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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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Hau assumes command of 729th Operations Support Squadron

Posted  June 28, 2013

Lt. Col Andreas S. Haus assumed command of the 729th Airlift Squadron in a ceremony held, June 22.

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You can become an advocate of change from within: Don’t succumb to your environment

Posted  June 28, 2013

Growing up in a low-income neighborhood plagued by high crime rates does not exactly set the foundation for a fruitful beginning in life.

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Preparing to survive Wildfire Season, cont.

Posted  June 28, 2013

During the recent devastating wildfires that destroyed thousands of acres of land and displaced even more families, a common thread connecting the survivors was “if I had known this was going to happen I would have done….” Keeping this in mind, here are some actions to consider when confronted with a major catastrophe involving fire….

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15 Reserve-component employers earn 2013 Freedom Awards

Posted  June 28, 2013

ARLINGTON, Va., – Fifteen employers of reserve-component service members in their civilian lives have earned the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award for the support they provide to their employees who serve the nation in uniform. The Freedom Award is the Defense Department’s highest recognition given to employers for exceptional support of Guard…

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Hagel: Opening combat jobs to women the right thing to do

Posted  June 28, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Opening more jobs in the military to women — in particular lifting the combat exclusion — is the right thing to do, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said recently, as he brushed aside any notion that the armed forces would have to lower standards to do so. Hagel’s comments came during a visit…

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News Briefs June 28, 2013

Posted  June 28, 2013

FOREIGN OBJECT DAMAGE WALK SCHEDULED There will be a base FOD walk, July 10, at 7:15 a.m. The meeting point will be on the flight line side of the previous Air Passenger Terminal. Please use alternate gates due to construction. Bring a plastic trash bag for debris collection. Carpool as much as possible because parking…

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Heerrrre’s Cory: Team March goes to Hollywood

Posted  June 21, 2013

U.S. Air Force photos/Darnell Gardne Above, Team March member Cory Jugas, Morale, Welfare and Recreation aide, 452d Force Support Squadron, stands by for a cameo appearance on the sitcom, Anger Management, June 13. Jugas, was selected out of the audience of a previous taping because of his talented dancing skills. Below, Jugas gets a few…

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Keeping service in perspective

Posted  June 21, 2013

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – If you were approached by a co-worker, civilian or family member and asked the question, “Why do you serve?”, what would your answer be? How would you internalize what you do for the Air Force to the point where you could answer that seemingly simple question? Over the past several…

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Officials battle obesity, tobacco with Healthy Base Initiative

Posted  June 21, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Defense Department has teamed with the White House, industry, medical communities and installation leaders to assess obesity and tobacco programs for the total workforce, a Pentagon official said. Starting in July, DOD officials will begin evaluating 13 installations to gauge their implementation of the Healthy Base Initiative, said Charles E. Milam,…

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Preparing to survive Wildfire season

Posted  June 21, 2013

Southern California’s unique topography complemented with intense heat, dry soil, acts of nature and human carelessness, all combine to make it extremely vulnerable to wildfires. Every year we standby, ready to combat these demons of destruction. When not actually engaged in a response, firefighters train constantly to improve tactics, communication and working relationships. The drain…

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