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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.

U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt Rick Sforza, 4th Combat Camera Squadron Air Force

March host wing contributes to overall success of Mobility Air Force mission

U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt Rick Sforza, 4th Combat Camera Squadron A KC-135R from the 336th Air Refueling Squadron refuels a C-17A from the 729th Airlift Squadron. Both aircraft are from the Air Force Reserve Command’s 452nd Air Mobility Wing, March Air Reserve Base, Calif. The 452nd Air Mobility Wing, March Air Reserve…

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The friendly invasion: 452nd GIs inundated English villages

Photo by Pleon Wood (L to r) SSgt. Froilan Hernandez, TSgt. Jack Duer and SSgt. Floyd Gibson of the 452nd Bombardment Group ham it up outside a pub while on leave in England. The men were part of an aircrew on the B-17 Flying Fortress Shot Snorter, which was shot down over Europe while being…


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Snashots | Pinning ceremony

Posted  June 8, 2012

Maj. Gen. Mark Kyle, 4th Air Force commander, shares a laugh with newly promoted Col. Steve O’Brien, 4th AF chaplain, and his wife, Laurie, while in the receiving line after the ceremony at the Cultural...

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Snapshots | Xeriscaping

Posted  June 8, 2012

The 163d Civil Engineering Squadron teamed up with Navy Seabee reservists to work with Tony Alves, a local architect, on a low water and low maintenance base beautification landscaping project in front of...

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Will you marry me? Dodger style

Posted  June 1, 2012

As the sun set on Dodger stadium, preparations began for the start of Monday Night baseball between the LA Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks, May 14. The grounds crew meticulously prepared...

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Angels over Kyrgyzstan

Posted  June 1, 2012

TRANSIT CENTER AT MANAS, Kyrgyzstan -- With only 19 percent of the Air Force being female and of that, only five percent of those females being pilots, it is not often that you hear of an all-female...

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Team members from left are Senior Master Sgt. Michael Kacsmaryk, assistant coach, Chief Master Sgt. Karen Krause and Tech. Sgt. Richard Miller. Members not shown are coach Aaron Wall, Kathleen Buckner, and Tom Maupin.
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Col. Pamela LeBlanc presents the 2012 Bowling League Trophies

Posted  June 1, 2012

Team members from left are Senior Master Sgt. Michael Kacsmaryk, assistant coach, Chief Master Sgt. Karen Krause and Tech. Sgt. Richard Miller. Members not shown are coach Aaron Wall, Kathleen...

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Post Attack Reconnaissance training is a must for success

Posted  June 1, 2012

Major efforts are ongoing throughout the 452d Air Mobility Wing, to ensure everyone is prepared for the upcoming Operational Readiness Exercise and inspection. Unit Training Assembly weekends, as well as...

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Snapshot | Memorial Day 2012

Posted  June 1, 2012

Brig. Gen. James Melin, USAFR (Ret.) shakes the forearm and thanks Purple Heart recipient, Staff Sgt. Octavio Sanchez, USMC (Ret.), after the Memorial Day ceremony at Riverside National Cemetery, May 28.

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Candid Comments | June 1, 2012

Posted  June 1, 2012

Senior Airman Aaron Long Unit: 452 Security Forces Squadron Job: Blue Eagles Honor Guard Hometown: Perris, Calif. Hobbies: Ping Pong, math and karate I am a true connoisseur of ethnic foods, so to celebrate, I visited as many Asian-style restaurants in the area that I can find; sushi is a favorite of mine. On a…

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Air Force to conduct personnel accountability exercise

Posted  June 1, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — The Air Force will conduct an Air Force-wide exercise this summer to test the Air Force Personnel Accountability and Assessment System, Air Force Personnel officials said. The AFPAAS is a web-based application used to account for and assess the needs of the Air Force total force including active-duty Airmen,…

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Stuck between a rock and a hard place

Posted  June 1, 2012

We had digital and hard copy maps, detailed driving and hiking directions, two GPS devices, two compasses, four cell phones, three camelbacks, walking sticks, two first aid kits, two handguns, sunscreen, lunch, snacks and a cooler full of extra drinks and ice. Despite all of our preparations, we were still confronted with a situation where…

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