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Commander shows off Team March at Capitol Hill

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Russell S. McMillan (From left to right) U.S. Rep. Mark Takano, who represents the 41st District of California, and Julia Steinberger, senior legislative assistant to Takano’s office, discuss the various capabilities and missions of March Air Reserve Base with Col. Russell A. Muncy, commander, 452nd Air Mobility Wing, March ARB,…

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Yellow Ribbon program supports Airman inspired by family history

U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Megan Crusher Almira Pasic and her youngest son, Memsudin, participate in an activity during the Warrior Support Forum, at a Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program, held in Chandler, Ariz., July 26. The Warrior Support Forum is targeted to family and friends of deploying service members and encourages everyone to share their…

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Through the glass: Veteran remembers his past

Courtesy photo Retired Lt. Col. Bruce Sooy receives a demonstration flight at Nut Tree Airport, Calif., July 2015. It had been 56 years since he had last flown an aircraft. (This feature is part of the “Through Airmen’s Eyes” series. These stories focus on individual Airmen, highlighting their Air Force story.) Museums display artifacts that…

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Marine vet honors fallen female troops with 160-mile run

When veteran Marine Maj. Bridget Guerrero set out to run a mile for each of the 160 female troops killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, she never thought that one of their moms would show up to support her along the way.

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Swarz assumes command of 452nd Security Forces Squadron

The 452nd Security Forces Squadron held an Assumption of Command ceremony at the Cultural Resource Center here on Saturday, July 25, 2015.


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Armed Forces Day honors all military

Posted  May 15, 2015

On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy and Air Force Days. The single-day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under one department — the Department of Defense. Each of the military leagues and orders was asked to…

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Team March provides national defense transportation anytime, any place

Posted  May 15, 2015

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Russell S. McMillan President Barack Obama proclaimed Friday, May 15, 2015, as National Defense Transportation Day and May 10 through May 16, 2015, as National Transportation Week. In the proclamation, he calls upon all Americans “to recognize the importance of our Nation’s transportation infrastructure and to acknowledge the contributions of…

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Threat level increased at Defense Department facilities

Posted  May 15, 2015

The 452nd Air Mobility Wing at March Air Reserve Base, and other Defense Department facilities around the nation increased their terrorist threat level last Friday to “Force Protection Bravo,” setting off a comprehensive process of measures intended to protect troops and their family members. Navy Adm. Bill Gortney, commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command, U.S….

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From the desk of the 452 AMW Inspector General

Posted  May 15, 2015

Col. Ray Danowski, Inspector General I am Col. Ray Danowski, 452nd Air Mobility Wing Inspector General, and Maj. Evert Wells, is my deputy IG. We are here to handle your complaints resolution needs. We are also responsible for establishing an active Fraud, Waste and Abuse (FWA) program on base. The success of our FWA program…

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Senate panel backs smaller military pay hike, retirement reform

Posted  May 15, 2015

Senate lawmakers on Tuesday shook hopes for a larger military pay raise next year by recommending only a 1.3 percent hike in their draft version of the 2016 defense authorization bill, a move that could further widen the “pay gap” between troops and their civilian counterparts.

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VA, Congress work to change VA Choice eligibility

Posted  May 15, 2015

Congress and the Veterans Affairs Department are working to change eligibility rules and open the VA Choice program to veterans who can’t get needed medical care at their closest VA facility. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, said lawmakers and VA officials are working to change the regulation that bars…

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Deployments, TDYs available for combat-ready reservists

Posted  May 15, 2015

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. — Reservists seeking a deployment or temporary duty outside their Reserve Component Period vulnerability cycle can use the Volunteer Reserve System to search for opportunities. Located online via the Air Reserve Component Network, known as ARCNet, the VRS had 81 “want ads” posted May 12. These listed vacancies ranged from…

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News Briefs May 15, 2015

Posted  May 15, 2015

BEACON CORRECTION The photo identification/dates for Astronaut Ellison S. Onizuka, June 24, 1946-Jan. 28, 1986 and Congressman Daniel K. Inouye, Sep. 7, 1924-Dec. 17, 2012 were incorrect in last week’s issue. We apologize for the error. IRWINDALE SPEEDWAY HONORS ARMED FORCES Irwindale Speedway’s Armed Forces Appreciation Night is May 16th in honor of all active…

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Treasure uncovered near March Air Reserve Base

Posted  May 8, 2015

Courtesy photo Defense Visual Information Record Center archivist Pedro Loureiro, sifts through mounds of submitted materials in his office at the Defense Media Activity-Riverside, California, adjacent to March Air Reserve Base. Loureiro, who holds a PhD and is a former college professor, is on a quest to find and preserve military history. RIVERSIDE, Calif. –…

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March firefighters support local communities

Posted  May 8, 2015

U.S. Air National Guard photo/Senior Airman Cynthia Innocenti Engineer Jeremy Gerrish (left) and Fire Capt. Frank Hanson, March Air Reserve Base Fire Protection Flight, were part of a strike team (five engines and one fire chief officer) sent to Corona, California, April 19, 2015, to assist with the Highway Fire, a wildfire that had the…

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