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  • Eaves named commander of Missouri Air Guard 131st Bomb Wing

    Colonel Ken "Willie B" Eaves has been named commander of the Missouri National Guard's 131st Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base.Eaves has a broad background of experience with varied assignments in the Air Force and he has demonstrated solid leadership qualities, said Maj. Gen. Steve Danner, adjutant general of the Missouri National Guard."Under
  • Missouri National Guard UH-60 Black Hawks touch down at Whiteman

    Many may know the Black Hawk helicopter from their favorite military movie. As it prepares to land, the rotors swirl dust, dirt and debris around brave men and women who are geared-up and carrying weapons as they sprint toward the helicopter to take on the day's mission. Maybe you've seen the Black Hawk sport its ability to carry a Humvee across a
  • Kennish assumes 131st Operations Group command

    The 131st Operations Group officially gained its commander April 17, as Lt. Col. Jared Kennish assumed command of the unit he'd been leading since November 2015."An assumption of command is a ceremony about leadership," said Col. Michael J. Francis, 131st Bomb Wing commander. "In the case of the 131st Operations Group, it's about a transition from
  • Whiteman considered for F-35A Reserve squadron

    Air Force officials announced April 12 that Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona; Homestead Air Reserve Base, Florida; Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas; and Whiteman AFB, Missouri, are candidate bases for the first Reserve-led F-35A Lightning II location.The preferred and reasonable alternatives are expected to be selected in
  • Air Force Maj. Gen. L. Scott. Rice nominated to become next director, Air National Guard

    Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced Tuesday that President Obama has nominated Air Force Maj. Gen. L. Scott Rice for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and for assignment as director, Air National Guard, National Guard Bureau, Pentagon, Washington, District of Columbia.General Rice was commissioned in 1980 through the Reserve
  • Resilient Guard members for a resilient National Guard

    National Guard senior leaders are pushing for all Guard members -- from leadership, down -- to take mental health just as seriously as they do maintaining physical fitness and mission readiness.Building greater resilience is key, say senior leaders."Resilience is the ability to withstand, recover and grow in the face of stressors and changing
  • Carter Praises Air Force Lt. Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel as National Guard Bureau Chief Nominee

    Defense Secretary Ash Carter today congratulated Air Force Lt. Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel on his nomination to serve as the next chief of the National Guard Bureau and, if approved by Congress, to receive his fourth star.Lengyel, now the Guard Bureau's vice chief, would succeed Army Gen. Frank J. Grass in the position and serve as a member of the Joint
  • Department of Defense Publishes Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal Guidance

    On March 30, 2016, the President signed an Executive Order titled, "Establishing the Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal" based on the recommendations of Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  The Department of Defense announced today that effective immediately, service members who are serving, or have served, in Iraq, Syria,
  • Missouri - Panama State Partnership Program comes to Whiteman Air Force Base

    Six members of the Panamanian Public Forces met with members of the Missouri National Guard March 14-18, 2016 as part of the Guard's State Partnership Program.The Missouri Guard has been an official partner with the Republic of Panama since 1996. Although Panama does not maintain traditional military forces, the Panamanian Public Forces, which
  • B-2 Spirits on Deployment to Indo-Asia-Pacific

    Three B-2 Spirits deployed from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, to the U.S. Pacific Command area of operations March 8.While in the Indo-Asia-Pacific, the B-2s will integrate and conduct training with ally and partner air forces, and conduct a radio communications check with a U.S. air operations center.This deployment will ensure bomber crews