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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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Wingman Day participation info:

Posted  September 6, 2013

A Wingman Day Trophy will be presented to the unit with the most points. The points will be earned as follows: Participants receive 1 point; Event winners, 5 points; Navigators, 2 points; After events are complete, all sign-ups will be totaled and divided by unit strength to calculate a percentage of participation, unit with the…

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AF tuition assistance application window delayed for FY14

Posted  September 6, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C.– Airmen applying for tuition assistance in fiscal 2014 will see several changes in both eligibility for and administration of the program. Due to these changes, the application window for classes beginning on or after Oct. 1 will not open until Sept. 9 to allow for system updates. This program is applicable to Guard…

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News Briefs September 6 2013

Posted  September 6, 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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March Minutes

Posted  September 6, 2013

Following March ARB personnel in 130-character micro-messages

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U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Carrie M. Peasinger
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Command Post: within the vault

Posted  August 30, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Carrie M. Peasinger From left, Senior Airman Shanyn LoughRidge, Tech. Sgt. Jennifer Dobrowolsky and Senior Airman Arturo Icaza, 452nd command post controllers, multi-task, with the help of their Quick Reaction Checklist. The QRC is a valuable tool used for everyday occurrences such as heat stress index, inflight emergency and distinguished…

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Navy laboratory set to deliver new standards to U.S. Air Force

Posted  August 30, 2013

U.S. Navy photo/Greg Vojtko Lance Doddridge, electrical engineer and physicist at Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Corona Division, splices fiber optic cable as he works on Linearity Calibration Standard (LCS) 8513. The patent-pending device, which compares fiber optic power test meters against a known standard, was recently introduced to the U.S. Navy’s calibration facility at…

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U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Joe Davidson
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Commander’s call highlights service awards and vision as wing of the future

Posted  August 30, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Joe Davidson Emilio Matos is the 452 AMW Budget Officer in Finance and a recipient of a 40-year service award. He began his federal career in the military as a Helicopter Maintenance Mechanic then became a Film Laboratory Technician for the Air Force Audio Visual Service at Norton AFB. His…

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Extension of benefits and ID card issuance to same-sex spouses

Posted  August 30, 2013

In light of the Supreme Court’s ruling that section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional, the Department of Defense (DOD) will construe the words ‘’spouse’’ and ‘’marriage’’ to include same-sex spouses and marriages. Spousal and family benefits, including ID cards, will be made available to same-sex spouses. The Department of Defense…

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U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Carrie M. Peasinger
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Intramural sports program thriving at March

Posted  August 30, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Carrie M. Peasinger Maj. Tina Tsui, commander, 452nd Force Support Squadron, presents the 452nd Security Forces Squadron with the Intramural Softball championship trophy. The SFS beat the 452nd Air Mobility Wing team in the final game 16-4 and finished the season with 12 wins and 4 losses. Intramural sports programs…

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452nd Wing Commander Announces:

Posted  August 30, 2013

Col. Mahaney directs that all wing members on UTA status on Sep. 7 must share in the Wingman Day activities as either a participant or a spectator until activities end at 11:30 a.m. No one is authorized to remain in their work areas as this is a SECDEF-directed stand down. Personnel are authorized to sign…

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