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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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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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Seabee’s “Can Do!” saves AFN BC $130k

Posted  January 24, 2014

DOD photo/Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist John Harrington Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 4’s Chief Petty Officer Scott Henske (right, white hat) checks and adjusts a diesel fuel tank’s position to the inch at its new location prior to dropping it fully to the pad Dec. 20, 2013, at the American Forces Network Broadcast Center, March…

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Services Scene

Posted  January 24, 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. The Hap Arnold…

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Pentagon praises bipartisan spending bill

Posted  January 24, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Pentagon spokesman has praised a budget bill that won final Congressional approval today which would fund the government through September, but cautions tough spending decisions remain. The bill provides DOD with necessary funding for critical investments and modernization, an increase in pay and benefits, continued training, equipment maintenance and funding that…

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