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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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New process helps prevent adverse civilian pay, records impact

Posted  November 21, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Civilian employees’ supervisors will now get automatic email reminders 45 and 20 days before personnel actions are due, to help prevent adverse impact on civilian pay and records, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. Automatic notifications will go out for various actions, including when a supervisor must certify a…

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Civilians must schedule use or lose leave before Dec. 1

Posted  November 21, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — The 2012 civilian employee leave year ends Jan. 12, 2013, and Air Force Personnel Center officials remind civilians that those who have more than the maximum carryover hours of annual leave on that date risk losing their leave. The maximum carryover ceiling is 240 hours for stateside employees, 360…

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Snapshots | Coming to March

Posted  November 21, 2012

The United States Air Force Band of the Golden West is stationed in the San Francisco Bay area at Travis Air Force Base, California. ...

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AFRC unveils future headquarters home

Posted  November 21, 2012

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — The future home of a new Air Force Reserve Command headquarters building was unveiled, Nov. 13. Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., based in Fort Worth, Texas, led the development of the design project. Government Resources Group Inc., a subcontractor for Jacobs Engineering, constructed the model. The proposed energy-efficient 343,000 square…

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Norco Navy’s skipper dons top rank

Posted  November 21, 2012

NORCO, Calif. — The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Corona Division’s commanding officer pinned on the rank of captain during a ceremony attended by several hundred guests and base employees, who gathered in front of the historic command headquarters Nov. 7 to witness the Navy tradition. Retired four-star Adm. James R. Hogg, the promoting officer who…

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Military Spouse Hiring Program gains 30-plus companies

Posted  November 21, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – More than 30 companies and organizations joined the Military Spouse Employment Partnership as part of the White House-sponsored Joining Forces effort to help unemployed spouses find jobs. The newly inducted businesses, which join 129 other companies, were brought into the program at the partnership’s third such ceremony. Inductees at the Washington Navy…

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Snapshots | Dropping the puck

Posted  November 21, 2012

Col. Douglas Schwartz, 4th AF Director of Staff (second from left), holds the puck he recently dropped ...

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AF senior leaders approve doctrine restructure

Posted  November 21, 2012

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. — Officials at the LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education at Maxwell AFB, announce that by next fall, Air Force doctrine will be restructured, streamlined and accessible to anyone with an e-reader, smartphone or tablet. Dubbed “Doctrine Next,” the initiative overhauls doctrine development processes to better reflect Air Force…

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AFRC commander looks at March missions

Posted  November 16, 2012

Staff Sgt. Dayton Mitchell, 4th Combat Camera Squadron, profiles the gear that camera operators use during overseas deployments, to Lt. Gen. James Jackson ...

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Open season set for 3 civilian benefits programs

Posted  November 16, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Open season for three civilian benefits programs will be Nov. 12 through Dec. 10. Those programs are the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program and the Federal Flexible Spending Account Program. Federal Employees Health Benefits In the FEHB program, premiums will increase…

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