Air Force

January 10, 2014

2013 The year in review

January

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Courtesy photo/Jim Almgren
Members of the 452d Air Mobility Wing Top Three and March Air Reserve Base chapter of the Air Force Sergeants Association, routinely partner with local organizations, in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity, to provide low-cost housing for those in need. Over the years, the military community has donated many personnel-hours to building and rebuilding homes for qualifying individuals.

February

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U.S. Air Force photo/ Master Sgt. Linda Welz
Senior Airman Andrew Conde, 50th Aerial Port Squadron, skillfully measures the height of baggage on a pallet to ensure it meets load requirements for a C-17 bound for Gulfport, Miss., in support of the ORI

March

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Air National Guard photo/Master Sgt. Julie Avey
The California National Guard competed at the Southern California Glen Helen Raceway, in a six-hour motocross endurance relay race, March 10. Maj. Jon Dahl, 147th Combat Communications Squadron, hands over the team’s dirt bike to Chief Master Sgt. Gregory Garcia, 163d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, for continued nonstop racing action. Master Sgt. Eric Viamonte, 163d AMXS and Staff Sgt. Stephen Bucaro, 147th CCS, shown making mechanical adjustments to the bike.

April

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Maj. Amber Marcella, 452d Air Mobility Wing, free falls at 120 miles per hour during her tandem jump with the Sky Hawks, April 2.The SkyHawks are the Canadian Army’s premier parachute demonstration team, that travels to Perris, Calif., yearly to practice skydiving skills and routines.

May

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U.S. Air Force photo/Marvin Tucker
The 144th Fighter Wing, working with the 452d Air Mobility Wing’s Crashed, Damaged, Disabled Aircraft Recovery Team, demonstrates how to properly lift an F-16 from a crash site, May 23, 2013. The base conducted the joint exercise to ensure response personnel remain proficient when performing recovery operations.

June

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The 452d Security Forces Squadron participated in the Special Olympics “Torch Run” Riverside Regional Office, June 4, 2013. The Special Olympics Torch is passed from members of the Moreno Valley Police Department to the 452d SFS, which in turn is passed to the San Bernardino Sherriff’s Department. In past events, March members ran 5.2 miles from the intersection Reche Vista Drive/Country Road and end at the intersection of Reche Canyon Road/Shane Road. The southern leg of the Flame of Hope, travels from San Diego to the start of the Summer Games in Long Beach Calif. This year’s event will be support by 100’s of law enforcement agencies from across the country We finished the run in 51 minutes!

July

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U.S. Air Force photos/Staff Sgt. Joe Davidson
Senior Airman Andrew Reynoso, 452nd Security Forces Squadron, helps six-year-old Giovanni Medina get a clear sight picture as he holds on tight to the M240-Bravo Machine Gun. This, as well as other weapons, was on display during the Logistics Readiness Squadron’s Operation Family First event held in Building 385, July 13.

August

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A March Fire Department truck parked in a neighborhood at the perimeter of the Falls Fire in Lake Elsinore. The department responded with an engine and a four-man crew as part of a task force team to assist in structural protection. The department supported three major fires within a three-week period.

September

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U.S. Air Force photo/Linda Welz
National Basketball Association legend, Norm Nixon, guides military dependents through a basketball drill using fundemental techniques at March Air Reserve Base, Calif., during the NBA Cares Hoops for Troops basketball clinic Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013. The NBA Cares program sponsored the event in conjunction with the Healthy Base Initiative kickoff.

October

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U.S. Air Force photo/ Staff Sgt. Carrie Peasinger
More than 500 civilian personnel received furlough letters Oct. 1, 2013, prohibiting them from working until further notice. The letters were delivered in response to the United States Federal government shutdown due to a lapse of appropriations for fiscal year 2014.

November

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U.S. Air Force photo/ Staff Sgt. Carrie Peasinger
Ms. Margot Demoss (left) and Ms. Alma Fornal, Women Airforce Service Pilots, join 452nd Air Mobility Wing members, gests and civic leaders at the wing’s 2013 Military Ball, where they were honored with the theme ‘A Celebration of Service’ to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the WASP organization. Demoss was escorted by her husband, Navy veteran Mr. Chuck Demoss, and Fornal was escorted by Mr. Nick Pasiuk.

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U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Linda Welz
The final March Strategic Inter-theater Deployment mission, flown by the 729th Airlift Squadron for the past 7+ years, arrived home Nov. 18, 2013. Between Oct. 1, 2006 and Sept. 30, 2012, the squadron’s mission, which is primarily aeromedical evacuation through Southwest Asia, has logged more than 44,301 hours on 13,657 sorties during 3,789 missions carrying 107,820 passengers, including 1,862 distinguished visitors and 19,774 patients (11,195 of whom were on litters.) They also moved 178,081 tons (or 356,162 million pounds) of cargo on 26,901 pallets and 3,716 vehicles and pieces of rolling stock. The men and women of the 729 AS are proud of the dedication, sacrifice and effort they and their predecessors have given so selflessly to the citizens of the United States of America and the world. They truly have proven that freedom is not free. Well done!

December

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Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Collins, 4th Combat Camera Squadron, March Air Reserve Base, Calif., performs during a live show of the 2013 Tops in Blue All-Stars at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, December 7, 2013. The Air Force’s premier talent group formed the all-stars to celebrate the organization’s 60th anniversary with a whirlwind holiday tour for the troops.

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U.S. Air Force photos/Staff Sgt. Joe Davidson
The Hap Arnold Club held a grand re-opening of its Grande Ballroom Dec. 13, 2013, after months of renovation work to repair damage done by a faulty fire sprinkler. The 452nd Civil Engineer Squadron was instrumental in the rooms remodeling thanks to squadron volunteers installing all electrical, walls, sheet rock, ceiling tile and lighting to bring the building back up to code.




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