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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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Through my eyes: Surviving sexual assault

Posted  April 27, 2012

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. (AFNS) — “That night, my whole world turned upside down,” said Airman Samantha Smith, a sexual assault survivor in the Air Force. On the night Smith was recalling, she became a victim of sexual assault and took her first of many steps down the road to recovery. That night, Smith…

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New common access cards coming

Posted  April 27, 2012

Common Access Cards are getting an overhaul and if you don’t take care of yours by Oct. 1, you could get locked out of military networks. The overhaul is part of a Defense Department-wide effort to better secure your cards with advanced encryption codes, along with the removal of social security numbers to help protect…

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AF officials plan for downtime to upgrade MilPDS

Posted  April 27, 2012

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (AFNS) — The Air Force Personnel Operations Agency is upgrading and transferring the Military Personnel Data System to the Defense Information Systems Agency’s Defense Enterprise Computing Center later this year. During the scheduled 23-day upgrade project, MilPDS will not be available. Upgrades to MilPDS have not been accomplished because the system was…

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DFAS warns service members of scam emails

Posted  April 27, 2012

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (AFRNS) — Defense Finance and Accounting Service official recently released a statement warning of email scams targeting military members, military retirees and civilian employees. According to the statement, the most recent email scam indicates that individuals who are receiving disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs may be able…

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News Briefs | April 27, 2012

Posted  April 27, 2012

Case Lot sale at the March commissary The March Commissary will have a case lot sale, May 2 to 6, during normal operating hours, in the commissary parking lot. Over 150 items representing numerous categories will be available. For more information, contact Phil Ruiz at 951-653-2206 ext. 105, or email at phil.ruiz@deca.mil. Reservists not part…

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452 Force Support Activities | April 27, 2012

Posted  April 27, 2012

Tours LA City Tour and Cinco de Mayo  May 5: Take a tour around Los Angeles for only $15 per person. Visit Olivera St. and enjoy the Cinco de Mayo festivities with stops at Farmers Market, Walk of Fame, China Town and a drive-through of Beverly Hills. Depart 9 a.m. and return approximately 8 p.m. Minimum…

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Candid Comments | Month of the Military Child

Posted  April 27, 2012

Vic Flores Job: Explosives Safety Manager Unit: 452 AMW Hometown: Moreno Valley, CA Hobbies: Hunting, fishing, hiking, barbequing “I believe the best way to support military children is to keep them involved. Better yet, have your children search out and invite others whose parents are deployed to join your family events. Even if it’s dinner…

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452 AMW commander sheds eagles for stars

Posted  April 20, 2012

Brig. Gen. Karl McGregor, 452d Air Mobility Wing commander, March Air Reserve Base, was joined by friends, family, community and military leaders, Team March members and a couple of birds performing an unplanned flyover for an official pinning on ceremony. The event, held in the KC-135…

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March ARB volunteer tax center’s first year a success

Posted  April 20, 2012

For the 2011 income tax season, reservists and their family members, retirees, Defense Department civilians and anyone having legal access to March ARB were provided with free income tax service. According to tax center and legal office officials, it was the first of a kind at an air...

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Air Force observes Earth Day

Posted  April 20, 2012

As millions of people around the world observe Earth Day on April 22, the Air Force is challenging every member of the Air Force family to do his or her part to conserve natural resources, minimize waste and prevent pollution. “I challenge all Airmen to think about pollution prevention in new ways,” said Gen. Norton…

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