has assembled a comprehensive network of resources, designed to bring our mission to your TV screen, radio and print news sources. From interviews and news event coverage to flyovers by our world-renowned B-2 Spirit, T-38 Talon and A-10 pilots -- Team Whiteman is here for you.

For all media inquiries, please call or e-mail the 509th Bomb Wing Public Affairs Office at 509bw.public.affairs@us.af.mil.

509th Bomb Wing Public Affairs Press Desk: (660)- 687-5727

Media Visits

Are you a reporter and interested in visting Whiteman AFB for an inside look at our people and mission?

To visit Whiteman Air Force Base, all civilian media must have approval and a Public Affairs escort. The 509th Bomb Wing Media Operations team will make arrangements to meet civilian media prior to their arrival and facilitates contact with base representatives. Unless otherwise arranged, base visitors will arrive at Spirit Gate, off Hwy 23, via Spirit Blvd.

Media interested in covering Whiteman AFB events should call 660-687-5727, Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or fill out the media query form below to arrange for an escort and for detailed information regarding upcoming media opportunities. The office has a 24-hour on-call PA representative who can be reached by calling the 509th Bomb Wing Command Post at 660-687-3778 during emergencies and urgent information requests.

If you need more information on our Wing commander, see our Commander's Corner.

Media Training

Are you a military member and have you been contacted by members of the media?

Our Media Operations team facilitates engagement and two-way communication with the service members and the media. Remaining open, honest, and accessible to the maximum extent possible allows greater accuracy, context, and timeliness in communicating with internal and external audiences. 

Personnel assigned to Whiteman AFB will coordinate all official media requests and queries through the 509 BW/PA office.

The 509th Bomb Wing Public Affairs Media Operations office is available to help service members be a better, more confident, more prepared ambassador of the U.S. Air Force.

Inform PA and request your media training today!

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Press Material

A select group of Public Affairs Airmen assigned to the 509th Bomb Wing and total-force associates work dilligently to document the mission of Team Whiteman and offer comprehensive, behind-the-scenes mission coverage of all units on base. We make this material available for public use and information via the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service, DVIDS.

DVIDS provides an accurate, reliable source for media organizations to access U.S. service members and commanders deployed in support of military operations worldwide.

DIVDS is a state-of-the-art, 24/7 operation owned by DMA (Defense Media Activity) that provides a timely, accurate and reliable connection between the media around the world and the military serving at home and abroad.

It enables media outlets to receive immediate, first-hand information and interviews with commanders and subject matter experts directly involved with fast-breaking news. What will you find on DVIDS?

- Products provided in a timely manner via internet distribution and satellite broadcasts.
- Broadcast-quality video from the field.
- A searchable archive of video, photo, print and audio products for interested media and military communities.
- Holiday greetings and special event programming from deployed Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines. 

 Visit the 509th Bomb Wing DVIDS pages now! 

https://www.dvidshub.net/unit/509BWPA-WAFB

The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 amended the Smith–Mundt Act and the Foreign Relations Authorization Act of 1987, allowing for materials produced by the State Department and the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) to be released within U.S. borders and striking down a long-time ban on the dissemination of such material in the United States. This legislation basically states that we must ensure the information we release is factually accurate. It's part of a broader collection of anti-propaganda laws.

Press Releases

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Whiteman Air Force Base closes Commissary
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Whiteman Air Force Base elevates Health Protection Condition to Charlie
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Second confirmed COVID-19 case at Whiteman Air Force Base
Graphic showing the 509th Bomb Wing wing crest and a CDC-provided graphic rendering of the coronavirus.
Team Whiteman declares public health emergency
Graphic showing the 509th Bomb Wing wing crest and a CDC-provided graphic rendering of the coronavirus.
Confirmed COVID-19 case at Whiteman Air Force Base
Senior Airman Laine Terry, a crew chief assigned to the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, stands for a portrait on the flightline of Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal, March 11, 2020. Terry deployed with his fellow active-duty wingmen and Air National Guardsmen assigned to the 131st BW, to Lajes Field in support of the routine U.S. Strategic Command operation called Bomber Task Force Europe. BTF missions challenge Airmen and the B-2 Spirit fleet they support to operate at forward locations across Europe as they would at their home station. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kayla White)
Whiteman AFB total-force maintainers deploy in support of BTF Europe
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509 BW recognizes 2019 Annual Award winners
A B-2 Spirit is seen in silhouette from below as it performs a low flyover during the 2019 Wings Over Whiteman Air & Space Show at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, June 15, 2019. The B-2 fleet is operated by the 509th Bomb Wing. During the air show, pyrotechnics simulated notional explosives for spectators on the ground. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel)
2020 Wings Over Whiteman airshow cancelled
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Team Whiteman announces restricted base access to mitigate COVID-19 challenges
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Spirit Gate construction: Work begins March 16, traffic delays expected
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Coronavirus: Enhanced precautions despite low threat for Whiteman AFB
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The B-2 Stealth Bomber participates in the AFC championship game flyover at Arrowhead Stadium
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509th Medical Group closes temporarily today
509th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuel distribution operators from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri conduct a hot-pit refueling on a B-2 Spirit Bomber at Naval Air Station Keflavik, Iceland, August 28, 2019. Hot-pit refueling is a method of refueling an aircraft without shutting down the engines. This is the B-2s first time landing in Iceland. Forward locations like Iceland enhance the collective defense capabilities of both the U.S. and NATO allies partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas Barley)
B-2 Spirit lands in Iceland
U.S. Air Force Col. Jeffrey Schreiner, center, holds the Omaha Trophy with the U.S. Strategic Command official party after the awards presentation on Aug. 27, 2019, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. The Omaha Trophy is awarded by the Strategic Command Consultation Committee to units for excellence in strategic deterrence and support of global strike operations. The active-duty 509th Bomb Wing and Missouri Air National Guard’s 131st Bomb Wing jointly earned the Omaha Trophy for executing the best Strategic Bomber Operations of 2018. From left, the Honorable Rita Sanders, representing the SCC; U.S. Air National Guard Col. Kenneth Eaves, 131st Bomb Wing commander; U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Dave Kriete, STRATCOM deputy commander; Col. Jeffrey Schreiner; U.S. Marine Corps Master Gunnery Sgt. Terrence Meekins, STRATCOM Headquarters commandant; U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Ziegelbein, acting command chief 509th Bomb Wing and Chief Master Sgt. Jessica Settle, 131st command chief. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Johns)
STRATCOM deputy commander presents Omaha Trophy to Whiteman AFB total-force partners
Airman 1st Class Austin Sawchuk, a crew chief assigned to the 509th Bomb Wing, marshals in a B-2 Spirit on the flightline at Royal Air Force Fairford, England, Aug. 27, 2019. A Bomber Task Force deployment of the B-2, Airmen and support equipment from Whiteman AFB arrived in the U.S. European Command area of operations for a deployment to conduct theater integration and flying training. The deployment of strategic bombers to the United Kingdom helps exercise RAF Fairford as a forward operating base for the unit, ensuring they are engaged, postured and ready with credible force to assure, deter and defend the U.S. and its allies in an increasingly complex security environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kayla White)
US Air Force B-2s deploy to Europe
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USSTRATCOM deputy commander to present Omaha Trophy to Team Whiteman
Lt. Col. Cynthia K. McGee, commander of the newly established 509th Healthcare Operations Squadron, ceremoniously returns the guide-on of the now inactivated 509th Medical Support Squadron to Col. Chrystal D. Henderson, commander of the 509th Medical Group, during a reorganization ceremony Aug. 14, 2019, at Whiteman Air force Base, Mo. Under the new Air Force Medical Reform model, dedicated provider care teams will be aligned to an Operational Medical Readiness Squadron primarily focused on proactively treating active-duty Airmen and improving their availability to support the warfighting mission. Care for non-active duty patients, primarily the families of service members and military retirees, will be handled by separate provider teams aligned to a Health Care Operations Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas Barley)
509th Medical Group ceremony stands up dual healthcare model for Airmen, families
A B-2 Spirit is seen in silhouette from below as it performs a low flyover during the 2019 Wings Over Whiteman Air & Space Show at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, June 15, 2019. The B-2 fleet is operated by the 509th Bomb Wing. During the air show, pyrotechnics simulated notional explosives for spectators on the ground. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel)
Team Whiteman commemorates 30 year anniversary of B-2 test flight
Spectators gather for a flying display of the main act of Wings over Whiteman Air & Space Show 2019, the F-22 Demonstration Team, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, June 15, 2019. Over the course of two days, more than 100,000 visitors attended flying and static displays of aircraft and military equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel)
2019 Wings Over Whiteman Air and Space Show
Air Force Global Strike Command’s six Outstanding Airmen of the Year award winners pose with other Airmen from AFGSC at the AFGSC Outstanding Airmen of the Year award ceremony April 15, 2019, at Barksdale Air Force Base, La. The ceremony was hosted in honor of six Airmen who were selected as the most outstanding Airmen throughout AFGSC. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Jacob B. Wrightsman)
AFGSC Outstanding Airmen of the Year recognized
Wings Over Whiteman will be June 15-16, 2019. This video showcases the headlining acts, which includes the F-22 Demonstration Team, The U.S. Army Golden Knights, B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber, Team Aeroshell, and the T-38 Talon. Admission is free and gates open at 9am.
Wings Over Whiteman returns in 2019
Lt. Col Russell Kohl receives the Medical Group guidon from Col Ken Eaves, 131st Bomb Wing Commander, during the change of command ceremony at Whiteman Air Force Base, Dec. 2. Kohl assumes command from Col. Patti Fries, who continues her military service as the commander of the Nebraska Air National Guard’s 155th Medical Group, a subordinate unit of the 155th Air Refueling Wing, at Lincoln Air National Guard Base.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Geldermann)
Kohl takes command of the 131st Medical Group
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PRESS RELEASE: In-flight emergency causes B-2 Spirit to land at Peterson AFB
The remembrance ceremony was held in honor of fallen A-10 pilots and signals the start of 2018 Hawgsmoke competition, which is a biennial worldwide A-10 bombing, missile and tactical gunnery competition derived from the discontinued "Gunsmoke" Air Force Worldwide Gunnery Competition.
Fallen Hawg remembrance ceremony marks the start of A-10’s 2018 Hawgsmoke competition
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Whiteman Airman dies
The “Spirit of Indiana,” a B-2 Spirit from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., taxis down the runway at RAF Fairford, England, June 8, 2014. The B-2 Spirit is a multi-role bomber capable of delivering both conventional and nuclear munitions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nick Wilson/Released)
B-2s arrive at RAF Fairford to train, exercise capability

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Whiteman AFB remains open during COVID-19
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Team Whiteman remains open and operational during the COVID-19 pandemic by implementing heightened sanitary measures March 16, 2020.
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