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Hispanic Heritage Month: Knowing the facts

In 1988, Congress established National Hispanic Heritage Month by amending the 1968 law that created National Hispanic Heritage Week. Under this law, the president was asked to issue an annual proclamation designating the “31-day period beginning September 15 and ending on October 15” as National Hispanic Heritage Month. President George H.W. Bush issued the first…

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U.K. cemetery resting place for 452nd men

(Fourth in an 11-part series that was first run in the Beacon in 2007) Thirty men killed while serving in the 452nd Bombardment Group during World War II are buried at an American military cemetery near Cambridge, England. They are among more than 3,800 GIs whose graves are decorated with headstones in the shape of…

U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Megan Crusher Events

Padres honor Team March Airmen during Air Force Appreciation Day

For the first time in the history of the Padres’ Air Force Appreciation Day, Airmen from March Air Reserve Base participated in the event.

U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt Rick Sforza, 4th Combat Camera Squadron Air Force

March host wing contributes to overall success of Mobility Air Force mission

U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt Rick Sforza, 4th Combat Camera Squadron A KC-135R from the 336th Air Refueling Squadron refuels a C-17A from the 729th Airlift Squadron. Both aircraft are from the Air Force Reserve Command’s 452nd Air Mobility Wing, March Air Reserve Base, Calif. The 452nd Air Mobility Wing, March Air Reserve…

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The friendly invasion: 452nd GIs inundated English villages

Photo by Pleon Wood (L to r) SSgt. Froilan Hernandez, TSgt. Jack Duer and SSgt. Floyd Gibson of the 452nd Bombardment Group ham it up outside a pub while on leave in England. The men were part of an aircrew on the B-17 Flying Fortress Shot Snorter, which was shot down over Europe while being…


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Tax season deadline looms, free filing available

Posted  April 11, 2014

On April 15, the regular tax season comes to an end. Unless you qualify for an automatic extension (deployed anytime from Jan. 1 – April 15, 2014), or you file for an extension, you need to have filed your return. Why not let your March ARB Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Center prepare and e-file…

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Preparation essential for those living in “Earthquake Country”

Posted  April 11, 2014

While we continually stress the fact we live in earthquake country, the last couple of weeks have certainly lent credence to that statement. Seismic activity in the California area to include Los Angeles, La Habra and Fortuna, Calif., over the past several weeks is a stark reminder of our vulnerability to the potential destructive power…

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News Briefs April 18, 2014

Posted  April 18, 2014

MOTHERS DAY BRUNCH AT HAP ARNOLD CLUB An Easter brunch will be held at the Hap Arnold Club on Sunday, May 11. There will be two seating times 11 a.m. and again at 1 p.m. The cost for club members is $25, non-members will be $27. For more information call the Hap Arnold Club at 951-655-4920….

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VA disability claims backlog drops by 44 percent

Posted  April 18, 2014

One year after the backlog of pending disability compensation claims peaked at over 611,000 in March 2013, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has reduced that number by approximately 44 percent to 344,000 claims, a reduction of more than 267,000, while at the same time improving the accuracy of the decisions being made on veterans’…

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UPCOMING TICKETS AND TOURS EVENTS

Posted  April 18, 2014

Some restrictions apply. Times are approximate. MAY Date: May 1 Event: Price Is Right Cost: $16 per person Depart: 6:30 a.m. Return: 5:30 p.m. Description / Restrictions: Come on down to be a contestant on The Price Is Right and take your chances at becoming the big showcase winner. Ages 18 and up Deadline for…

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Reveille: Continuing a proud military tradition

Posted  April 18, 2014

Reveille is a French word that literally means “wake up” and is traditionally played at sunrise on military installations. Here at March ARB, the 452nd Security Forces Squadron raises the national flag during reveille at 7:30 a.m. each day. The practice of reveille can be traced back to the French army, which used a form…

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March Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Center closes soon

Posted  April 18, 2014

The March Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Center will remain open for filing taxes until April 30, 2014. With the formal tax season now over, the March VITA Tax Center has prepared approximately 800 returns, saving nearly $100K in preparation fees, and clients have received back more than $850 thousand in combined state and federal refunds,…

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Creating a lifestyle of health and fitness

Posted  April 18, 2014

U.S. Air Force photo/Tech Sgt. Neil Ballecer Senior Airman Coral Williams, 163rd Comptroller Flight, begins a run on the March Air Reserve Base track, April 7. Running is one of the many cardiovascular exercises Williams participates in to stay in shape. She has made exercise a habit in her life, constantly seeking new challenges, goals…

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Jones assumes command of 304th SBDE

Posted  April 18, 2014

U.S. Army photo/Staff Sgt. Jennifer McLaughlin Col. Robin Jones, incoming 304th Sustainment Brigade commander, accepts the unit colors from Brig. Gen. Scottie Carpenter, 311th Expeditionary Sustainment Command commanding general, during his change of command ceremony at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, Calif., April 6. RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Col. Robin Jones assumed command of the…

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News Briefs April 25, 2014

Posted  April 25, 2014

Flight 30 Founder’s Day celebration (Photo courtesy of William Heitmeier) (L-R) 30th Flight Captain Col. (Ret.) Dan Oplinger, Weskamp, Szaaz, Bowen and former 30th Flight Captain Col. (Ret.) John Kerr at the Founder’s Day celebration, March 26. Hap Arnold, 30th Flight, Order of Daedalians, March ARB, celebrated the Order of Daedalians’ 80th birthday on March…

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