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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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BASH: Protecting our aircraft, Airmen

Posted August 22, 2014 by 2nd Lieutenant Bari D. Wald

U.S. Air Force photo/2nd Lt. Bari Wald David Briseño, wildlife biologist with the United States Department of Agriculture and head of Marchs’ Bird/Anti-Aircraft Strike Hazard (BASH) program, prepares to fire a 12-gauge ‘shell cracker’ into the air with his shotgun. Firing ‘shell crackers’ is one of many pyrotechnic methods used in the BASH program to…

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452 AMW lineage began in World War II England

Posted August 22, 2014 by Chief Master Sgt. Matt Proietti

(With the this year’s military ball theme, “A Legacy for the future: 452nd Bombardment Group,” and the ball only 11 weeks away, it seems appropriate to re-print an 11-part series tracing its lineage. The series was first run in the Beacon in 2007. Take this journey with us.) The 452nd Air Mobility Wing started as…

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U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Russell McMillan
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Mega-Code 14: Preparing March for joint medical operations

Posted August 15, 2014 by Senior Airman Russell S. McMillan

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Russell McMillan Senior Airman Kerry Diehl-Hauser (left) and Maj. Lorna Figueras, 452nd Aeromedical Staging Squadron, help transfer a simulated patient from an ambulance to a C-17 Globemaster III, as part of Mega-Code 14, a joint medical training exercise held at the base July 26, 2014. Mega-Code 14 is designed to…

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SAPR: More than an Air Force Acronym

Posted August 15, 2014 by Col. Scott Sauter

As an Airman and a senior leader in the Air Force Reserve, I’ve seen firsthand the devastating impacts of sexual assault on an Air Force organization. Regardless of your unit or military status, Active or Reserve, no one is immune to these impacts nor absolved of their responsibility to combat the instances of sexual assault…

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