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   KNOB NOSTER, Mo. (AP) - A leadership change is in the works at Whiteman Air Force Base.
   Brig. Gen. Glen Vanherck is to take command of the 509th Bomb Wing during a ceremony Friday at the west-central Missouri base. He will be succeeding Brig. Gen. Thomas Bussiere, who has led Bomb Wing since June 2012.
   Vanherck currently is the commander of the 7th Bomb Wing at Dyess Air Force Base in Texas. He grew up in Bismarck, Mo., and is a graduate of the University of Missouri.
   The 509th Bomb Wing is the Air Force's only B-2 Spirit stealth bomber unit. The B-2 stealth bombers can fly from Missouri to targets anywhere around the world.
 
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KNOB NOSTER, Mo. (AP) — Members of an Air National Guard wing at Whiteman Air Force base have become the first citizen airmen certified to take part in dropping nuclear bombs.

The Kansas City Star reports the Air National Guard's 131st Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base has passed the Pentagon's stringent Initial Nuclear Surety Inspection, which means it can assist in delivering nuclear bombs.

The wing's certification by the Air Force Global Strike Force Command enables more than 700 Guardsmen, working alongside active-duty airmen, to load nukes into B-2 Spirit stealth bombers and fly them on the orders of the U.S. president.

The Air Force keeps secret the details of the process for certifying air units for nuclear missions. The inspection at Whiteman took four days, and certification was awarded this month.

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