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Airman retires after 37 years of service

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Joseph Dangidang Chief Master Sgt. Karen L. Krause, 452nd Maintenance Operations Squadrons superintendent, receives a flag from a Blue Eagles Total Force Honor Guard member during her retirement ceremony at the March Cultural Resource Center, Sep. 13. Krause retires after 37 years of service to the United States Air Force….

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Pilots earned top honor for WW II actions

Courtesy Photo First Lt. Donald J. Gott and 2nd Lt. William E. Metzger Jr. of the 452nd Bombardment Group, were killed when their heavily damaged B-17 Flying Fortress exploded Nov. 9, 1944, as they raced to friendly territory in an attempt to save the life of a fellow crew member. Both were awarded the Medal…

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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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Combat Camera: Capturing Patriot Hook 2014

Posted  June 13, 2014

Members of the 4th Combat Camera Squadron from March Air Reserve Base, California, documented Patriot Hook 2014 over the course of seven days this April.

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AFSFA’s 26-year history honors defenders

Posted  June 13, 2014

If you have served with the Air Police, Security Police or Security Forces on active duty, the Air National Guard or Reserve, you are eligible to become a member of the Air Force Security Forces Association or AFSFA, a professional, fraternal military organization with chapters in most of the fifty states and members worldwide. Right…

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News Briefs June 13, 2014

Posted  June 13, 2014

Defenders support Special Olympics U.S. Air Force photo/Lt. Col. Deric Prescott Guidon bearer Airman Basic Deiondre Durham, torch bearer Senior Airman Carjon Montgomery-White and Maj. Ryan Robin, commander, 452nd SFS, lead the way for dozens of Defenders from the 452nd Security Forces Squadron, March Air Reserve Base, California, during the 2014 Law Enforcement Special Olympics…

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The Duchess of Lodging retires

Posted  June 6, 2014

U.S. Air Force photo/Linda Welz Helen Holm, March Inn general manager, holds a Hollywood star she was presented at her retirement ceremony, May 30, 2014. Holm retired after 27 years in the service industry. After 27 years in the hospitality industry, Helen Holm (dubbed The Duchess of Lodging), March Inn general manager, retired May 30,…

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Safety month focuses on unintended injuries

Posted  June 6, 2014

Itasca, IL – June is National Safety Month, and the National Safety Council (NSC) is calling on Americans to take notice of the fifth leading cause of death – unintentional injuries. Every four minutes someone in the U.S dies from an unintentional injury. That’s 120,000 people a year. Sixty-seven percent of all injury-related deaths in…

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UPCOMING TICKETS AND TOURS EVENTS

Posted  June 6, 2014

JUNE Date: June 14 Event: Deep Sea Fishing Trip to San Diego Description/Restrictions: This is a Single Airman Initiative event, single Airmen will be given first priority. For more information contact the Outdoor Recreation office at 951-655-2816. Date: June 21 Event: Summer Solstice Celebration in Santa Barbara Cost: $20 per person Depart: 7 a.m. Return:…

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Wingman Toolkit supports Critical Days of Summer campaign

Posted  June 6, 2014

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — Air Force Reserve Command’s Wingman Toolkit is partnering with the Air Force Safety Center, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico, to highlight the 2014 Critical Days of Summer campaign. The annual campaign runs from May 23 to Sept. 2 and focuses on risk management for all summer activities – on and…

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Commission seeks service members’ compensation preferences

Posted  June 6, 2014

The commission tasked by President Barack Obama and Congress to modernize military compensation and benefits programs is seeking input from service members on their preferences. Alphonso Maldon Jr., chairman of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission, said understanding service members’ compensation preferences is central to the commission’s effort to craft modernization recommendations. “Our primary…

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Defense Media Activity Riverside dedicates Flagpole

Posted  June 6, 2014

Defense Media Activity (DMA) Riverside dedicated its first ever flagpole to American Forces Network (AFN) military personnel who died in the line of duty during war time during a small ceremony May 21, held on the March Air Reserve Base facility.

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News Briefs June 5, 2014

Posted  June 6, 2014

Remembering Our Fallen Photo courtesy/ James Ruester Brig. Gen. John Flournoy, commander, 4th Air Force, delivers the keynote address at the 35th annual Memorial Day observance held at at Riverside National Cemetery, May 26. Approximately 5,000 people attended the ceremony which included a performance by the Riverside Concert Band and the annual West Coast Thunder…

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