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Seven little known facts about Memorial Day

As Americans get ready to observe Memorial Day with travel, family get-togethers and celebrations, let us not forget—it’s not about the BBQ. Memorial Day is observed specifically to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to the United States of America, and to observe a moment of silence is the law. Here are…

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Robert Sekula, man of many hats

Robert Sekula’s ever-present hat is as much a part of him as a toe or finger, but his top cover doesn’t do him justice. He should be wearing eight or nine nested together.

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March defenders are best in Air Force

U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kevin Mitterholzer Staff Sgt Alfonso Gutierrez, installation patrolman, 452nd Security Forces Squadron, March Air Reserve Base, checks an ID card at the March main gate May 13, 2015. Gutierrez’s squadron was named the best SFS in the command for 2014 and has stepped up security since last week due to…

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Team March provides national defense transportation anytime, any place

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Russell S. McMillan President Barack Obama proclaimed Friday, May 15, 2015, as National Defense Transportation Day and May 10 through May 16, 2015, as National Transportation Week. In the proclamation, he calls upon all Americans “to recognize the importance of our Nation’s transportation infrastructure and to acknowledge the contributions of…

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Treasure uncovered near March Air Reserve Base

Courtesy photo Defense Visual Information Record Center archivist Pedro Loureiro, sifts through mounds of submitted materials in his office at the Defense Media Activity-Riverside, California, adjacent to March Air Reserve Base. Loureiro, who holds a PhD and is a former college professor, is on a quest to find and preserve military history. RIVERSIDE, Calif. –…


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Health & Safety

Shop smart, eat smart, exercise for better health

Posted  February 20, 2015

Everyone has food choices to make on what will be used for fuel for his or her body. You can choose which foods to buy at the grocery store. You can choose what to order at a restaurant.

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Basic Military Training enters new ‘real life’ era

Posted  February 20, 2015

The 8½-week journey from recruit to Airman will no longer end in a regimented march on a Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland parade field.

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Cody gives enlisted perspective at AFA expo

Posted  February 20, 2015

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody outlined his top priorities for the enlisted force during the Air Force Association’s annual Air Warfare Symposium and Technology Exposition in Orlando, Florida, Feb. 12.

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News Briefs February 20, 2015

Posted  February 20, 2015

CORRECTION The Feb. 13 issue of The Beacon misidentified Airman Lionel Hendrick as being assigned to the 452nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. Hendrick was assigned to the 452nd Maintenance Squadron. We apologize for the error. A MISSED VALENTINE TO SAL Sorry we missed one of the Valentine’s wishes that was submitted last week. Here it is:…

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Team March honors fallen Airman

Posted  February 13, 2015

Courtesy Photo Airman Lionel Hendrick Dec. 21, 1992 – Nov. 20, 2014 Airman Lionel Hendrick wanted to follow in his dad’s footsteps. His father, Clarence, retired from the 452nd Air Mobility Wing as an Air Force master sergeant after 25 years of service. Hendrick planned on doing the same, said Senior Master Sergeant Lali Gomez,…

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A Century of Black Life, History, and Culture

Posted  February 13, 2015

(Second in a series of three) Courtesy Photo Thurgood Marshall and family Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role they have played in U.S. history. The Great Migration of African Americans from the South to industrial…

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Air Force reservist continues workouts through pregnancy

Posted  February 13, 2015

Like so many expectant mothers who exercise, Linda Baltes deals with criticism. But she hasn’t let it stop her.

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Happy birthday, George Washington!

Posted  February 13, 2015

(archives.gov) George Washington, copy of painting by Gilbert Stuart, 1931-1932, RG 148, Records of Commissions of the Legislative Branch, George Washington Bicentennial Commission. George Washington’s Birthday is celebrated as a federal holiday on the third Monday in February. It is one of eleven permanent holidays established by Congress. Federal holidays apply only to the federal…

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News Briefs February 12, 2015

Posted  February 13, 2015

$1000 pizza donation U.S. Air Force photo/Linda Welz Col. Russell Muncy, 452nd Air Mobility Wing commander, receives a $1000 donation of California Pizza Kitchen gift cards plus 750 free kid’s meals Feb. 5, 2015 from David Lee, Riverside Plaza store manager and Nicole Parsons, Victoria Gardens store manager, as Jamil Dada, vice president of investment…

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A Century of Black Life, History, and Culture

Posted  February 6, 2015

(First in a series of three) Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role they have played in U.S. history. The story of Black History Month begins in 1915, half a century after the Thirteenth Amendment abolished…

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