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Local chaplain helps ANG recruiting efforts

Back in August of 2014, the 163d Reconnaissance Wing Chaplain Major David Sarmiento had the opportunity to be featured in a new Air National Guard (ANG) Chaplain Corps recruitment infomercial, the first of its kind in many years. In addition to the commercial, many still photos were taken of Sarmiento and four others to create…

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Pentagon salutes Dr. King’s life, legacy

DoD photo by Casper Manlangit Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work makes remarks during a Martin Luther King Jr. observance at the Pentagon, Jan. 15, 2015. WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Defense Department members gathered Jan. 15 at the Pentagon’s annual observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, ahead of the federal holiday. Deputy Defense Secretary Bob…

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SecAF, CSAF discuss future of the Air Force

Senior leadership addressed the key issues, priorities, initiatives and challenges facing the Air Force during the State of the Air Force press briefing, Jan. 15 at the Pentagon.

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Honor Guard presents colors at 101st Rose Bowl game

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Russell S. McMillan Members of March Air Reserve Base’s Blue Eagles Total Force Honor Guard present the colors as a B-2 Spirit stealth bomber flies overhead at the 101st Rose Bowl game in Pasadena, Jan. 1, 2015. The event marked the first time airmen from March ARB participated in the…

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Culture shock: Returning to America after 26 years

George A. Smith German autobahn drivers get to drive as fast as they want. In Southern California, it’s good they can’t. When I first came to Southern California after living 26 years in Germany, I heard questions from tanned guys in shorts that went something like, “Dude how does it feel to leave a land…


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Meet the new 452nd AMW Inspector General

Posted  October 3, 2014

Greetings! I am your newly appointed 452d Air Mobility Wing Inspector General, Col. Ray Danowski. Maj. Evert Wells is the Deputy Inspector General and he is more than capable of helping you should I be unavailable. Together we serve as an extension of our Wing Commander by acting as his eyes and ears and reporting…

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Rumors of torture devices in March basement

Posted  October 3, 2014

Courtesy photo/Joe Mora Hanging behind a darkened, basement stairwell, next to what once was a morgue, in an old building at March Air Reserve Base, California, these “shackles” were included in many ghost stories. After an investigation by a Citizen Airman ghost hunter, it was determined that they were simply support for pipes that ran…

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452nd Aerospace Medicine Squadron Assumption of Command

Posted  October 3, 2014

The 452nd Aerospace Medicine Squadron (AMDS) held an Assumption of Command ceremony on September 14, 2014 in the Cultural Resource Center at March Air Reserve Base, California.

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News Briefs October 3, 2014

Posted  October 2, 2014

NOTIFICATION OF DEATH Colonel Russell A. Muncy, 452nd Air Mobility Wing commander regretfully announces the death of Tech. Sgt. Joseph LaRochelle, 452nd Logistics Readiness Squadron. Anyone having claims against or indebtedness to the estate of Tech. Sgt. LaRochelle should contact Maj. Katrine Waterman at 951-655-2442 MILITARY ENTER PUMPKIN PATCH FREE The Pumpkin Patch at Live…

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March dedicates base barbershop to longtime barber

Posted  September 26, 2014

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Russell S. McMillan Col. Russell A. Muncy, commander, 452nd Air Mobility Wing, March Air Reserve Base presents Nancy M. Alvarez with the new barbershop signage honoring her late husband and former base barber, Richard “Ricardo” Alvarez, during a dedication ceremony here, Sept. 12. The base barbershop was renamed to ‘Ricardo’s…

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Preventing childhood obesity through awareness

Posted  September 26, 2014

Each September, during National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, we renew our efforts to reverse the continuing crisis of obesity among our nation’s youth. Every child, regardless of ethnicity, socio-economic background, or ability, should have equal access to healthy food options and physical activity opportunities. The epidemic of childhood obesity threatens the future of our young…

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Crash memories still painful for B-17 navigator

Posted  September 26, 2014

(Sixth in an 11-part series that was first run in the Beacon in 2007) The sound of footsteps at night on the wooden walkway outside his hut filled 2nd Lt. Sidney Solomon with dread. It was always a GI coming to notify him and his B-17 Flying Fortress crewmates they would be part of a…

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State of Air Force Reserve discussed at AFA

Posted  September 26, 2014

Senior Department of Defense and industry leaders gathered at the Air Force Association’s 2014 Air and Space conference and technology exposition Sept. 15 to discuss the future of the Air Force and Air Force Reserve.

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Riverside hosts inaugural 9/11 tribute concert

Posted  September 26, 2014

Nearly 3,000 people died in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 - attacks which culminated that day in the crash of a passenger jet in Shanksville, Pa. An architect responsible for erecting a memorial on the impact site once described his intentions for a design that was both “solemn and uplifting.”

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U.S. Air Force to change instructions for oaths

Posted  September 26, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force has instructed force support offices across the service to allow both enlisted members and officers to omit the words “So help me God” from enlistment and officer appointment oaths if an Airman chooses. In response to concerns raised by Airmen, the Department of the Air Force requested an opinion…

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