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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…

U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Megan Crusher Events

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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Snapshot – May 24, 2012

Posted  May 24, 2013

Base personnel and family members gathered on the flightline to greet two KC-135 Stratotankers, carrying approximately 20 servicemembers home, after a deployment lasting more than 60 days in the Combined Air and Space Operations Center in Southwest Asia, May 19. Many were on hand to help unload baggage and equipment as members assigned to the…

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Airmen submit innovative ideas by the thousands

Posted  May 24, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — More than 8,000 money-saving ideas have cascaded into the Pentagon from across the Air Force this month. Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Larry Spencer launched the Airmen Powered by Innovation Challenge May 1, challenging uniformed and civilian Airmen to find places to save money across the service, no matter how…

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Memorial Day: Remember our veterans

Posted  May 24, 2013

SOUTHWEST ASIA — The Civil War ended nearly 150 years ago on May 9, 1865, marking the beginning to a new era. However, many lives were lost during the more-than-four-year war. As a result, three years later, on May 5, 1868, the Grand Army of the Republic established what was then called “Decoration Day.” It…

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DOD seeks leadership program candidates

Posted  May 24, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – Department of Defense officials are seeking active duty Air Force majors and major-selects for the academic year 2013-2014 Executive Leadership Development Program, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. Applications are due to AFPC by June 10. Program orientation is slated for August and the first event will be held in October,…

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March security forces awarded AFRC Best Full-Time Unit

Posted  May 24, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo/2nd Lt Bari Yonkers Staff Sgt. Adrian Salido, installation patrolman, 452nd Security Forces Squadron, checks the identification of a Team March member entering the main gate yesterday. Salido is part of the team of SFS warriors who were recently awarded the 2012 Air Force Reserve Command Outstanding Security Forces Full-Time Unit Award…

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Our land of limitless opportunities

Posted  May 24, 2013

Personal Nguyen family courtesy photo Dr. Nguyen is pictured with his mother, father and brother in 1976, shortly after their arrival to the United States. May is Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. For Vietnamese-Americans, this time of year is an anniversary of great importance to us. Most Vietnamese-Americans can trace their presence in the…

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Team March hosts Eighteenth Air Force commander for two-day visit

Posted  May 24, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jacquelyn Estrada Lt. Gen. Darren McDew, commander, 18th Air Force and Chief Master Sgt. Vicki Gamble, command chief, 18th Air Force, congratulate Chief Master Sgt. James Wood, 56th Aerial Port Squadron, March Air Reserve Base, for Wood’s participation in Superstorm Sandy relief efforts. Wood worked relief efforts as an Airman…

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News Briefs May 31, 2013

Posted  May 31, 2013

CONGRATULATIONS TO TEAM MARCH’S NEWEST MASTER SGT. SELECTEE’S 912th Air Refueling Squadron Master Sgt. selectee’s: • Tech. Sgt. Patrick Martin, noncommissioned officer in charge, Flight Training • Tech. Sgt. Adam Martin, NCOIC, Aircraft Structural Maintenance Section . VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT THE RETIRED ACTIVITIES OFFICE The RAO is in need of volunteers to work Monday through Friday,…

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March participates in Crashed, Damaged, Disabled Aircraft Recovery exercise

Posted  May 31, 2013

The 452d Air Mobility Wing and 144th Fighter Wing, participated in a combined aircraft mishap exercise, conducted by March Air Reserve Base Combat Readiness office, May 23.

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Hagel stresses summer safety in message to Department

Posted  May 31, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel urged servicemembers, civilian employees and their families to enjoy the upcoming summer, but to do so safely. In a message to all Defense Department activities, Hagel emphasized the need to make good decisions during a time of year that resulted in more than 80 percent of the department’s…

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