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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.

U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt Rick Sforza, 4th Combat Camera Squadron Air Force

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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National POW/MIA Recognition Day

Posted  September 20, 2013

  The National POW/MIA Recognition Day honors those still missing from our Nation’s past wars and conflicts and those who made the ultimate sacrifice and whose remains have not yet been recovered and returned home. This poster depicts the Missing Man Table and there is special significance to each item that is displayed. Set for…

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Important facts, Hispanic heritage history:

Posted  September 20, 2013

In September 1968, Congress authorized President Lyndon B. Johnson to proclaim National Hispanic Heritage Week, which was to be observed during the week that included September 15th and 16th. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan expanded the observance to become Hispanic Heritage month, beginning on September 15th and ending on October 15th. We observe Hispanic Heritage…

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Upcoming Events:

Posted  September 20, 2013

Upcoming Sports and Fitness Center activities: Sept 24: Jump rope competition at 12 p.m., sign up at the fitness center Oct 1: Pick-up Flag Football Wednesday’s at 11 a.m. at the softball field. No pre- registrations required just show up and play Oct 1: Incentive program begins Oct 8: Intramural Basketball begins. Games are played…

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News Briefs September 20 2013

Posted  September 20, 2013

LOSS OF SSI TEAM MEMBER JOHN NODD John Nodd, retired Air Force veteran and SSI team member who worked for Airfield Management at Base Operations, passed away Saturday. He is survived by his wife of many years, Hiroko, who is surrounded by family and members of her church. Services will be at The Grove Community…

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Hoops for Troops program inspires Team March youth

Posted  September 13, 2013

U.S. Air Force photos/Master Sgt. Linda Welz NBA legend, Norm Nixon practices basketball drills with participants during a basketball camp at March Air Reserve Base Sept. 8. Nixon and NWBA legend, Ruthie Bolton were here to help kick off the Healthy Base Initiative with a basketball camp for dependent kids. Team March dependents, between the…

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AMOC celebrates 25 years

Posted  September 13, 2013

Courtesy photos The Air and Marine Operations Center celebrated its 25-year anniversary here August 22nd. Pictured are its original interior at its 1988 activation (inset) and its current look after 25 years of changes and upgrades. AMOC is an operational component of Customs and Border Protection. Customs and Border Protection’s Air and Marine Operations Center…

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Health & Safety

Healthy Base Initiative

Posted  September 13, 2013

The Beacon will print a weekly health and fitness column for the next calendar year to support the Healthy Base Initiative, a program focused on making healthy living the easy choice and social norm. Topics of discussion will include fitness, nutrition, smoking cessation, trends, habits and a variety of other health-related topics. We hope to…

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Wingman day; health, camaraderie and competition

Posted  September 13, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Heather Cozad Team March Airmen compete in the First Sergeants’ Remembrance Run as part of Wingman Day here, Sept. 7. Wingman Day events were designed to build camaraderie, create fun competitions between teams and to highlight the Healthy Base Initiative kick-off. Team March members participated in Wingman Day, an annual,…

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The Wingman concept and the Healthy Base Initiative

Posted  September 13, 2013

  The Wingman concept and the Healthy Base Initiative are two programs that focus on the most valuable asset we have, our citizen Airmen and their families. With those in mind, Team March members participated in some friendly competitions and enjoyed some healthy food options here Saturday morning. With 19 Wingman Day activities to choose…

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Squadron Inactivation

Posted  September 13, 2013

  452nd Maintenance Group commander, Col. Max J. Stitzer, receives the guidon from former 452nd Maintenance Operations Squadron commander, Lt. Col. Dang Nguyen, signifying the squadron’s inactivation. The Sept. 8th ceremony, held in Bldg. 355, was attended by Col. Mahaney, 452nd AMW commander and his wife, Chris; Col. James Finney, 452nd AMW vice commander and…

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