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Can you legally escort or sponsor a visitor onto March Field?

Posted January 31, 2014 by Special Agent Brandon Lee

Do you need to bring a visitor onto the base? Do you know the procedures? The 452nd Security Forces Squadron’s Pass & Registration department is the place to go to learn the procedures and find answers. As a closed military base, it is critical that every person assigned to or visiting March Air Reserve Base…

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What would you do during a power outage?

Posted August 10, 2012 by by Robert J. Kaschak

Summertime in southern California means long days and scorching hot temperatures. While we bask in the sun and enjoy the season, the downside is the increased usage of electricity and the drain it puts on resources and systems, that allow us to continuing operating under, sometimes-extreme conditions. The Midwest and east coast have been hit…

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Be on the lookout for illegal supplements

Posted March 25, 2013 by Patricia J. Sveda

It is the responsibility of every Airman to be aware of what substances he or she is ingesting. In some cases, power bars and health foods are not always the best choice. If the ingredients of a drink, food, or snack are questionable, a physician or pharmacist should be consulted immediately. Air Force Instruction 44-121,…

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Healthy Base Initiative

Posted September 13, 2013 by

The Beacon will print a weekly health and fitness column for the next calendar year to support the Healthy Base Initiative, a program focused on making healthy living the easy choice and social norm. Topics of discussion will include fitness, nutrition, smoking cessation, trends, habits and a variety of other health-related topics. We hope to…

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Diet face-off: How 7 nutrition trends stack up

Posted April 4, 2014 by Patricia Kime

The fight against fat has morphed into a battle of diets with disciples ardently promoting or defending their choices. The experts may never agree on the “perfect” diet for weight maintenance, proper nutrition and optimal health, although some menus are better than others. But the diet-savvy do agree on this: Find something that works for…

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Suited for the job

Posted May 11, 2012 by Robert J. Kaschak

The military constantly strives to improve the ability of our fighting forces to succeed in hostile environments. The Chemical Protective Overgarment is a prime example of evolving research and technology. The updated design accounts for limitations from earlier versions and now provides the functionality necessary for a combatant to perform mission essential duties with an…

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March Field prepares for Fire Prevention Week 2012

Posted October 5, 2012 by by John Martin

March Field will be observing Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 7 to 13. This year’s theme is, ‘Be Rabbit Ready,’ which is an accurate comparison to just how quickly you and your family should exit your house in case of a fire – once the smoke alarm sounds, you only have a few minutes to get…

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May 31 is deadline to sign up for TRICARE automatic payments

Posted May 17, 2013 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Beneficiaries enrolled in TRICARE Reserve Select or TRICARE Retired Reserve who pay monthly premiums by check must switch to an electronic form of payment by May 31 to avoid losing coverage. The TRICARE agency will only accept monthly premium payments using recurring automatic payments by credit or debit card, or by recurring…

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The U.S. top ten consumer complaints

Posted November 15, 2013 by AnhTuan Dang

(This article was adapted from a North American Consumer Protection Investigators press release.) According to the latest report from the annual survey of state and local consumer protection agencies conducted by Consumer Federation of America (CFA) and the North American Consumer Protection Investigators (NACPI), consumer problems related to the recession continue to plague the nation….

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TRICARE Unchanged by Health Care Ruling, Officials Say

Posted July 6, 2012 by by Karen Parrish

WASHINGTON D.C. — The Supreme Court’s ruling upholding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act “has absolutely no impact on our TRICARE program,” a Defense Department spokesperson said, June 29. Navy Cmdr. Leslie Hull-Ryde, spokesperson for personnel and readiness, explained TRICARE is governed by different statutes than civilian health care and is unaffected by the…

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