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March AirFest 2016 brings the thunder

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (NNS) – On April 16-17 in Riverside, Calif., the smoke bellowed from the engines and aircraft roared over the March Air Reserve Base (ARB), marking the start of March Field Airfest 2016 “Thunder over the Empire”. March ARB hosted the event to showcase the base capabilities, the Air Force Reserve, all the branches…

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Miller named new AF Reserve deputy chief

WASHINGTON —  Miller & Miller sounds like the name of a law firm, but, actually, it’s going to be the Air Force Reserve’s new senior leadership team at the Pentagon. On Friday the Reserve announced that Maj. Gen. Ronald B. “Bruce” Miller has been selected to be the next deputy to the chief of the…

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Lykins assumes command of 452nd CS

Lieutenant Colonel Rodney D. Lykins assumed command of the 452nd Communications Squadron at the Cultural Resource Center, here at March Air Reserve Base, April 2. Colonel Arthur J. Rodi, 452nd Mission Support Group commander, presided over the assumption of command ceremony. “It’s not about you, it’s about the men and women that you’re going to…

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TRICARE improves mental health care, treatment

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AFNS) —  People in distress may hesitate to reach out for help due to perceived stigma associated with seeking mental health treatment. This perception and the belief that care may be hard to get, may prevent some people who need care from getting it. TRICARE has worked hard to eliminate potential barriers…

Members of the Patriots Jet Aerial Demonstration Team execute a high-speed pass in their L-39 Albatros aircraft, during Air Fest 2012 at March Air Reserve Base, Calif., May 19, 2012. The air fest features military and civilian aerial and ground demonstrations during a two-day air show. Local

U. S. Air Force Thunderbirds

On May 25, 1953, the Air Force’s official air demonstration team, designated the 3600th Air Demonstration Unit, was activated at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. The unit adopted the name “Thunderbirds,” influence in part by the strong Native American culture and folklore from the southwestern United States. Seven officers and 22 enlisted were selected for…


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News Briefs 11/13/15

Posted  November 13, 2015

CORRECTION – AF EXTENDS SARC SERVICES TO CIVILIANS In the October 30, 2015 issue of The Beacon, page 6, we ran a photo to go with the story titled “Change in Policy: AF extends sexual assault prevention and response service to civilians.” The photo caption should read, “Civilian employees – both appropriated and non-appropriated –…

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Riding camels in Egypt and how to be a safe and prepared tourist

Posted  November 20, 2015

“Would you like to come and visit me in Cairo?” My friend had been teaching in Egypt the past year when she invited me. A trip to Egypt?! I imagined myself dressed in a flowy garment, riding a camel next to the date palm-lined banks of the Nile. The stuff of dreams! As a member…

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November: National American Indian Heritage Month 2015

Posted  November 6, 2015

National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month celebrates and recognizes the accomplishments of the original inhabitants, explorers, and settlers of the United States. This presentation reviews the historical milestones that led to the establishment of National American Indian Heritage Month, covers various aspects of American Indian and Alaska Native life, and honors the contributions…

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News Briefs

Posted  October 30, 2015

BENEFEDS OPEN SEASON STARTS NOVEMBER 9 The 2015 Federal Benefits Open Season (for the 2016 plan year) runs from Monday, Nov. 9, through Monday, Dec. 14. If you are enrolled in the Federal Employee Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP) plan, it will automatically continue into the 2016 plan year, even if you retire. You…

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Return to Vietnam in search of POW/MIA clues

Posted  October 23, 2015

The forest was awakened by the rustling sounds of more than 80 American and Vietnamese outsiders. The heat and humidity was no match for their determination. Their shovels, pickaxes and sledgehammers scoured the earth. Dirt fell through sifting screens like tropical rain as they looked for human bone fragments and artifacts. Their faces were sweaty,…

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