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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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U.S. Air Force photo / Staff Sgt. Megan Crusher
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What is a Phoenix Raven?

Posted  June 15, 2012

Founded in 1997, the Phoenix Ravens are the elite of the Air Force Security Forces. They deploy to areas where security is deemed inadequate and are the first to set foot off the plane. In order to be...

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U.S. Air Force photo / Megan Crusher
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Health & Safety

Decontaminating gases for the masses

Posted  June 15, 2012

A major component to wartime preparation and training involves reacting to a chemical or biological attack and if exposed, how to decontaminate exposed personnel. Admittedly, not a pleasant thought, but a stark...

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Air Reserve commander eases into retirement

Posted  June 15, 2012

In June 2008, Lt. Gen. Charles E. Stenner Jr. became the 27th person to lead the Air Force Reserve. He is set to retire and relinquish his dual position as Air Force Reserve Command commander and chief of...

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Health & Safety

Panetta calls for leadership on suicide prevention

Posted  June 15, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, in an internal memo written last month, addressed the issue of military suicides, calling it one of the most complex and urgent problems facing the department, a Pentagon spokesman said. In a briefing with reporters, Navy Capt. John Kirby confirmed the accuracy of numbers in news reports…

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U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Linda Welz
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Events

Change of Command, retirement ceremonies

Posted  June 15, 2012

Col. Pamela LeBlanc, retired during a June 10 ceremony at March Air Reserve Base, Calif., after honorably serving nearly 33 years in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. LeBlanc relinquished command of the 452d Mission...

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News Briefs | June 15, 2012

Posted  June 15, 2012

YOUTH SERVICE AMERICA OFFERS SCHOOL GRANTS Youth Service America is currently accepting applications for the 2012-2014 YSA Grant School and program year. The Harris Wofford Youth Award and the Harris Wofford Young Educator Award will be awarded to deserving applicants. For more information about these awards, visit www.YSA.org/grants/harris-wofford-award-youth and www.YSA.org/grants/harris-wofford-award-educator. For more information about all…

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Single Airman Programming initiative

Posted  June 15, 2012

The Single Airman Programming Initiative is an Air Force initiative, funded by the Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force, administered by Headquarters Air Force Services Agency and operated through installation Force Support Squadrons. The goal is to provide FSS with the resources that encourage a strong way of life, duty and a sense of…

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Veterans

Retraining program garners 12,000+ applicants since May 15

Posted  June 15, 2012

WASHINGTON – Within two weeks of being announced, a program to give skills training to some unemployed Veterans has garnered over 12,000 online applications, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. “VA is committed to supporting Veterans as they seek employment. This initiative will help provide education and training so that Veterans have an opportunity…

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Shapshots | Change of Command

Posted  June 15, 2012

Major Ryan M. Robin assumes command of the 452d Security Forces Squadron. In this role, he will command more than 250 Traditional Reservists, civilians and Active Guard and Reserve personnel who are responsible for providing 24-hour security and law enforcement posts and patrols to protect over 5,500 Reserve, Guard and Active Duty members. They are…

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U.S. Army photo / Sgt. Tracy Ellingsen
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Salutes & Awards

Soldier graduates… from high school

Posted  June 8, 2012

While her friends were enjoying summer at the beach, she was in basic training. While they were wearing flip-flops, she was in boots and while her classmates were enjoying weekends off, she was serving her country in the Army Reserve. Pvt. Amber Spencer was one of 380 students...

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