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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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Plan ahead for those you love

Posted  March 1, 2013

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. — Last year, I dealt with the death of two people who were very close to me. In September, my father unexpectedly passed away at the age of 59, due to an illness. The man I thought to be indestructible, suddenly was gone. Also, almost two months later, a longtime…

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452d Air Mobility Wing 2012 Annual Award Winners

Posted  March 1, 2013

Wage Supervisor Mr. Rodolfo Landa, 752d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Airman Senior Airman Jeffery Jensen, 452d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Company Grade Officer Capt. Jessica Salvatore, 452d Maintenance Squadron First Sergeant Master Sgt. Danyell Stoutamire, 752d Medical Squadron NonCommissioned Officer Staff Sgt. Nelson Brown III, 452d Security Forces Squadron Senior NonCommissioned Officer Senior Master Sgt. Robert Knight,…

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News Briefs | March 1, 2013

Posted  March 1, 2013

APPLY FOR FREE, ONLINE CCAF CREDIT Applications for the Air Force Culture and Language Center’s spring 2013 “Introduction to Culture” course will be accepted through Mar. 20. This free, online course fulfills three resident hours of either social science or program elective credit required for Community College of the Air Force degrees. The course runs from…

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2012 climate survey shows overall satisfaction with jobs, leaders

Posted  March 1, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — More than 163,000 Airmen voiced their opinions in the online Air Force Climate Survey conducted May 11 to June 22, 2012, with results indicating Airmen are satisfied with unit performance and trust their leaders, Air Force Personnel Center officials said, Feb. 19. Conducted every two years, the climate survey is designed…

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AF implements enlisted date of separation rollback

Posted  March 1, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — The Air Force will implement the enlisted date of separation rollback program this fiscal year, in addition to several voluntary force management programs that were announced early in Feb., Air Force Personnel Center officials said. The rollback will accelerate the date of separation for senior master sergeants and below, who…

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Iron Dawg II: Military working dog handlers compete for “Top Dog”

Posted  March 1, 2013

A U.S. Marine and his K9 companion crouch at the starting position, readying for the first task — securing a seemingly abandoned bread truck. When the signal was given, they take off! After a thorough search and clear, they proceed on to an old pick-up truck to do the same. After which, they advance to…

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AF releases criteria for new combat medal

Posted  March 1, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Air Force officials released nomination criteria for the new Distinguished Warfare Medal, Feb. 15, following defense officials’ announcement of the new decoration days prior. The DWM will be awarded to honor individuals for single acts of extraordinary achievement, not involving acts of valor, that directly impact combat or other military operations approved by the secretary…

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Snapshots | Retirement

Posted  March 1, 2013

Col. Robert Weisenberger, 452d Medical Group commander, says farewell to his military family and friends Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, during his retirement ceremony at the March Field Air Museum. Weisenberger, whose career spans 28 years as a traditional reservist from Norton Air Force Base to March Air Reserve Base, served in Operations Desert Shield, Desert…

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Space-based sensors star in “Stellar Eyes” missile defense test

Posted  February 22, 2013

PACIFIC OCEAN — The Navy’s Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System scored another hit for the Missile Defense Agency on the Pacific Missile Range overnight, marking the first live-fire intercept of a medium-range ballistic missile using space-based sensors. Flight Test Mission-20 successfully demonstrated again the system’s capability to detect the target from outer space and launch…

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UPS pledges support to those who serve

Posted  February 22, 2013

ATLANTA, Ga. — The United Parcel Service and the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve held a statement of support signing ceremony at the UPS World Headquarters, Feb 12. Air Force Reserve officers joined with UPS senior executives and other Guard and Reserve military branches in continuing a 40-year-old ESGR mission of gaining and…

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