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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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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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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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