The base at Knob Noster was originally known as the Sedalia Glider Base, where pilots learned glider tactics and paratroopers were trained.
At one time, the base was closed down and abandoned, only to be rebuilt as Sedalia Air Base.
Later, as Whiteman AFB, it was the home of the 351st Strategic Missile Wing, and then of the 509th Bomb Wing.
The B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber is located on Whiteman.
Whiteman AFB supports a multi-pronged mission to provide global B-2 strike and support for ground operations. The 509th Bomb Wing is the host unit on Whiteman AFB, along with its support groups, its Maintenance Group, its Medical Group, its Mission Support Group and its Operations Group.
Other resident units on base include the Air Reserve’s 442nd Fighter Wing, the Air National Guard’s 131st Bomb Wing, the Army’s 1-135th Attack Battalion, the Navy’s Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron, the 72nd Test and Evaluation Squadron, the 325th Weapons Squadron, the 372nd Training Squadron and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations.
Whiteman AFB is situated adjacent to Knob Noster, a small town of about 3,000 residents. Sedalia, where the Missouri State Fairgrounds are located, is 20 miles away and the Central Missouri State University college town of Warrensburg is only 10 miles away. The CMSU Mules offer a wide variety of sports activities. Nearby Clinton is situated on Truman Lake, an ideal spot for camping, fishing, boating and other water sports. Even more variety in entertainment, shopping and dining is available 65 miles away in the Kansas City metro area.
Children living on base attend the Knob Noster Public Schools. Those living off base may be in that school district or in the Warrensburg or Sedalia School District. Central Missouri State University offers a wide variety of post-secondary educational opportunities. Whiteman AFB does not have a hospital on base, but there is a medical clinic and ambulances are available. The nearest hospitals are the Western Missouri Medical Center, Royal Oaks Hospital, Bothwell Regional Health Center, the I-70 Medical Center and the Golden Valley Memorial Hospital.
Whiteman has over 800 housing units for members of any rank. However, there may be a waiting list to move into them. Off base housing in the local area is relatively inexpensive compared to the national average. Some housing is available in Knob Noster, but many families choose to live in Sedalia, Warrensburg or other surrounding towns. Temporary housing is available on Whiteman at the Whiteman Inn, and can be reserved upon receiving a report-by date.