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Unit cited for actions late in World War II

Posted October 10, 2014 by Chief Master Sgt. Matt Proietti

U.S. Army Air Forces photo The B17 flying in the foreground is part of the 452nd Bombardment Group. Seen here flying with other aircraft, the 452nd planes were identified by the boxed L on their tail. (Eighth in an 11-part series that was first run in the Beacon in 2007) The 452nd Bombardment Group received…

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U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Joseph Dangidang
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March FD promotes Fire Prevention Week

Posted October 3, 2014 by Senior Airman Joseph Dangidang

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Joseph Dangidang John Martin, March Air Field Fire Department fire inspector (left), and Jeremy Carty, March Air Field Fire Department fire extinguisher maintainer get a photo opportunity with Sparky the Dog at the March Air Field Fire Department here, to promote Fire Prevention week. The March Air Field Fire Department…

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Unit’s start is fertile ground for historians

Posted October 3, 2014 by Chief Master Sgt. Matt Proietti

(Seventh in an 11-part series that was first run in the Beacon in 2007) The 452nd Bombardment Group’s World War II actions have intrigued a Texas professor and provided fodder for an amateur historian who wrote a book about one of its B-17 Flying Fortress aircrews. “(It) was a typical B-17 unit in just about…

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U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Russell S. McMillan
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March dedicates base barbershop to longtime barber

Posted September 26, 2014 by Senior Airman Russell S. McMillan

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Russell S. McMillan Col. Russell A. Muncy, commander, 452nd Air Mobility Wing, March Air Reserve Base presents Nancy M. Alvarez with the new barbershop signage honoring her late husband and former base barber, Richard “Ricardo” Alvarez, during a dedication ceremony here, Sept. 12. The base barbershop was renamed to ‘Ricardo’s…

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Preventing childhood obesity through awareness

Posted September 26, 2014 by Shellie Y. Pfohl and Rear Adm. Boris D. Lushniak

Each September, during National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, we renew our efforts to reverse the continuing crisis of obesity among our nation’s youth. Every child, regardless of ethnicity, socio-economic background, or ability, should have equal access to healthy food options and physical activity opportunities. The epidemic of childhood obesity threatens the future of our young…

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Crash memories still painful for B-17 navigator

Posted September 26, 2014 by Chief Master Sgt. Matt Proietti

(Sixth in an 11-part series that was first run in the Beacon in 2007) The sound of footsteps at night on the wooden walkway outside his hut filled 2nd Lt. Sidney Solomon with dread. It was always a GI coming to notify him and his B-17 Flying Fortress crewmates they would be part of a…

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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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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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