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The complete Whiteman Air Force Base guide

Did someone say, “Take me to the Show Me State?” If you’re looking for info about Whiteman Air Force Base, you’re in the right place. Named for an Army Air Corps pilot, 2nd Lt. George Whiteman, a service member who lost his life during the attack on Pearl Harbor, this Air Force installation is located just south of Knob Noster, Missouri. Missouri borders eight other states, so there’s just about something to do any direction the wind blows. Whether you’re looking to enrich your love of barbeque or chill out with a KC Royals game, Whiteman AFB will put you close enough to everything. On base, Whiteman AFB offers you and your family everything you need to make this duty station the best one yet! 

Whiteman Air Force Base Location

Whiteman Air Force Base is located in Knob Noster, Missouri. It might look like it’s in the middle of nowhere, but it’s really not! In fact, Whiteman is just 60 miles southeast of Kansas City, Missouri, in rural Johnson County.

Airfield at Whiteman Air Force Base
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Alessandra Aceves-Harnden, an airfield management shift lead with the 509th Operations Support Squadron, collects loose pieces of concrete during a foreign object damage inspection on the flightline at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., June 7, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nick Wilson/Released)

Directions

Whiteman Air Force Base can be reached by car using the following routes. 

Heading in from the north? Approaches from the North will intersect with I-70. If you’re coming from the Northeast, head W on I-70. Obviously, if you’re coming from the northwest, head E on I-70. Follow signs for Whiteman AFB.

Driving from the south? Approaches from the South will intersect with HWY-50. Drivers from the Southwest should head W on HWY-50; if coming from the Southwest, head E on HWY-50. Follow signs for Whiteman AFB.

Making the trek from the east? Take I-70 W to US HWY-65 S to US HWY-50 W. Follow signs for Whiteman AFB.

Coming from the west? Take I-70 E to SR-13 S, then turn on to HWY-50 E and take that to SR-23 S. Follow the signs for Whiteman AFB.

Transportation

Flying to the closest airports: Kansas City International

Kansas City International (93 miles): Kansas City International is the only airport nearby. There are no shuttles to base, so you will need to either rent a vehicle or take an Uber/Lyft/Taxi (about $200).

Driving: We recommend driving to base, if possible, since Whiteman is in rural Missouri and a vehicle will allow you to get around.

F-6 robot at Whiteman Air Force Base
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jeff Kinney, assigned to the 509th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight, performs a function check on the Air Force Medium-Sized Robot and the F-6 robot at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, Feb. 27, 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keenan Berry/Released

Contacts at Whiteman AFB

Airmen and Family Readiness Center (A&FRC): (660) 687-7132 

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment: (660) 687-4341

Area Defense Council (ADC): (660) 687-5556

Base Exchange: (660) 563-3003

Base Operator: (660) 687-1110

Commissary: (660) 687-5655

Community Support Coordinator: (660) 687-4804

Dental Clinic: (660) 687-2201

Dietician: (660) 687-3438

Domestic Abuse Victim Advocate: (660) 324-4752

Equal Opportunity Office: (660) 687-5737

Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP): (660) 687-6032

Family Advocacy Program: (660) 687-4341

Health Promotion: (660) 687-1199

Hospital Appointments: (660) 687-2188

Housing Office: (660) 687-0559

Inspector General: (660) 687-1733

Legal Office: (660) 687-6809 

Lodging Reservations: (660) 687-1844

Mental Health: (660) 687-4341 

Military Family Life Counselors: (660) 687-7132

New Parent Support Program: (660) 687-4341

Outdoor Recreation: (660) 687-5565

Personnel Flight Customer Service: (660) 687-6426

Public Affairs Office: (660) 687-5727

Resiliency Coordinator: (660) 687-3135

School Liaison Officer: (660) 687-7664/7132

Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office: (660) 687-7272

Special Victim Counsel (SVC): (660) 687-5738

Spirit Chapel: (660) 687-3652

Spirit Chapel (After Hours): (660) 687-3778

Tours and other Community Support: 

Travel Management Office: (660) 687-4118

True North Program Manager: (660) 687-3705

Veterinary Clinic: (660) 687-2667

Welcome Center: (660) 687-7260

Wing Violence Prevention Integrator: (660) 687-7499

Bomber at Whiteman Air Force Base
The B-2 Spirit known as the Spirit of Washington, taxies at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, on July 20, 2021. The Spirit of Washington had just arrived back from Palmdale, CA, where it received routine maintenance and software updates from Northrop Grumman. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Devan Halstead)

Mission and Units 

Whiteman’s mission is simple and sweet: “Execute Nuclear Operations and Global Strike…Anytime, Anywhere!”

Whiteman Air Force Base is the joint-service home of the 509th Bomb Wing. Of course, you might know it as the world’s only B-2 Spirit stealth bomber unit. Together with the 509th Operations Group and 509th Maintenance Group are responsible for the flying mission at Whiteman, the 509th Mission Support Group and the 509th Medical Group are there to support the Bomb Wing.

There are also several tenant units, including the 131st Bomb Wing, the 442nd Fighter Wing, the 1-135th Assault Helicopter Battalion, the 72nd Test and Evaluation Squadron, and the 325th Weapons Squadron. Furthermore, the 442nd Fighter Wing flies the A-10, and the 131st Bomb Wing flies the B-2 alongside the 509th Bomb Wing. All of the units at Whiteman support the same mission – delivering dynamic air power for the United States, and providing both an assurance to our allies and a powerful deterrent to our enemies.

SERE at Whiteman Air Force Base
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Sergio Avalos, a survival, evasion, resistance and escape specialist assigned to the 509th Operations Support Squadron, conducts a water survival class for Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., pilots at the University of Central Missouri’s pool April 5, 2018. Pilots must go through a water survival class every few years to ensure they are prepared in the event they land in a body of water after ejecting from an aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Taylor Phifer)

Whiteman AFB History

In 1942, the US Army Air Corps selected the site of the current day base to be the new home for Sedalia Army Air Field. Army Air Force C-46 and C-47 transports were located at Sedalia until it was inactivated in 1947.

Then, Sedalia was reactivated in 1952 for the 340th Bombardment Wing. In June 1961, it was chosen to be the home of the 351st Strategic Missile Wing.

Similarly to lots of installations, Whiteman AFB has had a few names. In 1955, Sedalia was renamed Whiteman Air Force Base. 2nd Lieutenant George A. Whiteman, who grew up in Missouri, was the first American Airmen killed at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

Furthermore, the 509th Bomb Wing arrived at Whiteman in September 1990, where it hibernated for over 2 years. The first operational B-2 Spirit Bomber, “The Spirit of Missouri,” touched down at Whiteman in December 1993.

Airman at Whiteman Air Force Base
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Zachary Kegley, a pest management apprentice with the 509th Civil Engineer Squadron, looks at moths in a display case at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Jan. 23, 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keenan Berry/Released)

Things to Do Around Whiteman AFB

Hotels

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Warrensburg North (12.6 miles)

America’s Best Value Inn Knob Noster (4.3 miles)

Comfort Inn Warrensburg Station (12.5 miles)

Restaurants

A Little Off Base (2.1 miles) – American Bar Food (Burgers, Fries, Chicken Strips)

Mama Pin’s Thai & Asian Cuisine (4 miles) – Thai (Stir Fry, Noodle, Curries)

Jack’s Legacy (4 miles) – Pizza

Activities

Knob Noster State Park (2.7 miles) – Close to the base, with great hiking trails and camp grounds!

Kansas City Zoo (68 miles) – Visit the more than 1,700 animals with just a quick drive to Kansas City.

Science City at Union Station (73.5 miles) – Head to the historic Union Station building for a day of learning how astronauts train, the chemistry of your favorite soft drink, and more!

Historian at Whiteman Air Force Base
Dee Gullickson, 509th Bomb Wing Historian holds a vintage copy of the base news paper at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, March 23, 2022. The wing historian provides historical information, analysis and perspective to Air Force leaders and their staffs to support planning, policy development and decision making. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Victoria Hommel)

Whiteman Air Force Base Housing

In addition to living on base, you have several housing options to choose from at Whiteman AFB. You can also use privatized housing or rent on the local economy.

Contact the Military Housing Office as soon as you receive orders to find out about current wait times and what might  be available for you when you PCS. When you in-process at Whiteman Air Force Base, you’ll need to visit the MHO to receive counseling and guidance on obtaining housing. 

Unaccompanied housing is offered for unaccompanied Airmen in the ranks of E-1 to E-3 and E-4 with less than 3 years of service. Each Airman is provided a private sleeping room, furnishings, bed linens and supplies required for comfortable living. Unaccompanied Airmen in the rank of E-4 with greater than 3 years of service and above can live in the local community.

Like many other Air Force installations, privatized Whiteman Air Force Base Housing is managed by Balfour Beatty. This private company owns and operates eight neighborhoods on and near the base. Some neighborhoods are for enlisted service members only; others are for officers only. When you call a Balfour Beatty residence home, you’ll enjoy open floor plans, fenced-in backyards, and other perks!

The MHO on base can also assist you in helping you find suitable housing on the local economy. This is an exciting way to feel like you’re really part of your new community, and gives you more flexibility than choosing to live in privatized housing. Ask the MHO for more information. 

Child development at Whiteman Air Force Base
U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Steve Cenov, Eighth Air Force command chief and Joint-Global Strike Operations Center senior enlisted leader, coins the eldest child at the Child Development Center as a part of his visit to Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Nov. 15, 2021. The Child Development Center provides a safe environment for the children of active-duty military and Department of Defense civilians while away from their parents. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Bryson Britt)

Schools Near Whiteman Airforce Base 

Although there are no DoDEA schools on Whiteman AFB, there are plenty of other options. However, there is a school on base that’s operated and managed by Knob Noster School District. In town, you’ll find an additional elementary school, a middle school, and a high school.

There are other school districts that also serve mil-kids who call Whiteman home. These include Warrensburg and Sadalia. 

However, no matter where you choose, you’ll need to provide current vaccination records, enrollment records, transcripts, and proof of identity. Contact the Whiteman School Liaison for more information. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How many B-2 bombers are at Whiteman AFB?

Currently, Whiteman AFB is home to 20 active force (1 test) B-2 Spirits at Whiteman AFB. Speaking of bombers, did you know 1,000 bombers took part in the largest WIII bombing raid?

What planes are at Whiteman AFB?

At Whiteman, you’ll find the A-10 Thunderbolt II. That’s to say nothing of the B-2 Spirit and the T-38 Talons you’ll find there, too!

Does Whiteman AFB have nukes?

As a matter of a fact – yes! This is the only base where B-2 Bombers are located, Whiteman does have nuclear weapons on base.

How many Air Force bases are in Missouri?

Whiteman AFB is the only Air Force base in Missouri, but Fort Leonard Wood Army Base is located in Pulaski, MO.

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