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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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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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News Briefs | June 1, 2012

Posted  June 1, 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 “Learning…

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Thunder over the Inland Empire

Posted  May 25, 2012

Thunder over the Inland Empire lived up to its name this weekend as the USAF Thunderbirds, Patriots Jet Team, and a host of other military and civilian aircraft entered the pattern full throttle, engulfing the Moreno...

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March Team member astounds record-breaking crowd with amazing feat of strength

Posted  May 25, 2012

“I didn’t just wake up one morning, thinking I’d strap on a KC-135 and pull it across a flight line in front of more than 400,000 spectators and free of charge. Who would be dumb enough to do that?”

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