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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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Some Reserve, Guard members must pay dental premiums directly

Posted  May 4, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Beginning in May, some National Guard and reserve members will need to pay dental premiums directly rather than through payroll deduction, stated a senior official of the TRICARE military health plan. A change to the TRICARE Dental Program means that payroll deduction for premiums is not currently available to about 8,000 reserve-component…

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Why Wait for Mother’s Day?

Posted  May 4, 2012

Next Sunday is Mother’s Day and it’s about time! It almost goes without saying no one is more deserving of a special day than Mom. A popular cartoon illustration pastors like to use that captures the life of a mother shows a psychologist talking to his patient. “Let’s see,” he says, “You spend 50 percent…

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March Minutes | May 4, 2012

Posted  May 4, 2012

SSgt Collin Everson Swing Shift, 452 SFS HOMETOWN: Hemet, Ca. 0700 Daughter is up… Sleeping until noon is not going to happen! 1000 Time to get ready for work. Hope I’m posted somewhere with a decent view. 1200 Should to be out the door and headed to work, but knowing me, I probably forgot something. 1215 Yep, just as…

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News Briefs | May 4, 2012

Posted  May 4, 2012

League of United Latin American Citizens Chapter meets May 5 The March LULAC chapter will hold its fifth meeting on the A UTA, Saturday, May 5, 11 a.m., in the 452 Mission Support Group Conference Room. All are welcome. For more information, contact chapter president, Senior Master Sgt. Willie Barron at 951-655-2039 or williebarron6@aol.com. 4-H…

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Actors portrayed South Sudanese service members taking an offensive stance towards a U.S. military C-17 on their airfield, during filming for the Air Force’s Cultural and Language Center’s video series on cultural awareness, shot on base March 21. The footage completes the fourth and final video segment following Rwanda, Nigeria and Morocco, said Christine Frye, production coordinator, Combat Media. The videos are being developed to instruct deploying troops on how to handle situations involving cultural differences that may arise during deployments.
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March C-17 and crew held hostage

Posted  April 27, 2012

Eight South Sudanese soldiers fixed their weapons on a March C-17 Globemaster III during a tense standoff last month. The situation was resolved within hours, then the flight crew and soldiers attended a wrap-up party to discuss the day’s events. The 452 Air Mobility Wing welcomed Combat Media, a film production company, aboard a March…

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Maj. Gen. Steven J. Lepper, Deputy Judge Advocate General, HQ USAF, accompanied by Col. Jeffrey P. Wilcox, Staff Judge Advocate, HQ AFRC/JA and Chief Master Sgt. Steven L Wallace, Senior paralegal manager to the Judge Advocate General, HQ USAF, prepare to take-off on a helicopter flight piloted by Air Interdiction Agent, Derrick Block, U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
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Deputy Judge Advocate inspects March legal

Posted  April 27, 2012

Air Force Deputy Judge Advocate General, Maj. Gen. Steven Lepper and a cadre of senior officers and enlisted legal officials to include Chief Master Sgt. Steven Wallace, Senior Paralegal Manager to the Judge Advocate General, visited March Air Reserve Base, Calif., April 23 and 24. The Air Force’s top legal staff were here to conduct…

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March gearing up for the Operational Readiness Inspection

Posted  April 27, 2012

The 452 AMW will be participating in the upcoming Operational Readiness Exercise and Operational Readiness Inspection, throughout the summer and into calendar year 2013. Over this period, the Emergency Management Office will provide a series of articles containing information to facilitate our Airmen’s ability to build and maintain readiness. Week 1 Preparation It starts with…

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Through my eyes: Surviving sexual assault

Posted  April 27, 2012

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. (AFNS) — “That night, my whole world turned upside down,” said Airman Samantha Smith, a sexual assault survivor in the Air Force. On the night Smith was recalling, she became a victim of sexual assault and took her first of many steps down the road to recovery. That night, Smith…

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New common access cards coming

Posted  April 27, 2012

Common Access Cards are getting an overhaul and if you don’t take care of yours by Oct. 1, you could get locked out of military networks. The overhaul is part of a Defense Department-wide effort to better secure your cards with advanced encryption codes, along with the removal of social security numbers to help protect…

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AF officials plan for downtime to upgrade MilPDS

Posted  April 27, 2012

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (AFNS) — The Air Force Personnel Operations Agency is upgrading and transferring the Military Personnel Data System to the Defense Information Systems Agency’s Defense Enterprise Computing Center later this year. During the scheduled 23-day upgrade project, MilPDS will not be available. Upgrades to MilPDS have not been accomplished because the system was…

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