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Know mammogram facts

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A mammogram is an X-ray picture of the breast. Doctors use a mammogram to look for early signs of breast cancer. Regular mammograms are the best tests doctors have to find breast cancer early, sometimes up to three years before it can be felt. When their breast cancer is found early, many women go on to live long and healthy lives.

When should you get a mammogram?

The United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends that women should have mammograms every two years from age 50 to 74 years. Talk to your health professional if you have any symptoms or changes in your breast, or if breast cancer runs in your family. He or she may recommend that you have mammograms before age 50 or more often than usual.

How is a mammogram done?

You will stand in front of a special X-ray machine. A technologist will place your breast on a clear plastic plate. Another plate will firmly press your breast from above. The plates will flatten the breast, holding it still while the X-ray is being taken. You will feel some pressure. The other breast will be X-rayed in the same way. The steps are then repeated to make a side view of each breast. You will then wait while the technologist checks the four X-rays to make sure the pictures do not need to be re-done. Keep in mind that the technologist cannot tell you the results of your mammogram.

What does having a mammogram feel like?

Having a mammogram is uncomfortable for most women. Some women find it painful. A mammogram takes only a few moments, though, and the discomfort is over soon. What you feel depends on the skill of the technologist, the size of your breasts, and how much they need to be pressed. Your breasts may be more sensitive if you are about to get or have your period. A doctor with special training, called a radiologist, will read the mammogram. He or she will look at the X-ray for early signs of breast cancer or other problems.

When will I get the results of my mammogram?

You will usually get the results within a few weeks, although it depends on the facility. A radiologist reads your mammogram and then reports the results to you or your doctor. If there is a concern, you will hear from the mammography facility earlier. Contact your health professional or the mammography facility if you do not receive a report of your results within 30 days.

If the results of your mammogram is normal, you should continue to get regular mammograms. Mammograms work best when they can be compared with previous ones. This allows your doctor to compare them to look for changes in your breasts.

If the results of your mammogram is abnormal, do not panic. An abnormal mammogram does not always mean that there is cancer. But you will need to have additional mammograms, tests, or exams before the doctor can tell for sure. You may also be referred to a breast specialist or a surgeon. It does not necessarily mean you have cancer or need surgery. These doctors are experts in diagnosing breast problems.

Where can I get a mammogram and who can I talk to if I have questions?

  • Talk to your primary care physician first.
  • Call the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Information Service (CIS) at 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237). TTY: 1-800-332-8615.
  • For Medicare information, you can call 1-800 MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) or visit The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
  • The CDC’s National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program works with health departments and other groups to provide low-cost or free mammograms to women who qualify.

Tips for Getting a Mammogram

  • Try not to have your mammogram the week before you get your period or during your period. Your breasts may be tender or swollen then.
  • On the day of your mammogram, don’t wear deodorant, perfume, or powder. These products can show up as white spots on the X-ray.
  • Some women prefer to wear a top with a skirt or pants, instead of a dress. You will need to undress from your waist up for the mammogram.

News Briefs

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PLACE FLAGS TO HONOR VETS

If you are interested in helping place flags on the graves of Veterans prior to Veteran’s Day, please join us. We plan to meet at Riverside Evergreen Historical Cemetery (4414 14th St., Riverside, 92501) on Saturday morning, Nov. 7, 8 a.m. to place American flags on the graves of more than 1,000 Veterans (to include the gravesite of Col. Cornelius Cole Smith, United States Army, the cemetery’s only Congressional Medal of Honor recipient) in honor of Veteran’s Day, which is Nov. 11. All American flags are provided. Any and all volunteers are welcomed to participate. The flags will remain in place through Veteran’s Day. Make it a family day and hike to the top of Mount Rubidoux after you are done placing flags. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. John Morris at 951-655-3622 or 951-746-0416.

NAF SALE TODAY

The 452nd Force Support Squadron will hold a Non-Appropriated Funds (NAF) sale for the March Inn on Friday, Oct. 16, in the Fitness Center parking lot between Bldgs. 400 and 456, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (closing from noon to 1 p.m. for lunch). Available items are sofa sleepers, desks, dining chairs, end tables, lamps, pictures, color TVs, DVD players, lounge chairs, TV armoires, dressers, headboards, bed frames (queen), drapes, desk chairs, and much more! The sale is open to all base ID card holders – CASH ONLY – No sales tax!

MANDATORY FLU VACCINATIONS

The 452 AMW Flu Vaccination Campaign has begun, and will continue through the December’s UTAs. The Flu vaccination is mandatory for all Airmen unless exempted by medical staff. Airmen not current with their Flu vaccination after the December UTAs will potentially be placed in a no-point, no-pay status.

Please remind your fellow Airmen to attend our mass immunization site at Bldg. 355 (2355 Graeber St.) during the October and November UTAs.

Schedule for October/November UTAs is: Saturdays 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sundays 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Additionally, there will be a mobile vaccination site at the Wing Commander’s Call during the November UTAs. Starting in December, all Flu vaccinations will be given at the base clinic.

All Airmen, Unit Health Monitors and leaders are asked to get their annual Flu vaccination at the earliest convenience, and to encourage others to do the same. Help make this year’s Flu Campaign a success. There is no vaccine available for civilians at this time. For questions or concerns, email Maj. David Haupt at david.haupt.7@us.af.mil.

VA BENEFITS BRIEFING OCT 25

The 452nd Air Mobility Wing’s Airman and Family Readiness office is offering VA Benefits Briefing I and II on the October Unit Training Assembly, Sunday, Oct. 25.

They will be held in the 452nd Mission Support Group Conference Room, Bldg. 2313, 1261 Graeber Street. Show time is 7:30 a.m. and the briefing ends at 3:30 p.m. There will be a lunch break included. This briefing is mandatory for all personnel coming off of 180 days of consecutive orders (for any reason). It is also beneficial for all personnel who were prior service and who want a “refresher” of their VA Benefits. Reservations are required by calling 951-655-5350. Did you know that if you plan to transfer any or allof your GI bill to dependents, you must do so while you still have at least four years retainability (exceptions may apply) or you will be unable to do so? Learn about this and much more at the briefing. Don’t be left in the dark and miss out on some of your VA benefits because you didn’t think any of this was applicable to you!

KEY SPOUSE INITIAL TRAINING OCT. 24

The 452nd Air Mobility Wing’s Airman and Family Readiness director will conduct Initial Key Spouse Training on Saturday, Oct. 24, in the Mission Support Group Conference room, 1261 Graeber Street, Bldg. 2313, from 8:00 a.m. until noon. Prior to attending, interested volunteers must be interviewed and appointed by their unit commanders. Key Spouses are responsible for assisting families in finding and using available base and community resources. They also provide support to military families during their sponsor’s deployment. Reservations are required. Please call the A&FRC at 951-655-5350 for more information and to reserve your seat.

BACK STREET TRANSFORMATION

The Hap Arnold Club is looking for “Team March” specific items/memorabilia to decorate the walls of the new Backstreet Café! Bring items to Bldg. 434, administration office. Any unused items will be returned. Call 951-655-2801 for more information.

NAF TEAM JOBS AVAILABLE

Non-appropriated jobs are available at various locations throughout the USAF. View available positions at www.NAFJobs.org.

INSTALLATION VOTING ASSISTANCE OFFICER

With the onslaught of political debates in the news, it’s time to consider your right to vote. Are you registered? Do you understand military and federal employee guidelines for participating in a political rally or event? Are your social media postings getting political? The March Air Reserve Base Installation Voting Assistance Officer, Maj. Jessica Ditson, can help you find the information you need. She can be reached at Jessica.ditson@us.af.mi l or by calling 951-655-4551. Don’t wait until your state’s deadline to register. Choose to make your vote count!

MARCH EQUAL OPPORTUNITY SEEKS COUNSELORS

The March EO office is looking for ARTs/civilians interested in training to serve as Collateral Equal Opportunity counselors. This is an additional duty appointment. The Collateral EO counselors serve as a bridge between civilian employees and management for informal complaints concerning discrimination. Applicants should be at ease with oral and written communication to all pay grades, and have the ability to remain neutral while performing his or her duties. The additional duty will not exceed 20 percent of the counselor’s primary job duties. Applicants range from GS-05 to GS-12 or equivalent. Primary supervisor concurrence required. Training is required, date/time to be determined. If interested, contact Ms Paula Greenhaw, paula.greenhaw@us.af.mil, Maj. Nixomar Santiago, nixomar.santiago@us.af.mil.

HAP ARNOLD CLUB

The Back Street Café is temporarily operating in the Grande Ballroom at the Hap Arnold Club and serving breakfast and lunch.  Most of your Back Street favorites are available, such as breakfast burritos, French toast, fried chicken, March Burger, salmon sandwich and more!  Download the full menu with pricing at MarchFSS.com. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday: 6:30-10 a.m. for breakfast and 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. for lunch.

UTA operating hours are 5:30-9 a.m. for breakfast (Sat & Sun); 11-1 p.m. for lunch (Sat & Sun), and 4-8 p.m. for dinner (Fri & Sat).

MARCH TICKETS & TOURS

Amusement Park Specials

Knott’s Scary Farm tickets are here!! Prices range from $38 to $48 depending on the date. Visit MarchFSS.com for more information.

Castle Park: $16 per person includes unlimited rides, water park access, miniature golf and the new Sky Rider.

Disney 3-Day Park Hopper military special: $130 per person (adult/child)

SeaWorld “Waves of Honor” special: Extended through November 11, 2015. Program provides a one-time, limited, free admission to SeaWorld San Diego per veteran service member and up to three guests. Visit WavesofHonor.com to register for and obtain your free admissions. Additional tickets are available for purchase from the Tickets & Tours office.

Discount Movie Tickets

Available for only $10 each and valid for Regal Cinemas, United Artists Theatres and Edwards Cinemas.

Hotel Discounts

Receive 10% off any Best Western and 15% off any Choice Hotel

Visit the Tickets & Tours page at MarchFSS.com and download the Discount Ticket Price List for a full list of discounts tickets prices, hotel discounts and special promotions. Call Tickets & Tours at 951-655-4123 for more information.

LEARN TO FLY WITH THE AERO CLUB

The March Aero Club offers flight training (flying, private license, ground school, instrument training) at very reasonable rates including a pay-as-you-go plan with zero down. Visit Hangar 355 on base or call 951-655-3875 for more information.

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE TRIPS

March Outdoor Recreation plans the following trips for the remainder of the fiscal year:

September 19 – Skydive in Perris for $50 per person

September 26 – Three-hour Alpine horseback tour in Big Bear for $42 per person

Call them at 951-655-2816 for further details or to sign up.

OUTDOOR REC EQUIPMENT RENTALS

Outdoor Recreation has a variety of equipment for rent such as camping gear, water sports equipment, bicycles, and trailers to carry it all! Special orders for Callaway, Odyssey, Cleveland, Never Compromise, Nike, Bag Boy, Sun Mountain and Staff golf equipment are also available.  Download the full equipment rental price list at MarchFSS.com, call 951-655-2816 or come on by for more information.

BACK STREET CAFÉ TEMPORARILY OPERATING IN BALLROOM

Breakfast and lunch are available in the club’s Grande Ballroom. Most of your Back Street favorites are available such as Breakfast Burritos, French toast, fried chicken, March Burger, salmon sandwich and more! Download the full menu with pricing at MarchFSS.com. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 6:30-10 a.m. for breakfast; 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. for lunch. UTA operating hours are 5:30-9 a.m. for breakfast (Sat & Sun); 11-1 p.m. for lunch (Sat & Sun), and 4-8 p.m. for dinner (Fri & Sat).

FITNESS CENTER NEWS

The March Fitness Center has received the Wellbeats Virtual Group Fitness Kiosk. This kiosk allows members to participate in virtual fitness classes.

Daily Fitness Schedule is:

Mondays: 6 a.m. — Virtual Fusion Yoga; 10:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. — Intro TRX; 11 a.m. —Virtual Spin

Tuesdays: 11 a.m. — Virtual Strength “Fit for Duty;” 12:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. — Circuit Training

Wednesdays: 6 a.m. — Virtual Fusion Yoga; 11 a.m. — Zumba; 12:15 p.m. — Virtual Fusion Yoga; 12:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. — Battle Ropes Circuit Training

Thursdays: 11 a.m. —Virtual Spin; 12:15 p.m. — Virtual Strength “Fit for Duty;” 12:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. — Circuit Training

Fridays: 10 a.m. — Zumba; 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. — Intermediate TRX; 11:15 a.m. — Virtual Cardio

UTA Saturdays: (A UTA) 5 p.m. — Virtual Strength “Fit for Duty;” (B UTA) 5-7 p.m. — Pick-up Basketball

Call the Fitness & Sports center at 951-655-2292 to sign up or for more information on these programs.

GRILL NIGHT AT SALLY’S ALLEY

Every Wednesday night starting at 4 p.m., Sally’s Alley is open for business with Grill Night. Sally’s Alley is also now open every Pre-UTA Thursday at 4 p.m. For more information, call them at 951-653-2121.

THE 452ND AIR MOBILITY WING’S 2015 MILITARY BALL

The 452nd Air Mobility Wing’s 2015 Military Ball is scheduled for Saturday, November 21. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails at 6 p.m. and seating at 6:30 p.m. This year’s location remains the Riverside Convention Center, and this year we will have a Holiday Theme. This will be a fantastic evening and one you do not want to miss. Ticket prices dropped to $60 per person. See your first sergeant to purchase tickets or contact SMSgt. Griffey at 951-655-3999. There are only 9 rooms still available at the Marriott for $110 each, and only 35 rooms still available at the Hyatt Place for $105 each (the Hyatt Place price includes breakfast). When you call to make a reservation, mention the 2015 Military Ball to get the correct rate. You can contact The Marriott at 951-784-8000 or 1-800-228-9290 for reservations and The Hyatt Place at 951-321-3500 or 1-888-553-1300.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month celebrates disabled American workers

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October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), a nationwide campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the contributions of America’s workers with disabilities—past and present.

Alan Shepard was the first American in space and the fifth person to walk on the moon. His hard-charging nature made him successful throughout his career.

In early 1964, Shepard experienced recurring bouts of disorientation, dizziness, vomiting, and ringing in his ears. Shepard knew something was dangerously wrong. He was diagnosed with Ménière’s disease, a disabling medical condition.

A panel of NASA medics pulled Shepard from the flight rotation and grounded him.  He chose to stay with NASA, and was reassigned to a desk job.

In 1969, Shepard was restored to full flight status. At the age of 47, he was the oldest astronaut in the program when he commanded Apollo 14.

Congresswoman Ladda Tammy Duckworth is an Iraq War Veteran.

In 2004, she was deployed to Iraq with the Illinois Army National Guard as a Blackhawk helicopter pilot.  She was one of the first Army women to fly combat missions during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Her helicopter was hit by a rocket propelled grenade.  She lost her legs and partial use of her right arm in the crash.  She was awarded the Purple Heart for her combat injuries.

Duckworth spent the next year recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center alongside Melissa Stockwell.  She quickly became an advocate for her fellow Soldiers, and testified before Congress about caring for veterans and wounded warriors.

In 2013, she became the first Asian American woman elected to Congress in Illinois, and the first combat-disabled woman to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Bone health starts early

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World Osteoporosis Day, observed annually on October 20, puts the spotlight on the importance of bone-healthy nutrition from early life through to adulthood. This year’s theme focuses on Nutrition and addresses the public health challenges associated with insufficient intake of calcium, vitamin D and protein as well as other micronutrients crucial to bone health. Bone health starts in the womb so good nutrition is key to strong bones throughout life.

The majority of people are not getting their recommended daily allowances of calcium and vitamin D. In fact, worldwide, an estimated 1 billion people have inadequate levels of vitamin D in their blood, and deficiencies can be found in all ethnicities and age groups. In China, estimates from the Health Status Survey in 2002 indicated that less than 10 percent of Chinese citizens had an adequate dietary intake of calcium. Chronic untreated calcium deficiency can have many severe consequences, including osteopenia and osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis has been defined as a pediatric disease with geriatric consequences, emphasizing that bone health is shaped very early in life; in fact in the womb. Poor nutritional status of the mother can impact on the optimal growth of the baby’s skeleton. It has been associated with reduced adult bone mineral content at peak bone mass and in later life, as well as increased risk of hip fracture.

Beyond this, childhood and adolescence is a critical time for bone building as during this period both the size and strength of our bones increases significantly. Approximately half of our bone mass is accumulated during adolescence. This process continues until the mid-20s when peak bone mass is generally achieved (the maximum amount of bone possible during skeletal growth).

Helping a child achieve optimal bone strength is beneficial in late adulthood as there is more bone in reserve from which to draw; unlike in their younger years adults cannot replace bone tissue as quickly as they lose it. It is believed that a 10 percent increase in peak bone mineral density (BMD) – one measure of bone strength – could delay the development of osteoporosis by 13 years.

Prof. John Kanis, President, IOF, said “Our skeleton is very much like a house. It needs to be built with the right material to keep the structure strong and maintained over time to avoid any long-term damage. That’s why eating foods such as dairy products, oily fish, fruits and vegetables will provide us with the essential nutrients that are the key building blocks of strong bones.”

Judy Stenmark, CEO, IOF added that “Nintey-nine percent of the one kilogram of calcium found in the average body resides in our bones, which highlights why we need to get our recommended daily intake as fuel for the production and maintenance of bone. I encourage everyone to take the IOF Calcium Calculator test to find out how much calcium they are getting and how they can boost their intake.”

Calcium Calculators are available for free at:

Online calculator: http://bit.ly/calcium-calculator-web

iPhone App: http://bit.ly/calcium-calculator-iOS

Android App: http://bit.ly/calcium-calculator-android

Wear white on October 20 as a reminder to embrace better bone health.

Cybersecurity Awareness Month message to Airmen

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21st century warfare has quickly extended beyond the traditional domains of air, space, land, and sea. Cyberspace has emerged as the latest domain. From fuel pumps on the flight line, GPS links on weapons platforms, to the computer on your desk – every system that operates in and through cyberspace represents a vulnerability to the domain. So how do we protect the data, systems, and people who rely on cyberspace?

YOU are the first line of defense! Every time you log onto a system, retrieve data from a device, click on a link, or save a file, you must practice cyber hygiene: strong passwords, consistent cybersecurity practices, and unwavering vigilance against “phishing” attempts. Nobody is immune to cyberattack attempts. Since December 2013, there have been no fewer than seven major breaches affecting nearly 430 million records (i.e., social security number, health records, names, birthdates, addresses, etc.). In a recent report from the Defense Cyber Crime Center, 76% of cyberattacks in 2014 were attributed to phishing attempt (attachments and links from unknown sources).

Other studies have shown 85% of previous network intrusions could have been prevented with basic defense hygiene. Doing your part not only helps secure the domain and the missions reliant on cyberspace, but also “reduces the noise” thus improving the ability for our Cyberspace Operators to find the sophisticated and stealthy threats.

The USAF must continue to adopt ad promote a culture of cybersecurity. As we focus on cybersecurity this month, help establish and enforce this mindset for yourself and your workplace. Use this as an opportunity to improve cyber hygiene and defense well beyond this month so we can continue to support and defend our great nation across every domain.

Please join me in doing your part to secure the cyberspace domain, to provide mission assurance across the Air Force in support of the Joint fight.

Prevent domestic violence in your community

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A key strategy in preventing domestic violence is the promotion of respectful, nonviolent relationships through individual, relationship, community, and societal level change. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month; enhance prevention efforts in your community.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is committed to ensuring that all Americans, especially those at risk for intimate partner violence, live to their fullest potential. Promoting respectful, nonviolent intimate partner relationships through individual, relationship, community, and societal level change is a key strategy.

What Is Intimate Partner Violence?

Intimate partner violence includes physical violence, sexual violence, threats of physical or sexual violence, and emotional abuse by a current or former spouse or non-marital partner. This type of violence can occur among heterosexual or same-sex couples and does not require sexual intimacy. It exists along a continuum from a single episode of violence to ongoing battering.

Why Is Intimate Partner Violence a Public Health Problem?

Data from CDC’s National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS) indicate the following:

  • An estimated 9% of women and 1% of men experienced attempted or completed rape by an intimate partner during their lifetime.
  • Severe physical violence was experienced by an estimated 22% of women and 14% of men. This includes being hit with something hard, being kicked or beaten, or being burned.
  • An estimated 9% of women and 2% of men were stalked by an intimate partner during their lifetime.

Team March participates in NBA’s Hoops for Troops

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U.S. Air Force photo/Linda Welz

The Los Angeles Lakers partnered with Pechanga Resort and Casino to offer a free basketball clinic to Team March members as part of the National Basketball Association’s “NBA Cares Hoops for Troops” program. NBA Cares Hoops for Troops is a year-round initiative led by the NBA, its teams and players in collaboration with the Department of Defense, USO and other military and veteran serving organizations to honor active and retired service men and women and their families. In addition to the basketball clinic, participants were given T-shirts and game tickets for themselves and up to three guests each. The hour-long clinic began with the Lakers coaching staff running Team March members through several drills. The clinic, which was held at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California, the afternoon of October 8, was followed three hours later by the game where the Lakers lost to the Toronto Raptors 105 to 97.  This is the third year Team March members have been invited to participate in the program. The first year, there was a basketball clinic at March Air Reserve Base, in conjunction with The Healthy Base Initiative, for dependent children, and last year Team March members joined NBA professionals in a nearby community to serve holiday meals to those less fortunate.

March delivers last of 12 GPS IIF satellites

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U.S. Air Force photo/James Rainier

A quality assurance team from the 45th Launch Group off-loads an Air Force GPS IIF-12 satellite from a 452nd Air Mobility Wing C-17 Globemaster III on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, Oct. 8, 2015. A crowd from the government and industry partnership, who will complete the satellite’s final assembly, gathered on the Cape’s “Skid Strip” to watch the off-loading of the satellite they will prepare to launch aboard a United Launch Alliance rocket in 2016. “This GPS IIF-12 satellite represents the end of a legacy as it will be the last of the 61 GPS satellites processed here at (Cape Canaveral Air Force Station),” said Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith, the 45th Space Wing commander. “This culminates an incredible 27-year legacy at our Area 59 Satellite Processing Facility. We are the nation’s premier gateway to space and are humbled to be a part of the team that provides GPS and its capabilities to the world.”

News Briefs

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PLACE FLAGS TO HONOR VETS

If you are interested in helping place flags on the graves of Veterans prior to Veteran’s Day, please join us. We plan to meet at Riverside Evergreen Historical Cemetery (4414 14th St., Riverside, 92501) on Saturday morning, Nov. 7, 8 a.m. to place American flags on the graves of more than 1,000 Veterans (to include the gravesite of Col. Cornelius Cole Smith, United States Army, the cemetery’s only Congressional Medal of Honor recipient) in honor of Veteran’s Day, twhich is Nov. 11. All American flags are provided. Any and all volunteers are welcomed to participate. The flags will remain in place through Veteran’s Day. Make it a family day and hike to the top of Mount Rubidoux after you are done placing flags. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. John Morris at 951-655-3622 or 951-746-0416.

NAF SALE OCT. 15-16

The 452nd Force Support Squadron will hold a Non-Appropriated Funds (NAF) sale for the March Inn on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 15-16, in the Fitness Center parking lot between Bldgs. 400 and 456, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day (closing from noon to 1 p.m. for lunch). Available items are sofa sleepers, desks, dining chairs, end tables, lamps, pictures, color TVs, DVD players, lounge chairs, TV armoires, dressers, headboards, bed frames (queen), drapes, desk chairs, and much more! The sale is open to all base ID card holders – CASH ONLY – No sales tax!

MANDATORY FLU VACCINATIONS

The 452 AMW Flu Vaccination Campaign has begun, and will continue through the December’s UTAs. The Flu vaccination is mandatory for all Airmen unless exempted by medical staff. Airmen not current with their Flu vaccination after the December UTAs will potentially be placed in a no point no pay status.

Please remind your fellow Airmen to attend our mass immunization site at Bldg. 355 (2355 Graeber St.) during the October and November UTAs.

Schedule for October/November UTAs is: Saturdays 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sundays 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Additionally, there will be a mobile vaccination site at the Wing Commander’s Call during the November UTAs. Starting in December, all Flu vaccinations will be given at the base clinic.

All Airmen, Unit Health Monitors and leaders are asked to get their annual Flu vaccination at the earliest convenience, and to encourage others to do the same. Help make this year’s Flu Campaign a success. There is no vaccine available for civilians at this time. For questions or concerns, email Maj. David Haupt at david.haupt.7@us.af.mil.

VA BENEFITS BRIEFING OCT 25

The 452nd Air Mobility Wing’s Airman and Family Readiness office is offering VA Benefits Briefing I and II on the October Unit Training Assembly, Sunday, Oct. 25.

They will be held in the 452nd Mission Support Group Conference Room, Bldg. 2313, 1261 Graeber Street. Show time is 7:30 a.m. and the briefing ends at 3:30 p.m. There will be a lunch break included. This briefing is mandatory for all personnel coming off of 180 days of consecutive orders (for any reason). It is also beneficial for all personnel who were prior service and who want a “refresher” of their VA Benefits. Reservations are required by calling 951-655-5350. Did you know that if you plan to transfer any or all of your GI bill to dependents, you must do so while you still have at least four years retainability (exceptions may apply) or you will be unable to do so? Learn about this and much more at the briefing. Don’t be left in the dark and miss out on some of your VA benefits because you didn’t think any of this was applicable to you!

KEY SPOUSE INITIAL TRAINING OCT. 24

The 452nd Air Mobility Wing’s Airman and Family Readiness director will conduct Initial Key Spouse Training on Saturday, Oct. 24, in the Mission Support Group Conference room, 1261 Graeber Street, Bldg. 2313, from 8:00 a.m. until noon. Prior to attending, interested volunteers must be interviewed and appointed by their unit commanders. Key Spouses are responsible for assisting families in finding and using available base and community resources. They also provide support to military families during their sponsor’s deployment. Reservations are required. Please call the A&FRC at 951-655-5350 for more information and to reserve your seat.

BACK STREET TRANSFORMATION

The Hap Arnold Club is looking for “Team March” specific items/memorabilia to decorate the walls of the new Backstreet Café! Bring items the bldg 434 admin. office.  Any unused items will be returned. Call 951-655-2801 for more information.

NAF TEAM JOBS AVAILABLE

Nonappropriated jobs are available at various locations throughout the USAF. View available positions at www.NAFJobs.org.

INSTALLATION VOTING ASSISTANCE OFFICER

With the onslaught of political debates in the news, it’s time to consider your right to vote. Are you registered? Do you understand military and federal employee guidelines for participating in a political rally or event? Are your social media postings getting political? The March Air Reserve Base Installation Voting Assistance Officer, Maj. Jessica Ditson, can help you find the information you need. She can be reached at Jessica.ditson@us.af.mi l or by calling 951-655-4551. Don’t wait until your state’s deadline to register. Choose to make your vote count!

MARCH EQUAL OPPORTUNITY SEEKS COUNSELORS

The March EO office is looking for ARTs/civilians interested in training to serve as Collateral Equal Opportunity counselors. This is an additional duty appointment. The Collateral EO counselors serve as a bridge between civilian employees and management for informal complaints concerning discrimination. Applicants should be at ease with oral and written communication to all pay grades, and have the ability to remain neutral while performing his or her duties. The additional duty will not exceed 20 percent of the counselor’s primary job duties. Applicants range from GS-05 to GS-12 or equivalent. Primary supervisor concurrence required. Training is required, date/time to be determined. If interested, contact Ms Paula Greenhaw, paula.greenhaw@us.af.mil, Maj. Nixomar Santiago, nixomar.santiago@us.af.mil.

HAP ARNOLD CLUB

The Back Street Café is temporarily operating in the Grande Ballroom at the Hap Arnold Club and serving breakfast and lunch.  Most of your Back Street favorites are available, such as breakfast burritos, French toast, fried chicken, March Burger, salmon sandwich and more!  Download the full menu with pricing at MarchFSS.com. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday: 6:30-10 a.m. for breakfast and 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. for lunch.

UTA operating hours are 5:30-9 a.m. for breakfast (Sat & Sun); 11-1 p.m. for lunch (Sat & Sun), and 4-8 p.m. for dinner (Fri & Sat).

MARCH TICKETS & TOURS

Amusement Park Specials

Knott’s Scary Farm tickets are here!! Prices range from $38 to $48 depending on the date. Visit MarchFSS.com for more information.

Castle Park: $16 per person includes unlimited rides, water park access, miniature golf and the new Sky Rider.

Disney 3-Day Park Hopper military special: $130 per person (adult/child)

SeaWorld “Waves of Honor” special: Extended through November 11, 2015. Program provides a one-time, limited, free admission to SeaWorld San Diego per veteran service member and up to three guests. Visit WavesofHonor.com to register for and obtain your free admissions. Additional tickets are available for purchase from the Tickets & Tours office.

Discount Movie Tickets

Available for only $10 each and valid for Regal Cinemas, United Artists Theatres and Edwards Cinemas.

Hotel Discounts

Receive 10% off any Best Western and 15% off any Choice Hotel

Visit the Tickets & Tours page at MarchFSS.com and download the Discount Ticket Price List for a full list of discounts tickets prices, hotel discounts and special promotions. Call Tickets & Tours at 951-655-4123 for more information.

LEARN TO FLY WITH THE AERO CLUB

The March Aero Club offers flight training (flying, private license, ground school, instrument training) at very reasonable rates including a pay-as-you-go plan with zero down. Visit Hangar 355 on base or call 951-655-3875 for more information.

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE TRIPS

March Outdoor Recreation plans the following trips for the remainder of the fiscal year:

September 19 – Skydive in Perris for $50 per person

September 26 – Three-hour Alpine horseback tour in Big Bear for $42 per person

Call them at 951-655-2816 for further details or to sign up.

OUTDOOR REC EQUIPMENT RENTALS

Outdoor Recreation has a variety of equipment for rent such as camping gear, water sports equipment, bicycles, and trailers to carry it all! Special orders for Callaway, Odyssey, Cleveland, Never Compromise, Nike, Bag Boy, Sun Mountain and Staff golf equipment are also available.  Download the full equipment rental price list at MarchFSS.com, call 951-655-2816 or come on by for more information.

BACK STREET CAFÉ TEMPORARILY OPERATING IN BALLROOM

Breakfast and lunch are available in the club’s Grande Ballroom. Most of your Back Street favorites are available such as Breakfast Burritos, French toast, fried chicken, March Burger, salmon sandwich and more! Download the full menu with pricing at MarchFSS.com. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 6:30-10 a.m. for breakfast; 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. for lunch. UTA operating hours are 5:30-9 a.m. for breakfast (Sat & Sun); 11-1 p.m. for lunch (Sat & Sun), and 4-8 p.m. for dinner (Fri & Sat).

FITNESS CENTER NEWS

The March Fitness Center has received the Wellbeats Virtual Group Fitness Kiosk. This kiosk allows members to participate in virtual fitness classes.

Daily Fitness Schedule is:

Mondays: 6 a.m. — Virtual Fusion Yoga; 10:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. — Intro TRX; 11 a.m. —Virtual Spin

Tuesdays: 11 a.m. — Virtual Strength “Fit for Duty;” 12:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. — Circuit Training

Wednesdays: 6 a.m. — Virtual Fusion Yoga; 11 a.m. — Zumba; 12:15 p.m. — Virtual Fusion Yoga; 12:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. — Battle Ropes Circuit Training

Thursdays: 11 a.m. —Virtual Spin; 12:15 p.m. — Virtual Strength “Fit for Duty;” 12:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. — Circuit Training

Fridays: 10 a.m. — Zumba; 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. — Intermediate TRX; 11:15 a.m. — Virtual Cardio

UTA Saturdays: (A UTA) 5 p.m. — Virtual Strength “Fit for Duty;” (B UTA) 5-7 p.m. — Pick-up Basketball

Call the Fitness & Sports center at 951-655-2292 to sign up or for more information on these programs.

GRILL NIGHT AT SALLY’S ALLEY

Every Wednesday night starting at 4 p.m., Sally’s Alley is open for business with Grill Night. Sally’s Alley is also now open every Pre-UTA Thursday at 4 p.m. For more information, call them at 951-653-2121.

THE 452ND AIR MOBILITY WING’S 2015 MILITARY BALL

The 452nd Air Mobility Wing’s 2015 Military Ball is scheduled for Saturday, November 21. This year’s location remains the Riverside Convention Center, and this year we will have a Holiday Theme. This will be a fantastic evening and one you do not want to miss. Ticket prices dropped to $60 per person. See your first sergeant to purchase tickets or contact SMSgt. Griffey at 951-655-3999. There are 40 rooms available at the Marriott for $123 each, and 50 rooms available at the Hyatt Place for $105 each (the Hyatt Place price includes breakfast). When you call to make a reservation, mention the 2015 Military Ball to get the correct rate. You can contact The Marriott at 1-800-228-9290 or (951)784-8000 for reservations and The Hyatt Place at 1-888-553-1300 or (951)321-3500. ROOM RATE INCREASE-The Marriott Hotel advises that the room rates for the 2015 military ball were increased from $110 to $123 due to the FY 16 military per diem rate change that was recently released.

AirFest 2016: Thunder over the Empire!

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Save the dates, April 16-17, 2016 for March Field’s first air show since 2012! Admission is free and the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will be the headliners! Please help us spread the word that these dates were recently changed to accommodate the Thunderbirds’ schedule, but that these new dates are firm. We will soon be announcing social media sites, created specifically for the air show, where you can get all the current information, tips on what to bring, a list of things you cannot bring, ask questions, and voice concerns. Watch The Beacon for the announcement or watch for it at www.facebook.com/TeamMarch or on Twitter @March_ARB. In the meantime, if you have any air-show-specific questions, please email them to 452amw.paworkflow@us.af.mil.