Waterloo man named new commander at Jefferson Barracks

Whiteman AFB, MO – A Waterloo man has been named commander of the Missouri Air National Guard’s 121st Air Control Squadron at Jefferson Barracks.

Lt. Col. William V. Boothman took command of the squadron during a ceremony at the post on Oct. 1. He replaces Col. David W. Newman, who is the Jefferson Barracks’ base commander.

“Bill Boothman is the right man for this job,” said Air National Guard Brig. Gen. Stephen D. Cotter, assistant adjutant general of the Missouri National Guard. “He has the right foundation and background to lead this unit.”

Boothman attended Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, where he earned a degree in civil engineering. He served four years in the Air Force before enlisting in the Missouri Air National Guard, where he has served for 20 years. His first Air Guard assignment was as the training officer for the 121st.

After the 121st was deactivated in 1999, Boothman became the base civil engineer at Jefferson Barracks and later the conversion officer for the 157th Air Operation Group.

“This is a very technical military occupation,” Boothman said. “We train to perform long range aircraft radar command and control. We give aircraft in the air all the information that is beyond their capabilities and feed that information back through data links or to people around the globe if necessary.”

The 121st Air Control Squadron falls under command and control of the 131st Bomb Wing, headquartered at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri.

Boothman and his wife, Julie, have three children, Emma, Will and Hillary.

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(Source: bnd.com)

Whiteman Air Force Base: Flu vaccine now available

As a vital part of maintaining a fit fighting force, the 509th Medical Group has begun offering the 2011-2012 influenza vaccine to all active-duty personnel, including those residing at the Whiteman Air Force Base. The influenza vaccine will be available to all TRICARE eligible dependents and retirees starting Oct. 1. This season’s vaccine will provide protection against several strains of influenza to include H1N1.
Flu vaccination is required for active-duty members to ensure maximum protection against influenza infection. Influenza can incapacitate or degrade the effectiveness of members for significant periods, thereby compromising mission capabilities.

The influenza season in the U.S. runs from October through May each year. However, most infections occur from December through March. The flu is caused by a virus that spreads from one infected person to the nose or throats of others. It can move rapidly through groups of people, especially in confined spaces such as dormitories and work areas. The flu can cause fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, headache, muscle aches, chills and fatigue.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, influenza kills more than 36,000 people and hospitalizes more than 200,000 people each year in the U.S. The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccination each year.
The following health habits are important ways to help prevent flu:
* Washing hands often will help protect from the virus that causes the flu.
* Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose or mouth.
* Avoid close contact with people who are sick. If sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
* Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.

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