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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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Health & Safety

Panetta calls for leadership on suicide prevention

Posted  June 15, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, in an internal memo written last month, addressed the issue of military suicides, calling it one of the most complex and urgent problems facing the department, a Pentagon spokesman said. In a briefing with reporters, Navy Capt. John Kirby confirmed the accuracy of numbers in news reports…

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Events

Change of Command, retirement ceremonies

Posted  June 15, 2012

Col. Pamela LeBlanc, retired during a June 10 ceremony at March Air Reserve Base, Calif., after honorably serving nearly 33 years in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. LeBlanc relinquished command of the 452d Mission...

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News Briefs | June 15, 2012

Posted  June 15, 2012

YOUTH SERVICE AMERICA OFFERS SCHOOL GRANTS Youth Service America is currently accepting applications for the 2012-2014 YSA Grant School and program year. The Harris Wofford Youth Award and the Harris Wofford Young Educator Award will be awarded to deserving applicants. For more information about these awards, visit www.YSA.org/grants/harris-wofford-award-youth and www.YSA.org/grants/harris-wofford-award-educator. For more information about all…

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Air Force

Single Airman Programming initiative

Posted  June 15, 2012

The Single Airman Programming Initiative is an Air Force initiative, funded by the Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force, administered by Headquarters Air Force Services Agency and operated through installation Force Support Squadrons. The goal is to provide FSS with the resources that encourage a strong way of life, duty and a sense of…

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Veterans

Retraining program garners 12,000+ applicants since May 15

Posted  June 15, 2012

WASHINGTON – Within two weeks of being announced, a program to give skills training to some unemployed Veterans has garnered over 12,000 online applications, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. “VA is committed to supporting Veterans as they seek employment. This initiative will help provide education and training so that Veterans have an opportunity…

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Shapshots | Change of Command

Posted  June 15, 2012

Major Ryan M. Robin assumes command of the 452d Security Forces Squadron. In this role, he will command more than 250 Traditional Reservists, civilians and Active Guard and Reserve personnel who are responsible for providing 24-hour security and law enforcement posts and patrols to protect over 5,500 Reserve, Guard and Active Duty members. They are…

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Salutes & Awards

Soldier graduates… from high school

Posted  June 8, 2012

While her friends were enjoying summer at the beach, she was in basic training. While they were wearing flip-flops, she was in boots and while her classmates were enjoying weekends off, she was serving her country in the Army Reserve. Pvt. Amber Spencer was one of 380 students...

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Policy changing to allow reservists to carry leave balance

Posted  June 8, 2012

WASHINGTON D.C. — Air Force Reserve officials are working to change policy to allow reservists who earn days of leave to carry those days over from year to year. New laws and Department of Defense instructions permit reservists to carry over the leave days. However, policy and procedures have not caught up with the new…

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News Briefs | June 8, 2012

Posted  June 8, 2012

Embry-Riddle waives application fee for military Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has waived the application fee for active duty military and reservists until Sept. 30. The waiver applies to associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. For more information, please contact the March ERAU office at 951-653-4074.   Ten steps to a federal job Family Services will conduct…

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Health & Safety

Men’s Health Week is around the corner

Posted  June 8, 2012

National Men’s Health Week is June 11-17, making this a good time for men to focus on their health by talking to their doctors about preventive health screenings and recommitting to a healthy lifestyle. Preventive screenings are an important part of health promotion, but unfortunately, many men put off going…

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