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  • Eyes of the storm

    It came as a surprise to some; the line of low, dark clouds quickly devouring the western horizon. What had been a still, humid, summer day quickly transformed into torrents of rain, small hail and damaging winds.The forecasters at the 509th Operations Support Squadron Weather Operations Center have been anticipating the action. As the local
  • Part of the mission

    A necessary component of the B-2 stealth bomber isn't working. The missing piece to this puzzle is among thousands of parts in a warehouse that has no shelves, containers, or systems that organize the items. Instead, there is a massive pile of hundreds of thousands of parts. To prevent chaos, Airman from the 509th Logistics Readiness Squadron,
  • From the Frontlines: Staff Sgt. Mitchel Cooney

    From sunrise to sundown, vigilant efforts are needed to help fight the global war on terror. As U.S. and coalition forces assist in the rebuilding of Iraq, third-country-national workers, or TCNs, are brought onto installations to build, clean and learn under the watchful eyes of their escorts. Staff Sgt. Mitchel Cooney, 509th Communication
  • Whiteman ready for first AFGSC Global Strike Challenge

    A total force team from the 509th and 131st Munitions Squadron were put to the test during a practice competition Monday in preparation for the first Global Strike Challenge later this month.B-2 Spirit, B-52 Stratofortress, B-1 Lancer, and Intercontinental Ballistic Missile units are competing in the first Global Strike Challenge, showcasing the
  • Whiteman Airmen "Chute" for Safety

    It's a sunny Tuesday afternoon when you receive an unexpected call. The man on the line informs you an F-16 containing the parachute you personally packed, just went down. Do you trust your work? Are you in fear for the Airmen's lives?Master Sgt. Timothy Mertes, 509th Operations Support Squadron superintendent of aircrew flight equipment, said he
  • From the Frontlines: Master Sgt. Lowell Morris

    Flying blind is not an option. Combat missions are crucial to supporting overseas contingencies, allowing for no errors by everyone involved.To execute these missions effectively, Airmen like Master Sgt. Lowell Morris, a 509th Operations Support Squadron combat airspace management technician, are needed. Sergeant Morris recently returned from a
  • Crew chiefs keep jets flying

    With tools in hand and grease under their fingernails, Senior Airman Bradly Bowen and Tech. Sgt. Jeffery Durham step out into the early morning, hazy sunlight and head toward their "office." With the temperature steadily rising into the 90's and the humidity causing beads of sweat to pour down their faces, these two dedicated crew chiefs
  • From the Frontlines: Senior Airman Joseph Adams

    Often times, the sound of a rumbling engine doesn't leave the everyday driver with qualms of the path which lies ahead. Alternatively, a convoy driver can find themselves in difficult and dangerous situations with every mile they travel. Although Senior Airman Joseph Adams, 424th Medium Truck Detachment, lost count of his mileage traveled, the
  • 'Dirtboyz' rock the mission

    Rain, shine or snow, Airmen from the 509th Civil Engineer Squadron, can be spotted rolling-out various heavy equipment to ensure the Whiteman mission is completed.Commonly referred to as "Dirtboyz," in view of the fact they're frequently covered in dirt and concrete, heavy-equipment operators are trained to operate various pieces of equipment
  • Barksdale lifeguards save life of young boy

    "It was my first day on the job--No one thinks something like this would happen. All I saw was him sinking." This is how Kasey Schluter recalls the day she and her fellow lifeguard, Jacob Navarro, saved the life of a 7-year-old boy at Barksdale's North Pool summer kick-off bash May 28. "We noticed a little boy swimming under the water and we were
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