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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.

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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Air Fest 2012: Schedule of Events

Posted  May 17, 2012

Gates open at 8 AM and close at 6:30 PM. Free admission and free parking! There will be a mandatory metal detection and bag search. No coolers, pets, bicycles, glass containers, alcoholic beverages...

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Air Fest 2012: Robosaurus

Posted  May 17, 2012

Brace yourself to meet the ferocious spectacle that is Robosaurus: the 30-ton, fire-breathing, transforming T-Rex that eats cars and planes for an afternoon snack. Robosaurus travels the country in the guise of a semi-truck, but when he gets ready for action, he transforms into a 40-foot tall metal dinosaur with power that dwarfs even his…

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Air Fest 2012: U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds

Posted  May 17, 2012

On May 25, 1953, the Air Force’s official air demonstration team, designated the 3600th Air Demonstration Unit, was activated at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. The unit adopted the name “Thunderbirds,” influenced in part by the strong Native American culture and folklore from the...

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Air Fest 2012: Aerial Acrobatics

Posted  May 17, 2012

Tim Decker: Aerobatics with Attitide Tim Decker has logged over 6500 hours in both military and civilian aircraft. He gained most of his flying experience in the U-2, F-117, T-38, RV-4, Pitts S-2B, Bonanza A-36...

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March Air Reserve Base takes tougher stance on traffic enforcement

Posted  May 17, 2012

Traffic rule enforcement at March Air Reserve Base will soon be comparable to, if not stricter than, its neighbors in the surrounding counties. The 452d Security Forces Squadron will be closely...

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Air Fest 2012: Aerial Fire Fighting

Posted  May 17, 2012

10 Tanker Air Carrier DC10 Highly regarded for their durability as passenger and cargo airliners, DC10s are modified by the 10 Tanker Air Carrier company and operated as very effective aerial fire-fighting tankers. Following four years of development, testing, and certification by U.S. federal and state regulatory agencies, 10 Tanker has operated since 2006 in…

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Air Fest 2012: KC-135 & C-17

Posted  May 17, 2012

U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Dave Nolan KC-135 Stratotanker The KC-135 Stratotanker provides the core aerial refueling capability for the United States Air Force and has excelled in this role for more than 50 years. This unique asset enhances the Air Force’s capability to accomplish its primary mission of global reach. It also…

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Soldiers participate in a “Dead Battery Push.” Each team had to push a Humvee through an obstacle course, check the oil and count the number of bolts on the undercarriage.
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304th wins trophies and bragging rights in Truck Rodeo

Posted  May 11, 2012

FORT HUNTER LIGGETT, Calif. — Thirty-two Soldiers from six companies competed in 11 events for two days with 39 trophies at stake. However, in the end, the only number that mattered was 211. The 211th Transportation Company, a subordinate unit of the 304th...

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Quarterly award winners

Posted  May 11, 2012

Brig. Gen. Karl McGregor, 452d Air Mobility Wing commander, presented awards for the second quarter of 2012 during the commander’s call May 6. Senior Airman Jeffery Jensen, 452d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, was recognized as the wing’s Airman of the Quarter. Master Sgt. Octavio Ortiz received a special award for outstanding service on behalf of Master…

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Skills, training, attitude help keep motorcycling safe

Posted  May 11, 2012

Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M. — Have you ever wondered why a terrible event, such as a motorcycle mishap, could end well in one situation, yet tragic in another? Sometimes it’s just sheer luck. Most often, what influences the outcome is whether or not the motorcycle rider had the right skills, training and attitude. Personally,…

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