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  • Celebrate the holidays

    “I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again,” said William Penn.
  • Commander's holiday message

    Team Whiteman, I want to wish you and your families a Merry Christmas and a happy holiday season. This is a very special time of the year and I hope you are able to enjoy it while you rest and recharge from what has been an exciting and highly successful year. Since I arrived in June, our Total Force team has been going full throttle and, as always, the Airmen of the 509th and 131st Bomb Wings have been knocking our mission out of the park.
  • The beauty of purpose

    I remember the first time I realized there were animals in need. As a kid growing up in the late 90’s, I, like many others my age, had my eyes glued to the box TV when I wasn’t outside playing with friends. Amidst the various commercials and advertisements, little did I know at the time there was a certain series which would stand out. It would always start with soft piano music transitioning with videos of animals in a shelter. Eventually, a spokesperson would appear to express how the animals needed your support. Collectively, it would entice a sense of sorrow and pity … and eventually a desire to help. As a seven-year-old at that point, I did not donate, nor did I volunteer. I continued watching cartoons as usual until dinner time. Fast-forward two decades. I married my high school sweetheart, adopted two dogs and was an enlisted member of the Air Force. Life was great. Yet, I still didn’t feel as though I was doing enough. I took a step back and asked myself what else I could be doing to benefit others. I quickly came to the conclusion that for me to truly make a difference I had to invest my time in something personal.
  • The Inspector General: A heritage of excellence

    In late 1948, Gen. Curtis LeMay took over as the second commander of Strategic Air Command (SAC). The new command was charged with stewarding the nation’s nascent nuclear capabilities and featured prominently in U.S. foreign policy at the time. However, LeMay was concerned with the command’s lack of readiness. To prove his point, he challenged the
  • The old hermit of Knob Noster

    Gather around dear friends, as I tell you a tale filled with suspicion, murder and mad mobs. I’ll warn you dear reader, ultimately it’s up to you to decide what might be the truth and what might be an old Missouri myth.
  • Evolution of airpower

    “We have just won a war with a lot of heroes flying around in planes. The next war may be fought by airplanes with no men in them at all … Take everything you’ve learned about aviation in war, throw it out the window, and let’s go to work on tomorrow’s aviation. It will be different from anything the world has ever seen.” Gen. Henry “Hap” Arnold, 1945
  • Fortis Subsidium

    Fortis Subsidium! Without strong, bold support there is no chance of success. This truism is prevalent in many operational environments no matter what the mission focus is. The men and women of the 509th Medical Support Squadron (MDSS) recognize and identify with the force enabler capability our unit brings to the fight.
  • A Paralegal’s Perspective

    Being an Airman at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, can be both challenging and rewarding, but one of the challenges we can face is a self-inflicted one … the abuse of alcohol. The fact is, alcohol can be very dangerous when abused. Sometimes it feels like society has made alcohol the only accessory for a good time; but in the last year at the legal office I have seen what happens when the abuse of alcohol goes terribly wrong.
  • Cyber readiness--does it really matter?

    The Command Cyber Readiness Inspection (CCRI) is coming! It may seem like Whiteman Air Force Base has turned into Winterfell, the last bastion of hope against invaders from the North under constant threat that “Winter is coming”. This is especially so since the Department of Defense transitioned to a no-notice construct in the fall of 2016.
  • Happy Mother's Day!

    Don't forget Mother's Day is this weekend. And while we're on the subject, let's not forget the contributions they make because they deserve our deepest gratitude for what they give to the mission of the world's greatest Air Force.