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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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Some tax bills might be a mistake

Posted  May 25, 2012

We recently became aware of an increased number of military members who reported receiving notices from the State of California Franchise Tax Board, stipulating they owed additional state taxes. While all documents from any government agency should be taken very seriously, several military members have reported receiving erroneous tax bills from the FTB and were…

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March Minutes | May 12, 2012

Posted  May 25, 2012

Tech Sgt. Patrick R. Martin KC-135 Instructor Boom Operator/NCOIC, 912 ARS/DOT Unit: 912 ARS Hometown: Louisville, KY 0700 Arrive at the gym for a quick workout to get the day going. 0835 Go on a hunt around the 336/912th ARS squadron building to find my coffee cup 0848 Confirm my 1000 crew show time for an Operational Check…

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Remembering Memorial Day

Posted  May 25, 2012

Consider yourself dead. Some of you won’t come back from this mission. Some of you will, but you’ll be the lucky ones.” That was an excerpt taken from a 15th Army Air Force briefing given to a squadron of B-17 aircrews before a bombing mission over Germany during...

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News Briefs | May 25, 2012

Posted  May 25, 2012

912 HOSTS FUND RAISER The 912th Air Refueling Squadron will host its Inaugural Air Force Assistance Fund Golf Tournament at the General Old Golf Course, 16700 Village West Dr., Riverside, Calif., June 8. There will be a Shotgun Start along with Best Ball competitions. Please RSVP with registration fees paid by close of business, June…

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Inclusion helps Asians, Islanders hand high-level jobs

Posted  May 25, 2012

As a senior Navy official, Roger Natsuhara says, part of his role is to support Asian-American and Pacific Islanders who want to enter senior government service. President Barack Obama proclaimed May as...

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March Team member astounds record-breaking crowd with amazing feat of strength

Posted  May 25, 2012

“I didn’t just wake up one morning, thinking I’d strap on a KC-135 and pull it across a flight line in front of more than 400,000 spectators and free of charge. Who would be dumb enough to do that?”

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Thunder over the Inland Empire

Posted  May 25, 2012

Thunder over the Inland Empire lived up to its name this weekend as the USAF Thunderbirds, Patriots Jet Team, and a host of other military and civilian aircraft entered the pattern full throttle, engulfing the Moreno...

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News Briefs | June 1, 2012

Posted  June 1, 2012

Embry-Riddle waives application fee for military Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has waived the application fee for active duty military and reservists until Sept. 30. The waiver applies to associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. For more information, please contact the March ERAU office at 951-653-4074. Ten steps to a federal job Family Services will conduct “Learning…

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Stuck between a rock and a hard place

Posted  June 1, 2012

We had digital and hard copy maps, detailed driving and hiking directions, two GPS devices, two compasses, four cell phones, three camelbacks, walking sticks, two first aid kits, two handguns, sunscreen, lunch, snacks and a cooler full of extra drinks and ice. Despite all of our preparations, we were still confronted with a situation where…

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Air Force to conduct personnel accountability exercise

Posted  June 1, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — The Air Force will conduct an Air Force-wide exercise this summer to test the Air Force Personnel Accountability and Assessment System, Air Force Personnel officials said. The AFPAAS is a web-based application used to account for and assess the needs of the Air Force total force including active-duty Airmen,…

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