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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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Salutes & Awards

15 Reserve-component employers earn 2013 Freedom Awards

Posted  June 28, 2013

ARLINGTON, Va., – Fifteen employers of reserve-component service members in their civilian lives have earned the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award for the support they provide to their employees who serve the nation in uniform. The Freedom Award is the Defense Department’s highest recognition given to employers for exceptional support of Guard…

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Health & Safety

Preparing to survive Wildfire Season, cont.

Posted  June 28, 2013

During the recent devastating wildfires that destroyed thousands of acres of land and displaced even more families, a common thread connecting the survivors was “if I had known this was going to happen I would have done….” Keeping this in mind, here are some actions to consider when confronted with a major catastrophe involving fire….

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You can become an advocate of change from within: Don’t succumb to your environment

Posted  June 28, 2013

Growing up in a low-income neighborhood plagued by high crime rates does not exactly set the foundation for a fruitful beginning in life.

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Hau assumes command of 729th Operations Support Squadron

Posted  June 28, 2013

Lt. Col Andreas S. Haus assumed command of the 729th Airlift Squadron in a ceremony held, June 22.

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Air Force Medical Service website focuses on Men’s Health Month

Posted  June 28, 2013

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — The Air Force Medical Service has a primary focus on men’s health in the month of June. However, during this month and every month to follow, the AFMS aims to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of diseases among men, such as…

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Caring for oneself

Posted  June 28, 2013

When faced with both good and bad stressors, we have the obligation and responsibility to ensure our own well-being. After all, no one knows you better than yourself. Your overall well-being includes maintaining the physical mental, and spiritual balance of your health. Whether you are in celebration or mourning, it is important to develop a…

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Carter enlists defense employees’ help for food drive

Posted  June 28, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo/Darnell Gardner ommissary sales associate, March Air Reserve Base commissary donates a prepackaged paper bag of food, in support of the “Feds Feeds Families,” campaign, June 24. Each year, federal employees, keeping with their role as public servants, participate in food drives to collect and distribute non-perishable items to military families in…

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AF seeks scholarship, fellowship candidates

Posted  June 28, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Eligible Airmen interested in unique scholarships and fellowships must submit completed, endorsed applications by July 31, Air Force Personnel Center officials said recently. Opportunities offered annually include the Olmsted Scholar Program, the White House Fellowship Program, the Mansfield Fellowship Exchange Program and the Information Assurance Scholarship Program, each of…

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Senior leaders honor, bid farewell to Donley

Posted  June 28, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C., – Outgoing Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley is a person of courage and character, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said at Donley’s farewell ceremony at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. Donley, who’s led the Air Force the past five years, is retiring after 35 years of public service. “Our country will miss him,”…

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Fighting to be fit: the Total Fitness concept

Posted  June 28, 2013

Fitness means something to every Air Force member, with Fit 2 Fight as the leading doctrine to ensure members receive the most up-to-date information pertaining to health and fitness. To remain mission-ready all members must meet certain standards. While this is nothing new to members, it is a requirement we need to remain conscious of…

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