The Chiefs Community Caring Team jumped on a bus bright and early on Tuesday morning to travel to Whiteman Air Force Base for the annual Salute to Service visit. The group included general manager John Dorsey, former Chiefs players, including Len Dawson, Bobby Bell, Will Shields and Deron Cherry, plus a few Chiefs staff members and Cheerleaders.
Upon arrival at the base, the first stop was to the 442nd Fighter Wing and the five-bay hanger, which holds the A-10s on site. The group toured the facility and got a closer look at the planes that flew over Arrowhead Stadium last Sunday, during the Chiefs vs. Seahawks game. These airmen and women are long-time Chiefs fans and have their own version of the Chiefs logo on their planes.
"This visit was all about thanking these men and women and thanking them for allowing us our freedoms," Dorsey said. "We wouldn't be able to play the great game of football if it weren't for these guys. We wanted to pay respect to these airmen and women who make this country so great."
The group also toured 509th Bomb Wing, which operates the world's only B-2 Spirit stealth bomber unit.
"We had the chance to see some of the most incredible things at this base," Shields said. "To see the technology and the behind-the-scenes stuff is great. Plus, to meet these guys that work on it every day is even better. They're all big Chiefs fans and this is a way for us to say thank you for their service and for cheering us on."
Kansas City Chiefs visit Whiteman Air Force Base
The base was thrilled to host the Chiefs Community Caring Team and in turn, we were all extremely honored to catch a glimpse of their work and thank them for their bravery, dedication and service.