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Air National Guard’s 131st Bomb Wing In 2008, Whiteman AFB welcomed the Missouri Air National Guard’s 131st Bomb Wing into its midst as an associate B-2 unit. In this capacity, Missouri’s citizen-airmen work alongside active duty personnel to maintain and fly the nation’s most advanced bomber. Air Force Reserve’s 442d Fighter Wing The 442d Fighter Wing is comprised of nearly 1,800 members at Whiteman Air Force Base and two geographically separated units; the 917th Fighter Group, Barksdale Air Force Base, La., and the 476th Fighter Group, Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The wing is responsible for the combat readiness of 48 A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft – all the A-10s in the Air Force Reserve. The 442d moved to Whiteman from Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base, Kansas City, Mo., in June 1994. Army National Guard’s inactivated and the 351st once again assumed its host unit role. The 1-135th Attack H.W. Bush and Premier Mikhail Gorbachev signed the historicchanges did not end there. On July 31, 1991, President George Reconnaissance Battalion Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) that called for dismantling and destruction of the Minuteman II ICBMs. The 1-135th Attack Aviation Battalion’s mission is to conduct attack, reconnaissance and security operations that complement other maneuver The end of the Cold War spelled the end of the 351st and forces. They control 13 AH-64D Apache Longbow Helicopters. The deactivation of the Minuteman II system began immediately. On Missouri National Guard is the only component of the armed forces that January 8, 1993, the wing’s first launch control center, India-01, shut has two missions. Our federal mission is to provide federal support when down operations. Five months later, the last reentry vehicle was called upon by the president – this could be for overseas contingency removed from Golf-02 in Deepwater, St. Clair County. Later that year operations or federal emergencies like Hurricane Katrina. Our state the wing imploded its first silo, India-02 in Leeton, Johnson County; mission is to support the governor of the Missouri in times of state crisis. and in 1995, the last Minuteman II missile, located at Juliet-03 in Chloe, Johnson County, was removed from its site. Base History The 509th Bomb Wing traces its historical roots to its World War II Whiteman’s heritage dates back to 1942. U.S. Army Air Corps ancestor, the 509th Composite Group that was formed with one officials selected the current site to be the home of Sedalia Army Air mission in mind – to drop the atomic bomb. The group made history Field. Following the end of the war, the airfield remained in service as on August 6, 1945, when the B-29 Enola Gay, piloted by Paul W. an operational location for Army Air Force C-46 and C-47 transports. Tibbets, Jr., dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. On In December 1947, the base was inactivated. However, in 1951, the August 9, 1945, the group again visited the Japanese mainland and Strategic Air Command selected the base to be a site of one of its unleashed the atomic inferno upon Nagasaki. Within days, the new bombardment wings, with both bombers and tankers assigned. In Japanese sued for peace, ending the war. 1952, SAC activated the 340th Bombardment Wing. In 1955, In late 1945, the group settled into Roswell Army Air Base, New members of the wing saw the base name change to Whiteman Air Mexico, where it became the core of the newly formed SAC. Twelve Force Base in honor of 2nd Lt. George A. Whiteman. Whiteman was years later the 509th moved its personnel and equipment to Pease one of the first American airmen killed in combat during World War II AFB, New Hampshire. By 1965, the B-47s and the 509th BW were when his P-40 fighter, the Lucky Me, was shot down. In the 1960s its slated for retirement. SAC, however, decided to keep the bomb wing mission shifted from aircraft to the Minuteman Intercontinental Ballistic alive and equip it with B-52s and KC-135s. Missile. In 1961 officials selected the base to become the command’s On September 30, 1990, the 509th BW was transferred to fourth Minuteman missile wing, the 351st Strategic Missile Wing. Whiteman AFB and in July 1993 accepted host responsibilities for the Amazingly, the construction and equipping of the 150 missile sites and base. During this same month the wing received its first fixed-wing 15 launch control centers took only two years, two months and two aircraft, a T-38 complete with a B-2 style paint job. weeks to complete. During the period of May 1965 to October 1967, the Minuteman I was upgraded to the Minuteman II. Other On December 17, 1993, the 90th anniversary of Orville Wright’s modernization programs in the following decades improved the system historic first successful, controlled, heavier-than-air powered flight at and increased the survivability of the missile. In the mid-1980s, the Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, the world’s most sophisticated and Minuteman Integrated Life Extension program improved the safety, advanced aircraft, the B-2 Advanced Technology Bomber Spirit of maintainability and reliability of the missile facilities. Missouri, arrived at Whiteman AFB. In 1987, Congressman Ike Skelton announced the B-2 Advanced Technology Bomber would be based at Whiteman AFB. In For more information, visit Whiteman AFB preparation for a second wing, the Air Force activated the 100th Division in July 1990 to replace the 351st as the base host unit. at www.whiteman.af.mil Because the Air Force was preparing to eliminate its air divisions, this arrangement did not last long. 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