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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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VA Secretary vows to earn your trust

Posted  May 30, 2014

Fellow Veterans and Family Members, After 38 years in The Army, I am now honored and privileged to serve as your Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA). VA remains committed to providing the high quality benefits you have earned and deserve. Allegations of VA employees’ misconduct have surfaced over the last several weeks, beginning with scheduling…

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Capitol Hill Visit

Posted  May 30, 2014

Col. Russell A. Muncy, commander, 452nd Air Mobility Wing, Lt. Col. Bill Bridgemohan, chief, Authorizations & Congressional Outreach AF/REI and Col. Stephen M. Browning, vice commander, 452nd Air Mobility Wing stop in front of the Capitol during a recent visit to Capitol Hill, as part of an annual program which provides an opportunity for wing…

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UPCOMING TICKETS AND TOURS EVENTS

Posted  May 30, 2014

JUNE Date: June 7 Event: Stateline and Vegas Turnaround Cost: $20 per person Depart: 5 a.m. Return: 3 a.m. (June 8) Description / Restrictions: Spend two hours at the Stateline, then continue on to Vegas. Ages 21 and up Deadline for sign up: June 2 Date: June 14 Event: Deep Sea Fishing Trip to San…

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DOD emphasizes importance of summer safety

Posted  May 30, 2014

WASHINGTON, – As the summer season approaches, the Defense Department (DOD) is redoubling its efforts to promote safety and emphasize responsibility to all service members and their families, DOD’s director of personnel risk reduction said here today. During a joint interview with the American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel, Leonard Litton discussed the…

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Operation Live Well emphasizes personal choices

Posted  May 30, 2014

The Defense Department’s (DOD) Operation Live Well initiative, a long-term campaign to make cultural change so that making a healthy choice becomes the easy choice, is showing success after just a year of existence, a Defense Health Agency official said yesterday. Public Health Service Capt. Kimberly Elenberg, program manager for the Defense Health Agency’s population…

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Take ‘FIVE’ to get free money for your TSP account

Posted  May 30, 2014

  JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) has launched the “Take FIVE for Your Future” educational campaign encouraging civilian employees to take advantage of free government TSP matching contributions by putting at least five percent from each paycheck into their account. “Employees who fail to do this are losing…

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News Briefs May 30, 2014

Posted  May 30, 2014

Never Forget U.S. Air Force photo / Tech. Sgt. Megan Crusher Col. Russell Muncy, commander, 452 Air Mobility Wing, was the featured speaker during the city of Moreno Valley’s Memorial Day ceremony, held near City Hall, May 26. Approximately 200 people attended the ceremony, including Moreno Valley Mayor, Tom Owings and Mayor Pro Tem, Victoria…

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Rising Six organization enlists extra clout

Posted  May 23, 2014

U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Russell S. McMillan Air Force TSgt Kyle Platt, Blue Eagles Honor Guard, president of the Wing Rising 6, March ARB, Command Chief Master Sgt. Timothy C. White, Jr., 452d Air Mobility Wing, March ARB and Chief Master Sgt. Daniel Willers, 452d Maintenance Group, March ARB stress the importance of…

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Observing National Mental Health Awareness Month

Posted  May 23, 2014

During Mental Health Awareness Month, we recognize the significant advances our nation has made in our understanding of mental illness and in improving support and care for individuals with mental health problems. It is also an important opportunity to renew our commitment to addressing the many challenges people with mental illness can face every day….

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Patriot Warrior

Posted  May 23, 2014

U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Mark R. W. Orders-Woempner Senior Master Sgt. Bill Lamela, 729th Airlift Squadron loadmaster from March Air Reserve Base, California, guides a fire truck into a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft at Grissom Air Reserve Base, Indiana, during a Patriot Warrior exercise. Patriot Warrior is a joint, field-training exercise for theater aeromedical…

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