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‘Retired Air Force Reservist finds inspiration through loss’ addendum

Angela Alexander was a member of the 56th Aerial Port Squadron, March Air Reserve Base and on annual tour in Japan when she was notified that her family had been in a severe car crash. She was told her husband, Suri and two daughters, Angela and Angelina were injured, yet okay, but her two young…

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AF begins testing phase for women in combat roles

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Marionne T. Mangrum Cpl. Daisy Romero (left) and Sgt. Jessica Dmoningo, assigned to a female engagement team (FET), speak with an Afghan man in his compound during a patrol in Marjah, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Dec. 30, 2010. Due to the end of the 1994 Direct Ground Combat Definition and…

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Ten ways to help kids conquer military life challenges

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Ashley J. Thum Capt. Adam Luber, a 334th Fighter Squadron pilot, and Jeremiah Seaberry, the 334th FS pilot for a day, watch F-15E Strike Eagles on the flightline during a 4th Fighter Wing Pilot for a Day event, April 3, 2015, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. We…

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922nd Civil Engineer Flight, small unit, worldwide impact

The 922nd Civil Engineer Squadron’s Staff Augmentation Team (S-Team) continues to proudly represent March Air Reserve Base with worldwide engineering successes.

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Master Sgt. Bode named AFRC’s 2014 Crew Chief of the Year

U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Perry Covington Master Sgt. James Bode, Air Reserve Technician and dedicated crew chief, 752nd Aerospace Maintenance Squadron, March Field, runs through some routine maintenance checks on his KC-135 Stratotanker. Because of his outstanding work, Bode was awarded the Air Force Reserve Command’s 2014 Chief Master Sgt. Thomas N. Barnes Award as…


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UltimateMe to help military families get healthier

Posted  October 24, 2014

The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (PCFSN) is working with the Sharecare team to support the launch of UltimateMe, a secure, personalized online wellness platform to help members of the military community assess, manage and improve their health and performance. The new platform expands the access to wellness programs and resources for service members and…

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Hundreds in 452nd held as POWs in WWII

Posted  October 24, 2014

U. S. Air Force artwork Depiction of a crippled B-17 settled on the ground. (Tenth in an 11-part series that was first run in the Beacon in 2007) More than 750 men from the 452nd Bombardment Group were shot down in B-17 Flying Fortresses over Europe in World War II. While most became prisoners, 61…

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Air Force releases criteria for new service medal

Posted  October 24, 2014

U.S. Air Force courtesy graphic WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force officials released nomination criteria for the new Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal, following Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James’ May 27, 2014, authorization. The medal will be awarded to individuals for their direct support of nuclear deterrence operations. “This service medal provides a…

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Obama activates reserves for Operation United Assistance

Posted  October 24, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — President Barack Obama has authorized the Defense Department to call up a small number of National Guard or reserve troops that possess special skills needed to aid efforts in stopping the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa. Obama issued an executive order yesterday authorizing the secretaries of Defense and…

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Halloween safety tips for 2014

Posted  October 24, 2014

Here are a few safety tips from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission can protect children who plan to go trick-or-treating this Halloween. Costume Designs: Purchase or make costumes that are light and bright enough to be clearly visible to motorists. For greater visibility during dusk and darkness, decorate or trim costumes with reflective tape…

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Are Airmen’s ghosts still around?

Posted  October 24, 2014

Portrait of John J. Pershing by French painter Léon Hornecker (1864-1924), oil on canvas, 1903.(This work is in the public domain in those countries with a copyright term of life of the author plus 80 years or less.) (Fourth in a five-part series on things that go bump in the night) Chaplain Dave Sarmiento, 163rd…

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Cyber expansions create security considerations

Posted  October 24, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Technological advances have put the world at the fingertips of anyone with connection to the Internet and during cyber security awareness month, Airmen and their families are reminded to remain vigilant when posting personal information. “You have to assume that everyone is looking at it,” said Col. Mary Hanson, the senior information…

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News Briefs October 24, 2014

Posted  October 24, 2014

March Exchange gets face-lift (U.S. Air Ftorce Photo/Sean Dath) Col. Russell A. Muncy, commander, 452nd Air Mobility Wing, joins employees of the March ARB Exchange for the Grand Re-opening of the store, Oct. 21. The exchange recently received $867,000 in updates, including upgraded restrooms in the mall, new carpet, a fresh coat of paint and…

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Knowing the facts: National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Posted  October 17, 2014

Today, National Disability Employment Awareness Month is celebrated every October to raise awareness about disability employment issues and honor the contributions of America’s workers with disabilities.

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452nd felt early frost in Cold War

Posted  October 17, 2014

(Ninth in an 11-part series that was first run in the Beacon in 2007) Two weeks after the D-Day invasion, 47 B-17s from the 452nd Bombardment Group and other Army Air Forces units were destroyed by German aircraft at a largely undefended Russian airfield. The attack, which began about 12:30 a.m. June 22, 1944, destroyed…

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