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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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March VITA center: Offering members free first-rate tax service

Posted  February 22, 2013

Midway through the 2013 tax season, the March Air Reserve Base Volunteer Income Tax Assistance center, or VITA, took a moment to recognize its second year in operation with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, officiated by the 452d Air Mobility Wing commander, Col. Samuel Mahaney, Feb. 14. “This is our second year of providing free tax service…

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Introducing the 452 Maintenance Ops Squadron Rising Six

Posted  February 22, 2013

Late in 2011, the 452d Maintenance Operations Squadron established a unit Rising Six organization. This group of dedicated entry- to mid-level Airmen took time out of their hectic schedules to put in place mechanisms that will ensure a successful career advancement for fellow wingmen. The current officers of the MOS R6 are Staff Sgt. James…

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Top Reserve shirt talks first sergeants’ importance

Posted  February 22, 2013

Chief Master Sgt. Michael Bellerose, Air Force Reserve Command’s first sergeant functional manager. (U.S. Air Force photo) HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah — Early in his career, Chief Master Sgt. Michael Bellerose saw a first sergeant fix a problem others said couldn’t be solved. Bellerose, a security forces patrolman at the time, was working at…

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Has anyone ever really seen God face-to-face?

Posted  February 22, 2013

One of the important “faith questions” we chaplains often hear is, “Has anyone ever seen God?” If, on your own faith journey or in your effort to seek the Almighty, you have asked this question, you’re not alone. Believers of a variety of faiths, as well as doubters, have asked this question since the beginning…

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News Briefs | February 22, 2013

Posted  February 22, 2013

PARTICIPATE IN THE 2013 SALUTE TO VETERANS PARADE The 89th annual Salute to Veterans parade will take place Saturday, Apr. 20, beginning at 10 a.m., in downtown Riverside, Calif. The parade staging area will be located in the lower parking lots of Riverside City College and the parade route will be the same as previous…

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AF chief of staff releases 2013 reading list

Posted  February 15, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Air Force chief of staff published his professional reading list Feb. 1. In a message on the website, Gen. Mark A. Welsh III said, “We are the world’s greatest air force because of our Airmen…and we must continue to strengthen that team.” He asks Airmen to take a look at the list…

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Family, Medical Leave Act expands protections for military families

Posted  February 15, 2013

WESTOVER AIR RESERVE BASE, Mass. — More support has been extended to military dependents through expansions of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act, which include unpaid, job-protected time off for care of injured servicemembers or veterans and activities arising from a servicemember’s deployment. While family members of the U.S. Armed Forces have enjoyed entitlements…

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Snapshots | 2012 Public Affairs Award

Posted  February 15, 2013

The 2012 Air Force Reserve Command Public Affairs Awards for Communication   Tech. Sgt Donald R. Allen, 4th Combat Camera, was awarded the “Staff Sergeant Christopher S. Frost Outstanding Communication Noncommissioned Officer” award. U.S. Air Force photo

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Michael Brown – A March talent

Posted  February 15, 2013

March Air Reserve Base has a long history of hosting Hollywood superstars such as Bob Hope, Sinbad and Chuck Norris. However dated, a new wave of entertainment is surfacing and you do not have to search far to find them — try the 452d Force Support Squadron, Morale, Welfare and Recreation Center.  Michael Brown, recreation…

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College cash available for Airmen

Posted  February 15, 2013

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. — Many new Airmen cite education benefits as a top incentive for choosing to serve, yet hundreds of thousands of dollars in Air Force college money go unused every year. Tuition assistance is one education benefit that Airmen can use to offset the cost of higher learning. The Air Force Reserve…

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