Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, Brig. Gen. John Nichols, the 509th Bomb Wing Commander, Col. Ken Eaves, the 131st Bomb Wing Commander, U.S. Army Col. Doug Guttormsen, the commander of the Kansas City District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kendall Nugent, the deputy commander of the 509th Mission Support Group, and Michael Eidson, Federal Division Operations Manager, hold shovels during groundbreaking ceremony on Feb. 22, 2019 at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. The ceremony officially began the construction of a new consolidated operations building to house the 509th and the 131st Operations Groups in one location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Parker J. McCauley)
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