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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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Cultural battlegrounds: Why culture matters in Global War on Terror

Posted  October 5, 2012

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. — In every culture, there exists the possibility of a mob of people that could be easily compelled to action by others who know how to disrupt peaceful times. Understanding culture, for the military professional, should be thought of as the art and science of understanding cause and effect in…

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Family Matters Blog: Families can support suicide stand-down

Posted  October 5, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Army conducted its worldwide stand-down for suicide prevention, Sept. 27. Family members can prepare themselves for an emergency by adding the Military Crisis Line number to their Smartphone contacts at 1-800-273-8255, press 1, or text 838255, or visit militarycrisisline.net. All calls are confidential and are taken by trained counselors. Therefore, even…

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Candid Comments | October 5, 2012

Posted  October 5, 2012

Master Sgt. Anhtuan L. Dang Job: Paralegal Unit: 452 AMW/Judge Advocate Hometown: Irvine, Calif. Hobbies: Reading, outdoor activities, Boy Scouts activities with sons My experience could be summed up as “Awesome!” There were some tasks that we performed well. However, there were some areas where we will need to dedicate additional training so that we…

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News Briefs | October 5, 2012

Posted  October 5, 2012

SPACE SHUTTLE ENDEAVOR TRANSPORT SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 12 The Space Shuttle Endeavor will travel from LAX to the California Science Center, Oct. 12. It will depart the airport at 2 a.m. and will be stopping at Manchester and La Cienega at about 4 p.m. The movement will continue Saturday at 9 a.m. and is scheduled…

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Snapshots | Fishing Trip

Posted  October 5, 2012

The Single Airman’s Program sponsored a complimentary deep-sea fishing trip for March Field members, Sept. 22. A total of 24 participants met at 4 a.m. for the day’s journey ...

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Lodging rates increase Oct. 1

Posted  October 5, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — After four years without a rate increase, Air Force lodging rates went up beginning Oct. 1, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. The increase is necessary to ensure Air Force Lodging rates cover current operating and capital improvement costs, said Maj. Gen. A.J. Stewart, AFPC commander. As an example,…

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Roth contributions to open to all active duty troops

Posted  October 5, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Active duty members of the Army, Navy and Air Force are now able to contribute to the Roth Thrift Savings Plan as part of their investment planning, Defense Financing and Accounting Service officials said, Sept. 28. The after-tax contributions will be electronically deducted from service members’ pay accounts. Active duty service members…

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Navigate the legal process with free, court-sponsored assistance

Posted  October 5, 2012

If you are seeking assistance with identifying the proper legal forms to use, and/or need help completing legal forms that you intend to file in a California court, court-sponsored “self-help centers” are an excellent no-cost resource. Additionally, self-help centers regularly provide free, legal workshops and seminars on legal topics including small claims lawsuits, probating estates,…

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Political activities by federal employees

Posted  October 12, 2012

With Election Day about a month away, it is a great time to go over the do’s and don’ts concerning political activities by federal employees. ...

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First things first: Get your degrees in order

Posted  October 12, 2012

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — In 1972 the Community College of the Air Force was established by the Air Force Chief of Staff, General John D. Ryan. Four years later, President Gerald Ford authorized the Air Force, by law, to confer the associate degree. The CCAF was accredited during the start of 1977 and by the…

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