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Brig. Gen. Scott Vander Hamm, Whiteman Air Force Base Commander, speaks briefly to the California rural firefighters before presenting a special belt buckle to Fire Chief Steve Walters. Vander Hamm is the former squadron commander. After a year with a civilian company in a special program, he was assigned a command in South Dakota and one in Texas before assignment to the office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington, D.C. After promotion to flag rank, he was assigned to command Whiteman AFB.

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Whiteman Air Force personnel join California Rural Fire at annual dinner

Several members of the "Grim Reapers," otherwise known as the 13th Bomb Squadron, joined the California Rural Fire Protection District (CRFPD) Saturday, Feb. 18, at its annual meeting.

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