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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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AF encourages Airmen to be key part of SAPR solution

Posted  July 26, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AFNS) — In an effort to address the growing concern of sexual assault in the Air Force, the service has kicked off an initiative to give Airmen the capability for their voice to be clearly heard called “Every Airman Counts.” “I believe Airmen are a key part of the solution to this,” said….

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CSAF says readiness harmed by steep cuts

Posted  July 26, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) – The rigid requirements of sequestration spending cuts have made it difficult for the Air Force to maintain readiness, the service’s top officer said yesterday. Speaking to CNN’s John King at the annual Aspen Institute Security Forum in Aspen, Colo., Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III said each service…

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News Briefs July 26, 2013

Posted  July 26, 2013

July/August Airman magazine now available on line FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (AFNS) — The July/August issue of Airman magazine is now available to download and viewable through a web browser. Celebrate Summer by Fishing For Free Sept. 7 The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is offering anglers a free day of fishing on…

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Kids see Operation Family First mock deployment as cool

Posted  July 19, 2013

U.S. Air Force Photo/Staff Sgt. Joe Davidson Senior Airman Andrew Reynoso, 452 Security Forces Squadron, helps 6-year-old Giovanni Medina get a clear sight picture as he holds on tight to the M240-Bravo Machine Gun. This, among other weapons, were on display during the Logistics Readiness Squadron’s Operation Family First event held in Building 385, July…

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Christopher S. Frost Award Winner

Posted  July 19, 2013

Col. Samuel Mahaney, commander, 452nd AMW presents Master Sgt. Donald Allen, Combat Photographer, 4th Combat Camera Squadron, with the Staff Sgt. Christopher S. Frost Outstanding NCO award, July 13. Given annually to outstanding public affairs NCOs, the award was named in honor of Staff Christopher S. Frost who was killed in a helicopter crash in…

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Quarterly Award Winners

Posted  July 19, 2013

Third Quarter FY 2013 On behalf of Col Mahaney, please congratulate our Third Quarterly Award winners.

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Where there’s a will…

Posted  July 19, 2013

The last thing your family needs to worry about after you pass away is settling your legal affairs. With the complications that may arise when dealing with an individual’s estate, it can never be too early to think about estate planning. However, knowing exactly what instruments you should have ready can be confusing. Making a…

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Press Briefing June 26, 2013

Posted  July 19, 2013

SEC. HAGEL: On DOMA, I put out a statement an hour or so ago and essentially said we, the Department of Defense, will move very swiftly, expeditiously on implementing the law, the decision of the Supreme Court. We think it’s the right decision, and we’re looking forward to taking that decision and implementing the required…

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50th Aerial Port members, families gather before deployment

Posted  July 19, 2013

Kids played around the jumper and piñata, while 50th Aerial Port Squadron members, their spouses and family members chatted and the familiar smell of burgers and sausages cooking on the grill permeated the air.

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Health & Safety

Handling the heat, tips for health and home

Posted  July 19, 2013

For the past several weeks, we have focused primarily on heat-related articles, and given that we that we are in the middle of our southern California summer, it seems appropriate that we continue along those lines of thinking. Let’s explore some things you might consider on a personal level in order to cope with the…

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