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March dedicates base barbershop to longtime barber

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Russell S. McMillan Col. Russell A. Muncy, commander, 452nd Air Mobility Wing, March Air Reserve Base presents Nancy M. Alvarez with the new barbershop signage honoring her late husband and former base barber, Richard “Ricardo” Alvarez, during a dedication ceremony here, Sept. 12. The base barbershop was renamed to ‘Ricardo’s…

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State of Air Force Reserve discussed at AFA

Senior Department of Defense and industry leaders gathered at the Air Force Association’s 2014 Air and Space conference and technology exposition Sept. 15 to discuss the future of the Air Force and Air Force Reserve.

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Riverside hosts inaugural 9/11 tribute concert

Nearly 3,000 people died in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 - attacks which culminated that day in the crash of a passenger jet in Shanksville, Pa. An architect responsible for erecting a memorial on the impact site once described his intentions for a design that was both “solemn and uplifting.”

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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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Snapshots | ORI Results

Posted  February 8, 2013

Does anyone know the results of the 2013 Operations Readiness Inspection? As shown from left to right, Team March leadership, Col. James Finney, 452d Air Mobility Wing vice commander, Col. Samuel Mahaney, 452d AMW commander and 452d AMW Command Chief Master Sgt. Ericka Kelly haven’t seen the results, haven’t heard the results and won’t speak…

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Airmen eligible to retrain in March should submit package by Feb. 15

Posted  February 8, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO – RANDOLPH, Texas — Air Force officials are encouraging active duty Airmen eligible to retrain in March 2013, to submit their completed retraining packages through the myPers website by Feb. 15, to avoid processing delays. First term Airmen interested in retraining before their windows close in March, need to accomplish these…

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News Briefs | February 8, 2013

Posted  February 8, 2013

CORRECTION: The article “Tax season begins” (The Beacon, Feb. 1, 2013), contained incorrect information. The March VITA Center is open for business Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and every Unit Training Assembly weekend during the same times. The Tax Center is located in Bldg. 417, adjacent to Outdoor Recreation. FROM THE…

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Retiree ID cards now have expiration dates

Posted  February 8, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas —  Blue retiree identification cards issued prior to December 2012 had the word “indef” in the expiration date block, rather than a date. Since Dec., retiree cards will now have an expiration date effective the day before the retiree’s 65th birthday. Although benefits will not automatically expire, some changes will…

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Academy grads leave legacy of diversity, inclusiveness

Posted  February 8, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — From day one at the U.S. Air Force Academy, every new cadet quickly learns about Capt. Lance Peter Sijan, the only Academy graduate to earn the Medal of Honor and the namesake of one of two cadet dormitories. Cadets are encouraged to read his biography, “Into the Mouth of the Cat,” which…

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Team March returns home after readiness inspection

Posted  February 8, 2013

Senior Airmen Kelsey Parks, Mariah Hullinger and Cydnee Thigpen from the 452nd Logistics Readiness Squadron prepare in processing paperwork for the returning Airmen who participated in the Operational Readiness Inspection, Feb. 1. (U.S. Air Force photo / Darnell Gardner) 452d Force Support Squadron personnel, (from left to right) Staff Sgt. Megan Alvarado, Master Sgt. Tiffany…

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AF implements voluntary FY13 force management programs

Posted  February 8, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — The Air Force will implement several voluntary officer and enlisted force management programs for fiscal year 2013, stated the Air Force Personnel Center officials. Announced in the January release of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2013, the authorized active duty Air Force end-strength is 329,460; a reduction…

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March Exchange employee devotes lifetime to serving troops

Posted  February 8, 2013

MARCH AIR RESERVE BASE, Calif. — When Maria Beightol began working for the Army & Air Force Exchange Service, John F. Kennedy was the President and a gallon of gas cost $.75. Beightol, a Store Associate for the Exchange, started her career in 1964 and has spent the last 49 years serving generations of Soldiers…

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News Briefs | February 15, 2013

Posted  February 15, 2013

452 FSS HOLDS ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT The 452d Force Support Squadron’s 17th Annual Golf Tournament, located at Menifee Lakes Golf course, will take place, Mar. 1, with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. This huge event will host more than 140 participants. The cost is $65.00 per person, which includes golf, cart, range balls, putting contest,…

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African-Americans in the military: from the American Revolution to integration

Posted  February 15, 2013

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. — Many are familiar with the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II, but they were not the first African-Americans to serve in the American armed forces. African-Americans have continuously served in the U.S. military since colonial times. After the Revolutionary war began in 1775, the British offered to free any African-American…

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