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Airman retires after 37 years of service

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Joseph Dangidang Chief Master Sgt. Karen L. Krause, 452nd Maintenance Operations Squadrons superintendent, receives a flag from a Blue Eagles Total Force Honor Guard member during her retirement ceremony at the March Cultural Resource Center, Sep. 13. Krause retires after 37 years of service to the United States Air Force….

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Pilots earned top honor for WW II actions

Courtesy Photo First Lt. Donald J. Gott and 2nd Lt. William E. Metzger Jr. of the 452nd Bombardment Group, were killed when their heavily damaged B-17 Flying Fortress exploded Nov. 9, 1944, as they raced to friendly territory in an attempt to save the life of a fellow crew member. Both were awarded the Medal…

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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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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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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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Upcoming Sports and Fitness Center activities:

Posted  September 13, 2013

Sept 17: Volleyball begins. Season is Sept 17-Oct 3, 2×2 players play at 11 a.m. and noon. Sept 18: Racquetball Tournament Oct 1: Pick-up Flag Football Wednesday’s at 11 a.m. at 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 13 2013

Posted  September 13, 2013

March Field Museum Searching for Hidden Treasures The March Field Air Museum staff is asking family members of war veterans to search their attics, garages and other storage areas for wartime memorabilia. The museum’s Find Our Hidden Treasures campaign is in full swing. Please consider donating your items for display purposes. For more information call the March…

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In celebration of the Air Force’s 66th birthday, Sept. 18th, what inspires you to serve as an Airman?

Posted  September 13, 2013

  Tech. Sgt. Arnaldo Ibarrientos Unit: 452nd Force Support Squadron Job: education service officer Hometown: Long Beach, Calif. Hobbies: reading, writing, exercising, spending time with my family “I joined the Air Force because my uncle, a retired major, inspired me to join. I am continually inspired by the actions of my fellow Airman around me and I aspire to become…

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