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Development course builds leadership skills for reserve officers

More than fifty Guard and Reserve officers trained with their NATO counterparts during leadership exercises at the 20th annual International Junior Officer Leadership Development (IJOLD) course July 12-19.

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Air traffic controllers spreading their wings in new tower

March Air Reserve Base’s air traffic controllers feel like they can breathe these days. They can even stretch out their arms without impeding the view of their control tower colleagues.

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This school year, raise grades with online learning tools

Unfortunately, the pace of classroom learning can’t be tailored to every student’s individual needs -- particularly these days, as class sizes are growing and funding for special enrichment programs becomes limited.

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AAFES marks 119 years of serving Airmen

Today, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) celebrates 119 years of proudly serving Airmen, Soldiers and their families. AAFES is the 43rd largest retail organization in the U.S., with annual revenue of more than $10 billion and employing 40,622 civilian and military personnel. The Exchange is a joint non-appropriated fund instrumentality of the…

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‘An Innovator’s DNA’: Col. John Boyd

Surprisingly, few Airmen have heard of Col. John Boyd, with far fewer aware of his innovative contributions to the advancement of modern-day air power. As the Air Staff feverishly reviews the thousands of innovative ideas submitted by young Airmen, I thought it appropriate to recognize an Airman who committed his entire career to innovation. Though…


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March team member spends off-duty time as Big Brother

Posted  May 4, 2012

Master Sgt. Sherman Harris poses with Daniel Machado at an annual Big Brother’s Banquet. Why do I volunteer as a Big Brother? Well, it is not the pay, it is not the fame and glory, and it is certainly not because I have a lot of free time on my hands; I do it because…

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Airlift control flights, FBI train together at Patriot Sands

Posted  May 4, 2012

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Five Reserve units and a federal agency teamed up April 26 to 29 in Florida for Patriot Sands, an airlift training exercise simulating deployed bare base conditions with limited support. Reservists with the 512th Airlift Control Flight, Dover Air Force Base, Del., 452d ALCF, March Air Reserve Base, Calif., and 439th…

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Can I help re-invigorate the nuclear enterprise?

Posted  May 4, 2012

If someone asked you what the U.S. Air Force’s number one nuclear enterprise priority is for 2011 and 2012, what would your answer be? On or above average, I get personnel who respond, “We don’t have a nuclear mission, so this requirement doesn’t apply to us”. Let’s look at a few of potential work situations…

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Air Force Assistance Fund set to kick off at March Field

Posted  May 4, 2012

The Air Force Assistance Fund is available to Air Force Guard, Reserve, and active duty personnel. There are four organizations that receive support from the Air Force Assistance Fund drive. The Air Force Aid Society is the official charity of the Air Force. Airmen can visit the Air Force Aid Society coordinator at their base…

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Some Reserve, Guard members must pay dental premiums directly

Posted  May 4, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Beginning in May, some National Guard and reserve members will need to pay dental premiums directly rather than through payroll deduction, stated a senior official of the TRICARE military health plan. A change to the TRICARE Dental Program means that payroll deduction for premiums is not currently available to about 8,000 reserve-component…

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Why Wait for Mother’s Day?

Posted  May 4, 2012

Next Sunday is Mother’s Day and it’s about time! It almost goes without saying no one is more deserving of a special day than Mom. A popular cartoon illustration pastors like to use that captures the life of a mother shows a psychologist talking to his patient. “Let’s see,” he says, “You spend 50 percent…

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March Minutes | May 4, 2012

Posted  May 4, 2012

SSgt Collin Everson Swing Shift, 452 SFS HOMETOWN: Hemet, Ca. 0700 Daughter is up… Sleeping until noon is not going to happen! 1000 Time to get ready for work. Hope I’m posted somewhere with a decent view. 1200 Should to be out the door and headed to work, but knowing me, I probably forgot something. 1215 Yep, just as…

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News Briefs | May 4, 2012

Posted  May 4, 2012

League of United Latin American Citizens Chapter meets May 5 The March LULAC chapter will hold its fifth meeting on the A UTA, Saturday, May 5, 11 a.m., in the 452 Mission Support Group Conference Room. All are welcome. For more information, contact chapter president, Senior Master Sgt. Willie Barron at 951-655-2039 or williebarron6@aol.com. 4-H…

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Actors portrayed South Sudanese service members taking an offensive stance towards a U.S. military C-17 on their airfield, during filming for the Air Force’s Cultural and Language Center’s video series on cultural awareness, shot on base March 21. The footage completes the fourth and final video segment following Rwanda, Nigeria and Morocco, said Christine Frye, production coordinator, Combat Media. The videos are being developed to instruct deploying troops on how to handle situations involving cultural differences that may arise during deployments.
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March C-17 and crew held hostage

Posted  April 27, 2012

Eight South Sudanese soldiers fixed their weapons on a March C-17 Globemaster III during a tense standoff last month. The situation was resolved within hours, then the flight crew and soldiers attended a wrap-up party to discuss the day’s events. The 452 Air Mobility Wing welcomed Combat Media, a film production company, aboard a March…

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Maj. Gen. Steven J. Lepper, Deputy Judge Advocate General, HQ USAF, accompanied by Col. Jeffrey P. Wilcox, Staff Judge Advocate, HQ AFRC/JA and Chief Master Sgt. Steven L Wallace, Senior paralegal manager to the Judge Advocate General, HQ USAF, prepare to take-off on a helicopter flight piloted by Air Interdiction Agent, Derrick Block, U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
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Deputy Judge Advocate inspects March legal

Posted  April 27, 2012

Air Force Deputy Judge Advocate General, Maj. Gen. Steven Lepper and a cadre of senior officers and enlisted legal officials to include Chief Master Sgt. Steven Wallace, Senior Paralegal Manager to the Judge Advocate General, visited March Air Reserve Base, Calif., April 23 and 24. The Air Force’s top legal staff were here to conduct…

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