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  • Are You Ready to Receive?

    Are you ready to receive? In the NFL, this means, "is your team ready for the football?" In the 709th Munitions Squadron, the statement "ready to receive" has an entirely different meaning. It means something different in all, your jobs, too, but the statement is absolutely a part of the awesomeness of Airmanship.One of the earliest things I was
  • Command Post: more than just the Giant Voice

    Have you ever wondered what the command post's function is on a day-to-day basis? For starters, there is far more to it than simply taking phone calls and making announcements on the base giant voice system. The command post on every installation performs a unique function for the wing, and the roles and responsibilities of command post controllers
  • YOU can make all the difference

    Everyone wants to work at an enjoyable job with mutual respect for co-workers. Within the 131st Bomb Wing, we have the unique opportunity to ensure people we work with are highly motivated and of a high caliber. This is because within the ANG, we have the luxury of recruiting our own personnel to serve alongside us in the 131st BW. However, with
  • Total Force Initiative x2

    Another "first" Total Force Initiative strikes Whiteman AFB again! Most of you are already familiar with working with someone from a Reserve component - probably a guardsman with the 131st Bomb Wing, in fact. But now, active-duty members will be working more closely with reservists also, but this time, as an active-duty associate detachment. The
  • Do you leave your life to maybe or definitely?

    Getting right to the point, we had two DUIs last week by members of this base. There's nothing I can say that you haven't already heard time and time again. Nevertheless, I will digress a bit. It saddens me, and others, to see careers impacted permanently for what amounted to a few hours of fun! Sharp troops losing line numbers for promotions they
  • My job is prosecuting sexual assault

    Here's a simple truth...sexual offenders reject our core values of integrity, service and excellence, in favor of following their own base, undisciplined, criminal desires. Most sexual assaults committed by Airmen are "blue on blue," or Airmen victimizing other Airmen. So in addition to rejecting our core values, these undisciplined Airmen reject
  • Air Force leaders issue Independence Day message

    Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy send the following Independence Day message to the men and women of the U.S. Air Force:This Fourth of July marks the 236th year since the Second Continental Congress unanimously adopted the Declaration of
  • Leaders: Adapt or weaken

    As a commander, every day I speak to people about their work, their lives, what's good and what's not so good. Recently, with all the talk surrounding budget cuts and doing more with less, one thing is clear, we need to adapt or accept weakening of our leadership effectiveness. Time and time again I hear concerns from leaders [at all levels] about
  • A year in safety

    "Happy to do the job, but you know I'm more of a weapons and tactics guy right?" That was my response in December 2010 when I received the call telling me I needed to go to training to be the chief of safety. I had no idea at the time what an incredible and difficult job it would be. After a year on the job I've grown in my understanding of how the
  • Commander's Commentary

    Team Whiteman, In an effort to better understand what issues you see on the horizon on a daily basis, we are embarking on a journey together. I am opening a new forum for you to identify the three most important problems on the horizon. They can be on any subject relating to your mission or work area--regardless of your duty title, rank, military