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A story of survival and resilience

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — On April 16, 2007, I got a call no expecting mother would dream of receiving. “We got the results from your biopsy and it came back malignant.” Did the doctor just say I had cancer? I first discovered the lump during Christmas break. It was so small that it…

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Knowing the facts: National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Today, National Disability Employment Awareness Month is celebrated every October to raise awareness about disability employment issues and honor the contributions of America’s workers with disabilities.

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Lacing up: Finding your ‘WooHoo’ moment

What started out as a quest to maintain military fitness, turned into a passion and is now a way of daily life for me. I struggled with my first Fit to Fight test, barely squeaking by. Now years later, I have improved in all measured areas of the F2F test.

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Governor’s Military Council convenes at March Field

Col. Russell Muncy, commander, 452nd Air Mobility Wing, March Air Reserve Base, California, hosted a meeting of the Governor’s Military Council here Thursday, Sep. 25, 2014. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., established the Council in March 2013 to “explore and advance how to maintain and expand California’s national security footprint,” said Wade Crowfoot, the Governor’s…

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Unit cited for actions late in World War II

U.S. Army Air Forces photo The B17 flying in the foreground is part of the 452nd Bombardment Group. Seen here flying with other aircraft, the 452nd planes were identified by the boxed L on their tail. (Eighth in an 11-part series that was first run in the Beacon in 2007) The 452nd Bombardment Group received…


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Events

News Briefs | June 22, 2012

Posted  June 22, 2012

LEAGUE OF LATIN AMERICAN CITIZENS CHAPTER MEETS JUNE 22 The March LULAC chapter will hold its sixth meeting on the B UTA, Saturday, June 23, 11 a.m. in the Mission Support Group conference room. All are welcome. Membership applications are being accepted and will be available at the meeting. For further information, contact chapter president,…

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March Minutes | June 18, 2012

Posted  June 22, 2012

Jenny Pham Human Resources Assistant, 452 FSS Hometown: Moreno Valley 0645 What’s that loud, irritating noise?! Oh, it’s my alarm. I can remedy that with no problem… SNOOZE button time! 0650 What’s that buzzing noise? Why did I program my phone to say, “Get up Ms. Pham you start at 0730!” Five more minutes and I should…

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Random acts of kindness go far

Posted  June 22, 2012

The 1999 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation conference, held in New Zealand, brought leaders from around the world together to discuss the challenges of sustaining domestic economic reform and liberalization. Among those in attendance, was newly appointed and virtually unknown, Prime Minister of Russia, Vladimir Putin. During dinner, Putin unknowingly caught the attention of the then…

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Health & Safety

Time for reflection on equipment protection

Posted  June 22, 2012

We should feel confident in our ability to fight in a contaminated environment knowing that we have the proper protective gear and means to successfully combat our enemy but, how do we maintain the equipment we bring to the fight? With millions of dollars in ground assets utilized on multi-threat battlefields, it is crucial that…

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They really are ‘out to get you’

Posted  June 22, 2012

SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNS) — When I was first assigned a position to lead people in the Air Force, I was expected to be, among other things, a safety cheerleader, encouraging my team to avoid mishaps and work safely. This was a bit new to me and I found most safety lectures I sat through in…

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Panetta salutes gay, lesbian service members’ dedicated duty

Posted  June 22, 2012

WASHINGTON D. C. — The pursuit of equality is fundamental to the American story, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said in a video message released June 15, to thank gay and lesbian service members and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civilians for their dedicated service to the nation. Recognizing June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and…

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Fly by day, build by night

Posted  June 15, 2012

The pint-sized island of Curacao, located just off the coast of Venezuela, serves as host to a mighty mission taken on by U.S. Southern Command. The Key West, Fla.-based Joint Interagency Task Force...

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Resale program provides important benefits, officials say

Posted  June 15, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Despite the prospect of major defense cuts early next year, the Defense Department remains committed to resale programs that provide valuable benefits to uniformed members and employment for family members and veterans, a senior department official told the House Armed Services Committee. Robert L. Gordon, deputy assistant secretary of defense for military…

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U.S. Air Force photo / Staff Sgt. Megan Crusher
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What is a Phoenix Raven?

Posted  June 15, 2012

Founded in 1997, the Phoenix Ravens are the elite of the Air Force Security Forces. They deploy to areas where security is deemed inadequate and are the first to set foot off the plane. In order to be...

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U.S. Air Force photo / Megan Crusher
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Health & Safety

Decontaminating gases for the masses

Posted  June 15, 2012

A major component to wartime preparation and training involves reacting to a chemical or biological attack and if exposed, how to decontaminate exposed personnel. Admittedly, not a pleasant thought, but a stark...

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