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A story of survival and resilience

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — On April 16, 2007, I got a call no expecting mother would dream of receiving. “We got the results from your biopsy and it came back malignant.” Did the doctor just say I had cancer? I first discovered the lump during Christmas break. It was so small that it…

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Knowing the facts: National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Today, National Disability Employment Awareness Month is celebrated every October to raise awareness about disability employment issues and honor the contributions of America’s workers with disabilities.

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Lacing up: Finding your ‘WooHoo’ moment

What started out as a quest to maintain military fitness, turned into a passion and is now a way of daily life for me. I struggled with my first Fit to Fight test, barely squeaking by. Now years later, I have improved in all measured areas of the F2F test.

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Governor’s Military Council convenes at March Field

Col. Russell Muncy, commander, 452nd Air Mobility Wing, March Air Reserve Base, California, hosted a meeting of the Governor’s Military Council here Thursday, Sep. 25, 2014. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., established the Council in March 2013 to “explore and advance how to maintain and expand California’s national security footprint,” said Wade Crowfoot, the Governor’s…

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Unit cited for actions late in World War II

U.S. Army Air Forces photo The B17 flying in the foreground is part of the 452nd Bombardment Group. Seen here flying with other aircraft, the 452nd planes were identified by the boxed L on their tail. (Eighth in an 11-part series that was first run in the Beacon in 2007) The 452nd Bombardment Group received…


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Soldiers participate in a “Dead Battery Push.” Each team had to push a Humvee through an obstacle course, check the oil and count the number of bolts on the undercarriage.
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304th wins trophies and bragging rights in Truck Rodeo

Posted  May 11, 2012

FORT HUNTER LIGGETT, Calif. — Thirty-two Soldiers from six companies competed in 11 events for two days with 39 trophies at stake. However, in the end, the only number that mattered was 211. The 211th Transportation Company, a subordinate unit of the 304th...

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Air Fest 2012: KC-135 & C-17

Posted  May 17, 2012

U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Dave Nolan KC-135 Stratotanker The KC-135 Stratotanker provides the core aerial refueling capability for the United States Air Force and has excelled in this role for more than 50 years. This unique asset enhances the Air Force’s capability to accomplish its primary mission of global reach. It also…

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Air Fest 2012: Aerial Fire Fighting

Posted  May 17, 2012

10 Tanker Air Carrier DC10 Highly regarded for their durability as passenger and cargo airliners, DC10s are modified by the 10 Tanker Air Carrier company and operated as very effective aerial fire-fighting tankers. Following four years of development, testing, and certification by U.S. federal and state regulatory agencies, 10 Tanker has operated since 2006 in…

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March Air Reserve Base takes tougher stance on traffic enforcement

Posted  May 17, 2012

Traffic rule enforcement at March Air Reserve Base will soon be comparable to, if not stricter than, its neighbors in the surrounding counties. The 452d Security Forces Squadron will be closely...

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Air Fest 2012: Aerial Acrobatics

Posted  May 17, 2012

Tim Decker: Aerobatics with Attitide Tim Decker has logged over 6500 hours in both military and civilian aircraft. He gained most of his flying experience in the U-2, F-117, T-38, RV-4, Pitts S-2B, Bonanza A-36...

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Air Fest 2012: U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds

Posted  May 17, 2012

On May 25, 1953, the Air Force’s official air demonstration team, designated the 3600th Air Demonstration Unit, was activated at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. The unit adopted the name “Thunderbirds,” influenced in part by the strong Native American culture and folklore from the...

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Air Fest 2012: Robosaurus

Posted  May 17, 2012

Brace yourself to meet the ferocious spectacle that is Robosaurus: the 30-ton, fire-breathing, transforming T-Rex that eats cars and planes for an afternoon snack. Robosaurus travels the country in the guise of a semi-truck, but when he gets ready for action, he transforms into a 40-foot tall metal dinosaur with power that dwarfs even his…

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Air Fest 2012: Schedule of Events

Posted  May 17, 2012

Gates open at 8 AM and close at 6:30 PM. Free admission and free parking! There will be a mandatory metal detection and bag search. No coolers, pets, bicycles, glass containers, alcoholic beverages...

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Air Fest 2012: Patriots Jet Team

Posted  May 17, 2012

Randy Howell, owner of the Patriots Jet Team, purchased the first three L-39 aircraft from the Ukraine in 1999, with additional jets purchased through 2002. The aircraft were disassembled and shipped to the United States via truck, rail and sea in 40 ft. containers from Europe. After painstaking restoration by the Patriots team, the L-39…

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March Field Air Fest History

Posted  May 17, 2012

The March Field AirFest, which has been a biennial event since 1998, was not the first air show held at March Field. One of March Field’s most famous base commanders, then-Lieutenant Colonel Henry “Hap” Arnold, capitalized on March Field’s proximity to Hollywood and the greater Los Angeles area by recruiting movie stars and other...

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