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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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Lacing up: Finding your ‘WooHoo’ moment

What started out as a quest to maintain military fitness, turned into a passion and is now a way of daily life for me. I struggled with my first Fit to Fight test, barely squeaking by. Now years later, I have improved in all measured areas of the F2F test.

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Governor’s Military Council convenes at March Field

Col. Russell Muncy, commander, 452nd Air Mobility Wing, March Air Reserve Base, California, hosted a meeting of the Governor’s Military Council here Thursday, Sep. 25, 2014. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., established the Council in March 2013 to “explore and advance how to maintain and expand California’s national security footprint,” said Wade Crowfoot, the Governor’s…

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Unit cited for actions late in World War II

U.S. Army Air Forces photo The B17 flying in the foreground is part of the 452nd Bombardment Group. Seen here flying with other aircraft, the 452nd planes were identified by the boxed L on their tail. (Eighth in an 11-part series that was first run in the Beacon in 2007) The 452nd Bombardment Group received…


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Exchange offers fee-free holiday layaway

Posted  October 12, 2012

DALLAS, Texas — A good program just got better as the Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s Holiday Layaway program is now fee-free. Shoppers simply select their gifts for layaway and then stop by customer service to complete the process. “Fee-free” means that while the Exchange collects an initial $3 processing fee for new layaways,…

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Crossing the line proves more hazardous after dark

Posted  October 12, 2012

You may have noticed them while driving down Graeber St. They appear and disappear at strategic crosswalk locations around the base. ...

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News Briefs | October 12, 2012

Posted  October 12, 2012

163 RW TO HOLD AIRMAN OF THE YEAR BANQUET It’s not too late to purchase tickets for the 163rd Reconnaissance Wing’s annual Airman of the Year banquet, which is tomorrow at the Air National Guard hanger, Building 2305, on Airlift Way. The social gathering will begin at 5 p.m. and the official ceremony at 6…

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World War II veterans get pinned after 60 years

Posted  October 12, 2012

Twelve original members of the 452nd Bombardment Group travelled from all over the U.S. to meet at March Field, Calif., for their annual reunion, Sep. 8. This was an occasion for old friends to share stories of their time in WWII and in this particular case, for some of them to be awarded a citation…

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Get to know your first sergeants

Posted  October 12, 2012

What does a train conductor, a school teacher, a bronze star with valor recipient, an ice cream scooper, a top secret projects administrator and the owner of the best-looking mustache in the Air Force Reserve have in common? Are they contestants on a reality show or characters in a thrilling novel? No — they are…

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Teamwork: We could all use a helping hand

Posted  October 12, 2012

I talked with a chaplain recently about his late grandfather who competed in horse-pulling contests. Yes, horse pulling. That’s a reality show I haven’t seen yet. The horses would be hitched up to a log or stone, or anything else that might be handy. The object was to see whose team could pull the most….

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First things first: Get your degrees in order

Posted  October 12, 2012

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — In 1972 the Community College of the Air Force was established by the Air Force Chief of Staff, General John D. Ryan. Four years later, President Gerald Ford authorized the Air Force, by law, to confer the associate degree. The CCAF was accredited during the start of 1977 and by the…

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Political activities by federal employees

Posted  October 12, 2012

With Election Day about a month away, it is a great time to go over the do’s and don’ts concerning political activities by federal employees. ...

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Navigate the legal process with free, court-sponsored assistance

Posted  October 5, 2012

If you are seeking assistance with identifying the proper legal forms to use, and/or need help completing legal forms that you intend to file in a California court, court-sponsored “self-help centers” are an excellent no-cost resource. Additionally, self-help centers regularly provide free, legal workshops and seminars on legal topics including small claims lawsuits, probating estates,…

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Roth contributions to open to all active duty troops

Posted  October 5, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Active duty members of the Army, Navy and Air Force are now able to contribute to the Roth Thrift Savings Plan as part of their investment planning, Defense Financing and Accounting Service officials said, Sept. 28. The after-tax contributions will be electronically deducted from service members’ pay accounts. Active duty service members…

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