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18th AF views March as model for Total Force Integration

U.S. Air Force photo/ Staff Sgt. Michael Quiboloy (Center)Lt. Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II, commander, 18th Air Force, speaks with a group of Airmen on the future of the air mobility enterprise and total force integration, during a recent visit to March Air Reserve Base, Calif. Lt. Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II, Commander, 18th Air…

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War’s end meant 452nd’s demise…for 20 months

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. Matt Proietti Technical Sgt. Ed Hinrichs, left, and Staff Sgt. Harvey A. Shaw share memories of their time as B-17 Flying Fortress gunners at a 452nd Bomb Group Association reunion. (Final in an 11-part series that was first run in the Beacon in 2007) The 452nd Bombardment…

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Hap Arnold’s first “Dial M for Murder” a success

So “who dunnit”? We all found out that the waiter did, well part of it. The lover did too, so did the jealous husband who wanted all of his wife’s money. In fact, most of the zany and talented cast of “Dial M for Murder”, held Oct. 18 at the Hap Arnold Grand Ballroom, were in on it.

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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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BASH: Protecting our aircraft, Airmen

Posted  August 22, 2014

U.S. Air Force photo/2nd Lt. Bari Wald David Briseño, wildlife biologist with the United States Department of Agriculture and head of Marchs’ Bird/Anti-Aircraft Strike Hazard (BASH) program, prepares to fire a 12-gauge ‘shell cracker’ into the air with his shotgun. Firing ‘shell crackers’ is one of many pyrotechnic methods used in the BASH program to…

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452 AMW lineage began in World War II England

Posted  August 22, 2014

(With the this year’s military ball theme, “A Legacy for the future: 452nd Bombardment Group,” and the ball only 11 weeks away, it seems appropriate to re-print an 11-part series tracing its lineage. The series was first run in the Beacon in 2007. Take this journey with us.) The 452nd Air Mobility Wing started as…

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Official says: Tobacco use harms military readiness

Posted  August 22, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Because tobacco use is harmful to military readiness, the Defense Department has an added responsibility to curb its use, the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs said today, noting that service members are more likely to use tobacco products than civilians. Tobacco use can lead to excess oral cavity disease and…

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AFN does Comic-Con, brings home the goods

Posted  August 22, 2014

If you’ve ever wondered what “success” looks like, just toss a gaze toward Eric Gabriel, Robert Sekula, Rock Grant, and MC2(SW/AW) Stephen Hale, all from the American Forces Network Broadcast Center, Marketing and Promotion division, March Air Reserve Base, California.

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Social media guidance on political campaigns, elections

Posted  August 22, 2014

Reservists on active duty for 30 or more days may generally express their personal views on public issues or political candidates via social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter or personal blogs, much the same as they would be permitted to write a letter to the editor of a newspaper. If a social media site/post…

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Go After the OC!M

Posted  August 22, 2014

“If the only reason you’re avoiding taking on a challenge is because the idea scares you, then that’s the reason to take it on.” That line comes from Steve Farber’s The Radical Leap, a great little book on leadership that follows the journey of a man who stands at the edge of his future but…

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New Joint Deployment Center coming to March

Posted  August 22, 2014

A new Joint Deployment Center capable of housing passengers and cargo is scheduled to begin construction within the next six months here.

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Strategic agility is the future of the Air Force

Posted  August 22, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — As the Air Force prepares for new challenges and opportunities of the coming decades, it faces sobering 21st-century realities: global centers of power have become more distributed and the terrorism threat more dispersed. Most importantly, the emerging environment is demonstrating a trend that could prove to be the defining one of current…

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News Briefs August 22, 2014

Posted  August 22, 2014

Hang gliding Courtesy photo Henry Frye, 452nd Force Support Squadron employee, participates in tandem hang gliding Aug. 16 in Devore, California. Participants soared with certified instructors, free of charge, thanks to the Single Airman’s Program Initiative, which provides the FSS resources that foster a strong culture, mission and sense of community for single Airmen by…

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Mega-Code 14: Preparing March for joint medical operations

Posted  August 15, 2014

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Russell McMillan Senior Airman Kerry Diehl-Hauser (left) and Maj. Lorna Figueras, 452nd Aeromedical Staging Squadron, help transfer a simulated patient from an ambulance to a C-17 Globemaster III, as part of Mega-Code 14, a joint medical training exercise held at the base July 26, 2014. Mega-Code 14 is designed to…

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