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Whiteman AFB participates in Exercise Tiger Association’s 22nd Annual Adopt A Warrior program

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Justin Stinson, 393rd Bomb Squadron superintendent, stands in front of a JumboTron at the University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, Dec. 12, 2020. Team Whiteman personnel attended the game to participate in the 22nd Annual Adopt A Warrior military recognition. The Exercise Tiger Association host the annual event to show honor and appreciation for service members’ sacrifice and to recognize the militaries outstanding achievements and meritorious service to U.S. and its allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sadie Colbert)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Justin Stinson, 393rd Bomb Squadron superintendent, stands in front of a JumboTron at the University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, Dec. 12, 2020. Team Whiteman personnel attended the game to participate in the 22nd Annual Adopt A Warrior military recognition. The Exercise Tiger Association host the annual event to show honor and appreciation for service members’ sacrifice and to recognize the militaries outstanding achievements and meritorious service to U.S. and its allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sadie Colbert)

U.S. service members stand at ease prior to the Exercise Tiger Association’s annual military recognition event at Columbia, Missouri, Dec. 12, 2020. The event was held at the University of Missouri’s Faurot Field, and provided an opportunity for MIZZOU to show community support to service members. Team Whiteman received both an individual and unit award during the 22nd Annual Adopt A Warrior event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sadie Colbert)

U.S. service members stand at ease prior to the Exercise Tiger Association’s annual military recognition event at Columbia, Missouri, Dec. 12, 2020. The event was held at the University of Missouri’s Faurot Field, and provided an opportunity for MIZZOU to show community support to service members. Team Whiteman received both an individual and unit award during the 22nd Annual Adopt A Warrior event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sadie Colbert)

Susan Haines, Exercise Tiger Association national executive director, U.S. Air Force Col. Kyle J. Wilson, 509th Bomb Wing vice commander, and U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Levon E. Cumpton, Missouri National Guard Adjutant General, pose with an Annual Adopt A Warrior award plaque, at Columbia, Missouri, Dec. 12, 2020. The event displayed the close bonds between Team Whiteman and the local Columbia community. Following the ceremony, service members participating in the event received USTF specific medals and were recognized during a football game for their outstanding achievements and meritorious service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sadie Colbert)

Susan Haines, Exercise Tiger Association national executive director, U.S. Air Force Col. Kyle J. Wilson, 509th Bomb Wing vice commander, and U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Levon E. Cumpton, Missouri National Guard Adjutant General, pose with an Annual Adopt A Warrior award plaque, at Columbia, Missouri, Dec. 12, 2020. The event displayed the close bonds between Team Whiteman and the local Columbia community. Following the ceremony, service members participating in the event received USTF specific medals and were recognized during a football game for their outstanding achievements and meritorious service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sadie Colbert)

Susan Haines, Exercise Tiger Association national executive director, U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Justin Stinson, 393rd Bomb Squadron superintendent, and U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Levon E. Cumpton, Missouri National Guard Adjutant General, pose with an Annual Adopt A Warrior award plaque, at Columbia, Missouri, Dec. 12, 2020. The ETA hosted the program and honored service members and units for their outstanding achievements and meritorious service. Team Whiteman closely works with its local community to support each other through events and recognition ceremonies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sadie Colbert)

Susan Haines, Exercise Tiger Association national executive director, U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Justin Stinson, 393rd Bomb Squadron superintendent, and U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Levon E. Cumpton, Missouri National Guard Adjutant General, pose with an Annual Adopt A Warrior award plaque, at Columbia, Missouri, Dec. 12, 2020. The ETA hosted the program and honored service members and units for their outstanding achievements and meritorious service. Team Whiteman closely works with its local community to support each other through events and recognition ceremonies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sadie Colbert)

A United States Tiger Foundation award plaque and medals sit on a table prior to an official ceremony at Columbia, Missouri, Dec. 12, 2020. The Exercise Tiger Association hosted the program and honored service members and units for their outstanding achievements and meritorious service. Team Whiteman closely works with its local community to support each other through events and recognition ceremonies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sadie Colbert)

A United States Tiger Foundation award plaque and medals sit on a table prior to an official ceremony at Columbia, Missouri, Dec. 12, 2020. The Exercise Tiger Association hosted the program and honored service members and units for their outstanding achievements and meritorious service. Team Whiteman closely works with its local community to support each other through events and recognition ceremonies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sadie Colbert)

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. --

The Exercise Tiger Association awarded Team Whiteman a unit and individual award during the 22nd Annual Adopt A Warrior program at the University of Missouri, Columbia, Dec. 12, 2020.

The national foundation began in 1998 and focuses on honoring military members for their outstanding achievements and meritorious service, and carries the legacy of the 201 Missouri-native service members who lost their life during The Battle of Exercise Tiger, during World War II on April 28th, 1944.

“It is a privilege to nominate one of our very own “Tigers” and honor a legacy of the great service members who paid the ultimate price to advance the D-Day invasion at Normandy,” said Lt. Col. Christopher Conant, 393rd Bomb Squadron commander. “When thinking of who to nominate, we instantly thought of Stinson. His outstanding work ethic, warrior ethos and professionalism are more than deserving of this recognition.”

Along with six other service members from various installations, Team Whiteman’s very own U.S. Air Force Col. Kyle J. Wilson, 509th Bomb Wing vice commander, and Tech. Sgt. Justin Stinson, 393rd BS superintendent, received a unit and individual award with four medals during the event.

“It was a very humbling experience,” said Stinson. “Each nominee did some outstanding things. To be on the stage with them was an honor. The prior veterans and the Major General was the icing on the cake for me. To stand amongst that much military experience, share stories and learn from them was unbelievable.”

To learn more about the National Tiger Association, visit http://www.exercisetiger.org/exercise-tiger-association.html.