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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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Never saw this coming: Lessons learned in trying times

Posted  March 27, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas “” I had the world by the tail: U. S. Air Force Academy graduate, Air Force pilot, six-time commander, 30-year Air Force career, and two stars; fit, healthy and strong. But subtle problems appeared out of nowhere: occasional vertigo, mild persistent headaches, cognitive challenges, having to stop during a hard…

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President Proclaims ‘National Day of Honor’

Posted  March 27, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. “” On the ninth anniversary of U.S. forces moving into Iraq, President Barack Obama has proclaimed today to be “A National Day of Honor.” Here’s is the text of the president’s proclamation: Nine years ago, members of the United States Armed Forces crossed the sands…

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U.S. Air Force photo / Staff Sgt. Megan Crusher
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Distinguished Chiefs’ Panel

Posted  March 27, 2012

Chief Master Sgt. Daniel Willers, 452 Maintenance Group, (2nd from left) addresses a question posed by one of the 400 enlisted Airmen attending a Chiefs’ panel at the end of the 452 Air Mobility Wing’s two day Enlisted Workshop, held in Bldg. 2306, Sunday, March 18. The panel included from left to right, Chief Master…

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Air Force officials announce third round of VERA/VSIP

Posted  March 27, 2012

In its continuing effort to meet the Defense Department requirement to maintain civilian manning at fiscal 2010 levels, the Air Force is offering a third round of Voluntary Early Retirement Authority and Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment beginning May 1. “The Air Force recognizes the invaluable contributions of our civilian workforce, but also recognizes the fiscal…

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Candid Comments”‚|”‚Women’s History Month

Posted  March 30, 2012

Dena Tziouvalas Job: Accounting Technician Unit: 452 AMW/Travel Pay Hometown: Moreno Valley, Calif. Hobbies: Cooking, gardening, dancing “My mother influenced me the most. She was my role model and taught me great values in life such as respect, love and guidance. My mother taught me to treat people with dignity and appreciation and to help them as much as…

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Force Support Squadron golf tournament succeeds as planned

Posted  March 30, 2012

The March Field 16th Annual Inter-Services Golf Tournament was played at Soboba Springs Country Club, San Jacinto, on March 12. Although participants were met with a morning blanket of fog, the plush greens and perfect airways…

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Briefs, March 30, 2012

Posted  March 30, 2012

Museum welcomes home Vietnam Veterans with celebration The March Field Air Museum will hold its 3rd Annual Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day March 31, beginning at 1 p.m. in conjunction with the Wall That Heals exhibit. The free event is open to the public. Volunteer Income tax assistance center offers free preparation, filing Get your…

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Air Force photo / Tech. Sgt. Brannen Parrish
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TFI Metals Technology section blends creation, precision

Posted  March 30, 2012

MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. “” In the world of aircraft maintenance, there is virtually no room for error. Metals technologists must be skilled at machining, measuring, drilling, cutting and welding with flawless precision. The Total…

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U.S. Air Force photo / Chief Master Sgt. Mark Burditt
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Air Force Reserve Pipe Band performs for president

Posted  March 30, 2012

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. “” Military bagpipers are a unique sight in Washington, D.C., especially clad in official Air Force tartan kilts and lining the steps of the U.S. Capitol. So unique, in fact, the pipe band of the Band of the U.S…

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U.S. Air Force photo / Lt. Col. Donald Traud
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Crosswalk safety a shared responsibility

Posted  March 30, 2012

Most have heard and understand the importance of not drinking and driving, but how about not drinking and walking? A surprising statistic from the Automobile Club of Southern California is that 35 percent of all fatal car-pedestrian…

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