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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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History of the Raincross Trophy

Posted  December 13, 2013

In 1917, a small group of distinguished Riverside citizens joined with the Riverside Chamber of Commerce to acquire a parcel of land in an area known as the Alessandro Plain on the outskirts of the city. They had a vision – that there would one day be a military airfield on that site – a…

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DEOMI Facts of the day: Dec 13-19

Posted  December 13, 2013

A more in-depth look at the holiday season.

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News Briefs December 13, 2013

Posted  December 12, 2013

OPERATION WARM HEART HELPS MARCH FAMILIES This is the time of year, that family and friends make preparations for the Holidays. This year, many families were hit particularly hard with furloughs, work stoppages and a cut in work hours. Since the early 1990’s, Operation Warm Heart has tried to ease the burden of those families…

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New commander humbled by base’s history

Posted  December 6, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Joe Davidson Col. Russell Muncy delivers his remarks to a full house during his assumption of command ceremony held at the Cultural Resource Center, March Air Reserve Base, Calif., Nov. 23, 2013. Muncy pledged to work with Team March and community members to ensure the base continues to maintain a…

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Commander sends holiday season greetings to Citizen Airmen

Posted  December 6, 2013

WASHINGTON — As we finish this year and look forward to the next, I want to thank you for your outstanding commitment and professionalism. You and your fellow Citizen Airmen clearly displayed a “service before self” attitude. From sequestration to the government shutdown, the budget challenges were numerous. I appreciate your dedication to the mission,…

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Health & Safety

452 AMW Lessons Learned/Best Practices—Fitness Assessment

Posted  December 6, 2013

Preparation, training and practice leads to better scoring. Wearing the Air Force Physical Training uniform is required for the fitness assessment (FA). Prepare for your FA by training in “like” weather. Training in cold weather may require additional uniform attire, such as wearing the Air Force PT uniform jacket and pants. Practicing your runtime in…

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Health & Safety

Don’t be a victim!

Posted  December 6, 2013

Each year, the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) produces the Local Threat Assessment (LTA) report to keep command officials informed of the current criminal threat to March Air Reserve Base facilities and personnel. While there have been no direct criminal threats targeted at the military community in or around March ARB, military personnel…

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Facts about home holiday fires

Posted  December 6, 2013

The holiday season is usually a happy season. However, if you take a short cut where safety is concerned, it could turn tragic. One of every three home Christmas tree fires is caused by electrical problems. Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious. Reported…

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Just do it!

Posted  December 6, 2013

Did anyone notice how quickly December crept up on us this year? I don’t mean to sound negative; I love this time of the year. But at times I also find myself frustrated by it. It’s Black Friday as I write this. That’s interesting verbiage for the day after we are to remind ourselves of…

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Welsh: Budget Woes Force Cuts to Some Base Facilities

Posted  December 6, 2013

GRAND FORKS, N.D — In this time of sequestration, the Air Force must focus on its primary mission of being able to fight and win the nation’s wars, Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, the Air Force chief of staff, said here yesterday. Family programs that support that mission will receive funding, but “nice-to-have” facilities will…

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