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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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March host wing contributes to overall success of Mobility Air Force mission

U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt Rick Sforza, 4th Combat Camera Squadron A KC-135R from the 336th Air Refueling Squadron refuels a C-17A from the 729th Airlift Squadron. Both aircraft are from the Air Force Reserve Command’s 452nd Air Mobility Wing, March Air Reserve Base, Calif. The 452nd Air Mobility Wing, March Air Reserve…

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The friendly invasion: 452nd GIs inundated English villages

Photo by Pleon Wood (L to r) SSgt. Froilan Hernandez, TSgt. Jack Duer and SSgt. Floyd Gibson of the 452nd Bombardment Group ham it up outside a pub while on leave in England. The men were part of an aircrew on the B-17 Flying Fortress Shot Snorter, which was shot down over Europe while being…


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Naval Operational Support Center: Preparing Sailors to go anytime, anywhere

Posted  December 7, 2012

Members of the Naval Operational Support Center and their families attended a day-long Deployment Readiness Training, held at the NOSC, Building 2630 on Dec. 1. The training, held annually and arranged by NOSC staff, falls under the umbrella of the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program and is provided to members within 18 months of deployment to…

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News Briefs | December 7, 2012

Posted  December 7, 2012

NOTIFICATION OF RESTRICTED AREA March members are to avoid running, jogging, or walking on the perimeter road past the March Fire Department from Dec. 3 to16. This is due to ongoing construction at Gate 51. For more information, contact Master Sgt. Christopher Jugas at 951-655-4950. A&FRC OFFERS TSP ‘LUNCH AND LEARN’ WORKSHOP The Airman &…

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Riverside National Cemetery announces holiday decorating policy

Posted  December 7, 2012

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Riverside National Cemetery Director Dean Moline announced the cemetery’s holiday decorating policy. The policy, according to Moline, is meant to establish a uniform standard of appearance by balancing the family’s desire to honor its loved one with the cemetery’s requirement to continue maintenance operations throughout the long holiday season. “We understand that…

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Snapshots | Groundbreaking

Posted  December 14, 2012

From left: Col. Tim McCoy, 452d Mission Support Group commander; David Parkes, president, FLINTCO Construction; Col. Samuel Mahaney, 452d Air Mobility Wing commander; Congressman Ken Calvert, 44th California Congressional District Representative; Richard Stewart, Moreno Valley mayor and David Van Dorpe, deputy district engineer, Los Angeles District, Army Corps of Engineers, break ground for the new…

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Pearl Harbor: Air Force legacy on day that would ‘live in infamy’

Posted  December 14, 2012

FORT MEADE, Md. — “It was the first time I had ever seen a plunging dive bomber and it was an awesome sight. Nothing in warfare is more frightening,” said Pvt. Wilfred D. Burke, 72d Pursuit Squadron, Wheeler Field, whose experience in the attacks on Pearl Harbor are recorded in 7 December 1941: The Air…

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March Airman takes top honors in State Department photography contest

Posted  December 14, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Francisco V. Govea II, a photojournalist with 4th Combat Camera Squadron, March Air Reserve Base, Calif., was honored as one of the 12 “Best in Show” for the State Department’s photography contest, “Serving Abroad…Through Their Eyes” at the Pentagon, Nov. 30. Govea’s image was selected out of…

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Snapshots | Holiday Party

Posted  December 14, 2012

Col. Samuel Mahaney, 452d Air Mobility Wing commander (center) and his wife, Chris, welcome local community leaders to the wing’s annual holiday reception, held Dec. 1, in the operations group building. The reception, sponsored by the Chief’s Group and the First Sergeant’s Council, is held to thank the community members for their support of the…

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News Briefs | December 14, 2012

Posted  December 14, 2012

SAFETY ADVISORY UPDATE As per notification in The Beacon, dated Dec. 7, drivers and pedestrians traveling near the Air Traffic Control Tower, Bldg. 1220, should proceed with caution due to construction of the new control tower. Also, the gate entering the flightline at Base Ops (F18) is now closed. All personnel requiring access will sign…

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Thrift savings plan contribution limits increase in 2013

Posted  December 14, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas  —  The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board has announced the 2013 elective deferral limit for regular Thrift Savings Plan contributions increased from $17,000 to $17,500 for 2013, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. The TSP catch-up plan contribution limit will remain at $5,500. The Thrift Savings Plan is a long-term…

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The Doctor Is In – Urgent or Emergency?

Posted  December 14, 2012

If you or your child gets sick or injured, your first instinct is to go to the emergency room (ER) right away or call 911. These are good instincts in an emergency, but many people use the ER when it is not an actual emergency. This contributes to long ER wait times, high costs, and…

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