Whiteman Air Force Base
The area around Whiteman Air Force Base is known as the Ozarks. The Ozarks consist of five physiographic subregions: the Boston Mountains of north Arkansas and Cookson Hills of east Oklahoma; the Springfield Plateau of southwest Missouri, northeast Oklahoma, and northwest Arkansas and including Springfield, Joplin and Monett in Missouri, Tahlequah in Oklahoma and Fayetteville and Harrison in Arkansas; the White River Hills along the White River including Branson, Mountain Home to Batesville; the Salem Plateau or Central Plateau which includes a broad band across south central Missouri and north central Arkansas including the Lebanon, Salem and West Plains areas; the Courtois Hills of southeastern Missouri; the Osage-Gasconade Hills around the Lake of the Ozarks; the Saint Francois Mountains; and the Missouri River and Mississippi River border areas along the eastern and northeastern flanks.
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 Northrop Grumman 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 is the only permanent base for the B-2 stealth bomber. Whiteman AFB can launch combat sorties directly from Missouri to any part of the globe, engaging adversaries with nuclear or conventional weapon payloads. Other aircraft assigned to Whiteman include the Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II ground-attack fighter; the Northrop T-38 Talon jet trainer, and the Boeing AH-64 Apache attack helicopter.
There are approximately 10,000 Active Duty, Reserve Air & Army National Guard, civilian personnel, and retirees assigned to Whiteman Air Force Base.
During in-processing at the Whiteman Welcome Center, you will be given a schedule for all required briefings and the corresponding times that they will be conducted.
The Newcomer’s Orientation is the best start for you and your family at Whiteman Air Force Base. This briefing is the Wing commander’s formal welcome to all of our newcomers. It is a mandatory day-of-briefings aimed at informing you on the mission, as well as introducing you to key support agencies and specific base policies.
The Newcomer’s Orientation is held at Mission’s End (All ranks club). Show time is at 7:30 AM. Spouses are highly encouraged to attend this briefing. We understand that due to moving, child care arrangements and children in school, your spouse may have to come in late. You can still use the 20 hours of free child care offered throughout the Air Force Aid Society. Please stop in at the Airmen & Family Readiness Center (Bldg 515, Rm 200) with a copy of your orders for your PCS for Child Care certificate or check with your inbound First Sergeant.
Temporary lodging is available at the Whiteman Inn. If there is no availability, Newcomers will receive a referral to an off-base contracted hotel. The closest hotel is the America’s Best Value Inn in Knob Noster, with others in Warrensburg and Sedalia.
Make reservations as soon as possible. The Lodge is located at 325 Mitchell Avenue, Whiteman AFB. You may reach them by calling 660-687-1844 or DSN 975-1844.
The Temporary Lodging Office is located at 325 Spirit Blvd. on Whiteman AFB and can be reached by calling 660-687-1844.
The nearest large airport to Whiteman AFB is the Kansas City International Airport, which is about 90 miles northwest of Knob Noster. By car, it is about an hour and a half drive.
TRICARE Information and News
For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.
Check the US News Health directory online at https://health.usnews.com/doctors/search to find the best doctor for your family.
The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website https://findadentist.ada.org/.
FOR THE CHILDREN
In the state of Missouri, a child is eligible for admission to kindergarten if the child reaches the age of five (5) before the first day of August of the school year beginning in that calendar year.
In Missouri, children must be a legal resident of the school district they attend. It is not an “open enrollment” state. Students living in one district who wish to attend school in a different district must apply for and be officially accepted as a paying tuition student before starting their first day.
All children who are five years of age before August 1 will be eligible to enroll in kindergarten that same year. Parents enrolling children for the first time must present the following documents/information:
A copy of the child’s birth certificate
Social security number
Evidence of enrollment or records of previous school attendance
Immunization records- should have Diphtheria, Polio, Measles, Rubella and Hepatitis B up to date.
Additionally, students starting kindergarten are required to have proof of vision screening.
In 2010, the majority of states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit http://www.corestandards.org/.
Children living on base attend schools within the Knob Noster School District The Whiteman Elementary School (K-4) is for students living on base. The Knob Noster Middle School (5-8) and the Knob Noster High School (9-12) are located on base, but are both for students living on base and off base.
Knob Noster Public School District (approximately 60% of the students are from military families)
Learn more about the Knob Noster area public and private schools by visiting the Whiteman AFB School Liaison Officer (SLO) page And, visit this page for frequently asked questions about the schools in the area.
If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.
FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER
Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition. Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program. Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.
If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.
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When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.
Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit. There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.
Missouri Department of Social Services (573) 751-3221
The Department of Social Services is responsible for coordinating programs to provide public assistance to children and their parents, access to health care, child support enforcement assistance and to provide specialized assistance to troubled youth. While many programs give needed financial assistance and services, other units work toward reducing financial dependency of the citizens on government.
Human Resources Center (573) 751-4244
(HRC) guides the overall human resources management system for 7,355 budgeted employees within the department. The center is responsible for ensuring compliance with merit system rules and coordinating activities in the areas of personnel law, labor relations, recruitment, selection, classification, compensation and training. HRC is also responsible for union negotiations, resolution administration, administering the employee grievance system, all aspects of equal employment opportunities, and provision of equal services and benefits to all DSS clients.
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (573) 751-6400
Trails Regional Library – The Knob Noster Branch (660) 563-2997
Old Drum & Friends Animal Shelter (660) 747-9131
Knob Noster Police Department (660) 563-2233
Base Operator (660) 687-1110
Airman & Family Readiness (660) 687-7132
Chaplain (660) 687-3652
Education Center (660) 687-5750
School Liaison Officer (660) 687-7132
Legal Office (660) 687-6809
Finance Office (660) 687-2006
Library (660) 687-5614
Child Development Center (660) 687-5588
Lodging (660) 687-1844
Medical Clinic (660) 687-2188
Dental Clinic (660) 687-2201
Visitor’s Center (660) 687-2833
Military Personnel Customer Service (660) 687-6427
Base Exchange (660) 563-3001
Commissary (660) 687-5655
On-base housing at Whiteman Air Force Base is privatized and run by Balfour Beatty Communities and is available for all ranks. Call the Housing Management Office at 660-687-4418 or Balfour Beatty at 660-687-0559. Visit www.whitemanfamilyhomes.com for more information.
Dorms for unaccompanied Airmen are single units with shared bathrooms. There are five facilities with a total of 627 furnished rooms for Airmen E-1 to E-4 with less than three years of service. There are no facilities for single officers on Whiteman AFB. Please contact an Airmen dorm leader at (660) 687-5662 for more information.
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In Knob Noster, the summers are hot, muggy, and wet; the winters are very cold and windy; and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 24°F to 90°F and is rarely below 7°F or above 98°F.
The hot season lasts for 3.5 months, from June 1 to September 16, with an average daily high temperature above 80°F. The hottest day of the year is July 20, with an average high of 90°F and low of 70°F. The cold season lasts for 3.0 months, from November 27 to February 27, with an average daily high temperature below 50°F. The coldest day of the year is January 22, with an average low of 24°F and high of 41°F.
The wetter season lasts 6.2 months, from March 26 to October 2, with a greater than 27% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 42% on June 8. The drier season lasts 5.8 months, from October 2 to March 26. The smallest chance of a wet day is 12% on January 12.
Whiteman Air Force is located in Johnson County Missouri and there are numerous smaller communities which surround the base, including Knob Noster 2 miles away, Warrensburg 12 miles away, and Sedalia 20 miles to the east. These communities’ affiliations are both historical and meaningful. Other surrounding communities include: Blue Springs, California, Clinton, Cole Camp, Concordia, Higginsville, Holden, Independence, Jefferson City, Kansas City, La Monte, Lexington, Lincoln, Lone Jack, Marshall, Versailles, Warsaw and Windsor. Residents and merchants from these communities are very welcoming towards military members and their families and provide great support through the Base Community Council.
The Sedalia community is also very welcoming towards military personnel and their families. It is a growing community with beautiful turn-of-the-century homes, as well as new residential developments throughout the area. Historic downtown Sedalia and the exciting new shopping and dining opportunities now being constructed offer fun and entertainment for all ages to enjoy.
Outdoor enthusiasts find quick access to the Katy Trail State Park, fishing at local lakes and a full slate of sporting opportunities through our Parks and Recreation program. Events and cultural experiences in the area include the Missouri State Fair, the Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival, and the Daum Museum.
Kansas City is about a 1-hour drive northwest from Knob Noster. Visit this page to see all of the exciting things Kansas City has to offer.
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