New deployment posture adopted at Whiteman: Team youth support Operation Spirit
WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. - "Airman" Melody Mertes salutes Col. Thomas Bussiere, 509th Operations Group commander, April 18 during an awards ceremony at Operation Spirit. Operation Spirit is a simulated deployment line for school-aged kids that allows children to experience what their military parents go through during a deployment. The "Airmen" were accompanied by their parents and received goodies form several base agencies. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jason Barebo)

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