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War’s end meant 452nd’s demise…for 20 months

Posted October 31, 2014 by Chief Master Sgt. Matt Proietti

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. Matt Proietti Technical Sgt. Ed Hinrichs, left, and Staff Sgt. Harvey A. Shaw share memories of their time as B-17 Flying Fortress gunners at a 452nd Bomb Group Association reunion. (Final in an 11-part series that was first run in the Beacon in 2007) The 452nd Bombardment…

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Online vigilance helps reduce security risks

Posted October 31, 2014 by Master Sgt. Sonny Cohrs

I received at least five emails last week warning me to secure my social media settings and be aware of what I post on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Why? Do you not like to see what I had for dinner last night? Too many #selfies? Are photos of my dog eating a Popsicle offensive? (In…

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Hap Arnold’s first “Dial M for Murder” a success

Posted October 31, 2014 by Steve Watson

So “who dunnit”? We all found out that the waiter did, well part of it. The lover did too, so did the jealous husband who wanted all of his wife’s money. In fact, most of the zany and talented cast of “Dial M for Murder”, held Oct. 18 at the Hap Arnold Grand Ballroom, were in on it.

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A story of survival and resilience

Posted October 24, 2014 by Lt. Col. Shaio Zerba

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — On April 16, 2007, I got a call no expecting mother would dream of receiving. “We got the results from your biopsy and it came back malignant.” Did the doctor just say I had cancer? I first discovered the lump during Christmas break. It was so small that it…

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Knowing the facts: National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Posted October 17, 2014 by Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute

Today, National Disability Employment Awareness Month is celebrated every October to raise awareness about disability employment issues and honor the contributions of America’s workers with disabilities.

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Lacing up: Finding your ‘WooHoo’ moment

Posted October 17, 2014 by Col. Beena N. Maharaj

What started out as a quest to maintain military fitness, turned into a passion and is now a way of daily life for me. I struggled with my first Fit to Fight test, barely squeaking by. Now years later, I have improved in all measured areas of the F2F test.

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Domestic Violence awareness Month: How to help a friend who is being abused

Posted October 17, 2014 by

Here are some ways to help a friend who is being abused: •Set up a time to talk. Try to make sure you have privacy and won’t be distracted or interrupted. •Let your friend know you’re concerned about her safety. Be honest. Tell her about times when you were worried about her. Help her see…

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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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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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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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