Missourian Rally Around Local Troops

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KNOB NOSTER - Residents in the town next to the Whiteman Air Force Base welcomed pilots back into the country Monday after a 25 hour air strike against Libya. Operation Odyssey Dawn sent 3 B-2 bombers from the Whiteman Air Force Base to strike targets.

According to Deputy Rachel Davenport, the mission was a complete success and all of the intended targets were hit. The bombers employed 25 guided Joint Direct Attack Munitions against aircraft shelters. Davenport said the B-2 bombers were last used in combat at the very beginning of the Iraq War, about 8 years ago.

In the neighboring town of Knob Noster, residents got behind the pilots and showed support. Kristina Koch from Warrensburg says she is proud of her sister and other people in the military.

"This morning I saw two of them flying overhead," Koch said. "It's always a calming vision that they're coming back, and that they're here, they're home, and they're safe."