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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.

U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt Rick Sforza, 4th Combat Camera Squadron Air Force

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

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

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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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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MyICP gives military spouses new career planning tool

Posted  January 31, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Military spouses who need guidance on education and careers have a new online tool at their fingertips, a program analyst for the Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program, or SECO, said in an interview last week. “My Individual Career Plan,” allows spouses to build a virtual career roadmap based on their specific…

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AF High Flyin’ BBQ Challenge

Posted  January 31, 2014

  Outdoor Recreation has a new program, The AF High Flyin’ BBQ Challenge, designed to improve morale, resilience and strengthen community ties for Airmen while garnering recognition for their talents. Regional competitions will determine those who will advance to the Air Force-level challenge, held in conjunction with the 2014 Fall Fest in San Antonio, Texas….

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Can you legally escort or sponsor a visitor onto March Field?

Posted  January 31, 2014

Do you need to bring a visitor onto the base? Do you know the procedures? The 452nd Security Forces Squadron’s Pass & Registration department is the place to go to learn the procedures and find answers. As a closed military base, it is critical that every person assigned to or visiting March Air Reserve Base…

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News Briefs January 31, 2014

Posted  January 31, 2014

JOIN THE HAP ARNOLD CLUB ON SOCIAL MEDIA The Hap Arnold Club just launched its Facebook page to keep everyone informed of upcoming events and specials. You can find them by going to the social media site and entering Hap Arnold Club in the search box. The profile photo on the page is one of…

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Coping with drought; preserving a precious resource

Posted  January 24, 2014

U.S. Airforce photo/Linda Welz A drainage ditch on March Air Reserve Base, Calif., stands void of all but a few puddles of water on January 22, 2014, residue from landscape maintainance and evidence of the severe drought that has hit the state. California governor, Jerry Brown, announced a drought emergency last week, following a rainfall…

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DOD to preserve historic images

Posted  January 24, 2014

DOD photo/Staff Sgt. Lance Cheung A view from the top rear of the Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) located at the Defense Visual Information Center, March Air Reserve Base, Calif. The DIMOC, which digitizes and stores existing media to preserve visual records from all services, is running out of storage space at the March…

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AF uniform policy update: welcome back morale T-shirts, badges and limitless athletic shoes

Posted  January 24, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) –The Air Force updated the policy governing uniform wear Jan. 17, with a goal of not financially burdening Airmen. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark. A. Welsh III approved several updates to Air Force Instruction 36-2903, Air Force Dress and Appearance, with many of the changes coming directly from Airmen. During the…

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