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A story of survival and resilience

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — On April 16, 2007, I got a call no expecting mother would dream of receiving. “We got the results from your biopsy and it came back malignant.” Did the doctor just say I had cancer? I first discovered the lump during Christmas break. It was so small that it…

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Knowing the facts: National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Today, National Disability Employment Awareness Month is celebrated every October to raise awareness about disability employment issues and honor the contributions of America’s workers with disabilities.

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Lacing up: Finding your ‘WooHoo’ moment

What started out as a quest to maintain military fitness, turned into a passion and is now a way of daily life for me. I struggled with my first Fit to Fight test, barely squeaking by. Now years later, I have improved in all measured areas of the F2F test.

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Governor’s Military Council convenes at March Field

Col. Russell Muncy, commander, 452nd Air Mobility Wing, March Air Reserve Base, California, hosted a meeting of the Governor’s Military Council here Thursday, Sep. 25, 2014. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., established the Council in March 2013 to “explore and advance how to maintain and expand California’s national security footprint,” said Wade Crowfoot, the Governor’s…

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Unit cited for actions late in World War II

U.S. Army Air Forces photo The B17 flying in the foreground is part of the 452nd Bombardment Group. Seen here flying with other aircraft, the 452nd planes were identified by the boxed L on their tail. (Eighth in an 11-part series that was first run in the Beacon in 2007) The 452nd Bombardment Group received…


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DEERS streamlined for better efficiency

Posted  April 26, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C.  — A modification in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System is expected to streamline personal records for better efficiency, the director of the Defense Manpower Data Center said. In an interview with American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel, Mary Dixon said information would now be entered into DEERS in personnel offices, rather…

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Using my voice to find my strength

Posted  April 26, 2013

 SOUTHWEST ASIA — I felt like everyone knew how stupid I was and because I made bad choices, he got away with it. I did make really bad choices — choices that allowed me to put myself in a position to get sexually assaulted, just two months after turning 21 years old. My story is not that…

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452 Air Mobility Wing Explosive Ordnance Disposal: Taking the bang out of the boom

Posted  April 26, 2013

U.S. Air Force photos/Darnell Gardner Col. Samuel Mahaney, commander, 452 Air Mobility Wing, dons protective gear, during his Dirty Thursday event with March Air Reserve Base Explosive Ordnance Disposal personnel, April 18. Tech. Sgt. Brian Howards, left, assists Mahaney with lifting and strapping on an EOD backpack, as Tech. Sgt. Owen Duff, secures the straps….

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News Briefs May 3, 2013

Posted  May 3, 2013

All are invited to Lt. Col. Jim BULLARD’S RETIREMENT Ceremony Lt. Col. Jim Bullard, 452d AMW Operations Group Executive Officer and former 452d AMW Executive Officer, is retiring May 19, 2013, 1 p.m., at the March Field Air Museum, following a 28-year, Air Force career. All are welcome to attend and stay for a reception…

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California Guard members ranked Cyber-best

Posted  May 3, 2013

The Defense Department is working to boost cyber security support nearly five-fold in coming years, according to The Washington Post. Since August 2011, multiple California National Guard members have been activated to boost with U.S. Cyber Command manpower. There are currently 20 California Air and Army National Guard members serving CYBERCOM at four Joint Intelligence…

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California employers named semifinalists for 2013 Secretary of Defense Freedom Award

Posted  May 3, 2013

ARLINGTON, Va. – Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve a Department of Defense operational committee, announced that three California employers have been selected as semifinalists for the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The Freedom Award is the DOD’s highest honor for employers that provide extraordinary support to their Guard and Reserve…

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Preparing to survive: Vehicle preparation

Posted  May 3, 2013

Los Angeles, Calif., was recently named as the number one traffic-congested city in the country. This dubious honor is no surprise to southern Californians, especially to those who commute on a daily basis. The freeways are constantly crowded, so planning driving routes around peak commute times is a way of life here in the southland….

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Meet Team March First Sargeants

Posted  May 3, 2013

MASTER SERGEANT DONALD C. BRANSCUM Master Sgt. Donald C. Branscum is the first sergeant for the 452d Civil Engineer Squadron at March Air Reserve Base, Calif. He enlisted in the United States Air Force, April 1986. His first duty station was Royal Air Force Bentwaters, United Kingdom, where he served as a Tactical Maintenance Aircraft…

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About Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

Posted  May 3, 2013

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. A rather broad term, Asian-Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru…

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Family Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance Benefit Changes

Posted  May 3, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Service members married to other service members are no longer automatically enrolled in the Family Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance program, Pentagon officials said. The change was effective Jan. 2, and to date affects about 4,500 service members, Coast Guard Cmdr. Kristen Martin, Defense Department’s SGLI policy office, said in an interview with…

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