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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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Chaplain’s Corner

Posted  August 2, 2013

At some point in our lives, our hearts are unexpectedly awakened…by a dream. I’m not just talking about some ordinary dream consisting of illogical and random scenarios in the middle of the night; but a vision or glimpse of something that speaks directly to YOU, as if you are getting a piece of something that…

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News Briefs August 2, 2013

Posted  August 2, 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. American mixed martial artist, Josh Burkman, aka: “The People’s Warrior”, will be at the March Main Exchange on…

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AF Reserve supports delivery for space

Posted  July 26, 2013

Courtesy Photo GPS III will improve position, navigation and timing services and provide advanced anti-jam capabilities yielding superior system security, accuracy and reliability. The first GPS III satellites will deliver signals three times more accurate than current GPS spacecraft and provide three times more power for military users, while also enhancing the spacecraft’s design life…

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Pursuing Higher Education: taking that next step is the hardest part

Posted  July 26, 2013

U.S. Air Force Photo/Master Sgt. Linda Welz Staff Sgt. Chad Reed, 752 MDS, Medical Technician, discusses his education benefits and options with Master Sgt. John Brown, Education and Training Technician. Members are encouraged to seek out answers to questions regarding their educational benefits that can potentially lead to higher education degrees and promotions. Making the…

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Sequestration impact looms despite resumed flying operations

Posted  July 26, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force leaders announced July 15 that flying training would resume at numerous units, bringing an end to the three-month halt that resulted from the budget sequestration reductions. Congress approved a $1.8 billion reprogramming request that transferred money from several programs to pay for near-term shortfalls in war funding, which allowed flight…

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KC-46 critical design review nearing completion

Posted  July 26, 2013

Courtesy Photo The KC-46A is intended to replace the U.S. Air Force’s aging fleet of KC-135 Stratotankers which has been the primary refueling aircraft for more than 50 years. With more refueling capacity and enhanced capabilities, improved efficiency and increased capabilities for cargo and aeromedical evacuation, the KC-46A will provide aerial refueling support to the…

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Stay connected with social media without sacrificing career

Posted  July 26, 2013

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (AFNS) – Engaging in social media can be a positive experience that entertains, keeps people connected and allows opinions to be expressed on a wide variety of topics. In some cases though, social media can ruin personal reputations or careers, and create an open window for criminals to access personal…

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DOD girds for more budget reductions, Carter says

Posted  July 26, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ten days after unpaid furloughs began nationwide for many DOD civilian employees as a measure to meet sequester cuts, Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter said yesterday the department is planning for similar budget cuts that may continue into fiscal year 2014 and perhaps beyond. Carter spoke with David Sanger, the chief Washington…

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Holding Airmen accountable: Mandatory discharge for sexual assault

Posted  July 26, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AFNS) -The Air Force recently adopted two new measures to eliminate sexual assault from within the ranks, including requiring discharge for Airmen who commit sexual assault, and requiring the Air Force’s most senior commanders to review actions taken on these cases. According to Capt. Allison DeVito, chief of JAG’s victim issues and policy…

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Salutes & Awards

Staff Sgt. Stephens receives state assembly resolution

Posted  July 26, 2013

A chaplain assistant from the 163d Reconnaissance Wing was awarded a California Legislature assembly Resolution at a ceremony held at March ARB, Calif., on July 12, 2013.

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