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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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452 AMW lineage began in World War II England

Posted  August 22, 2014

(With the this year’s military ball theme, “A Legacy for the future: 452nd Bombardment Group,” and the ball only 11 weeks away, it seems appropriate to re-print an 11-part series tracing its lineage. The series was first run in the Beacon in 2007. Take this journey with us.) The 452nd Air Mobility Wing started as…

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Official says: Tobacco use harms military readiness

Posted  August 22, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Because tobacco use is harmful to military readiness, the Defense Department has an added responsibility to curb its use, the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs said today, noting that service members are more likely to use tobacco products than civilians. Tobacco use can lead to excess oral cavity disease and…

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AFN does Comic-Con, brings home the goods

Posted  August 22, 2014

If you’ve ever wondered what “success” looks like, just toss a gaze toward Eric Gabriel, Robert Sekula, Rock Grant, and MC2(SW/AW) Stephen Hale, all from the American Forces Network Broadcast Center, Marketing and Promotion division, March Air Reserve Base, California.

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Social media guidance on political campaigns, elections

Posted  August 22, 2014

Reservists on active duty for 30 or more days may generally express their personal views on public issues or political candidates via social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter or personal blogs, much the same as they would be permitted to write a letter to the editor of a newspaper. If a social media site/post…

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Go After the OC!M

Posted  August 22, 2014

“If the only reason you’re avoiding taking on a challenge is because the idea scares you, then that’s the reason to take it on.” That line comes from Steve Farber’s The Radical Leap, a great little book on leadership that follows the journey of a man who stands at the edge of his future but…

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New Joint Deployment Center coming to March

Posted  August 22, 2014

A new Joint Deployment Center capable of housing passengers and cargo is scheduled to begin construction within the next six months here.

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Strategic agility is the future of the Air Force

Posted  August 22, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — As the Air Force prepares for new challenges and opportunities of the coming decades, it faces sobering 21st-century realities: global centers of power have become more distributed and the terrorism threat more dispersed. Most importantly, the emerging environment is demonstrating a trend that could prove to be the defining one of current…

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News Briefs August 22, 2014

Posted  August 22, 2014

Hang gliding Courtesy photo Henry Frye, 452nd Force Support Squadron employee, participates in tandem hang gliding Aug. 16 in Devore, California. Participants soared with certified instructors, free of charge, thanks to the Single Airman’s Program Initiative, which provides the FSS resources that foster a strong culture, mission and sense of community for single Airmen by…

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Mega-Code 14: Preparing March for joint medical operations

Posted  August 15, 2014

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Russell McMillan Senior Airman Kerry Diehl-Hauser (left) and Maj. Lorna Figueras, 452nd Aeromedical Staging Squadron, help transfer a simulated patient from an ambulance to a C-17 Globemaster III, as part of Mega-Code 14, a joint medical training exercise held at the base July 26, 2014. Mega-Code 14 is designed to…

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SAPR: More than an Air Force Acronym

Posted  August 15, 2014

As an Airman and a senior leader in the Air Force Reserve, I’ve seen firsthand the devastating impacts of sexual assault on an Air Force organization. Regardless of your unit or military status, Active or Reserve, no one is immune to these impacts nor absolved of their responsibility to combat the instances of sexual assault…

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