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  • Prevention saves time, money and most importantly lives

    Suicide is an issue that is not taken lightly within the Air Force, and as such scores of programs have been set up for suicide prevention. One of the more unique programs out there to combat suicide is Beale’s Walking Group.
  • Protecting Paradise

    On Thursday November 8, 2018, the Camp Fire roared through Butte County and lasted 17 days. Burning through a football field in a second, residents were forced to evacuate at rapid speed, particularly in Paradise, California. Eighty-five people lost their lives within Paradise and more than 18,000 structures were destroyed in the blaze. It’s been more than two years since the smoke cleared, and the town is still recovering. One Recce Town Airman discovered the hardships Paradise was still enduring and decided to take action into his own hands.
  • USAF Officer’s Passion Rooted Life-Long Values

    BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, California -- As the night sky blankets overhead, the lights come on. The loud roaring sound of two sides trying to best each other can be heard from a distance. And for a brief moment, anxiety riddles and rattles through the bodies of each team until the opening kickoff sails down field. After that, it comes down to which
  • How one tower helps support Beale’s intel community

    Cooperation is innately difficult for humans, whether that be two siblings agreeing on a TV show to watch or a group of people deciding on a creative endeavor. This is no different in the U.S. Air Force—cooperation is key to success but difficult to manage. One of Beale’s tenant units, the 548th Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Group (ISRG), manages this very well, integrating so much of what they do with other missions here. An example of this was the recent implementation of a new Distributed Common Ground System (DCGS) asset.
  • Honoring Memorial Day

    Happy Memorial Day! Today, we honor and remember those who sacrificed their lives keeping our nation safe.
  • The buzz around base

    The environmental section of the 9th Civil Engineer Squadron here at Beale Air Force Base, California, plays an important role in keeping the environment safe. A prime example of this is Blaze Baker and his bees. Blaze Baker, 9th Civil Engineer Squadron installation management flight chief, took the initiative in saving the bees here on base.
  • Risk vs reward

    As the weather improves, there’s no surprise that many of our Airmen who ride motorcycles have been out more. Therefore, it’s crucial to remember the importance of motorcycle safety while riding. In April 2021, two Airmen from Travis Air Force Base lost their lives because of a motorcycle accident. Both of these accidents were caused by the other drivers, not the motorcycle riders. Furthermore, the Department of the Air Force has experienced 15 motorcycle related deaths since March 1, 2020, making motorcycle training more valuable than ever.
  • Beale hosts post-blast training with FBI and local law enforcement

    The 9th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal flight hosted a training event with the FBI and several local law enforcement agencies May 5, 2021, at Beale Air Force Base, California. “The training was a very high level coverage of explosives, what they do and more importantly how we would cover a scene if a vehicle was detonated,” said Special Agent Lee Witkowski, FBI bomb technician team leader. “This includes how we would collect evidence, the things we need to think about on approach to the scene and how bomb technicians would work alongside CSI.”
  • A day in the life of CMSAF, from one of Beale’s A1C’s eyes

    In my experience, when junior airmen are made to sit down to talk with senior leadership there’s a bit of grumbling about it and maybe even some nodding off. When the Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force (CMSAF) was here, that picture could not be further from the truth. When Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne Bass spoke to a room full of Airmen, I saw them be more invested in what she was saying than the free pizza they were given for showing up, which was clearly evident when they lined up, 50 at a time, to take a selfie with her.
  • Beale’s 9th MXOT streamlines A&P certification process

    Acquiring an A&P certification can be a lengthy process if done the traditional Air Force way. The 9th Maintenance Operations Training Flight (MXOT) instructors at Beale were able to find a more efficient way for experienced maintenance Airmen to obtain the certification.
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