The Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri has reported a second confirmed, positive case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The case was confirmed on March 25 and involves an adult, military member assigned to the Missouri Air National Guard’s 131st Bomb Wing.
Team Whiteman has also directed Health Protection Condition (HPCON) Charlie to combat the spread of COVID-19 across the Department of the Air Force and local Missouri communities.
“Fortunately, this member’s unit had already taken proactive precautions to prevent the spread of viruses in their work-centers,” said Col. Jeffrey Schreiner, 509th Bomb Wing commander. “Team Whiteman has implemented staggered schedules and instituted strict hygiene and cleaning policies—crucial actions in the fight against COVID-19. We need all Airmen to step up their vigilance and anyone who is at risk or who has traveled needs to contact the public health hotline at 660-687-4305.”
The Whiteman Air Force Base (AFB) is a U.S. Air Force base located approximately 2 miles south of Knob Noster, Missouri; around 70 miles east-southeast of Kansas City.
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 (AFGSC). The 509 BW operates the Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit stealth strategic bomber.
The 131st Bomb Wing is a unit of the Missouri Air National Guard (MO ANG), stationed at Whiteman AFB. If activated to federal service, the wing is gained by the AFGSC. It is an associate unit of the active-duty 509th Bomb Wing.
The 131 BW is the only Air National Guard (ANG) wing to fly the B-2 Spirit stealth strategic bomber, as well as the only nuclear-capable ANG bomb wing.