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Airman retires after 37 years of service

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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Pilots earned top honor for WW II actions

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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Hispanic Heritage Month: Knowing the facts

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

(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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Padres honor Team March Airmen during Air Force Appreciation Day

For the first time in the history of the Padres’ Air Force Appreciation Day, Airmen from March Air Reserve Base participated in the event.


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Snapshots | Change of Command

Posted  August 3, 2012

Lt. Col. Scott Minton, right, 912th Air Refueling Squadron incoming commander, prepares to take command of the 912th ARS from Lt. Col. Brice Middleton, center, 912th ARS outgoing commander, July 21...

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New civilian pay system on the way

Posted  August 3, 2012

WASHINGTON D.C. — All Air Force civilian employees are slated to begin using a new, standardized Air Force pay system by June 2013. The Automated Time Attendance and Production System will standardize the pay method across the service and will be implemented first at Air Force Global Strike Command and Air National Guard bases, July…

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“What happened to my security deposit?”

Posted  August 3, 2012

The permanent change of station season is upon us, meaning many of us will be packing our bags and moving to the next assignment. Relocating can be an expensive process, so every little bit of cash...

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Searching for answers during bad times

Posted  August 3, 2012

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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March Minutes | July 29, 2012

Posted  August 3, 2012

Maj. Joshua Chambers Chief Tactics and Plans, Assistant Director of Operations, 912 ARS Hometown: Oneonta, NY 0200 Snooze, 0209 snooze, 0218 … I guess it’s time to give in and get up. Happy Sunday! 0336 Crew show, the buildings are way too dark and quiet. 0405 Spoke to the receiver point of contact and they have a rendezvous…

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Navy Operational Support Center changes command

Posted  July 27, 2012

Lt. Cmdr. Eric Cottrell assumes command of the Navy Operational Support Center, Moreno Valley, a tenant unit at March Air Reserve...

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News Briefs | July 27, 2012

Posted  July 27, 2012

ATTENTION MARCH RUNNERS! According to the information received from Air Force Reserve Command, “Permissive TDY” orders with no pay, is the only status authorized and required for Space A travel to Wright Patterson Air Force Base. For more information, contact Chief Master Sgt.Terry L. Luzader, chief, NAF Aviation Resource Functional Manager at 951-655-7608. KAYAKING IN…

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AF releases mid-year selective re-enlistment bonus list, changes

Posted  July 27, 2012

WASHINGTON D.C. — Air Force officials released the fiscal 2012 mid-year selective re-enlistment bonus list along with some changes to the program, July 19. In addition to a rebalance in overall payments, officials identified 53 Air Force specialties, down from 78, to receive bonuses. Based on the semiannual program review that began in March, officials…

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Strengthening our core

Posted  July 27, 2012

WASHINGTON D.C. — The greatest threat to the United States Air Force right now is not external, but from within. The allegations of sexual misconduct at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, splashed across the news will undoubtedly be fully investigated and criminal behavior will be prosecuted appropriately. The victims will be heard and they will…

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Does the EPR need a bailout?

Posted  July 27, 2012

What do enlisted performance reports, Goldman Sachs and Bank of America have in common? They suffer from bad brand name recognition. So, what should we do? Should we bail out our EPR system? We should rename the EPR system. We could change the name to Yearly Evaluation Report or YER? Years ago, we hoped a…

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