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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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452d Aeromedical Staging Squadron: Our reward is our job

Posted  March 8, 2013

If the U.S. Armed Forces are to remain the leaders of global engagement, they must maintain a force that stands ready to deploy at a moment’s notice. This type of commitment involves the selfless acts of those whose calling is to serve their country without question or mental reservation. Hardest hit are forces assigned to…

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Women’s History Month: Proclamation from the President

Posted  March 8, 2013

For more than two centuries, our Nation has grown under the simple creed that each of us is created equal. It is a notion that makes America unlike any other place on earth — a country where no matter where you come from or what you look like, you can go as far as your…

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Air Force cuts aviation support at public events

Posted  March 8, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the Air Force braces for the impact of sequester, leadership has cancelled all aviation support to public events for at least the remainder of the fiscal year and is standing down the Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team to save flying hours to support readiness needs. As of Mar. 1, active-duty, Reserve and…

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Arlington Museum showcases military women’s contributions

Posted  March 8, 2013

ARLINGTON, Va. — A living legacy to women who served in all branches of the U.S. military honoring their service and sacrifice, was established inside the Women’s Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. The museum in the memorial depicts the “duty, honor and pride” of the more than two million women who served to defend the…

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Dirty Thursday | March 8, 2013

Posted  March 8, 2013

Colonel Samuel Mahaney, 452d Air Mobility Wing commander, performs a final torque on     C-17 NLG Tie Bolts to 162 ft. lbs with Staff Sgt. John Rey, 452d Maintenance Squadron. The wing commander began what he calls a “Dirty Thursday” program where he works along side Airman, getting his hands and clothes dirty. He…

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Moving in right direction with electric government vehicles
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Electrifying: Where can I plug in my EV?

Posted  March 8, 2013

The goal of a healthy environment, reduced dependence on foreign oil and skyrocketing gas prices has inspired many people and organizations to purchase electric vehicles. The Department of Defense has expanded their fleet of electric vehicles to more than 3,000 cars. As a matter of fact, many members of the Air Force are choosing electric…

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Sequestration to affect DOD schools, commissaries

Posted  March 8, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Civilian personnel at Department of Defense Education Activity schools and the Defense Commissary Agency will be affected by sequestration, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said, Mar. 4. The department will struggle to ensure DODEA — which serves 84,000 students at 194 schools — maintains an accredited school year, Little said. “We’re mindful…

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Welcome packets are next step in TRICARE West Region transition

Posted  March 8, 2013

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — TRICARE West Region beneficiaries should keep their eyes on their mailboxes. UnitedHealthcare Military & Veterans, the incoming West Region health care support contractor, will be sending out welcome packages in early March. The welcome packets include contact information for UnitedHealthcare, where to file claims and information on continuing automatic payments, new…

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Task force established to close gaps between active, Guard, Reserve

Posted  March 8, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Air Force senior leaders recently constructed a task force to develop the best ways to bring the active, Reserve and Guard closer together to achieve the most capable force possible. To meet the challenges of the future, the secretary and chief of staff of the Air Force directed the stand-up of the…

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Combat Crew Communications: A small office with a big job

Posted  March 1, 2013

Our military leaders have determined that the most forthcoming threat to U.S. national security will come from cyberspace. Pentagon Press Secretary George Little stated, while speaking at a press conference held in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 15, 2012, that, “cyber threats are growing at an alarming rate.” He further added that they could threaten the…

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