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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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Inclusion helps Asians, Islanders hand high-level jobs

Posted  May 25, 2012

As a senior Navy official, Roger Natsuhara says, part of his role is to support Asian-American and Pacific Islanders who want to enter senior government service. President Barack Obama proclaimed May as...

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News Briefs | May 25, 2012

Posted  May 25, 2012

912 HOSTS FUND RAISER The 912th Air Refueling Squadron will host its Inaugural Air Force Assistance Fund Golf Tournament at the General Old Golf Course, 16700 Village West Dr., Riverside, Calif., June 8. There will be a Shotgun Start along with Best Ball competitions. Please RSVP with registration fees paid by close of business, June…

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Remembering Memorial Day

Posted  May 25, 2012

Consider yourself dead. Some of you won’t come back from this mission. Some of you will, but you’ll be the lucky ones.” That was an excerpt taken from a 15th Army Air Force briefing given to a squadron of B-17 aircrews before a bombing mission over Germany during...

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March Minutes | May 12, 2012

Posted  May 25, 2012

Tech Sgt. Patrick R. Martin KC-135 Instructor Boom Operator/NCOIC, 912 ARS/DOT Unit: 912 ARS Hometown: Louisville, KY 0700 Arrive at the gym for a quick workout to get the day going. 0835 Go on a hunt around the 336/912th ARS squadron building to find my coffee cup 0848 Confirm my 1000 crew show time for an Operational Check…

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Some tax bills might be a mistake

Posted  May 25, 2012

We recently became aware of an increased number of military members who reported receiving notices from the State of California Franchise Tax Board, stipulating they owed additional state taxes. While all documents from any government agency should be taken very seriously, several military members have reported receiving erroneous tax bills from the FTB and were…

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March Field Air Fest History

Posted  May 17, 2012

The March Field AirFest, which has been a biennial event since 1998, was not the first air show held at March Field. One of March Field’s most famous base commanders, then-Lieutenant Colonel Henry “Hap” Arnold, capitalized on March Field’s proximity to Hollywood and the greater Los Angeles area by recruiting movie stars and other...

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Air Fest 2012: Patriots Jet Team

Posted  May 17, 2012

Randy Howell, owner of the Patriots Jet Team, purchased the first three L-39 aircraft from the Ukraine in 1999, with additional jets purchased through 2002. The aircraft were disassembled and shipped to the United States via truck, rail and sea in 40 ft. containers from Europe. After painstaking restoration by the Patriots team, the L-39…

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Air Fest 2012: Schedule of Events

Posted  May 17, 2012

Gates open at 8 AM and close at 6:30 PM. Free admission and free parking! There will be a mandatory metal detection and bag search. No coolers, pets, bicycles, glass containers, alcoholic beverages...

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Air Fest 2012: Robosaurus

Posted  May 17, 2012

Brace yourself to meet the ferocious spectacle that is Robosaurus: the 30-ton, fire-breathing, transforming T-Rex that eats cars and planes for an afternoon snack. Robosaurus travels the country in the guise of a semi-truck, but when he gets ready for action, he transforms into a 40-foot tall metal dinosaur with power that dwarfs even his…

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Air Fest 2012: U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds

Posted  May 17, 2012

On May 25, 1953, the Air Force’s official air demonstration team, designated the 3600th Air Demonstration Unit, was activated at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. The unit adopted the name “Thunderbirds,” influenced in part by the strong Native American culture and folklore from the...

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