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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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News Briefs | November 16, 2012

Posted  November 16, 2012

A&FRC OFFERS TSP ‘LUNCH AND LEARN’ WORKSHOP The Airman & Family Readiness Center will be offering a Thrift Savings Plan workshop on Friday, Dec. 7, in the Mission Support Group conference room, Bldg. 2313, from noon to 1 p.m. Discussions will be held on how you can make TSP a part of your financial wellness…

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Domestic violence awareness ‘experiment’

Posted  November 16, 2012

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — Every year, the Family Advocacy Program staff plans and implements a community awareness campaign designed to educate Keesler Air Force Base Airmen, as well as reinforce the reality that prevention and detection of interpersonal violence is truly a base-wide responsibility. This year, FAP teamed up with Brig. Gen. Kory…

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Cody named next Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force

Posted  November 16, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III has named Chief Master Sgt. James A. Cody to serve as the 17th chief master sergeant of the Air Force. Cody will assume his new position on Feb. 1, following the Jan. 31 retirement of current Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force…

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New program provides recordable books to deployed Airmen

Posted  November 16, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Air Force Personnel Center Directorate of Services officials are sending more than 900 recordable children’s books to learning resource centers at six deployed locations throughout the U.S. Air Forces Central Command’s area of responsibility. The Air Force Library Program collaborated with the Directorate of Services’ PLAYpass initiative to create…

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March Exchange to open at 4 a.m. on ‘Black Friday’

Posted  November 16, 2012

Military shoppers can come early and gobble up the savings, as the March Exchange will open its doors at 4 a.m., Friday, Nov. 23, for “Black Friday” sales. ...

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Holiday safety message from the Air Force Fire Chief

Posted  November 16, 2012

We like to think of the upcoming holiday season as a joyous time with family and friends. Sadly, that is not always the case. Each year hundreds of families are devastated by fire. The purpose of this message is to provide pointers so it doesn’t happen to you. Two scenarios are our primary concern during…

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Why we serve

Posted  November 16, 2012

Senior Master Sgt. Tammy Haro, 752nd Medical Squadron spoke to more than 600 elementary students about her service to country, during a Veteran’s Day ceremony, held at the Moreno Valley Elementary school, Nov. 8. “I felt blessed and honored to have the opportunity to represent the Air Force Reserve for a Veteran’s Day presentation at…

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Thanksgiving: A time to count your blessings

Posted  November 16, 2012

What will your Thanksgiving be like this year? Perhaps it will include the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, marathon naps, or lots of football. Will it involve preparation for the next day, early-morning, bargain shopping? On the other hand, will you, after consuming 3,500 plus calories from all of the turkey, dressings and pies with whipped…

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AF safety chief shares vision

Posted  November 16, 2012

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AFNS) — With two months in the seat as Air Force Chief of Safety, Maj. Gen. Margaret H. Woodward does not need a palm reader to get a glimpse at the future. “It is absolutely essential that safety is embraced as a core value in preserving combat capability,” Woodward said….

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March Minutes | October 15, 2012

Posted  November 16, 2012

Staff Sgt. Michael Stanforth Aircrew Flight Equipment, 912th ARS Hometown: Ocala, Florida 0450 I roll out of bed, get dressed and head to the gym for about an hour to get my adrenaline flowing so that I can start my day with plenty of energy. 0715 I arrive to work to see my coworkers searching for their…

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