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  • From the Frontlines: Senior Master Sgt. Rick Stiles

    He isn't sniping Taliban leaders from hilltops; he isn't dismantling Improvised Explosive Devise; he isn't flying a jet over enemy territories to bomb key targets; but he is providing one the most important necessities while deployed, quality of life.Senior Master Sgt. Rick Stiles returned here June 11 from a four-month deployment to Sather Air
  • Operations intelligence develop, evaluate, inform

    Sitting behind his computer screens, collecting and analyzing, he waits for a sign. He is watching over Whiteman's security with his blanket of knowledge. If a threat arises, he will be the one spreading the message.He is Staff Sgt. Brandon Benton, 509th Operations Support Squadron NCO in-charge of operations intelligence.Operations intelligence
  • From the Frontlines Tech. Sgt. Roberto Ramirez Jr

    Aircraft schedulers are like 'coaches' who decide the lineup for the 'big game'. Instead of players, they draw up a list of aircraft best suited to fly, fight and win! These coaches ensure all maintenance requirements needed to make the aircraft operational are met; if not, the schedulers pull the aircraft from the lineup and send in a replacement.
  • Summer leadership program sharpens youth skills

    For many teens, summer months bring-on carefree days and study breaks. But for some, warmer days can mean getting involved in extracurricular activities and team building exercises. Members of the Whiteman Teen Leadership Academy recently returned from a leadership conference in Cincinnati, July 11. There, 10 teenagers, ages 13-18, spent a week
  • Keeping personnel, aircraft safe on the ground

    It is commonly accepted that safety is everyone's responsibility. For one 509th operations flight, safety plays a critical role in protecting flightline personnel and assets.Airfield management specialists from the 509th Operational Support Squadron highlight safety by managing aircraft arrivals and departures, responding to emergencies, and
  • Taking care of Airmen: First Sergeants boost morale during ORI

    Despite the heat and humidity during the July operational readiness mini-exercise and inspection, one group of Airmen could be seen smiling even through their chem gear - the first sergeants.Throughout the 442nd Fighter Wing's exercises and inspections the first sergeants had one goal: To boost morale. To do this, they loaded up a van full of
  • BCC links Airmen to surrounding communities

    (Editor's note: This is the first of a series highlighting the BCC featured communities.)WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. -- Henry Ford once said "Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, and working together is success."For more than 20 years, Whiteman AFB has been building and maintaining relationships within 18 surrounding
  • Sifting through the sludge creates clean solutions

    The impact of the gulf coast oil crisis has shown us the harmful realties when dangerous chemicals are released into the environment. In an effort to reduce pollution, Team Whiteman's is doing its part to decrease its environmental foot print. To ensure water is up to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources standards and to guarantee Team
  • Ambulance Services: First response in emergency care

    The emergency medical team rushes to the ambulance after receiving a dispatch call reporting a middle-aged man having chest pains. The two medical professionals, an Independent Duty Medical Technician and an Emergency Medical Technician driver, crank-up the eight-cylinder diesel and blaze the sirens. Within the next few minutes, they will be
  • FTAC transitions new Airmen to the mission

    Henry David Thoreau said, "things do not change; we change."  The transition from the civilian lifestyle to the military lifestyle is one of the most drastic transformations a person could make in his or her life.  One program, however, aims to transition Airmen to their first duty assignment efficiently, while setting the standards and
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