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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…

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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.

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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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Transportation Security Administration expands PreCheck program

Posted  July 20, 2012

WASHINGTON, D. C. — The Transportation Security Administration is expanding a program that’s designed to provide faster processing for traveling service members passing through the nation’s airports while allowing TSA inspectors to concentrate on threats to travelers’ safety, a DOD official said in testimony, July 11. Todd Rosenblum, the principle deputy secretary of defense for…

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March ARB welcomes new wing vice commander

Posted  July 20, 2012

Col. James B. Finney, vice commander, 452nd Air Mobility Wing, Air Force Reserve Command, March Air Reserve Base, Calif. Col. James Finney reported for duty as the 452nd Air Mobility Wing, vice commander, earlier this month. Prior to March ARB, Col. Finney was vice commander of the 911th Airlift Wing, Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve…

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Something from nothing?

Posted  July 20, 2012

One of my new favorite quotes comes from Bruce Lee. Bruce Lee once said, when referring to life, “It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.” ...

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Snapshots | Two-Star Visit

Posted  July 20, 2012

Col. Randall Ball, 163rd Reconnaissance Wing commander, briefs Major General Bert Mizusawa (left), Assistant to the Chairman, JCS, for Reserve Matters, on the Air National Guard’s mission at the base during a 163d RW’s tour on...

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March reservist selected to drill with Royal Air Force

Posted  July 13, 2012

Forging relationships with militaries around the globe is usually accomplished at the highest levels of government. State Department foreign service officers and top military officials, well versed in...

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News Briefs | July 13, 2012

Posted  July 13, 2012

5K RUN VOLUNTEERS NEEDED The March Fitness Center, America’s Kids/Adult Run and the First Sergeants’ Association are hosting a 9/11 Remembrance 5K on the morning of the Military Appreciation Picnic, Sept. 8. The event will begin with registration at 6:30 a.m. and the 5K will start at 8:00 a.m.. Volunteers are needed to assist with set-up/tear…

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DOD working to halt budget sequestration, Little says

Posted  July 13, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Defense Department is working to avoid the possibility of budget sequestration, a maneuver which would trigger massive, across-the-board cuts in defense spending, something Pentagon Press Secretary George Little described today as an absurd situation. “We have daily discussions with the Office of Management and Budget on a range of budget issues,…

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Air Force needs leaders who ‘Own It’

Posted  July 13, 2012

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) — Former Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Curtis E. LeMay once so accurately stated, “I’m firmly convinced that leaders are not born; they’re educated, trained…

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March ARB takes on the Super Guppy

Posted  July 13, 2012

The transit alert parking area at March Air Reserve Base, Calif., was the brief resting place of a very awkward looking aircraft, referred to as...

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Protecting yourself from termination fees

Posted  July 13, 2012

Uniformed service members are constantly confronted with stressful situations, such as receiving permanent change of station orders or being told to prepare for a short-notice deployment. The last thing they need is added stress from a company charging them early termination fees to get out of a contract. As a precautionary measure, members should ensure…

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