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Whiteman Air Force Base Sixty miles southeast of decisive and precise air power Enduring Freedom in 2001, AH-64D APACHE Kansas City, nestled among the anytime and anywhere. It brings Operation Iraqi Freedom in LONGBOW wooded, rolling hills of west- massive firepower to bear, in a 2003 and most recently central Missouri, two miles short time, anywhere on the Operation Odyssey Dawn in The AH-64 Apache is the south of Knob Noster, is the globe through previously 2011, when three B-2s flying a Army’s heavy division/corps bustling community of impenetrable defenses. single mission destroyed the attack helicopter. The Apache Whiteman Air Force Base. Assigned aircraft at Whiteman entirety of the Libyan air force conducts rear, close and Whiteman is the home of the include the B-2, T-38 Talon while it was still on the ground. shaping missions including 509th Bomb Wing, which is trainer aircraft, A-10 deep precision strikes. It also proud to serve as the host unit Thunderbolt II and AH-64D A-10 THUNDERBOLT II conducts distributed for the base. Other associated Apache Longbow helicopter. The A-10 Thunderbolt II is a operations, precision strikes units at Whiteman include the against re-locatable targets, Air Force Reserve’s 442nd to provide close air support for and provides armedB-2 STEALTH BOMBERsingle-seat fighter jet designed Fighter Wing, the Missouri Army The B-2 Stealth Bomber is a ground forces by attacking reconnaissance when required National Guard’s 1-135th multi-role bomber capable of tanks and other armored in day, night, obscured Aviation Battalion and the delivering both conventional vehicles. The A-10 was battlefield and adverse weather Missouri Air National Guard’s and nuclear munitions. designed around the GAU-8 conditions. The combination of 131st Bomb Wing. Possessing an unrefueled range the radar, advanced navigation of approximately 6,000 nautical and avionics suite of the aircraftAvenger, a heavy rotary cannon MISSION miles and the ability to that forms the aircraft’s primary provide increased situational The mission statement of the penetrate deep into enemy armament. The cannon is awareness, lethality and 509th Bomb Wing is “Team airspace undetected and capable of firing 3,900 rounds survivability. Deterrence, Global Power, and at risk any fixed or movable incorporates more than 1,200 AIR NATIONAL GUARD’Sunassisted, the B-2 can placeper minute. The A-10’s hull Whiteman provides Strategic Combat Support to Combatant target and protect the aircraft pounds of armor and was 131ST BOMB WING and Joint Force Commanders... and crew from hostilities while designed with survivability as a In 2008, Whiteman AFB Anytime, Anywhere.” Every day, providing them with the priority, with protective welcomed the Missouri Air members of Team Whiteman necessary tools to complete measures in place which enable National Guard’s 131st Bomb operate, maintain and support their mission and return safely the aircraft to continue flying Wing into its midst as an America’s premier stealth home. Once deployed, the B-2 even after taking significant associate B-2 unit. In fact, aircraft and other important renders enemy air defenses damage. The A-10 can also Whiteman Air Force Base is a assets, providing national ineffective and serves as a employ a wide variety of model for the Air Force when it leaders with truly unmatched deterrent to hostilities and a conventional munitions, comes to “Total Force long-range strike and nuclear preserver of peace. including general purpose Integration,” or TFI. Every day, deterrence capabilities. The effectiveness of the B-2 bombs, cluster bombs, laser Missouri’s citizen-airmen work PRIMARY was first proven in Operation guided bombs, joint direct alongside active-duty personnel WEAPON SYSTEMS during its first operations in AGM-65 Maverick and AIM-9 nation’s most advanced bomber.Allied Force in 1999, when,to support, maintain and fly theattack munitions (JDAM) and The 509th Bomb Wing is combat, it destroyed 33 Sidewinder missiles. The 442d AIR FORCE RESERVE’S responsible for supporting percent of all Serbian targets in has been involved in the Berlin 442ND FIGHTER WING America’s strategic deterrence the first eight weeks by flying Crisis, the Cold War and and global power team by nonstop from Missouri to Operation Desert Storm, and The 442d Fighter Wing is operating, maintaining and Kosovo and back. The aircraft Operations Deny Flight, composed of nearly 1,200 supporting a B-2 combat force was also called into combat Southern Watch, Enduring members at Whiteman Air capable of delivering rapid, service in support of Operation Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Force Base and one 14


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