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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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New program provides recordable books to deployed Airmen

Posted  November 16, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Air Force Personnel Center Directorate of Services officials are sending more than 900 recordable children’s books to learning resource centers at six deployed locations throughout the U.S. Air Forces Central Command’s area of responsibility. The Air Force Library Program collaborated with the Directorate of Services’ PLAYpass initiative to create…

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Cody named next Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force

Posted  November 16, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III has named Chief Master Sgt. James A. Cody to serve as the 17th chief master sergeant of the Air Force. Cody will assume his new position on Feb. 1, following the Jan. 31 retirement of current Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force…

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Domestic violence awareness ‘experiment’

Posted  November 16, 2012

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — Every year, the Family Advocacy Program staff plans and implements a community awareness campaign designed to educate Keesler Air Force Base Airmen, as well as reinforce the reality that prevention and detection of interpersonal violence is truly a base-wide responsibility. This year, FAP teamed up with Brig. Gen. Kory…

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News Briefs | November 16, 2012

Posted  November 16, 2012

A&FRC OFFERS TSP ‘LUNCH AND LEARN’ WORKSHOP The Airman & Family Readiness Center will be offering a Thrift Savings Plan workshop on Friday, Dec. 7, in the Mission Support Group conference room, Bldg. 2313, from noon to 1 p.m. Discussions will be held on how you can make TSP a part of your financial wellness…

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Open season set for 3 civilian benefits programs

Posted  November 16, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Open season for three civilian benefits programs will be Nov. 12 through Dec. 10. Those programs are the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program and the Federal Flexible Spending Account Program. Federal Employees Health Benefits In the FEHB program, premiums will increase…

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AFRC commander looks at March missions

Posted  November 16, 2012

Staff Sgt. Dayton Mitchell, 4th Combat Camera Squadron, profiles the gear that camera operators use during overseas deployments, to Lt. Gen. James Jackson ...

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Snapshots | Dropping the puck

Posted  November 21, 2012

Col. Douglas Schwartz, 4th AF Director of Staff (second from left), holds the puck he recently dropped ...

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AF senior leaders approve doctrine restructure

Posted  November 21, 2012

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. — Officials at the LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education at Maxwell AFB, announce that by next fall, Air Force doctrine will be restructured, streamlined and accessible to anyone with an e-reader, smartphone or tablet. Dubbed “Doctrine Next,” the initiative overhauls doctrine development processes to better reflect Air Force…

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Military Spouse Hiring Program gains 30-plus companies

Posted  November 21, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – More than 30 companies and organizations joined the Military Spouse Employment Partnership as part of the White House-sponsored Joining Forces effort to help unemployed spouses find jobs. The newly inducted businesses, which join 129 other companies, were brought into the program at the partnership’s third such ceremony. Inductees at the Washington Navy…

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Norco Navy’s skipper dons top rank

Posted  November 21, 2012

NORCO, Calif. — The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Corona Division’s commanding officer pinned on the rank of captain during a ceremony attended by several hundred guests and base employees, who gathered in front of the historic command headquarters Nov. 7 to witness the Navy tradition. Retired four-star Adm. James R. Hogg, the promoting officer who…

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