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Weekly commander's message

Brigadier General John J. Nichols

Brigadier General John J. Nichols is the Commander, 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo.

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. -- Team Whiteman,

As summer winds down, our kids have sights on school starting back up, but the activities at Team Whiteman remain sizzling! This past week our team conducted multiple initial qualification sorties as our B-2 pilots had the opportunity to drop training munitions at several local ranges, all while supporting our mobility and tanker partners in Exercise Mobility Guardian. This was a large-scale training event involving more than 3,000 total force Airmen that tested our joint and allied partners’ ability to rapidly generate and deliver forces to operate seamlessly and effectively in a dynamic threat environment.

To showcase just how amazing our Team Whiteman Airmen are, the Logistic Readiness Squadron supported the country of Haiti by shipping 44 short tons of food and supplies to help in their relief efforts. The 2017 “Convoy of Hope” mission marks the third time that Team Whiteman has been instrumental in providing much needed aid to the people of Haiti.

Mark your calendars for two great upcoming events – college football and the Missouri State Fair! On Aug 31, a Thursday, the University of Central Missouri (UCM) is hosting their annual military appreciation football game. This is a great opportunity to have some fun and support our community. Admission to the game is free for military members as well as our dependents through UCM’s Command Pass.
Don’t forget to wear your Mules gear as we “Get out the Red!” Go Mules!

This weekend the Missouri State Fair will be in full swing with concerts, plenty of food, and lots of fun for the whole family. Sunday is Military Appreciation Day. Admission is free for military members and only $1 for dependents. If you see my family and me around, don’t be afraid to say hello. I hope to see all of you there! As we head into next week, please remember school is starting Thursday! Expect morning traffic on base to increase and be sure to take that extra look when driving and watch for children crossing the street. The team mentality we foster on base is paramount in keeping our total force safe, so drive carefully and always lookout for your wingmen.

Brigadier General, USAF
Commander, 509th Bomb Wing