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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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DOD emphasizes importance of summer safety

Posted  May 30, 2014

WASHINGTON, – As the summer season approaches, the Defense Department (DOD) is redoubling its efforts to promote safety and emphasize responsibility to all service members and their families, DOD’s director of personnel risk reduction said here today. During a joint interview with the American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel, Leonard Litton discussed the…

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UPCOMING TICKETS AND TOURS EVENTS

Posted  May 30, 2014

JUNE Date: June 7 Event: Stateline and Vegas Turnaround Cost: $20 per person Depart: 5 a.m. Return: 3 a.m. (June 8) Description / Restrictions: Spend two hours at the Stateline, then continue on to Vegas. Ages 21 and up Deadline for sign up: June 2 Date: June 14 Event: Deep Sea Fishing Trip to San…

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Capitol Hill Visit

Posted  May 30, 2014

Col. Russell A. Muncy, commander, 452nd Air Mobility Wing, Lt. Col. Bill Bridgemohan, chief, Authorizations & Congressional Outreach AF/REI and Col. Stephen M. Browning, vice commander, 452nd Air Mobility Wing stop in front of the Capitol during a recent visit to Capitol Hill, as part of an annual program which provides an opportunity for wing…

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VA Secretary vows to earn your trust

Posted  May 30, 2014

Fellow Veterans and Family Members, After 38 years in The Army, I am now honored and privileged to serve as your Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA). VA remains committed to providing the high quality benefits you have earned and deserve. Allegations of VA employees’ misconduct have surfaced over the last several weeks, beginning with scheduling…

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News Briefs June 5, 2014

Posted  June 6, 2014

Remembering Our Fallen Photo courtesy/ James Ruester Brig. Gen. John Flournoy, commander, 4th Air Force, delivers the keynote address at the 35th annual Memorial Day observance held at at Riverside National Cemetery, May 26. Approximately 5,000 people attended the ceremony which included a performance by the Riverside Concert Band and the annual West Coast Thunder…

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Defense Media Activity Riverside dedicates Flagpole

Posted  June 6, 2014

Defense Media Activity (DMA) Riverside dedicated its first ever flagpole to American Forces Network (AFN) military personnel who died in the line of duty during war time during a small ceremony May 21, held on the March Air Reserve Base facility.

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Commission seeks service members’ compensation preferences

Posted  June 6, 2014

The commission tasked by President Barack Obama and Congress to modernize military compensation and benefits programs is seeking input from service members on their preferences. Alphonso Maldon Jr., chairman of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission, said understanding service members’ compensation preferences is central to the commission’s effort to craft modernization recommendations. “Our primary…

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Wingman Toolkit supports Critical Days of Summer campaign

Posted  June 6, 2014

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — Air Force Reserve Command’s Wingman Toolkit is partnering with the Air Force Safety Center, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico, to highlight the 2014 Critical Days of Summer campaign. The annual campaign runs from May 23 to Sept. 2 and focuses on risk management for all summer activities – on and…

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UPCOMING TICKETS AND TOURS EVENTS

Posted  June 6, 2014

JUNE Date: June 14 Event: Deep Sea Fishing Trip to San Diego Description/Restrictions: This is a Single Airman Initiative event, single Airmen will be given first priority. For more information contact the Outdoor Recreation office at 951-655-2816. Date: June 21 Event: Summer Solstice Celebration in Santa Barbara Cost: $20 per person Depart: 7 a.m. Return:…

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Safety month focuses on unintended injuries

Posted  June 6, 2014

Itasca, IL – June is National Safety Month, and the National Safety Council (NSC) is calling on Americans to take notice of the fifth leading cause of death – unintentional injuries. Every four minutes someone in the U.S dies from an unintentional injury. That’s 120,000 people a year. Sixty-seven percent of all injury-related deaths in…

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