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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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Suicide prevention takes courage, communication, official says

Posted  September 12, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Veterans Affairs Department has named September National Suicide Prevention Month, but the Defense Department continues its year-round, comprehensive, multi-pronged approach to address the issue of suicide in the military, a Pentagon official said Aug. 21. Army Lt. Gen. Michael S. Linnington, military deputy to the Under Secretary of Defense for personnel…

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Padres honor Team March Airmen during Air Force Appreciation Day

Posted  September 12, 2014

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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Air Force revamps Air Expeditionary Force

Posted  September 12, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force will deploy Agile Combat Support (ACS) Airmen under its redesigned air expeditionary force (AEF) construct October 1. The primary purpose of the redesign was to look at ways to deploy more ACS Airmen with their units and standardize dwell times across the Air Force as much as possible to…

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Air Force’s top leader discusses Reserve future

Posted  September 12, 2014

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — Citizen Airmen have an advocate at the very top of Air Force. During a visit to Robins Air Force Base, Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James discussed several issues related to the Air Force Reserve’s future. As the Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard continue to…

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Military Ball Ticket Reps

Posted  September 12, 2014

The 2014 Military Ball will be here soon! This year it will be held in the newly-renovated Riverside Convention Center. Tickets are $65 per person and are available for purchase through October 20. This will be a fantastic evening and one you do not want to miss. Talk to your unit rep listed below to…

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News Briefs September 12, 2014

Posted  September 12, 2014

STATIC AIRCRAFT DISPLAYS AT PICNIC SEPT. 13 The 452nd Maintenance Group has arranged to have a KC-135(R) and a C-17(A) static display for Team March friends and families to visit the day of the base picnic, Sept. 13. Both aircraft will be parked in front of Bldg. 423 (flightline side) from noon to 4 p.m….

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March host wing contributes to overall success of Mobility Air Force mission

Posted  September 5, 2014

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

Posted  September 5, 2014

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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Suicide Prevention Month: A reminder of our 24/7/365 responsibility to ourselves and each other

Posted  September 5, 2014

8/27/2014 – WASHINGTON (AFNS) — All Airmen have a responsibility that last much longer than a one-month campaign. This responsibility extends beyond ourselves and includes our work environment, our families, friends, fellow Airmen and our communities. While Suicide Prevention Month is observed across the United States in September, the month-long event is a reminder of…

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HEALTHY BASE INITIATIVE: Psychological First Aid Kit

Posted  September 5, 2014

We may think of being healthy as keeping in shape physically, but part of our overall health is mental. The following article, from http://www.mentalhealth.gov/blog/2014/08/psychological-first-aid-kit.html addresses this topic as it relates to children, but the same can apply to base personnel. Psychological First Aid, also known as PFA, is an intervention model to help people of…

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