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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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Marines slather national forest with ‘snot’

Posted  August 16, 2013

Marines call it Rhino Snot. It’s a thick, white goop resembling Elmer’s school glue. But this isn’t your children’s glue. This is high tech, military-grade polymer that earned its name on the gritty battlefield of Afghanistan.

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March Fire Department lends unique assistance to wildfires

Posted  August 16, 2013

Courtesy photo March Fire Department truck parked in a neighborhood at the perimeter of the Falls Fire, last Monday in Lake Elsinore. The Department responded to with an engine and a four-man crew, as part of a task force team to assist in structural protection. As the weather remains hot and dry, the March Fire…

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DOD Announces Same-Sex Spouse Benefits

Posted  August 16, 2013

Today, the Department of Defense announced its plan to extend benefits to same-sex spouses of uniformed service members and Department of Defense civilian employees. After a review of the department’s benefit policies following the Supreme Court’s ruling that Section Three of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional, and in consultation with the Department…

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Budget cuts hurt DOD model program for hiring disabled

Posted  August 16, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – One victim of defense budget cuts this fiscal year and into uncertain times ahead in 2014 is a model program cosponsored by the departments of Defense and Labor to recruit disabled college students and recent graduates into the workforce. DOD’s Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity, or ODMEO, facilitates and supports…

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SecDef: Civilian furloughs reduced to six days

Posted  August 16, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — When I announced my decision on May 14 to impose furloughs of up to 11 days on civilian employees to help close the budget gap caused by sequestration, I also said we would do everything possible to find the money to reduce furlough days for our people. With the end of the…

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19-year engagement leads to marriage

Posted  August 16, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo/Linda Welz Marvin Tucker, March Air Reserve Base civilian employee, and Joshua Delgado, pause outside the March ARB chapel after ‘tying the knot’ a few minutes earlier. The couple was legally wed August 3, 2013, after a 19-year relationship. The chronology of the relationship between Marvin Tucker, a civilian employee at March…

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News Briefs August 16, 2013

Posted  August 16, 2013

March Clinic Closed During Sept. Joint UTA The Clinic will be closed during the joint UTA, Sept. 7. Members deploying in September must take care of their medical processing needs during the August UTA’s. For more information call 951-655-7793. Celebrate Summer by Fishing For Free Sept. 7 The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is offering anglers a…

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Candid Comments: “Same Sex Benefits”

Posted  August 16, 2013

What is your opinion on the DOD announcing its plan to extend benefits to same-sex spouses of uniformed service members and will any issues arise from this decision? Chief Master Sgt. Tina Dunneback Unit” 452nd Logistics Readiness Squadron Job: Superintendent Hometown: Orange, Calif. “I think this is ok, since the military has chosen to allow same-sex marriages; all should…

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Leaders discuss roles of reserve components

Posted  August 16, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Continuing to perform an operational role, while solving manpower costs and dealing with shrinking defense budgets highlighted topics discussed at the Reserve Officers Association 2013 National Security Symposium. More than 300 people attended the conference Aug. 7-10 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. They included senior leaders from the…

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March responds to support LA County affiliate exercise

Posted  August 9, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Joe Davidson A heavy equipment cache is loaded aboard a static C-17 July 25 as part of a L.A. County Fire Department Urban Search and Rescue response exercise that began in the early-morning hours of July 25. Members of the 452 ALCF and the Aerial Port Support Flight supported the…

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