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January 11, 2013

2012 Year in Photos

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January – In tandem with the SkyHawks. SkyHawks Tandem Master Travis Hegland jumps with Staff Sgt. Keith Lawson, 4th Combat Camera Squadron. The cord above their head is for a drogue chute which ensures the jumpers’ speed does not exceed 120 mph. (Canadian Forces SkyHawks Parachute Team photo)

February – Wardog Memorial. An Air Force security forces staff sergeant and his military working dog pause at the March Field Air Museum’s War Dog Memorial on Feb. 18 during the museum’s 12th Annual War Dog Remembrance Day. Military members and their working dogs participated in the event which included an obstacle course competition Sunday. (Courtesy photo from the March Field Air Museum)

March – The Wall That Heals is a “Moving” Tribute. Staff Sgt. Byung Kang, 452d Air Mobility Wing, helps volunteers assemble The Wall that Heals, a traveling replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall, at the March Field Air Museum, March 29. The Wall that Heals will be on display through the weekend. (U.S. Air Force photo / Carson Hampton)

April – March C-17 and crew held hostage. Actors portrayed South Sudanese service members taking an offensive stance towards a U.S. military C-17 on their airfield, during filming for the Air Force’s Cultural and Language Center’s video series on cultural awareness, shot on base March 21. The footage completes the fourth and final video segment following Rwanda, Nigeria and Morocco, said Christine Frye, production coordinator, Combat Media. The videos are being developed to instruct deploying troops on how to handle situations involving cultural differences that may arise during deployments. (U.S. Air Force photo / Staff Sgt. Megan Crusher)

May – Thunder over the Empire AirFest 2012. Robosaurus demolishes a car during its performance for the crowd at Thunder Over The Empire Airfest, March Air Reserve Base, Calif., May 20th, 2012. Airfest 2012 features military and civilian aerial and ground demonstrations during a two-day air show. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Stephen D. Schester)

June – Soldier graduates … from high school. Pvt. Amber Spencer, 304th Sustainment Brigade, recently received her high school diploma from Vista Del Lago High School in Moreno Valley. Spencer joined the Army during her junior year and has been participating in training with the unit throughout her last year in high school. (U.S. Army photo / Sgt. Tracy Ellingsen)

July – ORI Prep: March rounds up for another ATSO Rodeo. Staff Sgt. Alejandro Pedraza, 452d Aeromedical Staging Squadron, changes M8 paper while in mission operating protective posture gear, level four, during an ATSO rodeo. (U.S. Air Force photo / Staff Sgt. Matthew Smith)

August – Mahaney assumes command of 452nd Air Mobility Wing. Col. Samuel C. Mahaney, right, commander, 452nd Air Mobility Wing, takes the wing flag from Major General Mark A. Kyle, left, commander, 4th Air Force. The flag symbolizes the transfer of authority from the old to the new commander. Command Chief Master Sgt. Ericka E. Kelly, wing command chief, assisted with the flag transfer. (U.S. Air Force photo / Senior Airman Isis Ponce)

September – March Field hosts 40th-Annual Military Appreciation picnic. Some 5,000 March reservists, employees and their family members gathered at the 40th Annual Military Appreciation Picnic in LeMay Park, Sep. 8, from noon to 5 p.m. Picnic attendees feasted on cheeseburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, chips, soda, bottled water and ice cream treats, all free-of-cost, thanks to generous donations from vendors.The picnic is coordinated and hosted each year in a joint effort between the Moreno Valley Chambers of Commerce and the Silver Eagle Club. (U.S. Air Force photo / Master Sgt. Linda Welz)

October – Zombie Run.  Military and civilians participated in the first March Field Zombie Run, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012. The run was sponsored by the 452nd Air Mobility Wing Rising Six organization to raise money for junior enlisted ranks to attend the Military Ball. (U.S. Air Force photo / Master Sgt. Linda Welz)

November – Sandy relief. Reservists and technicians from March Air Reserve Base, Calif., answered the President’s call to ‘lean forward’ with Hurricane Sandy relief efforts here, Nov. 1, 2012, by loading Southern California Edison equipment onto a Travis Air Force Base C-5 Galaxy and a Joint Base Lewis-McChord C-17 Globemaster III. Here an Edison truck is secured in the cargo bay of a C-5. (U.S. Air Force photo / Master Sgt. Linda Welz)

December – NASA’s Super Guppy: Air and space power working together. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Super Guppy, shown parked on the March Air Reserve Base transit alert pad, was tasked with transporting an enormous metal ring that will be used to test NASA’s Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle. The awkwardly shaped aircraft is specifically designed to carry oversized payloads and has been in service since August 1965. (U.S. Air Force photo / Tech. Sgt. Christine Jones)




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