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DoD highlights warrior, family care during Warrior Care Month 2014

The Defense Department recently hosted a rehabilitation expo as part of Warrior Care Month as it continues its commitment to supporting wounded, ill and injured troops, their families and caregivers. James Rodriguez, deputy assistant secretary of defense for the Office of Warrior Care Policy, discussed his office’s role in supporting wounded warriors, Warrior Care Month…

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Tinker epitomized Native American strength, leadership

Courtesy Photo Maj. Gen. Clarence L. Tinker was a natural leader who personally led his Airmen into combat missions during the early days of World War II. He perished, along with his crew, during the battle of Midway. The nation’s highest-ranking Native American general didn’t have to be on the ill-fated mission in the Pacific…

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AF tests first all-electric vehicle fleet in California

(U.S. Air Force photo/Sarah Corrice) Airmen from Los Angeles Air Force Base learn how to use charging equipment for the base’s new electric vehicle fleet during a training demo Oct. 31, 2014, in El Segundo, Calif. When not in use, the vehicle’s batteries can switch charging direction and feed their energy back to the base’s…

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Great American Smokeout: Nov. 20

Every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout. They may use the date to make a plan to quit, or plan in advance and then quit smoking that day. The Great American Smokeout event challenges people to stop using tobacco and…

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March airmen repair base water drainage channel

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Russell S. McMillan Senior Master Sgt. Robert Montgomery, heavy equipment superintendent, 163rd Civil Engineering Squadron, California Air National Guard, March Air Reserve Base guides an excavator moving large stones during construction on the Heacock Channel on Sept. 11, 2014. Reservists and guardsmen from March participated in a joint-construction project to…


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Cyber expansions create security considerations

Posted  October 24, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Technological advances have put the world at the fingertips of anyone with connection to the Internet and during cyber security awareness month, Airmen and their families are reminded to remain vigilant when posting personal information. “You have to assume that everyone is looking at it,” said Col. Mary Hanson, the senior information…

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News Briefs October 24, 2014

Posted  October 24, 2014

March Exchange gets face-lift (U.S. Air Ftorce Photo/Sean Dath) Col. Russell A. Muncy, commander, 452nd Air Mobility Wing, joins employees of the March ARB Exchange for the Grand Re-opening of the store, Oct. 21. The exchange recently received $867,000 in updates, including upgraded restrooms in the mall, new carpet, a fresh coat of paint and…

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Knowing the facts: National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Posted  October 17, 2014

Today, National Disability Employment Awareness Month is celebrated every October to raise awareness about disability employment issues and honor the contributions of America’s workers with disabilities.

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452nd felt early frost in Cold War

Posted  October 17, 2014

(Ninth in an 11-part series that was first run in the Beacon in 2007) Two weeks after the D-Day invasion, 47 B-17s from the 452nd Bombardment Group and other Army Air Forces units were destroyed by German aircraft at a largely undefended Russian airfield. The attack, which began about 12:30 a.m. June 22, 1944, destroyed…

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Air Force to implement TDY policy changes

Posted  October 17, 2014

The Air Force recently implemented two TDY policy changes that will impact travel reimbursements for Airmen. The first change, which took effect Oct. 1, made changes to the Joint Travel Regulations, Reimbursable and Incidental Expense Policy. The second will be a change in long-term TDY per diem expenses and take effect Nov. 1. Under the…

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Lacing up: Finding your ‘WooHoo’ moment

Posted  October 17, 2014

What started out as a quest to maintain military fitness, turned into a passion and is now a way of daily life for me. I struggled with my first Fit to Fight test, barely squeaking by. Now years later, I have improved in all measured areas of the F2F test.

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Domestic Violence awareness Month: How to help a friend who is being abused

Posted  October 17, 2014

Here are some ways to help a friend who is being abused: •Set up a time to talk. Try to make sure you have privacy and won’t be distracted or interrupted. •Let your friend know you’re concerned about her safety. Be honest. Tell her about times when you were worried about her. Help her see…

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Shadowy figure blocks exit to room in March Field building

Posted  October 17, 2014

(Courtesy photo/Joe Mora) A camera captures what appears to be a shadowy figure (left side) sitting in one of several chairs lined up against a wall in a building on March Air Reserve Base Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. The image was captured during a nighttime paranormal investigation at the 96-year-old base. Ghost stories have been…

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Wingman Toolkit is going Total Force this fall

Posted  October 17, 2014

The Wingman Toolkit is going Total Force this fall with a brand new mobile app and website. For years, the toolkit has been the one-stop shop for Air Force Reservists looking to achieve and maintain wellness. Starting this fall, it will be expanding its reach to include all members of the Air Force team. Comprehensive…

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News Briefs October 17, 2014

Posted  October 17, 2014

ATTENTION COMMISSARY SHOPPERS Bring your kids and come join in on the Halloween festivities from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25. The first 150 kids, ages 5-10 years old, that come into the Commissary in full costume will be given a free hand sized pumpkin. Throughout the day we will be having cake…

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