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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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March Airmen ‘Crew Swap’ with Cruz Pedregon Racing team

Posted  February 21, 2014

Courtesy Photo From left: Staff Sgt. Brian Huff, 912th Air Refueling Squadron; Staff Sgt. Randy Bowen, 452nd Security Forces Squadron; Tech. Sgt. Roger Messick, 752nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and Tech. Sgt. Michael Reid, 452nd Operations Support Squadron, March Air Reserve Base, Calif., watch as Cruz Pedregon Racing maintenance team members, service Pedregon’s funny car during…

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Got PI?

Posted  February 21, 2014

I like pie. Who doesn’t like pie? I like all types of pie – home-made apple, fresh key lime, made-from scratch chocolate, and yes, even store-bought banana cream. I also like PI. Not the 3.1472xxxxx kind of mathematical pi, but PI. P I: Positive Initiative. In today’s fiscally-constrained, resource-reduced era, positive initiative offers a fresh…

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752nd Assumption of Command ceremony

Posted  February 21, 2014

The 752nd Medical Squadron, March Air Reserve Base, Calif., held its formal Assumption of Command ceremony at March’s Cultural Resource Center, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. During the ceremony Col. Karl J. Edelmann, commander, 452nd Medical Group, passed the guidon to Col. Kristin A. Hillery, the squadron’s acting commander since October 2013, symbolizing the formal invocation…

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Air Force launches enhanced civilian development site

Posted  February 21, 2014

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. (AFNS) — The Ira C. Eaker Center for Professional Development recently made available a new tool to assist civilians with their professional development. The Civilian Development Resource Center is an online clearinghouse providing access to development roadmaps, learning programs and thousands of no-cost courses, books, videos, job aids, simulations, articles…

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Services Scene

Posted  February 21, 2014

Services Scene Hap Arnold Club happenings – call 951-655-4920 The Hap Arnold Club is hosting a pre-St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Ace’s Sports Bar on Saturday, March 8 from 8 p.m. to midnight. Join them for live entertainment and don’t forget to wear something green! There will also be live entertainment there on March 22…

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Military Saves week approaches

Posted  February 21, 2014

This year’s Military Saves Week begins 24 February and concludes 1 March. It is a great opportunity for service members and their families to insure financial readiness through incentivized savings accounts and available services at financial institutions, as well as the resources provided through the Military Saves Campaign. Military Saves is a social marketing campaign…

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Spotlight Shines on Sports Programmers during Winter Olympics

Posted  February 21, 2014

Two sports programmers for the American Forces Network Broadcast Center, March Air Reserve Base, Calif., scheduled hundreds of hours of Winter Olympic coverage for one-million U.S. service members and their families serving overseas. You’d think they’d be kicking back a bit. But that’s not the way the ball rolls.

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News Briefs February 21, 2014

Posted  February 21, 2014

MARCH MAIN GATE CLOSURE, 3-21 MARCH The March ARB Main Gate (Cactus Gate) will be closed March 3-21, 2014, due to the Moreno Valley Cactus widening project. The Riverside Gate will act as the alternate main gate during that time and will be open 24 hours a day; seven days a week. The Riverside gate…

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Development Training Flight provides edge to Airmen

Posted  February 14, 2014

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Russell S. McMillan Development Training Flight trainees complete timed situps on the new track during a physical fitness test on Feb. 8, 2013, at March Air Reserve Base, Calif. The local trainees attend one Unit Training Assembly per month to prepare for Basic Military Training by focusing on various areas,…

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Retired Reservist was at center of the Civil Rights movement.

Posted  February 14, 2014

Photo from Citizen Airman Web site As a young college student in 1960, McNeil (far left) and three of his friends staged a protest at a lunch counter inside a Woolworth store in Greensboro, N.C. They refused to move when they were told the facility did not serve blacks. Their protest quickly spread to lunch…

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