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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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Reserve, Guard leaders discuss FY14 budget

Posted  May 3, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Top leaders from Army, Navy, Marine and Air Force Reserve and National Guard were on Capitol Hill providing statements and answering questions regarding their Fiscal Year 2014-budget proposals. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., chairwoman, U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., chairman, Subcommittee on Defense and Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., the subcommittee’s…

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AFPC implements live chat capability on myPers website

Posted  May 3, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO – RANDOLPH, Texas – The Air Force Personnel Center now provides live chat capability through the myPers website, AFPC officials announced recently. Since April 5, live chat capability has provided users interested in retiring with the option of real time communication with personnel specialists. Additional topics will be rolled out in phases…

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Identity Theft concerns drive social security number program

Posted  May 3, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The loss of personally identifiable information, such as social security numbers, is a concern throughout the Defense Department, the director of the Defense Privacy and Civil Liberties Office said. “When people lose control of the social security number and other personally identifiable information, they really are susceptible to identity theft,” Michael E….

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A little ESGR education can go a long way

Posted  May 3, 2013

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. – Upon completion of my five-level seasonal training, I submitted my application for reemployment to my employer, asking to return to my pre-service position. I received a warm welcome and everyone in the shop expressed appreciation for my service to country. During my reintegration back into the company, an official from the…

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Asian-Pacific American women served in World War II

Posted  May 3, 2013

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – Most people are surprised when they find out that Asian-Pacific American women, particularly Japanese-Americans, served in the U.S. military during World War II, said Judy Bellafaire, curator of the Women in Military Service for America Memorial. “Many Japanese women served in the armed forces while their families were in internment camps…

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March VITA center recognized for outstanding service

Posted  May 3, 2013

Col. Samuel Mahaney, commander, 452d Air Mobility Wing, center standing, congratulates the March Air Reserve Base’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance center members for receipt of the Internal Revenue Service’s, Community Service Leadership Award, April 16. The March VITA center was selected by Barbara Kuhus, territory manager, IRS, after being recognized for outstanding services provided to…

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News Briefs May 10, 2013

Posted  May 10, 2013

RALLY ‘ROUND THE FLAG HELD AT THE MARCH AIR MUSEUM The Moreno Valley Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee and the March Field Air Museum will host their 12th annual “Rally ‘Round the Flag barbeque, Friday, June 4, at the museum. The event will kick-off at 6 p.m., with guest speaker, Betsy Ross. Deadline to…

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Preparing to survive: Shaky facts

Posted  May 10, 2013

There is a tendency to think that earthquakes are confined to California and the west coast. In fact, the earth has “moved” for a very long time. The earliest incomplete recorded evidence of an earthquake was traced back to 1831 B.C., in the Shandong province of China. However, there is a complete record starting in…

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Presidential Proclamation — Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, 2013

Posted  May 10, 2013

Each May, our Nation comes together to recount the ways Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders helped forge our country.

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MyPers to celebrate first anniversary

Posted  May 10, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Did you ever have a question about a specific personnel function and needed to be pointed in the right direction? The myPers website provides all Air Force members with a source to search for information regarding personnel programs, to complete personnel transactions and to chat live with a subject matter…

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