By Rod Powers
Whiteman Air Force Base is a base of the United States Air Force in Johnson County, Missouri. It is located two miles south of the central business district of the city of Knob Noster. The base is named in honor of Sedalia native 2nd Lt George A. Whiteman, an aviator killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor.
In June 1961, Air Force officials selected the base to be the location of SAC's fourth Minuteman missile wing, the 351st Strategic Missile Wing. Whiteman's current mission, the B-2, is a dramatic leap forward in technology, and represents a major milestone in the U.S. bomber modernization program.
The mission statement of the 509th Bomb Wing is: "Skilled and proud Airmen providing full spectrum, expeditionary, B-2 global strike and combat support capabilities to geographic commanders and the Commander, USSTRATCOM, while supporting Team Whiteman. We kick down doors and kill targets... Weapons on Target, On Time! "
Official website for Whiteman Air Force Base