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  • "...Joining the military made me grow up..."

    "Joining the military made me grow up, and I am glad I did it. Now I am proud to serve in a civilian capacity, because I can share what I learned in the military with my civilian counterparts. It also helps me understand our Airmen from both aspects and the challenges they may face."Denise Ross, 9th Support DivisionHometown: Ansbach,
  • "...I think it will make or break my military career."

    "JROTC really influenced my decision to join the Air Force, my instructors were strict. I knew it wasn't gonna be a walk in the park. Although, I haven't deployed yet, I know I'll be excited when the time comes. I think it will make or break my military career."Airman 1st Class Soreya J. Moun9th Physiological Support SquadronHometown: Long Beach,
  • "...I think I was destined to join the military..."

    "I think I was destined to join the military, my mom spent more than 20 years in the Army. Her only advice was to join the Air Force."Senior Airman Richard Lubben, 9th Security Forces SquadronHometown: Fairbanks, Alaska(Each week we will share a story of a Team Beale member through a candid photo, simple quote or 30 to 60 second video interview.
  • "...I fell in love with the idea of being a dad..."

    "When we first found out that we were going to be parents, I fell in love with the idea of being a dad. I was set on having a boy, but was told we would be having a girl. I was not disappointed.  When she came to us it was the best feeling I ever felt."Senior Airman Rolando Alvarado, 9th Force Support Squadron force management technicianHometown:
  • "...I wasn't really that cool..."

    "In high school I was the cool chick with a bike, but I wasn't really that cool."Airman 1st Class Shauna Harrison, 9th Comptroller Squadron special actions technicianHometown: Sacramento, Calif.(Each week we will share a story of a Team Beale member through a candid photo, simple quote or 30 to 60 second video interview. The goal of this project is
  • "...I never imagined myself becoming a firefighter..."

     "After four years of working part time jobs, I joined the Air Force. I never imagined myself becoming a firefighter, considering I have a bachelor's degree in the medical field. Although I'm not in a medical career, it's been a great learning experience and I have a positive support system at Beale."Airman 1st Class Michael Reed, 9th Civil
  • MC-12W Liberty: One year later, one year stronger

    Editor's note: This is part one of a four part series highlighting the MC-12W Liberty weapons system. It has operated at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., for more than a year, reaching several milestones which support Air Force leaders as they normalize intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations.Imagine playing hide and seek with
  • After 50 years, the U-2 remains on the cutting edge

    Whether people recognize it by the Snoopy-like nose or by the flat black paint and red lettering on the tail, the U-2 has become an Air Force reconnaissance icon in its 50 years of military operations.Since the first model was assembled in the 1950s, the aircraft's original, shiny aluminum skin has evolved to the current flat black paint scheme,
  • Striving to reduce waste ‘every little thing counts’

    The 9th Civil Engineer Squadron is on a constant mission to reduce energy cost and conserve our precious resources through projects which upgrade old equipment, make lights automatic, and cool air before it is cooled.With the Air Force striving to reduce waste, how do you streamline energy use in an area of the country where electricity is
  • 'Train'ing for the Mission

    As Susan Mertes pulls a rusty lever an 80 ton engine starts and the ground begins to shake. The iron tracks give out a deep hum from the vibrations of the train and a plume of thick black smoke billows into the sky. Mertes, or Sam as everyone calls her, has been operating this enormous government vehicle for more than 20 years as a locomotive