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Airman retires after 37 years of service

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Joseph Dangidang Chief Master Sgt. Karen L. Krause, 452nd Maintenance Operations Squadrons superintendent, receives a flag from a Blue Eagles Total Force Honor Guard member during her retirement ceremony at the March Cultural Resource Center, Sep. 13. Krause retires after 37 years of service to the United States Air Force….

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Pilots earned top honor for WW II actions

Courtesy Photo First Lt. Donald J. Gott and 2nd Lt. William E. Metzger Jr. of the 452nd Bombardment Group, were killed when their heavily damaged B-17 Flying Fortress exploded Nov. 9, 1944, as they raced to friendly territory in an attempt to save the life of a fellow crew member. Both were awarded the Medal…

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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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The Duchess of Lodging retires

Posted  June 6, 2014

U.S. Air Force photo/Linda Welz Helen Holm, March Inn general manager, holds a Hollywood star she was presented at her retirement ceremony, May 30, 2014. Holm retired after 27 years in the service industry. After 27 years in the hospitality industry, Helen Holm (dubbed The Duchess of Lodging), March Inn general manager, retired May 30,…

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News Briefs June 13, 2014

Posted  June 13, 2014

Defenders support Special Olympics U.S. Air Force photo/Lt. Col. Deric Prescott Guidon bearer Airman Basic Deiondre Durham, torch bearer Senior Airman Carjon Montgomery-White and Maj. Ryan Robin, commander, 452nd SFS, lead the way for dozens of Defenders from the 452nd Security Forces Squadron, March Air Reserve Base, California, during the 2014 Law Enforcement Special Olympics…

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AFSFA’s 26-year history honors defenders

Posted  June 13, 2014

If you have served with the Air Police, Security Police or Security Forces on active duty, the Air National Guard or Reserve, you are eligible to become a member of the Air Force Security Forces Association or AFSFA, a professional, fraternal military organization with chapters in most of the fifty states and members worldwide. Right…

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Combat Camera: Capturing Patriot Hook 2014

Posted  June 13, 2014

Members of the 4th Combat Camera Squadron from March Air Reserve Base, California, documented Patriot Hook 2014 over the course of seven days this April.

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Honoring the fallen

Posted  June 13, 2014

Retired Col. John Morris and retired Chief Master Sgt. Mike Emett, along with more than 100 volunteers placed American flags on all the veteran gravesites at Riverside Evergreen Historic Cemetery in Riverside, California, May 24.

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The effects of nicotine addiction on your health

Posted  June 13, 2014

photo courtesy/smokefree.gov Quitting smoking or chewing tobacco can be a long, tough process, and you’ll need all the help you can get. But the more information and resources you have, the more likely you are to succeed. Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable illness and death in the United States. It causes many…

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UPCOMING TICKETS AND TOURS EVENTS

Posted  June 13, 2014

JUNE Date: June 21 Event: Summer Solstice Celebration in Santa Barbara Cost: $20 per person Depart: 7 a.m. Return: 10 p.m. Description / Restrictions: Begin your summer with this fun festival that includes parades, music and a Mardi Gras atmosphere. There’s fun for the whole family! Deadline for sign up: June 13 AUGUST Date: August…

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National Safety Month: preventing slips, trips, falls

Posted  June 13, 2014

While it may seem like winter is the time of year to be most concerned with slips, trips and falls, this is actually a serious problem year round. The number one danger for slips, trips and falls in the spring or summer is mud. That’s right, mud. Whether you’re at work – reading meters, loading…

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VA releases results of nationwide audit

Posted  June 13, 2014

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released the results from its Nationwide Access Audit, along with facility level patient access data, medical center quality and efficiency data, and mental health provider survey data, for all Veterans health facilities. Full details were made public at VA.gov, June 9, following Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan Gibson’s…

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DOD holds Pride Month celebration

Posted  June 13, 2014

DOD photo /Glenn Fawcett Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work delivers remarks at the 2014 Defense Department Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month ceremony at the Pentagon, June 5, 2014. Work emphasized the importance of diversity within the department as he delivered the keynote address to hundreds of attendees. The Defense Department (DOD) and the…

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