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President Obama expresses gratitude to troops, civilians

President Barrack Obama expressed his gratitude to service members and Defense Department civilians for their service to their country during an event held at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, Dec. 15.

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Safety, common sense help ensure happy holidays

I’ve always felt there are two important things to keep in mind during the holidays: Don’t let baby mistake the light-up nose on your Rudolph decoration for her “Baby’s 1st Christmas” pacifier, and go easy on the rum if you share the eggnog with your cat.

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March Key Spouse Program kicks off initial training

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Russell S. McMillan Valerie Fioretta, key spouse facilitator and director of the Airman and Family Readiness Center, March Air Reserve Base, explains an exercise to participants during an initial key spouse training on Nov. 1, 2014. Nearly three dozen March spouses attended the key spouse training program, which is designed…

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Retired nurse flying high at March Aero Club

Joan Cooper is a retired nurse but not a typical one.

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Fourth Air Force announces 2014 Raincross winners

(U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Perry Covington) Col. Mark S. Larson (center), commander, 931st Air Refueling Group, McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., accepts the Raincross Trophy at the annual Raincross Awards Dinner in Riverside, Nov. 19. The 931st Air Refueling Group was awarded the trophy as the top unit in 4th Air Force. This marked the…


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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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Getting muddy good for fitness, camaraderie, charity

Posted  December 13, 2013

Courtesy photo Covered in mud from head to toe are from left, Staff Sgt. Ashley Desgrange, 9th Space Operations Squadron, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.; Tech. Sgt. Charles Fine and Staff Sgt. Jason Buccat, 452nd Communications Squadron, March Air Reserve Base, Calif.; Tech. Sgt. Senna Imura, 452nd Airlift Control Flight, March ARB; civilian Jessica Johnson…

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Online Penny Auctions, beware!

Posted  December 13, 2013

The discounts offered on penny auction sites are tempting but the Better Business Bureau warns bargain hunters that they should stop and do their research before making their first bid.....

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Scholarships for Military Children program opens Dec. 3

Posted  December 13, 2013

FORT LEE, Va. – Applications for the 2014 Scholarships for Military Children Program become available Dec. 3 at commissaries worldwide or on the Internet at http://www.militaryscholar.org. Applications must be turned in to a commissary by close of business Feb. 28, 2014. Packages must be hand-delivered or shipped via U.S. Postal Service or other delivery methods,…

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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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