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Hundreds in 452nd held as POWs in WWII

Posted October 24, 2014 by Chief Master Sgt. Matt Proietti

U. S. Air Force artwork Depiction of a crippled B-17 settled on the ground. (Tenth in an 11-part series that was first run in the Beacon in 2007) More than 750 men from the 452nd Bombardment Group were shot down in B-17 Flying Fortresses over Europe in World War II. While most became prisoners, 61…

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Air Force releases criteria for new service medal

Posted October 24, 2014 by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs Office

U.S. Air Force courtesy graphic WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force officials released nomination criteria for the new Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal, following Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James’ May 27, 2014, authorization. The medal will be awarded to individuals for their direct support of nuclear deterrence operations. “This service medal provides a…

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452nd felt early frost in Cold War

Posted October 17, 2014 by Chief Master Sgt. Matt Proietti

(Ninth in an 11-part series that was first run in the Beacon in 2007) Two weeks after the D-Day invasion, 47 B-17s from the 452nd Bombardment Group and other Army Air Forces units were destroyed by German aircraft at a largely undefended Russian airfield. The attack, which began about 12:30 a.m. June 22, 1944, destroyed…

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Air Force to implement TDY policy changes

Posted October 17, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Amanda Dick

The Air Force recently implemented two TDY policy changes that will impact travel reimbursements for Airmen. The first change, which took effect Oct. 1, made changes to the Joint Travel Regulations, Reimbursable and Incidental Expense Policy. The second will be a change in long-term TDY per diem expenses and take effect Nov. 1. Under the…

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Wingman Toolkit is going Total Force this fall

Posted October 17, 2014 by

The Wingman Toolkit is going Total Force this fall with a brand new mobile app and website. For years, the toolkit has been the one-stop shop for Air Force Reservists looking to achieve and maintain wellness. Starting this fall, it will be expanding its reach to include all members of the Air Force team. Comprehensive…

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Air Force recruiting software gets overhaul

Posted October 10, 2014 by Senior Airman Jamie Jaggers

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — A new system has revolutionized the recruiting process for more than 5,000 recruiters and interface partners within the Air Force active-duty, Guard, and Reserve components. Recruiters have long used computer-based software to track the paperwork and essential data of enlistees, from the first visit to a recruiter’s office, to the day of…

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State of Air Force Reserve discussed at AFA

Posted September 26, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Brent Skeen

Senior Department of Defense and industry leaders gathered at the Air Force Association’s 2014 Air and Space conference and technology exposition Sept. 15 to discuss the future of the Air Force and Air Force Reserve.

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U.S. Air Force to change instructions for oaths

Posted September 26, 2014 by

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force has instructed force support offices across the service to allow both enlisted members and officers to omit the words “So help me God” from enlistment and officer appointment oaths if an Airman chooses. In response to concerns raised by Airmen, the Department of the Air Force requested an opinion…

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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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