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Brig. Gen. Tibbets Presents Pre-Memorial Day Address May 24

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (May 5, 2017) – Brig. Gen. Paul W. Tibbets IV, commander of the 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman Air Force Base, will present the keynote address at the annual Pre-Memorial Day Ceremony at the University of Central Missouri. The event takes place at noon Wednesday, May 24, on the lawn near the Alumni Memorial Chapel, and is free and open to everyone. In case of rain the festivities will be moved inside the chapel.

Joining Tibbets as participants in the event will be a color guard from Whiteman Air Force Base; the singing of the National Anthem by UCM alumna Candace Fowler; presentation of the POW/MIA Missing Man Table led by 1st Sgt. Jamil Goodwin, 509th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Whiteman AFB; welcome by Deborah Curtis, UCM provost-chief  learning officer, who also will lay a wreath with Tibbets;  21-gun salute performed by members of the Warrensburg American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts; and the playing of TAPS by David Aaberg, professor of music at UCM.

Receiving his commission through the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1989, Tibbets has risen through the military ranks to become responsible for the combat readiness of the U.S. Air Force’s Spirit wing, including development and employment of the B-2’s combat capability as part of the Air Force’s Global Strike Task Force. His command provides logistics support for the Air Force Reserve 442nd Fighter Wing, Missouri Air National Guard 131st Bomb Wing, Air Combat Command 20th Reconnaissance Squadron and the Missouri Army National Guard 1st Battalion, 135th Aviation Unit. He manages flying assets in excess of $46 billion and an annual operations and maintenance budget of $147 million. Also during his career, Tibbets served on a variety of operational assignments as a B-1 and a B-2 pilot, including flying in combat missions in support of operations in Southwest Asia, the Balkans and Afghanistan. He has logged more than 3,800 flying hours as a command pilot.

Individuals who have questions about the pre-Memorial Day observance may contact Carrie-Ann Garlett, assistant director of Military and Veteran Services at UCM, 660-543-8452 or