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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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DEOMI releases 2014 Sexual Assault Awareness Month poster

Posted  April 4, 2014

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – In observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, observed each year during the month of April, the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI) and the Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO), announce original artwork available for download from the DEOMI public website, www.deomi.org and from the…

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Additional FY14 civilian workforce shaping now parallel with military programs

Posted  April 4, 2014

Air Force officials announced additional civilian workforce shaping initiatives March 26 in compliance with mandatory funding targets and continuing civilian workforce rebalance to meet skill demands for fiscal 2014 and beyond. The programs will run in parallel with military programs, said Lt. Gen. Sam Cox, the Air Force deputy chief of staff for manpower, personnel…

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General Selva impressed with Total Force Integration at March

Posted  April 4, 2014

U.S. Air Force photo/Linda Welz General Paul Selva, commander, Air Mobility Command, presents Tech. Sgt. Rebecca Ghesquiere, 912th Air Refueling Squadron, with his coin, congratulating her for being named the 2013 AMC Maintainance Support Airman of the Year, as her commander, Lt. Col. Scott Minton, looks on. Silva surprised Ghesquiere with the impromptu presentation during…

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News Briefs April 11, 2014

Posted  April 11, 2014

MOTHERS DAY BRUNCH AT HAP ARNOLD CLUB A Mother’s Day brunch will be held at the Hap Arnold Club on Sunday, May 11. There will be two seating times, the first at 11 a.m. and another at 1 p.m. The cost for club members is $25, non-members will be $27. For more information call the…

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Air Force launches new program to capture innovative ideas

Posted  April 11, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force officials announced the creation of a new program April 4, designed to harness Airmen’s innovation. Airmen Powered by Innovation, or API, will replace three existing Air Force “good idea” programs – the Innovative Development through Employee Awareness, Productivity Enhancing Capital Investment, and Best Practices programs – and expand the role of…

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Looking sharp!

Posted  April 11, 2014

Chief Information Systems Technician Christian Joson, left, and Utilitiesman 1st Class John Anderson conduct a seasonal military uniform inspection of service members assigned to Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Corona Division April 3. This inspection, in which 14 members from three service branches participated, emphasizes the increase in uniformed military members present at the warfare…

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“Live our values, step up to stop sexual assault”

Posted  April 11, 2014

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and sexual assault is a crime that is not compatible with your military service. Each April, the Department of Defense (DOD) and other organizations across the nation observe SAAM. This annual event provides the opportunity to highlight the efforts that the DOD and Military Services are taking to combat…

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DOD salutes children during military child month

Posted  April 11, 2014

The Defense Department believes military children serve their country alongside their service member parents, DOD’s director of the office of family policy/children and youth said. When military children serve, they do so by making sacrifices when parents are deployed, through frequent moves, starting new schools and making new friends on a continuing basis, Barbara Thompson…

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Military officials take aim at tobacco use

Posted  April 11, 2014

Military health officials have set an ambitious goal: to have all Department of Defense installations tobacco-free by the year 2020. That’s one part of a larger effort to cut tobacco use among service members and veterans, said Col. John Oh, Health Promotion chief at the Air Force Medical Support Agency. Tobacco has long been known…

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UPCOMING TICKETS AND TOURS EVENTS

Posted  April 11, 2014

Some restrictions apply. Times are approximate. APRIL Date: April 12 Event: Land Sailing Trip Cost: Free Description/ Restrictions: This is a Single Airmen Program. Open to all base personnel but Single Airmen have priority. For more info please call Outdoor Rec. at 951-655-2816. Date: April 26 Event: Carlsbad Flower Fields Blues Day/ Outlet Tour Cost:…

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