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Team March 101: The Air and Marine Operations Center or “AMOC”

Located right here at March Field is The Air and Marine Operations Center or AMOC, a facility within U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Air and Marine Operations (AMO). It is an international, multi-domain federal law enforcement center. Established in 1988 at March Air Reserve Base, the facility is a state-of-the-art law enforcement operations and…

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Who are your chaplains, chaplain assistants?

The 452nd Air Mobility Wing’s chapel team is here to serve you. The chaplains and chaplain assistants assigned to the wing staff are made up of a great group of men and women from various backgrounds and traditions. The common denominator is that they are here to serve you, right where you are. They serve…

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As military integrates combat jobs, a new push to position women as leaders

Women in the U.S. military will step into a host of new combat and command roles in coming months. Outside advocates want them to be leaders in the veteran’s community, too. Next week, officials from the Service Women’s Action Network will host a Washington, D.C., forum on integration of combat jobs and connected cultural changes….

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How VA Health Care outdoes private sector

Because the nation’s media has been focused almost exclusively on the problems of America’s largest, and only publicly funded, fully integrated healthcare system – the Veterans Health Administration — we barely hear anything about the successes of VHA healthcare. Pioneering treatments for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) (from which anywhere from 18-30% of veterans suffer) is…

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Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memories

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – In observance of African American/Black History Month, celebrated each year during the month of February, the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI) proudly announces the availability of original artwork, the Black History Month observance poster. The theme for this month’s observance is “Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memories.”…

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January 2015: The year in review

Posted  January 8, 2016

(U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Perry Aston/Released) A March KC-135 Stratotanker refuels a U.S. Air Force A-10 Warthog Jan. 30, 2015. The A-10s are providing combat air support in Iraq for Operation INHERENT RESOLVE. Coalition aircraft have been conducting air strikes against the Da’esh since August 2014. 163rd Security Forces Squadron courtesy photo…

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News Briefs 12/18/2015

Posted  December 18, 2015

FINAL 2015 BEACON This is the final Beacon issue for 2015. The next one will be a 2015 year-in-review and will hit the stands on Jan 8, 2016. The Beacon staff thanks you for all the input provided this year and wish you all safe and happy holidays! We look forward to your stories in…

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Senate confirms Brig. Gen. Russell A. Muncy

Posted  December 18, 2015

The Senate announced its confirmation, Dec. 10, of Russell A. Muncy’s promotion to brigadier general. Muncy is commander of March Field’s host unit, the 452nd Air Mobility Wing, the Air Force Reserve Command’s largest wing. Although the announcement was just received, Muncy’s official date of rank is March 26, 2015. There will be a formal…

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Accident/incident? Keep calm and carry on

Posted  December 11, 2015

Ironic as it is, I recently smashed my finger while putting a first aid kit into a vehicle. While preparing for a temporary duty assignment (TDY), I was transferring luggage from my personal vehicle into a government van to prepare for the drive to my TDY location. How was I supposed to know that those…

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163rd Judge Advocate defends Airman

Posted  December 11, 2015

(Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgts. Neil Ballecer and Gregory Solman) 163rd Attack Wing Judge Advocate General Maj. Marsha Yasuda, assisted by paralegal Staff Sgt. Adriana Stevens, defended the first California Air National Guardsman court martialed in more than a decade. Maj. Marsha Yasuda had barely landed at the 163d Reconnaissance Wing’s Judge Advocate…

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