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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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Military Child Month Salutes Children’s Contributions

Posted  April 5, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – During April’s Month of the Military Child, the Defense Department recognizes the support provided by and sacrifices made by military children, said Barbara Thompson, director of DOD’s office of family policy/children and youth. Since 1983, DOD has recognized military children for the resiliency they display toward their families. There are now 1.8…

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March Outreach: Cadets securing the Air Force of tomorrow

Posted  April 5, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo/Darnell Gardner Cadets from the “Fighting Fifty-fifth,” University of California, Los Angeles, Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps debus in route to the first stop on their base tour, March 28. The cadets received briefings on the aircraft capabilities of the C-17 Globemaster III, KC-135 Stratotanker and alert F-16 Fighting Falcons. In…

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A day of remembrance: National Holocaust commemoration

Posted  April 12, 2013

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — This year, the Holocaust Days of Remembrance week will be observed from April 7 to 14, 2013. The United States Congress established the Days of Remembrance as our nation’s annual commemoration of the victims of the Holocaust and created the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, as a permanent, living…

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News Briefs April 12, 2013

Posted  April 12, 2013

452 MXG SETS UP FOR SQUADRON PHOTOS The 452d Maintenance Group has set aside a KC-135 and C-17 static for squadron photos, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 20. After this event, the next opportunity for squadron photos will be the September UTA. To take advantage of this opportunity, please contact Tech. Sgt….

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MilPDS upgrade complete: Review emergency contact information

Posted  April 12, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas  – If you married, have a new address or experienced significant life changes in March, you should review your emergency contact information to ensure it is accurate, Air Force Personnel Center officials advised. The Military Personnel Data System manages military personnel and pay information as accessions, separations, retirements, promotions, reenlistments, training, mobilization…

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Help for those lost in the smog: Getting ready for ECARS

Posted  April 12, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo Michael Cullen, legal intern, 452 Air Mobility Wing, holds a $50 bill symbolizing the potential cost of having a vehicle smog checked. The Employee-vehicle Certification and Reporting System, or ECARS, will soon be at March Field. This is an Air Force program that will ensure the base aligns with Clean Air…

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March ARB triumphs over IG team

Posted  April 12, 2013

      The 452d Air Mobility Wing leadership used an unconventional commander’s call to recognize teams and individuals on their performance during the Operational Readiness and Nuclear Operational Readiness Inspections. Col. Samuel Mahaney, commander; Col. James Finney, vice commander; and Chief Master Sgt. Ericka Kelly, command chief, beat the unofficial Air Mobility Command Inspector…

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Reductions won’t affect most TRICARE prime beneficiaries

Posted  April 12, 2013

FALLS CHURCH, Va.,– Despite upcoming service area reductions, TRICARE Prime will remain a health care option for 97 percent of the more than 5 million beneficiaries eligible for the health care plan, Military Health System officials said. The 3 percent difference that comprises about 171,000 beneficiaries who mostly reside more than 40 miles from a…

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Health & Safety

Prepare to survive: Building an earthquake kit

Posted  April 12, 2013

The next phase of “Preparing to Survive” is building an emergency kit. There are many sources of information on state and federal websites that provide basic recommendations on the contents of kits; however, keep in mind these are general suggestions. A standard kit should be complimented with personal supplies that will increase your family’s chances…

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If it isn’t you, it’s the person next to you

Posted  April 12, 2013

WESTOVER AIR RESERVE BASE, Mass. – “Hey sexy… you single?” I turned to see a fellow Airman in training; standing about five foot eight inches tall, dark hair and eyes. Over the next four months, I heard this fellow classmate repeat the same line more than a couple dozen times.  It wasn’t just me he had an eye…

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