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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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AF migrates civilian personnel records to OPM

Posted  April 5, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – The Air Force has migrated employee electronic official personnel folders to the Office of Personnel Management eOPF version, Air Force Personnel Center officials said April 2. The eOPF is a secure, digitized version of a hardcopy personnel folder that contains official human resource records for each federal employee. The system…

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Air Force reservists and retirees eligible for TRICARE healthcare programs

Posted  April 5, 2013

WASHINGTON, D. C. — TRICARE has affordable healthcare programs available for all Air Force Reserve retirees, including “gray-area retirees” and actively-participating Air Force reservists, no matter what orders they are on. Reservists that retire before age 60 are eligible for TRICARE Retired Reserve coverage while they are in the “gray-area.” This is the waiting period…

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AFR/ANG announces 2013 teen leadership summits

Posted  April 5, 2013

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga . (AFNS) – The Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard officials announced the 2013 Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard Teen Leadership Summit locations. This year’s summits will be held in Dahlonega, Ga., and Estes Park, Colo. The teen summits combine high-adventure activities with leadership classes to allow teens to…

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News Briefs | April 5, 2013

Posted  April 5, 2013

452 AMW COMMANDER’S CALL SATURDAY There will be a 452 AMW commander’s call on Saturday, 3 p.m., in LeMay Park. Several units will be recognized for their contributions to the recent Operational Readiness Inspection. The club will be hosting a live band and free starter food after commander’s call. There will be random drawings for…

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4th Air Force spring cleaning: A day of fun in the sun

Posted  March 30, 2013

Members of the 4th Air Force staff took time out of their busy day to participate in spring cleaning around their newly renovated building, March 15.

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It takes a village

Posted  March 30, 2013

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — “Hey, Mom, guess what!” It was an innocent start to a recent conversation with my son that served as a real wake-up call for me. When my 10-year-old told me someone had asked him if he wanted to get high, my first reaction was to begin interrogating him with a…

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Not too soon for spouse’s job hunt before moving

Posted  March 30, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As service members start to receive their orders for summer moves, it’s time for working spouses to update resumes, start networking for job opportunities and contact career counselors at their new locations, a Pentagon official recommends. In an interview with American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel, Meg O’Grady, program manager,…

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Tuition programs demonstrate hard choices, official says

Posted  March 30, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Tuition assistance is an important program, but should be weighed against the military’s imperative requirement to maintain readiness, a Defense Department spokeswoman said. Both houses of Congress have passed legislation, now awaiting President Barack Obama’s signature, that would require the services to fund tuition assistance programs through this fiscal year. The programs…

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Clarke officially assumes responsibilities as Air Guard director

Posted  March 30, 2013

Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke III assumed the duties and responsibilities of director, Air National Guard in a ceremony, March 22, at the Air National Guard Readiness Center. Clarke took over as director from Lt. Gen. Harry “Bud” Wyatt, who retired.

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163rd creates collaborative with support agencies

Posted  March 30, 2013

A member of the 163rd Reconnaissance Wing, readying for retirement from active duty service, was unsure where to access his benefits and how to find housing. He approached the Religious Support Team’s office for assistance and they quickly linked him up with an organization that specialized in assisting transitioning military members. The Religious Support Team…

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