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Knowing the facts: National American Indian Heritage Month

(Official U.S. Air Force photo) Maj. Gen. Clarence L. Tinker was the highest ranking officer of Native-American ancestry and the first general lost in action during World War II. November is National American Indian Heritage Month, honoring American Indians and Alaska Natives. For 2014, the Society of American Indian Government Employees has selected the theme…

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Tips for getting enough healthy protein in your diet

At a time when over a third of American adults are obese and childhood obesity rates are rising exponentially, more Americans are looking for meat alternatives in their dining choices.

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President announces Hagel’s resignation as Defense Secretary

Praising Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s “class and integrity,” President Barack Obama has announced at the White House that Hagel will leave his post.

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DoD highlights warrior, family care during Warrior Care Month 2014

The Defense Department recently hosted a rehabilitation expo as part of Warrior Care Month as it continues its commitment to supporting wounded, ill and injured troops, their families and caregivers. James Rodriguez, deputy assistant secretary of defense for the Office of Warrior Care Policy, discussed his office’s role in supporting wounded warriors, Warrior Care Month…

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Tinker epitomized Native American strength, leadership

Courtesy Photo Maj. Gen. Clarence L. Tinker was a natural leader who personally led his Airmen into combat missions during the early days of World War II. He perished, along with his crew, during the battle of Midway. The nation’s highest-ranking Native American general didn’t have to be on the ill-fated mission in the Pacific…


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News Briefs January 10, 2014

Posted  January 10, 2014

Snapshots U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Michael Quiboloy Lt. Col. Tina M. Tsui, 452nd Force Support Squadron commander, and Maj. Hal Byers, 163rd FSS commander, gather for the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement for the two units’ merger at March ARB, Calif., Jan. 8, 2014. The 3-in-1 integration of FSS will be a…

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Tops in Blue celebrates 60 years

Posted  December 20, 2013

Courtesy photo/Jennifer Collins Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Collins, a reservist with the 4th Combat Camera Squadron, March Air Reserve Base, Calif., performs the role of musical sensation, Pitbull, during the kick-off show of the 2013 Tops in Blue All Star tour at Joint Base San Antonio, Dec. 7, 2013. Collins was one of several former TIB…

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Operation Warm Heart toy drive surpasses previous collections

Posted  December 20, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Joe Davidson Members of Riverside County Cal Fire and March Field Fire Departments team up with Lori Gracey, Kinross Lane Preschool owner/teacher and her students and their parents to donate toys to Operation Warm Heart Friday, Dec. 13, 2013. Gracey, the mother of Blue Eagles Honor Guard member, Tech. Sgt….

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Fourth Air Force names new award in honor of fallen Explosive Ordnance Disposal Airman

Posted  December 20, 2013

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. — A unique Air Force Reserve award and trophy have been created in the memory of Tech. Sgt. Anthony Campbell Jr., a 932nd Airlift Wing service member who lost his life during Operation Enduring Freedom in 2009. His recovery and destruction of more than 280 pieces of ordnance and bulk…

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Remodeled Grande Ballroom at Hap Arnold Club open for business

Posted  December 20, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Joe Davidson The Hap Arnold Club, March Air Reserve Base, Calif., held a grand re-opening of its Grande Ballroom, Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, after months of renovation work to repair damage done by a faulty fire sprinkler. The room is now available to rent for small and large events. The…

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Senate confirms James as next secretary of the Air Force

Posted  December 20, 2013

Deborah Lee James will be the next secretary of the Air Force, according to a Senate confirmation vote Dec 13.

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News Briefs December 20, 2013

Posted  December 20, 2013

BEACON GOES DARK UNTIL 2014 This is the final Beacon issue of 2013. The next Beacon to be delivered will be a 2013 Year-in-Review and will arrive Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. The Beacon staff wishes you each a blessed holiday season and a safe and happy New Year! COMMAND CHIEF KELLY TO MOVE TO TRAVIS…

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Defense Equal Opportunity facts of the day : Dec 20-31

Posted  December 20, 2013

20-Dec In 1822, Clement Clarke Moore wrote a poem for his daughters entitled “An Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas.” His poem, which he was hesitant to publish due to the frivolous nature of its subject, is largely responsible for our image of Santa Claus as a “right jolly old elf” with the ability…

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Travis Reserve wing is best in Fourth Air Force

Posted  December 13, 2013

Courtesy photo Col. Douglas Planer (foreground), 4th Air Force A3 Director, joins (from left) Roger Rupp, Riverside Military Affairs Committee Chairman; Brig. Gen. John C. Flournoy Jr., 4th Air Force commander; and Cindy Roth, Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce President, in congratulating the 349th Air Mobility Wing, Travis Air Force Base, Calif., for being named…

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A movie experience I couldn’t tell you about, until now

Posted  December 13, 2013

I realized that the entertainment industry and the military shared many similarities, when I spent several weeks participating in the production of a Hollywood blockbuster. I even saw myself on screen in the movie (disclosed below) when it was released. Here is my story: My show time as an extra in the Hollywood production was…

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