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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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USACE recreation sites free to military, dependents

Posted  June 14, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced it will continue to accept the America the Beautiful Federal Recreation Pass Program’s Interagency Annual Pass for military at its more than 2,500 USACE-managed recreation areas nationwide. Initiated last year, servicemen and women – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and activated National Guard/Reserve…

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West Region Transition

Posted  June 14, 2013

TRICARE is extending the temporary waiver for West Region Prime enrollees to obtain authorizations for specialty care referred by their primary care manager. The waiver will now include specialty care referrals received from April 1 through June 18.  The start of health care delivery under the new contract in the TRICARE West Region occurred, April…

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The physiological effects of leisure

Posted  June 14, 2013

If you’re looking for just another reason to take a break, here it is! According to a 2009 study conducted by the Official Journal of the American Academy of Neurology, participation in regular leisure activities can help to prevent cognitive decline and reduce the risk factors of dementia and Alzheimer’s. Just as studying or working…

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Former safety chief heads sexual assault prevention efforts

Posted  June 14, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senior officials announced that they have appointed a two-star general to lead the Air Force’s effort to reduce sexual assault within the ranks and provide victims the support they need. Maj. Gen. Margaret Woodward was appointed the new director of the reorganized Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office. In addition…

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President Proclaims Flag Day and National Flag Week

Posted  June 14, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Barack Obama today signed a proclamation designating June 14, as Flag Day and the week beginning June 9 as National Flag Week. The president’s proclamation: Each June, our Nation lifts its sights to the flag that has watched over us since the days of our founding. In those broad stripes and…

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452 Force Support Sq gets “Dirty” with the commander

Posted  June 14, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo/Darnell Gardner Col. Samuel Mahaney, 452d Air Mobility Wing commander, issues Senior Airman Christopher Kmet, 4th Combat Camera, an official passport, June 6. As part of his Dirty Thursday program, Mahaney, spent the day at the 452d Force Support Squadron getting down and dirty, learning about the activities that occur during daily…

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News Briefs June 21, 2013

Posted  June 21, 2013

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT THE RETIRED ACTIVITIES OFFICE The RAO is in need of volunteers to work Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon or noon to 3 p.m. Retired military and their dependents are encouraged to apply. For more information, contact Lt. Col. Carter or Senior Master Sgt. Brown at 951-655-4077 or 951-655-4079. EXTENDED OPERATION FOR…

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New professional development guide available

Posted  June 21, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO RANDOLPH, Texas — The new Professional Development Guide, or PDG, AFPAM 36-2241, is now available at www.e-publishing.af.mil. Printed guides will be distributed to all promotion-eligible active duty Airmen in the grades of E-4 through E-8 and Airmen first class with at least two years in service. Base and unit Weighted Airman…

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Comptroller offers glimpse of post-sequester options

Posted  June 21, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The budget storms assailing the Pentagon are unprecedented, the Defense Department’s chief financial officer said in Washington, D.C. “I’ve never seen anything like this,” Pentagon Comptroller Robert F. Hale told an audience attending the 2013 Defense Communities National Summit, “and I hope we never see it again.” Hale asked attendees how many of them…

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Personal OPSEC: Tips on Avoiding Identify Theft

Posted  June 21, 2013

Identity theft among military members occurs at a much higher rate than with their civilian counterparts. The reason for this elevated incident rate is partially due to the copious amounts of personnel documents generated and the frequency of deployments that take servicemembers’ focus away from personal business maintenance, such as monitoring their credit reports. There…

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