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Nov. 14, 2023

414th SCMS wins 2022 DoD award for supply chain excellence for nuclear readiness

The 414th Supply Chain Management Squadron was awarded the 2022 Department of Defense Award for Supply Chain Excellence for their exceptional achievements in supply chain management through innovative development and process improvement. The 414th SCMS successfully stood up in 2010 to solidify nuclear supply chain readiness and reduce potential pitfalls in the process across the globe. The squadron took the ever-growing workload and improved steadily over time into a world-class organization.

Nov. 14, 2023

Austin Commends U.N. Coalition's Commitment to Peace on Korean Peninsula

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III praised the international alliance committed to securing lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula as United Nations Command member states gathered for the coalition's inaugural defense ministers' meeting in Seoul, South Korea. 

Nov. 9, 2023

AFGSC names 2023 Global Strike Challenge winners

Air Force Global Strike Command announced the winners of Global Strike Challenge 2023 at the multi-month competition’s capstone event Nov. 8.

Nov. 8, 2023

B-1 Lancer Reinforces Security Commitment in CENTCOM

A U.S. Air Force KC-135R Stratotanker from the 117th Air Refueling Wing, Sumpter Smith Joint National Guard Base, Birmingham, Alabama, prepares to refuel a B-1B Lancer from the 7th Bomb Wing, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, in an undisclosed location on Nov. 5, 2023.

Nov. 8, 2023

People-first, mission-always

This concept of leadership has set a firm foundation for Master Sgt. Shamir Moore, 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron senior enlisted leader, since nervously accepting the opportunity to become an SEL in March 2022 and further during Bomber Task Force mission 24-1.

Nov. 6, 2023

WWII airpower legend receives honorary promotion to Colonel

At 100 years old, World War II and Korean War airpower legend U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. James H. Harvey III., one of the nation’s first African American fighter pilots with the famed Tuskegee Airmen, received an honorary promotion to the rank of colonel.

Nov. 6, 2023

Iconic B-52 and veteran reunite at Barksdale Air Force Base

The 2nd Bomb Wing recently welcomed back a 95-year-old retired Air Force engine mechanic whose story intertwines with the enduring legacy of Barksdale’s premiere bomber, the B-52H.

Nov. 3, 2023

Directors from National Laboratories immerse in Global Strike mission

Minot AFB and Whiteman AFB hosted senior officials representing national laboratories and academic institutions, providing them the opportunity to immerse with the mission and weapons systems of the nuclear enterprise, Oct. 17-19, 2023.

Oct. 31, 2023

Turkish Air Force integrates with U.S. Bombers in long-planned mission

U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers assigned to the 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron arrived Tuesday, at Incirlik Air Base, Türkiye, for a historic hot-pit refuel as part of a long-planned bomber task force mission.

Oct. 31, 2023

AFREP: Engineering Innovation

Replacing equipment can cost the U.S. Air Force a pretty penny each year, which is why Airmen are encouraged to repair it whenever possible. The Air Force Repair Enhancement Program (AFREP) at Whiteman Air Force Base saves the Air Force over $1.2 million annually. The 509th Bomb Wing’s AFREP section has multiple certified technicians dedicated to repairing broken equipment, ranging from basic office equipment to B-2 Spirit stealth bomber parts. “We are the local repair facility for condemned and non-procurable assets slated for disposal,” said U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Nathan Atkinson, 509th Maintenance Group AFREP technician. “Our Mission is to save the Air Force time and money and sustain capabilities through specialized repairs.” Last fiscal year, AFREP saved Whiteman AFB over $1 million by repairing items that were slated to be thrown away and saved work centers over $200 thousand more through repairs to their equipment. AFREP not only repairs equipment but also engineers new equipment and provides solutions to problems on base. “One of the jobs we are currently working on involves designing a portable test station for the Aircraft Electrical and Environmental Systems shop to test emergency oxygen systems bottles,” said U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Stephen Mayo, 509th MXG AFREP technician. “The current setup serves its purpose but it limits where the task can be completed.” The redesign of the test station supports the Electrical and Environmental Systems shop’s capabilities, allowing them to safely test the bottles anywhere, anytime. AFREP can assist units across the installation by improving processes or fixing equipment. “If you are experiencing a problem or if you have an idea that can improve how your office completes a task, contact us,” said U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Joel Markham 509th MXG AFREP technician. “We can assist with fixing your problems and helping your ideas take form.” AFREP can be contacted at 660-687-3645, or they accept walk-ins at their shop in the Civil Engineering complex, building 709, room 107.