Senior Airman Matthew Ford, 509th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment technician at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., talks about the pride he takes in his work packing parachutes in support of Whiteman’s B-2 Spirit mission.
Airman 1st Class Anthony Patterson, 509th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment technician at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., talks about how he feels knowing that his mission to provide live-saving equipment to B-2 Spirit aircrews is vital to Air Force Global Strike Command’s nuclear deterrence and assurance objectives.
By Senior Airman Matthew G. Ford
509th Operations Support Squadron
WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. — My job as an aircrew flight equipment technician, and currently as a parachute rigger trainer, is to train our Airmen and noncommissioned officers on our parachute processes and assemblies. My main focus is to train our flight members on the Back-Style Assembly-22 parachute. I’m also in charge of all 30 of our BA-22 parachutes, and make sure they are maintained and repacked when necessary.
By Tech. Sgt. Steve Grever
Air Force Public Affairs Agency
WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. – The B-2’s unique stealth technology allows it to strike any target without being detected by radar. But, while the aircraft’s reputation and capabilities are known to many, the manpower behind the B-2 is a team of Total-Force Airmen from the 509th and 131st Maintenance Squadrons who ensure the stealth bomber continues to receive periodic maintenance and other upgrades as radar technology evolves. This TF team enables the Air Force to provide safe, secure and effective global strike options anywhere, anytime.
Technical Sgt. Leighton Hammond, 91st Maintenance Operations Squadron vehicle equipment section noncommissioned officer in charge at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., talks about the importance of his job providing tools and equipment the Airmen serving at the missile alert facilities, and how it makes him feel to play a vital role in Air Force Global Strike Command’s nuclear deterrence and assurance mission.
By Senior Airman Quentin Hoffman
131st Maintenance Squadron
WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. — As a low observables production controller for the 131st Maintenance Squadron, I am charged with creating and maintaining the production schedule for the 131st low observables shop. I ensure that the Air Force’s only B-2 wing maintains the highest degree of low observable capability, as well as manage the shop’s work schedule to ensure aircraft availability.