Whiteman Air Force Base (AFB) is located in Johnson County, nine miles east of Warrensburg, in west central Missouri. Whiteman AFB is named in honor of Second Lt. George A. Whiteman, who was the first Airman killed during the assault on Pearl Harbor in 1941. The Army Corps used the base as a glider training base during World War II. After the war, the base was put on inactive status until 1951, when it was reactivated and incorporated into the U.S. Air Force, the newest branch of the U.S. military. Since then, it has served as both a bomber base and a missile base.
Today, the base includes approximately 4,677 acres of land, which is a combination of government-owned, leased and easement land. The base is currently home to the 509th Bomb Wing and is the only home of the B-2 Advanced Technology Bombers. The 509th is a unit of the Air Force Global Strike Command, supporting its mission to “develop and provide combat ready forces for nuclear deterrence and global strike operations…” For more information and photos, visit the U.S. Air Force's Whiteman Air Force Base.
Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Role
Missouri Department of Natural Resources staff provide regulatory oversight and support cleanup activities at multiple contaminated sites by reviewing and commenting on documents and proposed work plans, and by participating in annual landfill inspections.
MoDNR Project Manager: 573-751-3907