Installation Overview - Whiteman Air Force Base, MO

Whiteman Air Force Base is a base of the United States Air Force in Johnson County, Missouri. It is located two miles south of the central business district of the city of Knob Noster. The base is named in honor of Sedalia native 2nd Lt George A. Whiteman, an aviator killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor.

In June 1961, Air Force officials selected the base to be the location of SAC's fourth Minuteman missile wing, the 351st Strategic Missile Wing. Whiteman's current mission, the B-2, is a dramatic leap forward in technology and represents a major milestone in the U.S. bomber modernization program.

The mission statement of the 509th Bomb Wing is: "Skilled and proud Airmen providing full spectrum, expeditionary, B-2 global strike and combat support capabilities to geographic commanders and the Commander, USSTRATCOM, while supporting Team Whiteman. We kick down doors and kill targets... Weapons on Target, On Time! "

Official website for Whiteman Air Force Base

Location/Driving Directions

Whiteman Air Force Base is located in central Missouri, an area many think of as the Ozarks, a state made famous by its seemingly endless streams.

Whiteman is near Interstate 70 and U.S. Highway 50. Those approaching from the east on Interstate 70 should take the Sedalia exit onto U.S. Highway 65 south. In Sedalia, Highway 65 intersects with Highway 50. Turn west on Highway 50 and drive approximately 20 miles to the Whiteman AFB exit. Turn left onto State Highway 23 south and drive about two miles to the Spirit Gate on the left.

For those approaching from the west on Interstate 70, take the Warrensburg exit onto State Highway 13 south. As you approach Warrensburg, Highway 50 passes under Highway 13. Turn east onto Highway 50, at the end of the Highway 13 overpass, and drive to State Highway 23 south. Travel two miles south to reach the Spirit Gate on the left.

North and south approaches to Whiteman intersect with Interstate 70 or Highway 50, respectively.

If flying to your new assignment, the Kansas City International Airport is a logical arrival location choice with Whiteman 90 miles southeast of the airport. If driving from the airport, take Interstate 435 east toward St. Louis. As you approach Interstate 70, stay in the left lane and take Interstate 70 heading east. The trip takes about 90 minutes, depending on traffic.

Main Phone Numbers

Master of Arms 2nd Class David Edwards. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force; photo credit: Senior Airman Jason Huddleston

Base Operator DSN: 975-1110 (660) 687-1110

Appointment Desk, Hospital 660-563-9100 DSN: 1-800-874-9378 (TRI Care West toll free)

Base Education Center 660-687-3592 DSN: 975-3592

Child Development Center 660-687-5588 DSN: 975-5588

Dental Appointments 687-2201/DSN 975

Dental Clinic Information 687-4358/DSN 975

Education Office 660-687-5750 DSN: 975-5750

Family Day Care Program 660-687-1180

Family Practice Clinic 660-687-2176

Housing Management Office 660-687-4415 DSN: 975-4415

Housing Referral Office 660-687-4421 DSN: 975-4421

Lodging Office 660-687-1844 DSN: 975-1844

Lodging Reservations 660-687-4410 DSN: 975-4410

Youth Center/Before and After School/Summer Camp Program 660-687-5586

Youth Center 660-687-5586

Population/Major Units Assigned

Members of the 442nd Mission Support Group prepare to defend their convoy during an operational readiness inspection field exercise. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force; photo credit: Senior Airman Kenny Holston

Along with four groups within the 509th Bomb Wing-Support, Operations, Maintenance, and Medical-Whiteman serves as host to a number of associated units. These include: the 442d Air Force Fighter Wing; 1st Battalion, 135th Aviation Army National Guard, the Naval Reserve Unit-Mobile Inshore Undersea Warfare Unit 114 (MIUWU 114) and the 131st Bomb Wing from the Air Force National Guard With Department of Defense civilians and contract personnel are factored in, substantial growth has occurred.

Whiteman estimated population:

Active Duty: 3,600
Family Members: 6,500
Retirees: 3,600
Civilian Employees: 2,000
Reserves and Guard: 1,800

Temporary Lodging

Whiteman Inn - Lodging Facility. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force

The Whiteman Inn is located on Mitchell Avenue and can be reached by calling DSN 312-975-1844 or 660-687-1844. The Inn operates 24 hours a day. There are 128 total rooms available at any given time. The Whiteman Inn was the Air Force Innkeeper Winner for 2006.

When checking in, DOD identification must be shown. Advance payment must be made at check-in or secured with a credit card. Payment may be made at any time day or night. Visa, Mastercard and club proprietary card are accepted. Late or deferred payments must be approved in advance by the lodging manager. Refunds for advance payments or overpayments are made on the spot or mailed to you.

Checkout is 11:00 am. Late checkouts are charged an additional fee. If you anticipate a delay in checking out, notify the front desk immediately. Allowance is made if possible. The lodging staff will secure your luggage in the event you cannot pick it up prior to checkout.

As there is a reserve unit attached to the base, accommodations can be nonexistent on reserve weekends unless you make advance reservations. Do this as soon as you know when you will be arriving at Whiteman. Also do to significant increase in base mission requirements, it is requested that you make reservations as soon as possible to insure accommodations.

There are limited number of reservations available for those traveling with pets in need of TLF. A pet fee will be added to your bill for this accommodation.

Current Rates can also be found at the Whiteman Inn lodging website.

There are several motels within commuting distance (not within walking distance) to Whiteman. $55.00 - $80.00 per night is the approximate range of rates with your military discount. Contract quarters are available in the local area. The closest hotel from the base is the in Knob Noster, 5 miles away; Warrensburg, 10 miles; Sedalia, 18 miles.


Whiteman AFB Dormitory. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force

Whiteman currently provides 850 family housing units. One hundred forty new houses with garages were built in 2000 and 93 were renovated to include garages in 1998; another 134 houses are being renovated.

On-base quarters include stoves, refrigerators, and connections for washers and dryers. Many recent improvements include steel siding, thermal windows, steel exterior doors, interior doors and baseboards, exterior/interior light fixtures, ceiling fans, laundry tubs, electrical rewiring, new bathrooms, new roofs, new basement windows, sump pumps and installation of some dish washers.

Each military member is to report to the housing office staff prior to entering into an off-base housing agreement. If arriving after duty hours, report on the first duty day after arrival.

Visit your current housing office to submit an advance housing application as soon as you receive your orders. Military members with dependents are authorized to submit an advance application for military housing any time after receiving PCS or active duty orders for Whiteman AFB. The application must be submitted on DD Form 1746. Call the Whiteman AFB Housing Office at (660) 687-4418 prior to arrival for more details.

Make reservations as soon as possible to ensure you have accommodations for you and your family. Reservations location: 325 Mitchell Ave., commercial 687-1844, 24-hour operation.

Ridgeview was built in 2000 and is primarily for junior non-commissioned Airmen. The units have two, three and four bedrooms. Another community, commonly referred to as Ridgeview 2, is also for junior NCOs, and is to be completed soon. On the south side of the base, in the lakeside area, housing units are being torn down in stages to make room for new facilities for senior NCOs and officers. Please be sure to check with the housing office early during in-processing. The staff knows of current on-base housing availability. They also are knowledgeable about off-base lease agreements.

Child Care

Staff Sgt. Charles Whaley explains some of the many differnt aspects of the M249 to Justin Laurie during Operation Spirit. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force; photo credit: Staff Sgt. Jason Barebo

The Whiteman AFB child development center is accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs. The center provides care for 162 children, ages 6 months to 5 years of age. The New Child Development Center has expanded with wonderful new rooms; challenging, educational, and development activities. The center has age specific playgrounds outside and play & exercise rooms located inside. The center is open Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. offering full-day care, part-day care and a preschool program. Morning & afternoon sessions available.

Fees & Charges are based on total family income and are adjusted annually in accordance with the Military Child Care Act of 1996. Meals are included in the price. Drop-in/Hourly care is available on a space available basis for an hourly fee of $3 per hour/per child; 3 hour minimum reservation is required. Call 660-687-5588 for any information on the programs.

Military Families where both parents work full time and DOD civilians have priority for child care serves.

To be admitted to any program, the parent or legal guardian must present a valid military identification card and the child's current immunization record, and complete AF Form 1181, Youth Flight Patron registration.

The Family Child Care staff provides care for children in a home setting. It is exceptionally good for military mothers who must report back to work six to eight weeks after delivery and for children with special needs. Training is provided in child growth and development, protecting the health and safety of children, and child abuse prevention and reporting.

The Air Force has initiated a subsidy program that may reduce the cost of child care for qualifying families. Check with the FCC office for more details. Child Care for PCS. The Air Force Aid Society pays for 20 hours of care per child for those in the rank of SSgt and below when arriving and departing from a base. Child care is only authorized in on-base licensed FCC homes. Certificates are issued by the Airman & Family Readiness Center (A&FRC) staff and are good for child care within 30 days of PCS.

The Youth Center had recently been remodeled into a state of the art facility and is considered to be one of the finest youth programs in the Air Force. The Whiteman program has received unprecedented high marks on Air Force School-Age inspections, and local and state recognition for school-age care and community service.The Youth Center is an affiliate of the Boys and Girls Club of America and the Missouri State Alliance.


Whiteman Elementary School. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force

There are no DODDS schools at Whiteman. The elementary school on base is owned and operated by the Knob Noster School District. Knob Noster also has one elementary school, one middle school and one high school located directly in Knob Noster.

Parents enrolling students for the first time in Knob Noster Schools must present a copy of immunization records, social security number, and enrollment records from the previous school, including course schedule and withdrawal grades. Information on special education needs must be provided so I.E.P.s and a diagnostic summary may be obtained. All students must meet attendance requirements as outlined in School Board Policy. Students enrolled are required to be immunized against Diptheria, Polio, Measles, Rubella and Hepatitis B. All immunization requirements must be met before a student can attend school. Parents must provide current emergency contact telephone numbers to the office.

The Knob Noster operates on the 8 block system. Classes are longer in length and are held every other day (called black or orange days).

Bus transportation is provided for K - 12 if the child lives 1 mile or more from the school. Please check with the individual schools to determine their rules. Transportation is provided to all children with special needs no matter of their proximity to the school.

Home Schooling is popular in the local area. You will find great cooperation within the districts and a wonderful network of parents on Whiteman to help you get started.

Most private schools in the area are denominational based, but students are accepted from all denominations. There are other private schools in the Kansas City area, but they are far from the installation. There are also a few military academies in the area. More information is available upon request from the Whiteman Airman and Family Readiness Center's Relocation personnel, 660-687-7132.

The focal point for all education programs at Whiteman AFB is the Base Education Office, 660-687-3592. Information pertaining to financial aid is available to all personnel, and tuition assistance is authorized for active duty personnel.

Medical Care

Whiteman Hospital. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force
The 509th Medical Group is a comprehensive primary care clinic providing outpatient-managed healthcare under the TRICARE program for eligible beneficiaries living in the Whiteman area.

The clinic operates eight primary care teams staffed by board-certified family practice physicians, flight surgeons, physician assistants and nurse practitioners offering specialty service clinics for pediatrics, optometry and mental health. Additional services available include immunizations, laboratory, radiology, physical therapy and pharmacy.

Active duty members are the first priority for medical services, but family members are treated at the clinic on a reoccurring basis. Retirees are seen when facilities and staffing permit, but they must make appointments after 10 am for same day visits.

Clinics operate by appointments only and operating hours are 7:30 am - 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday unless otherwise indicated. A valid ID Card must be presented for everyone 10 years old or older. Appointments are made by calling the central appointment desk at 660-687-2188 (option 1) during normal duty hours.

Thre is no Emergency Room or Acute Care Clinic on base. Emergencies are sent to Warrensburg, about 10 miles from the base. Ambulances are still available on base.

Emergency services are available by dialing 911 both on and off base. If you reside on base, the base hospital's ambulance will respond. If you live off base, dialing 911 will give you a response from the ambulance service which is closest to you.