News Release

Auditor Schweich Addresses Whiteman Air Force Base Community Council Luncheon

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

CONTACT: Spence Jackson, Media Director
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Auditor Schweich was invited to be the keynote speaker at the Whiteman Air Force Base Community Council Luncheon on October 6, 2011. Auditor Schweich drew upon his years of international experience as a high-ranking law enforcement official atPicture State Auditor Thomas A. Schweich the State Department and as Ambassador for Counternarcotics and Justice Reform in Afghanistan to provide attendees with an in-depth overview of Afghanistan's political and military history. Auditor Schweich explained his view that, in order to understand Afghanistan and its people today, one must understand its history.

The Whiteman Air Force Base Community Council is comprised of several hundred individuals from the communities surrounding the Air Force Base. Each squadron is paired with a community to form a unique relationship. The Council supports the base, its leadership, airmen and their families in many ways, including social events and deployment ceremonies. The featured communities on October 6 included Jefferson City, Warsaw, and Holden.

Whiteman's heritage dates back to 1942. U.S. Army Air Corps officials selected the current site to be the home of Sedalia Army Air Field. In October 1955 the base was changed to Whiteman Air Force Base in honor of 2nd Lieutenant George A. Whiteman. Whiteman was one of the first American Airmen killed in combat during World War II, when his P-40 fighter was shot down.Picture State Auditor Thomas A. Schweich