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  • Tax delinquency and the military

    The 2016 tax season is upon us! As of Jan. 20, 2017, W-2 forms are available for all military personnel. This year’s filing deadline will be April 18, 2017. Please be aware that although you may file your taxes properly and timely, you may still receive a delinquent notice from the Missouri Department of Revenue (MDR), even if you have another “home state” for tax purposes.
  • Social media and our climate

    Social media has become an intricate piece of our everyday lives. Most of us can admit we spend an extensive amount of time communicating to family and friends via some form of social media. Unfortunately, social media can also be used as a negative outlet which can lead to perceived discrimination and/or harassment.
  • Complete NIP, receive free teeth whitening trays

    Have you ever wondered why your dentist has you stick out your tongue and say “ahhh” or why the dentist feels on your neck and chin when you get a dental exam? Most patients expect to have their teeth and gums examined, but many may not realize that they are also being screened for head and neck cancer. While it’s true that the teeth and gums are a primary concern for dental professionals, the surrounding tissues are equally important in terms of evaluating your overall health.
  • A prayer for year-long inspiration

    “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,” quoted William Penn.
  • The Secret about Suicide

    There’s a secret about suicide.
  • The very best, like no one ever was

    Welcome to August, Team Whiteman! It’s a new month and that means another First Friday is waiting for you at Mission’s End Club this afternoon. As the 509th Force Support Squadron (FSS) commander, I am especially excited about this First Friday’s theme of Pokémon, and not just because I’m a level 9 Team Instinct player myself, but because Mission’s End provides us the venue to celebrate our heritage. Like our custom designed Pokémon t-shirts say: “Whiteman AFB … The Very Best Like No One Ever Was!”
  • You can be your own attorney in small claims court

    Does anyone owe you money for a debt, personal injury or property damage? Many times, the amount owed isn't worth the expense of hiring an attorney. You could represent yourself in small claims court if the amount owed is less than or equal to $5,000. With that being said, if the claim is for more than $5,000, you may still file in small claims
  • Impact of today's mechanic

    As service members we are often asked the common question, "What do you do?" More often than not, the answer from 509th Aircraft Maintainers is simply, "I'm a mechanic." However, maintainers tend to lose sight of the power, effect and impact their daily "mechanic" jobs have on the base, the Air Force and the world as a whole. For maintainers of the
  • The nuclear triad

    Members from the United States Strategic Command recently paid a visit to Whiteman Air Force Base (AFB), Missouri, to discuss an evolution to our nation's strategic nuclear war plan with B-2 mission planners that work in the 509th Operations Support Squadron. In addition, they provided a briefing on strategic deterrence theory to a small number of
  • Life lessons learned on the diamond

    When I was a kid, my parents moved around a lot. I was not a military kid -- my parents were always in search of a better home closer to one job or the next. In addition, I was what was referred to as a "latchkey kid." My afternoons consisted of eating snacks, doing homework, doing the very occasional chore for my mom or dad -- and television,