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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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Every March, I mustache myself a question

Posted March 13, 2015 by Capt. Zach Anderson

U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jeffrey McMillen The author sports an ill-fated attempt at a mustache during a deployment to Central America in 2014. The attempted facial hair did not accompany him back home to the United States, nor will it be making a reappearance this March. 3/4/2015 – MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan….

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Take Time to Thank Unsung Heroes During Women’s History Month

Posted March 30, 2012 by Staff

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas “” The topic of women came up in my office the other day. We were trying to figure out the best way to highlight Women’s History Month in the post newspaper, and we decided to ask a few outstanding women, “If you could be any other woman, who would you be…

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Searching for answers during bad times

Posted August 3, 2012 by by Chaplain Aaron Klaves

In the aftermath of the Aurora, Colorado, shooting, people across the nation began trying to make sense of this truly senseless act. Of course, some people immediately needed answers about friends and loved ones living nearby: Were they at the movie theater that night? If so, are they ok? Police agencies, too, were quickly looking…

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A dignified deployment

Posted December 14, 2012 by by Staff Sergeant Caitlin Jones

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – Before deploying, we [Airmen] endure months of training to prepare for it. We are taught to use weapons, scan areas with vigilant eyes and if needed, save our wingman’s life. None of that training could have prepared me for my first deployment. My name is Caitlin Jones, I am…

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AFPC implements live chat capability on myPers website

Posted May 3, 2013 by Senior Airman Ian Hoachlander

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO – RANDOLPH, Texas — The Air Force Personnel Center now provides live chat capability through the myPers website, AFPC officials announced recently. Since April 5, live chat capability has provided users interested in retiring with the option of real time communication with personnel specialists. Additional topics will be rolled out in phases…

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Do you believe in ghosts?

Posted October 4, 2013 by Linda Welz

Courtesy photo/Mathieu Beaulieu These two apparitions were captured recently, on base, with an infra-red video camera, during the early morning hours, in a dark room with no lights. Every person on the investigation team is accounted for in the video and none of them saw anything when they were in the room. When the camera…

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Observing National Mental Health Awareness Month

Posted May 23, 2014 by Kathleen Sebelius

During Mental Health Awareness Month, we recognize the significant advances our nation has made in our understanding of mental illness and in improving support and care for individuals with mental health problems. It is also an important opportunity to renew our commitment to addressing the many challenges people with mental illness can face every day….

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U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Perry Covington
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Force Support Squadrons integrate, effectiveness increases

Posted November 7, 2014 by Linda Welz

U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Perry Covington Airmen from 452nd Air Mobility Wing and the 163rd Reconnaissance Wing’s Force Support Squadron have integrated as part of the 3 to 1 Total Force Personnel Management Initiative, allowing the Reserve and Guard at March to share processes, databases, manpower and services in an effort to to better serve…

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Skills, training, attitude help keep motorcycling safe

Posted May 11, 2012 by by Steven W. Duranceau

Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M. — Have you ever wondered why a terrible event, such as a motorcycle mishap, could end well in one situation, yet tragic in another? Sometimes it’s just sheer luck. Most often, what influences the outcome is whether or not the motorcycle rider had the right skills, training and attitude. Personally,…

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