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Great American Smokeout: Nov. 20

Every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout. They may use the date to make a plan to quit, or plan in advance and then quit smoking that day. The Great American Smokeout event challenges people to stop using tobacco and…

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March airmen repair base water drainage channel

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Russell S. McMillan Senior Master Sgt. Robert Montgomery, heavy equipment superintendent, 163rd Civil Engineering Squadron, California Air National Guard, March Air Reserve Base guides an excavator moving large stones during construction on the Heacock Channel on Sept. 11, 2014. Reservists and guardsmen from March participated in a joint-construction project to…

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Native American legacy of honor, dedication

Courtesy photo Pfc. Charles George is the most recent Native American to receive the Medal of Honor. He was recognized for saving members of his unit during the Korean War by throwing himself on a grenade and absorbing the explosion. The Charles George Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Asheville, N.C., is named in his honor….

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Project Sanctuary helps aid military families

A national nonprofit organization assists military families in making the transition from “battle-ready to family-ready.”

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DoD Celebrates Military Family Month in November

WASHINGTON, – November in America traditionally is a month of thankfulness, and the Defense Department chose this month to recognize those who support the nation’s armed forces but who don’t wear the uniform: military families. Barbara Thompson directs the department’s Office of Family Policy, Children and Youth, and Special Needs. She recently spoke with DoD…


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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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729th AS sets Air Force 4th of July flyover record

Posted  July 13, 2012

A single March Air Reserve Base C-17 Globemaster III crew went above and beyond the call of duty when they performed a jaw-dropping 16 flyovers in a single sortie throughout southern California in celebration...

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AF initiates voluntary limited loadmaster recall

Posted  July 13, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard loadmasters may be eligible to apply for a limited period recall to extended active duty, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced, July 11. The loadmaster career field is chronically undermanned, said Senior Master Sgt. Marvin Daugherty, AFPC accessions branch superintendent. Initiatives are underway…

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Protect your smile with athletic mouthguards during play

Posted  July 13, 2012

If you or your child participates in sports or other recreational activities, you know the importance of protective gear. Wearing protective gear is essential for safe play and shielding fragile body parts from severe damage and injuries. One good way to protect your teeth is by wearing an athletic mouthguard during any activity that could…

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Candid Comments | National Parks

Posted  July 13, 2012

July is National Parks and Recreation Month. There are 34 National Parks in Calif.and all are free to active duty military. What are your summer plans for recreation?

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Running clinic drills participants

Posted  July 6, 2012

March FITT exposed Team March members to techniques that will effectively improve running ability and reduce risk of injury, during the Natural Form Running Clinic, held in Hangar 452, June 23 ...

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TRICARE Unchanged by Health Care Ruling, Officials Say

Posted  July 6, 2012

WASHINGTON D.C. — The Supreme Court’s ruling upholding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act “has absolutely no impact on our TRICARE program,” a Defense Department spokesperson said, June 29. Navy Cmdr. Leslie Hull-Ryde, spokesperson for personnel and readiness, explained TRICARE is governed by different statutes than civilian health care and is unaffected by the…

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