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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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Events

Services Scene

Posted  February 7, 2014

Hap Arnold Club happenings – call 951-655-4920 The Hap Arnold Club is hosting a Sweetheart Dinner February 14, 2014. Dinner includes prime rib and a complimentary glass of wine. There will be live entertainment and dancing. Tickets are on sale now at the club for $23 for members and $25 for non-members. Outdoor Recreation events…

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VA launches online tools — calculate Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits; provide feedback

Posted  February 7, 2014

WASHINGTON, D. C. — The Veterans Affairs Department launched new online tools this week to make it easier for veterans, service members and family members to calculate their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and learn more about VA’s approved colleges, universities and other education and training programs across the country, as well as to provide feedback…

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News Briefs February 7, 2014

Posted  February 7, 2014

COMMISSARY’S CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY FEB. 14 The March ARB Commissary will be having a Customer Appreciation Day, Friday, Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day. The first 500 customers shopping between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., and wearing something related to Valentine’s Day, will receive a free valentine treat, compliments of the commissary’s industry partners. They will also…

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Black History Month trivia – Did you know…?

Posted  February 7, 2014

In the movie Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks, the commanding officer of the Navy destroyer, Bainbridge, talks to his boss–a woman, over the radio. He and his crew are trying to stop the Somali pirates who took over the cargo ship, Maersk Alabama. The voice of that woman is Admiral Michelle Howard, the first African-American…

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Raising and lowering of the flag

Posted  January 31, 2014

Staff Sgt. Randy Bowen and Tech. Sgt. Gary Robinson, 452nd Security Forces Squadron, bring down the U.S. Flag at March Air Reserve Base, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, amidst the blue skies and warm weather of the Southern California area. Retreat signifies the end of the duty day, and is performed as the National Anthem…

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Health & Safety

FitFamily provides families tools for success

Posted  January 31, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — It’s that time of year again when people resolve to lose weight, get in shape and eat healthier, which takes dedication and determination. To help Airmen and their families achieve those goals, the Air Force offers the Air Force FitFamily initiative which encourages families to develop and maintain…

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IMAGE Meritorious Service award seeks nominees for 2014

Posted  January 31, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — The Air Force is seeking nominations for the 2014 National Image, Incorporated Meritorious Service award, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced Jan. 24. The IMAGE Meritorious Service award honors individual civilian employees and military members who supported the DOD mission or overseas contingency operations, or whose activities best…

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CHIEFchat: CMSAF talks about force management, EPRs

Posted  January 31, 2014

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody addressed upcoming changes to enlisted performance reports and effects of force management during his 2nd worldwide CHIEFchat at Defense Media Activity, Fort George G. Meade, Md., Jan. 9. CHIEFchat is a recurring initiative, designed to give Airmen around the world a direct connection to the…

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau helps with identity theft, data breaches

Posted  January 31, 2014

Headlines about large scale data breaches can be scary, but don’t panic. There are steps you can take to protect yourself. If your information was part of a breach, the most immediate risk is that the thieves may make unauthorized charges or debits to your accounts. Keep a close eye on your account activity and…

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Fourth Air Force commander leaves March, visits Joint Base Charleston reservists

Posted  January 31, 2014

Brig. Gen. John C. Flournoy, Jr., 4th Air Force commander visited the 315th Airlift Wing, Joint Base Charleston, S.C., Jan. 24, 2014, as part of an effort to get out and see the wings under his command. Col. James Fontanella, 315th AW commander, kicked off the general’s visit with a breakfast at the Charleston Club…

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