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U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Joseph Dangidang
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Airman retires after 37 years of service

Posted September 19, 2014 by Senior Airman Joseph Dangidang

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Joseph Dangidang Chief Master Sgt. Karen L. Krause, 452nd Maintenance Operations Squadrons superintendent, receives a flag from a Blue Eagles Total Force Honor Guard member during her retirement ceremony at the March Cultural Resource Center, Sep. 13. Krause retires after 37 years of service to the United States Air Force….

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Look past 1947 for Air Force roots

Posted September 19, 2014 by Chief Master Sgt. Matt Proietti

The Air Force officially turns 67 this month, but my Uncle Gino thinks it’s older. He’s 90 and the lone surviving brother of my father. Both of them served in World War II, as did two of their siblings. My father was in the Navy, as was his eldest brother, Europeo (his real name, I…

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Pilots earned top honor for WW II actions

Posted September 19, 2014 by Chief Master Sgt. Matt Proietti

Courtesy Photo First Lt. Donald J. Gott and 2nd Lt. William E. Metzger Jr. of the 452nd Bombardment Group, were killed when their heavily damaged B-17 Flying Fortress exploded Nov. 9, 1944, as they raced to friendly territory in an attempt to save the life of a fellow crew member. Both were awarded the Medal…

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Health & Safety

A reminder of our 24/7/365 responsibility to ourselves and each other

Posted September 19, 2014 by Jonathan Stock

All Airmen have a responsibility that last much longer than a one-month campaign. This responsibility extends beyond ourselves and includes our work environment, our families, friends, fellow Airmen and our communities. While Suicide Prevention Month is observed across the United States in September, the month-long event is a reminder of everyone’s 24/7, 365-day responsibility to…

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Hispanic Heritage Month: Knowing the facts

Posted September 12, 2014 by Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute

In 1988, Congress established National Hispanic Heritage Month by amending the 1968 law that created National Hispanic Heritage Week. Under this law, the president was asked to issue an annual proclamation designating the “31-day period beginning September 15 and ending on October 15” as National Hispanic Heritage Month. President George H.W. Bush issued the first…

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U.K. cemetery resting place for 452nd men

Posted September 12, 2014 by Chief Master Sgt. Matt Proietti

(Fourth in an 11-part series that was first run in the Beacon in 2007) Thirty men killed while serving in the 452nd Bombardment Group during World War II are buried at an American military cemetery near Cambridge, England. They are among more than 3,800 GIs whose graves are decorated with headstones in the shape of…

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U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt Rick Sforza, 4th Combat Camera Squadron
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March host wing contributes to overall success of Mobility Air Force mission

Posted September 5, 2014 by Senior Airman Joseph Dangidang

U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt Rick Sforza, 4th Combat Camera Squadron A KC-135R from the 336th Air Refueling Squadron refuels a C-17A from the 729th Airlift Squadron. Both aircraft are from the Air Force Reserve Command’s 452nd Air Mobility Wing, March Air Reserve Base, Calif. The 452nd Air Mobility Wing, March Air Reserve…

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The friendly invasion: 452nd GIs inundated English villages

Posted September 5, 2014 by Chief Master Sgt. Matt Proietti

Photo by Pleon Wood (L to r) SSgt. Froilan Hernandez, TSgt. Jack Duer and SSgt. Floyd Gibson of the 452nd Bombardment Group ham it up outside a pub while on leave in England. The men were part of an aircrew on the B-17 Flying Fortress Shot Snorter, which was shot down over Europe while being…

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U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Megan Crusher
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Rising Six adds splash of color to drill weekends

Posted August 28, 2014 by Tech. Sgt. Megan Crusher

U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Megan Crusher Runners are dowsed with color by volunteers as they round the last station before crossing the finish line during the 5K Fun Color Run Aug. 9, hosted by the 452nd Air Mobility Wing Rising Six. More than 100 Team March members participated in two color runs, held at…

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B-17 duty was tiring yet memorable

Posted August 28, 2014 by Chief Master Sgt. Matt Proietti

(Second in an 11-part series that was first run in the Beacon in 2007) B-17 Flying Fortresses were noisy, cold and reliable, men who flew and repaired them for the 452nd Bombardment Group recall. “It was so loud, I could yell in the pilot’s ear from six inches away and he couldn’t hear me,” said…

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