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  • Why I Serve

    Pursuing success without establishing your foundation of why is like building a skyscraper on shifting sand. Identifying your why is equally fundamental to your career in the Air Force.
  • Dragons: 509th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

    Dragons … death from above!! Is the over-powering cry you hear when a member of the 509th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron’s name is announced at any wing function. Why are we so loud and proud? I’m glad you asked.
  • Fire Prevention Safety Message

    Electricity is something that we have all come to take for granted considering it is second nature for us to simply flip a light switch, charge our phones, or even use an appliance like a microwave; however, no matter how accustomed we are to using electricity as part of our daily routine there are some simple safety measures that should be followed to prevent unnecessary and unfortunate accidents.
  • Combating Human Trafficking

    We may think human trafficking cannot happen in Missouri, but last year there were 388 substantiated cases. Most of which involved young American women. For a rural area like Missouri, the potential for human trafficking is high. Every military member, civilian and contractor is required to take the annual training for Combating Trafficking in Persons because few of us are aware of how far this problem is reaching.
  • Fun Dental Facts for Kids

    Did you know that 50 percent of people say a smile is the first thing they notice about someone? Smiling represents confidence and an overall state of happiness for people of all ages. It seems children have the right idea … they smile on average 400 times per day!
  • Flu shots available at 509th MDG

    Are you feeling under the weather? Are you experiencing a fever, runny nose, coughing, and/or body aches? Influenza or “the Flu” is defined as a viral infection that attacks your respiratory system and some it’s the symptoms are...
  • How well do you know baby teeth?

    National Children’s Dental Health Month is right around the corner and the Dental Clinic staff at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri hopes to improve understanding and awareness for the importance of oral health. Here is a quiz to test your knowledge of some common dental topics.
  • 509th BW Commander's message

    Team Whiteman, The new year presents us opportunities to continue fortifying our Total Force team. Our Airmen perform the mission better than anyone else in the world and the strategic deterrence we provide is key to our nation’s security.
  • Looking forward: Whiteman celebrates Black History Month

    I have always looked forward to February since I was a kid. While it is the shortest of all months, it is the loveliest with Valentine’s Day being in the middle of it. Throughout the month I and others get to reflect on the many contributions African Americans have given to our nation.
  • How bad do you want it?

    Like many kids, I loved fast jets and desperately wanted to fly them. Little did I know how hard I’d have to work for it. During high school wood shop, tragedy struck in less than a second. A grab, a jolt, then fluid; I just lost a fight with a table saw. I watched my dream of being a military pilot draining away as the blood poured down my arm. Lying in the surgery room that evening, the doctor told me I might lose three fingers. I woke up scared the next day to find my entire forearm wrapped up to the size of a boxer’s glove.