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Seven little known facts about Memorial Day

As Americans get ready to observe Memorial Day with travel, family get-togethers and celebrations, let us not forget—it’s not about the BBQ. Memorial Day is observed specifically to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to the United States of America, and to observe a moment of silence is the law. Here are…

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Robert Sekula, man of many hats

Robert Sekula’s ever-present hat is as much a part of him as a toe or finger, but his top cover doesn’t do him justice. He should be wearing eight or nine nested together.

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March defenders are best in Air Force

U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kevin Mitterholzer Staff Sgt Alfonso Gutierrez, installation patrolman, 452nd Security Forces Squadron, March Air Reserve Base, checks an ID card at the March main gate May 13, 2015. Gutierrez’s squadron was named the best SFS in the command for 2014 and has stepped up security since last week due to…

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Team March provides national defense transportation anytime, any place

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Russell S. McMillan President Barack Obama proclaimed Friday, May 15, 2015, as National Defense Transportation Day and May 10 through May 16, 2015, as National Transportation Week. In the proclamation, he calls upon all Americans “to recognize the importance of our Nation’s transportation infrastructure and to acknowledge the contributions of…

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Treasure uncovered near March Air Reserve Base

Courtesy photo Defense Visual Information Record Center archivist Pedro Loureiro, sifts through mounds of submitted materials in his office at the Defense Media Activity-Riverside, California, adjacent to March Air Reserve Base. Loureiro, who holds a PhD and is a former college professor, is on a quest to find and preserve military history. RIVERSIDE, Calif. –…


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Wingman Toolkit supports Critical Days of Summer campaign

Posted  June 6, 2014

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — Air Force Reserve Command’s Wingman Toolkit is partnering with the Air Force Safety Center, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico, to highlight the 2014 Critical Days of Summer campaign. The annual campaign runs from May 23 to Sept. 2 and focuses on risk management for all summer activities – on and…

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Commission seeks service members’ compensation preferences

Posted  June 6, 2014

The commission tasked by President Barack Obama and Congress to modernize military compensation and benefits programs is seeking input from service members on their preferences. Alphonso Maldon Jr., chairman of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission, said understanding service members’ compensation preferences is central to the commission’s effort to craft modernization recommendations. “Our primary…

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Defense Media Activity Riverside dedicates Flagpole

Posted  June 6, 2014

Defense Media Activity (DMA) Riverside dedicated its first ever flagpole to American Forces Network (AFN) military personnel who died in the line of duty during war time during a small ceremony May 21, held on the March Air Reserve Base facility.

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News Briefs June 5, 2014

Posted  June 6, 2014

Remembering Our Fallen Photo courtesy/ James Ruester Brig. Gen. John Flournoy, commander, 4th Air Force, delivers the keynote address at the 35th annual Memorial Day observance held at at Riverside National Cemetery, May 26. Approximately 5,000 people attended the ceremony which included a performance by the Riverside Concert Band and the annual West Coast Thunder…

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VA Secretary vows to earn your trust

Posted  May 30, 2014

Fellow Veterans and Family Members, After 38 years in The Army, I am now honored and privileged to serve as your Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA). VA remains committed to providing the high quality benefits you have earned and deserve. Allegations of VA employees’ misconduct have surfaced over the last several weeks, beginning with scheduling…

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Capitol Hill Visit

Posted  May 30, 2014

Col. Russell A. Muncy, commander, 452nd Air Mobility Wing, Lt. Col. Bill Bridgemohan, chief, Authorizations & Congressional Outreach AF/REI and Col. Stephen M. Browning, vice commander, 452nd Air Mobility Wing stop in front of the Capitol during a recent visit to Capitol Hill, as part of an annual program which provides an opportunity for wing…

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UPCOMING TICKETS AND TOURS EVENTS

Posted  May 30, 2014

JUNE Date: June 7 Event: Stateline and Vegas Turnaround Cost: $20 per person Depart: 5 a.m. Return: 3 a.m. (June 8) Description / Restrictions: Spend two hours at the Stateline, then continue on to Vegas. Ages 21 and up Deadline for sign up: June 2 Date: June 14 Event: Deep Sea Fishing Trip to San…

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DOD emphasizes importance of summer safety

Posted  May 30, 2014

WASHINGTON, – As the summer season approaches, the Defense Department (DOD) is redoubling its efforts to promote safety and emphasize responsibility to all service members and their families, DOD’s director of personnel risk reduction said here today. During a joint interview with the American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel, Leonard Litton discussed the…

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Operation Live Well emphasizes personal choices

Posted  May 30, 2014

The Defense Department’s (DOD) Operation Live Well initiative, a long-term campaign to make cultural change so that making a healthy choice becomes the easy choice, is showing success after just a year of existence, a Defense Health Agency official said yesterday. Public Health Service Capt. Kimberly Elenberg, program manager for the Defense Health Agency’s population…

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Take ‘FIVE’ to get free money for your TSP account

Posted  May 30, 2014

  JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) has launched the “Take FIVE for Your Future” educational campaign encouraging civilian employees to take advantage of free government TSP matching contributions by putting at least five percent from each paycheck into their account. “Employees who fail to do this are losing…

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