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geographically separated unit; governor of Missouri in times of the 476th Fighter Group, state crisis. Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The BASE HISTORY wing is responsible for the combat readiness of 27 A-10 Whiteman has a history Thunderbolt II aircraft - all the dating back to the years during A-10s in the Air Force Reserve. World War II. First, the base is The 442d moved to Whiteman named in honor of 2nd Lt. from Richards-Gebaur Air George A. Whiteman, a Sedalia Force Base, Kansas City, Mo., native who was one of the first in June 1994. American Airmen killed in combat during World War II, ARMY NATIONAL GUARD’S when his P-40 fighter, the 1-135TH ATTACK “Lucky Me,” was shot down RECONNAISSANCE during the Japanese attack on BATTALION Pearl Harbor. In October 1955, 1948 to Sedalia Air Force ballistic missile. In June 1961, members of the wing saw the Auxiliary Field. officials selected the base to The 1-135th Attack Aviation base name change to become the command’s fourth Battalion’s mission is to Whiteman AFB, in honor of 2nd After initially being Minuteman missile wing, the conduct attack, reconnaissance Lt. Whiteman. Second, U.S. considered as a possible site 351st Strategic Missile Wing. and security operations that Army Air Corps officials for the Air Force Academy, in The 340th was inactivated in complement other maneuver selected the current site of the August 1951, Strategic Air September 1963, and the forces. They control the base to be the home of Sedalia Command selected the base missile wing went on full AH-64D Apache Longbow Army Air Field in 1942. The to be the site of one of its new operational alert in June 1964. helicopters at Whiteman Air base was one of eight sites bombardment wings. The Force Base. The National Guard dedicated to training glider base was re-designated In the late 1980s, the 351st is the only component of the Sedalia Air Force Base, and in fielded the first female armed forces that has both October 1952, SAC activated Minuteman missile crew, thepilots (specifically, those flying federal and state missions. The the 340th Bombardment Wing first male and femalethe Waco CG-4A) for combat Missouri National Guard’s with both B-47 Stratojet Minuteman crew, and the firstmissions performed by Troop federal mission is to provide bombers and KC-97 squadron commander to pullCarrier Command. For a brief federal support when called War II, the airfield remained in Stratotanker air refueling alert in the Minuteman system.time following the end of World upon by the president - this service as an operational aircraft assigned. For more information, visit could be for overseas location for Army Air Force As B-47s were phased out of Whiteman AFB at www.white contingency operations or C-46 and C-47 transports. In the U.S. Air Force in the early man.af.mil. federal emergencies like December 1947, the base was 1960s, Whiteman AFB’s Hurricane Katrina. Their state placed on inactive status and mission shifted from aircraft to mission is to support the the name changed in June the Minuteman intercontinental 15


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