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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.

U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt Rick Sforza, 4th Combat Camera Squadron Air Force

March host wing contributes to overall success of Mobility Air Force mission

U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt Rick Sforza, 4th Combat Camera Squadron A KC-135R from the 336th Air Refueling Squadron refuels a C-17A from the 729th Airlift Squadron. Both aircraft are from the Air Force Reserve Command’s 452nd Air Mobility Wing, March Air Reserve Base, Calif. The 452nd Air Mobility Wing, March Air Reserve…

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The friendly invasion: 452nd GIs inundated English villages

Photo by Pleon Wood (L to r) SSgt. Froilan Hernandez, TSgt. Jack Duer and SSgt. Floyd Gibson of the 452nd Bombardment Group ham it up outside a pub while on leave in England. The men were part of an aircrew on the B-17 Flying Fortress Shot Snorter, which was shot down over Europe while being…


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Kids see Operation Family First mock deployment as cool

Posted  July 19, 2013

U.S. Air Force Photo/Staff Sgt. Joe Davidson Senior Airman Andrew Reynoso, 452 Security Forces Squadron, helps 6-year-old Giovanni Medina get a clear sight picture as he holds on tight to the M240-Bravo Machine Gun. This, among other weapons, were on display during the Logistics Readiness Squadron’s Operation Family First event held in Building 385, July…

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News Briefs July 26, 2013

Posted  July 26, 2013

July/August Airman magazine now available on line FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (AFNS) — The July/August issue of Airman magazine is now available to download and viewable through a web browser. Celebrate Summer by Fishing For Free Sept. 7 The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is offering anglers a free day of fishing on…

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CSAF says readiness harmed by steep cuts

Posted  July 26, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) – The rigid requirements of sequestration spending cuts have made it difficult for the Air Force to maintain readiness, the service’s top officer said yesterday. Speaking to CNN’s John King at the annual Aspen Institute Security Forum in Aspen, Colo., Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III said each service…

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AF encourages Airmen to be key part of SAPR solution

Posted  July 26, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AFNS) — In an effort to address the growing concern of sexual assault in the Air Force, the service has kicked off an initiative to give Airmen the capability for their voice to be clearly heard called “Every Airman Counts.” “I believe Airmen are a key part of the solution to this,” said….

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Salutes & Awards

Staff Sgt. Stephens receives state assembly resolution

Posted  July 26, 2013

A chaplain assistant from the 163d Reconnaissance Wing was awarded a California Legislature assembly Resolution at a ceremony held at March ARB, Calif., on July 12, 2013.

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Holding Airmen accountable: Mandatory discharge for sexual assault

Posted  July 26, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AFNS) -The Air Force recently adopted two new measures to eliminate sexual assault from within the ranks, including requiring discharge for Airmen who commit sexual assault, and requiring the Air Force’s most senior commanders to review actions taken on these cases. According to Capt. Allison DeVito, chief of JAG’s victim issues and policy…

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DOD girds for more budget reductions, Carter says

Posted  July 26, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ten days after unpaid furloughs began nationwide for many DOD civilian employees as a measure to meet sequester cuts, Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter said yesterday the department is planning for similar budget cuts that may continue into fiscal year 2014 and perhaps beyond. Carter spoke with David Sanger, the chief Washington…

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Air Force

Stay connected with social media without sacrificing career

Posted  July 26, 2013

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (AFNS) – Engaging in social media can be a positive experience that entertains, keeps people connected and allows opinions to be expressed on a wide variety of topics. In some cases though, social media can ruin personal reputations or careers, and create an open window for criminals to access personal…

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KC-46 critical design review nearing completion

Posted  July 26, 2013

Courtesy Photo The KC-46A is intended to replace the U.S. Air Force’s aging fleet of KC-135 Stratotankers which has been the primary refueling aircraft for more than 50 years. With more refueling capacity and enhanced capabilities, improved efficiency and increased capabilities for cargo and aeromedical evacuation, the KC-46A will provide aerial refueling support to the…

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Sequestration impact looms despite resumed flying operations

Posted  July 26, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force leaders announced July 15 that flying training would resume at numerous units, bringing an end to the three-month halt that resulted from the budget sequestration reductions. Congress approved a $1.8 billion reprogramming request that transferred money from several programs to pay for near-term shortfalls in war funding, which allowed flight…

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