Air Force

Whiteman Air Force Base

509th Bomb Wing
470 Vandenberg Ave, Whiteman Air Force Base, MO 65305

Whiteman Air Force Base is a United States Air Force base in central Missouri located approximately 2 miles south of Knob Noster, 10 miles east of Warrensburg, and 70 miles east-southeast of Kansas City.


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 a joint-service base, with Air Force, Army and Navy units. Tenant units include the Missouri Air National Guard’s 131st Bomb Wing (131 BW), the Air Force Reserve Command’s 442nd Fighter Wing (442 FW), the Missouri Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 135th Aviation Regiment and the U.S. Navy Reserve’s Maritime Expeditionary Security Force Unit 114.


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.

Arriving at Whiteman Air Force Base

Your sponsor should meet you upon arrival, either at the Visitor’s Center, billeting or the airport. It is your responsibility to ensure he or she knows your arrival specifics. Next, please check into your unit, individuals should report to their gaining unit orderly room. Member will receive their appointment time from their orderly room for the Whiteman Welcome Center (it is the responsibility of the Commander Support Staff (CSS) and Sponsor to coordinate the appointment prior to the members’ arrival).


The Whiteman Welcome Center will ensure you and your family in-process through Military Personnel, Finance and medical. Family Members are encouraged to attend!


During in-processing, you will be given a schedule for all required briefings and times that they will be conducted.


Newcomer’s Orientation

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 our newcomers. It is a mandatory day of briefings designed to inform you on the mission, introduce you to key support agencies and specific base policies. 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. 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 through the Whiteman Inn. If there is no availability, Newcomers will receive a referral to an off base contracted hotel. The closest 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.


Temporary Lodging office is located at 325 Spirit Blvd., Whiteman AFB and can be reached by calling 660-687-1844.

Base Population
There are approximately 10,000 Active Duty, Reserve Air & Army National Guard, civilian personnel, and retirees assigned to Whiteman Air Force Base.
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