Brig. Gen. Paul W. Tibbets IV spoke of the importance of teamwork at the Annual Boonslick Prayer Breakfast on Thursday morning.
Modeled after the national and state prayer breakfast, this event carries on the time-honored tradition of the importance of prayer.
Distinguished guests from the city, county and state attended the breakfast, which was sponsored in part by the Boonslick Senior Center.
After the scripture readings, General Tibbets was introduced.
Prayer breakfast board member David Wrenn introduced the general to a full crowd at the Knights of Columbus Hall.
“Brig. Gen. Tibbets IV is the Commander, 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. He is responsible for the combat readiness of the Air Force's only B-2 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’s 442nd Fighter Wing, Missouri Air National Guard 131st Bomb Wing, Air Combat Command 20th Reconnaissance Squadron and the Missouri Army National Guard First Battalion, 135th Aviation Unit. He manages flying assets in excess of $46 billion and an annual operations and maintenance budget of $147 million,” according to his biography. “General Tibbets received his commission through the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1989. Following graduation, he served in a variety of operational assignments as a B-1 pilot and subsequently as a B-2 pilot. The general has commanded at the squadron and wing levels, and flown in combat missions in support of operations in Southwest Asia, the Balkans and Afghanistan. His staff assignments include executive assistant to the Commander, Eighth Air Force, Chief of the Nuclear Policy Branch at NATO Headquarters. Prior to his current position, he was Deputy Director for Nuclear Operations, U.S. Strategic Command. General Tibbets is a command pilot with more than 3,800 flying hours.”
During his address, General Tibbets spoke about his experiences, including his grandfather who inspired him. In fact, it was his grandfather who was piloting the plane that dropped the nuclear bomb over Hiroshima.
It was faith that was General Tibbets’ main message as he built upon the New Testament scripture that was read by Jamie Schenck.
“So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work,” Ephesians: 4, 11-16.
General Tibbets added that working as a team with each person’s God given gifts is what makes a situation prevail. He said the United States Air Force would not be here if it was not for that concept.