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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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Candid Comments | November 9, 2012

Posted  November 9, 2012

Chief Master Sgt. Robert Ehlers Job: Air transportation manager Unit: 56th Aerial Port Squadron Hometown: Anaheim, Calif. Hobbies: Jogging, softball and golf As soon as we got the call that March Field would spin-up airlift operations, in support of restoration efforts for those devastated by super-storm Sandy, I immediately began to rally our traditional reservists…

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News Briefs | November 9, 2012

Posted  November 9, 2012

MARCH MEMBERS NEED TO COMPLETE IMPORTANT EMPLOYEE COMMUTE SURVEY  The Air Program/Rideshare program requires all full-time employees to access the Employee Commute Survey and fill in the required information. The dates should reflect your actual travel-to-work for the week of Oct. 10 to Nov. 4, 2012. To access the webpage, go to https://www.ridematch.info/rp/ridepro3employerinterface.asp?rp3Action=ClientCollection&C=D&SummaryId=16764&CompanyCode=113101&FD=False&AD=0&Config=1 to access…

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National Parks free to all for Veterans Day Weekend

Posted  November 9, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. — America’s 398 national parks will offer the public free admission Nov. 10 to 12, during Veterans Day weekend in honor of those who serve and have served in the U.S. military, according to a National Park Service news release. “National parks preserve places that commemorate our country’s collective heritage — our ideals,…

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Exchange “Shuttles” increased selection to smaller facilities

Posted  November 9, 2012

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is delivering increased selection with its “shuttle program.” This Exchange initiative shuttles merchandise in between Exchange facilities to fulfill specific customer requests. Everything from furniture to tactical gear can be transferred through the shuttle program, meaning shoppers everywhere are guaranteed the largest…

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President proclaims November as Military Family Month

Posted  November 9, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – “In our military families, we see the best our country has to offer. They demonstrate the virtues that have made America great for more than two centuries and the values that will preserve our greatness for centuries to come,” President Barack Obama said in his proclamation issued declaring the month of November…

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From days to hours: March reservists respond with expeditious airlift support

Posted  November 9, 2012

Airmen from the 452nd Air Mobility Wing at March Air Reserve Base, received initial notification on Oct. 31, from the Air Force Reserve Command Force Generation Center, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., that a Presidential- and Secretary of Defense-directed movement of 69 power/utility trucks would occur from March Field, in support of the states ravaged…

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California Guard opens first ever-Family Wellness Center

Posted  November 9, 2012

The California National Guard opened a first-of-its-kind Family Wellness Center on Sept. 8, in San Diego. Located in the community, rather than on a military base like other family centers, the facility is open to members of all branches of the military. The Center offers assistance with everything from career counseling and financial advice, to…

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Through Airmen’s Eyes: Airman battles breast cancer

Posted  November 9, 2012

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C.  — (This feature is part of the “Through Airmen’s Eyes” series on AF.mil. These stories focus on a single Airman, highlighting their Air Force story.) “I was 21 years old and didn’t think I was strong enough to beat two cancers — I thought my life was over,” said Senior Airman…

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AF officials delay MilPDS upgrade

Posted  November 9, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – Air Force officials are delaying the upgrade of the Military Personnel Data System that was originally scheduled for December. Delaying the upgrade is necessary to ensure the new system is thoroughly tested by the Air Force Personnel Center and other Department of Defense and Air Force agencies that use…

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New AFRC Mobile App focuses to improve resiliency among Airmen

Posted  November 2, 2012

Robins Air Force Base, Ga. — As part of the Wingman Toolkit outreach effort, the Air Force Reserve Command launched a mobile app on October 30 that gives Airmen the tools necessary to bring balance to their busy, stressful lives. The Wingman Toolkit provides Airman and families with access to useful information and resources to…

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