Whiteman Air Force Base

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Air Force Global Strike Command

Whiteman Air Force Base (AFB) (IATA: SZLICAO: KSZLFAA LID: SZL) is a United States Air Force base located approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) south of Knob Noster, Missouri; 70 miles (110 km) east-southeast of Kansas City, Missouri.

The host unit at Whiteman AFB is the 509th Bomb Wing (509 BW), assigned to the Eighth Air Force of the Air Force Global Strike Command . The 509 BW operates the B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber, designed to be employed to strike high-value targets that are either out of range of conventional aircraft or considered to be too heavily defended for conventional aircraft to strike without a high risk of loss.

Whiteman AFB was established in 1942 as Sedalia Glider Base. The commander of the 509th Bomb Wing is Brigadier General Robert E. Wheeler. Its Command Chief Master Sergeant is Chief Master Sergeant Tim Cooley.

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