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Local chaplain helps ANG recruiting efforts

Back in August of 2014, the 163d Reconnaissance Wing Chaplain Major David Sarmiento had the opportunity to be featured in a new Air National Guard (ANG) Chaplain Corps recruitment infomercial, the first of its kind in many years. In addition to the commercial, many still photos were taken of Sarmiento and four others to create…

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Pentagon salutes Dr. King’s life, legacy

DoD photo by Casper Manlangit Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work makes remarks during a Martin Luther King Jr. observance at the Pentagon, Jan. 15, 2015. WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Defense Department members gathered Jan. 15 at the Pentagon’s annual observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, ahead of the federal holiday. Deputy Defense Secretary Bob…

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SecAF, CSAF discuss future of the Air Force

Senior leadership addressed the key issues, priorities, initiatives and challenges facing the Air Force during the State of the Air Force press briefing, Jan. 15 at the Pentagon.

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Honor Guard presents colors at 101st Rose Bowl game

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Russell S. McMillan Members of March Air Reserve Base’s Blue Eagles Total Force Honor Guard present the colors as a B-2 Spirit stealth bomber flies overhead at the 101st Rose Bowl game in Pasadena, Jan. 1, 2015. The event marked the first time airmen from March ARB participated in the…

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Culture shock: Returning to America after 26 years

George A. Smith German autobahn drivers get to drive as fast as they want. In Southern California, it’s good they can’t. When I first came to Southern California after living 26 years in Germany, I heard questions from tanned guys in shorts that went something like, “Dude how does it feel to leave a land…


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AF releases new ‘vision’ document

Posted  January 18, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Air Force released a new Vision document outlining the force’s vision and way forward. “Focused on ‘Airmen, Mission and Innovation,’ I believe this short document captures what today’s Air Force is all about and where I think we ought to focus on for tomorrow,” said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen….

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Smaller Air Force will protect quality, readiness

Posted  January 18, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — To roll with unprecedented strategic and fiscal challenges, the best path forward for the Air Force is to become smaller to protect a high-quality, ready force, top Air Force officials said. Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III briefed Pentagon reporters, addressing…

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Snapshot | TRX training

Posted  January 18, 2013

Staff Sgt. Brandon Lopez, 452d Force Support Squadron, participates in the gym’s new TRX Suspension Training System certification course ...

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Salutes & Awards

Snapshot | Castillo retirement

Posted  January 18, 2013

Mrs. Norma T. Castillo, center, retired after more than 43 years of Federal service, Thursday, Jan. 10. She proudly served her country with dedication ...

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Health & Safety

Maintain mission readiness: Combat illness with flu shot!

Posted  January 18, 2013

Influenza, commonly called the “flu,” is a contagious viral infection that affects the respiratory system — your nose, throat and lungs. Symptoms of the flu can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people may also have vomiting and diarrhea. Influenza is a serious disease that…

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MLK: Service, conviction, dreams

Posted  January 18, 2013

LAUGHLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — This year marks the 30th anniversary of the creation of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. The holiday gives us a chance to stop and remember the work of not only King, but of all of those who persevered through the Civil Rights Movement to end segregation and improve this great…

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163d RW Air National Guard of the Year Winners

Posted  January 25, 2013

Command Sergeant Major William Clark Jr., State Senior Enlisted Advisor for the California National Guard, presents a token of appreciation ...

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New resource helps troops, families plan deployments

Posted  January 25, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Defense Department launched a new resource to help troops and their families plan for the “before, during and after” of deployments. Barbara Thompson, director of DOD’s office for family policy, explained “Plan My Deployment” during an interview with the Pentagon Channel and American Forces Press Service. “This is a new, interactive, online tool…

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March Minutes | January 18, 2013

Posted  January 25, 2013

Cliff Gonzales Recreation Assistant, 452 FSS Hometown: Riverside, California 0630 The smell of percolating coffee is my signal to get up and get my day in gear. 0730 After viewing about one half-hour of my favorite news channel, I make my way in to the office to do my part as a Team March member. 0807 My first…

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News Briefs | January 25, 2013

Posted  January 25, 2013

UPCOMING CHANGES TO TRICARE TriWest Healthcare Alliance, located outside the March Air Reserve Base main gate, will discontinue service and United Healthcare Military and Veteran Services will become the new TriCare West Region administer, effective Feb. 15. Authorizations or claims submitted prior to Apr. 1, will still be administered by TriWest Healthcare Alliance; however, all…

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