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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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General Stenner discusses Reserve priorities during Luke visit

Posted  April 13, 2012

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Lt. Gen. Charles E. Stenner, Commander, Air Force Reserve Command, visited the 944th Fighter Wing, April 1. Stenner used his few hours at Luke to discuss business with Col. Jose Monteagudo, commander…

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It’s more than a job, it’s a calling

Posted  April 13, 2012

He didn’t find religion as a young adult; instead, he entered into a relationship with his Lord and Savior. It was in that relationship that he felt a calling to serve others through ministry. Chaplain Aaron Klaves is the new, full-time base chaplain, replacing Chaplain Craig Benson, whose two-year tour at March Field recently expired….

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News Briefs | April 13, 2012

Posted  April 13, 2012

EARLY RETIREMENT OFFERED TO SELECT ENLISTED AIRMEN The Temporary Early Retirement Authority application window will be open April 10–30 to meet current and future mission requirements. Eligible Airmen with 15 to 19 years of service through fiscal year 2012 and in the grades of staff sergeant through master sergeant in overmanned career fields are eligible…

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Candid Comments | Month of the Military Child

Posted  April 13, 2012

What is it like to serve as a Military Child? Riley Lin Gautier, 10 & Sully James Gautier, 7 U.S. Army dependants Hometown: Fairbanks, Alaska Hobbies: Riley likes gymnastics, “The Wonder Years” and cleaning; Sully likes wrestling and video games “At first it’s really sad when my dad leaves. The worst thing about my dad…

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Wall that heals is ‘moving’ tribute

Posted  March 30, 2012

Staff Sgt. Byung Kang, 452d Air Mobility Wing, helps volunteers assemble The Wall that Heals, a traveling replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall, at the March Field Air Museum Monday. The Wall that Heals will be on display through tomorrow.

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Let’s hear it for the ladies

Posted  March 30, 2012

You may know that John Glenn was the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth. You may also know that he flew aboard a space capsule with the call sign “Friendship 7.” But did you know that women belonged to the team that propelled Glenn and “Friendship 7″ into orbit on Feb. 20, 1962? In…

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Take Time to Thank Unsung Heroes During Women’s History Month

Posted  March 30, 2012

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas “” The topic of women came up in my office the other day. We were trying to figure out the best way to highlight Women’s History Month in the post newspaper, and we decided to ask a few outstanding women, “If you could be any other woman, who would you be…

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First Air Force female four-star general confirmed

Posted  March 30, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. “” The Senate confirmed Air Force Lt. Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger for promotion March 26, making her the first female four-star general in Air Force history. Wolfenbarger currently serves as the military deputy…

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Crosswalk safety a shared responsibility

Posted  March 30, 2012

Most have heard and understand the importance of not drinking and driving, but how about not drinking and walking? A surprising statistic from the Automobile Club of Southern California is that 35 percent of all fatal car-pedestrian…

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Air Force Reserve Pipe Band performs for president

Posted  March 30, 2012

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. “” Military bagpipers are a unique sight in Washington, D.C., especially clad in official Air Force tartan kilts and lining the steps of the U.S. Capitol. So unique, in fact, the pipe band of the Band of the U.S…

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