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WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE Sixty miles southeast of Kansas City, nestled among the wooded, rolling hills of west-central Missouri, two miles south of Knob Noster, is the bustling community of Whiteman Air Force Base. Whiteman is the home of the 509th Bomb Wing which is proud to serve as host to a number of associated units. These include the Air Force Reserve 442nd Fighter Wing, Missouri Army National Guard 1-135th Aviation Battalion, Missouri Air National Guard 131st Bomb Wing, Naval Reserve Unit-Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron 11 Detachment D, and the 20th Reconnaissance Squadron. Mission The mission statement of the 509th Bomb Wing is “Skilled and proud Airmen providing full spectrum, expeditionary, B-2 global strike combat support capabilities to geographic commanders and the Commander, USSTRATCOM, while supporting Team Whiteman. World class Airmen executing their mission with pride, precision and perfection which ultimately leads to peace.” Primary Weapon Systems A-10 Thunderbolt II The 509th Bomb Wing is charged with America’s premier global The A-10 Thunderbolt II is a single-seat fighter jet designed to reach and global power team by developing a B-2 combat force provide close air support for ground forces by attacking tanks and capable of delivering rapid, decisive and survivable air power other armored vehicles. The A-10 was designed around the GAU-8 anytime and anywhere. It brings massive firepower to bear, in a short Avenger, a heavy rotary cannon that forms the aircraft’s primary time, anywhere on the globe through previously impenetrable armament. The cannon is capable of firing 3,900 rounds per minute. defenses. Assigned aircraft include 20 B-2 Bombers, 14 T-38 Talons, The A-10’s hull incorporates over 1,200 pounds of armor and was 29 A-10 Thunderbolt II and 13 AH-64 Apache Longbow Helicopters. designed with survivability as a priority, with protective measures in place which enable the aircraft to continue flying even after taking significant damage. The A-10 can also employ a wide variety of conventional munitions, including general purpose bombs, cluster bombs, laser guided bombs, joint direct attack munitions (JDAM), and AGM-65 Maverick and AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles. The 442nd has been involved in the Berlin Crisis, the Cold War, Desert Storm and Operations Deny Flight, Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. B-2 Stealth Bomber The B-2 Stealth Bomber, with two crew members, is a multi-role bomber capable of delivering both conventional and nuclear munitions. By possessing extreme unrefueled range and the ability to penetrate deep into enemy airspace undetected and unassisted, the B-2 can place at risk any fixed or movable target and expose the aircraft crew to limited hostilities while providing them with the necessary tools to complete their mission and return safely home. Once deployed, the B-2 renders enemy air defenses ineffective and serves as a deterrent to hostilities and a preserver of peace. AH-60 Apache Longbow The success of the B-2 was proven in Operation Allied Force in 1999 AH-64 Apache is the Army’s heavy division/corps attack helicopter. where it was responsible for destroying 33 percent of all Serbian targets The Apache conducts rear, close, and shaping missions including in the first eight weeks by flying nonstop to Kosovo from its home base in deep precision strikes. It also conducts distributed operations, precision Missouri and back. The aircraft was also called into combat service in strikes against relocatable targets, and provides armed reconnaissance support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2001, Operation Iraqi when required in day, night, obscured battlefield and adverse weather Freedom in 2003 and most recently Operation Odyssey Dawn in conditions. The combination of the radars, advanced navigation and 2011, when three B-2s flying a single mission destroyed the entirety of avionics suite of the aircraft provide increased situational awareness, the Libyan air force while it was still on the ground. lethality and survivability. The Greater Warrensburg Area Chamber of Commerce | 11


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