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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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March Baseball Championship

Posted  August 15, 2014

Members of the 163rd Reconnaissance Wing (top) beat a team from the 452nd Air Mobility Wing to win the 2014 March Field baseball championship trophy. The 452 AMW members (bottom) were the base runners-up and league champions.

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Health & Safety

Access to Care

Posted  August 15, 2014

Since the TRICARE Prime benefit was first introduced in 1995, the Military Health System has established standards by which we hold ourselves accountable for access to health care. The standards are straightforward. If a patient enrolled to a military Medical Treatment Facility (MTF) needs to be seen within 24 hours, an appointment will be made…

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Flu season just around corner

Posted  August 15, 2014

It’s hard to believe that another year has passed and flu season is just around the corner. Although seasonal flu usually peaks in January or February, it can occur as early as October which means our annual Flu Campaign is ramping up. According to the FLU.gov website, the seasonal flu is a contagious respiratory illness…

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SECAF: Air Force grapples with Congress to fund readiness

Posted  August 15, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — To balance readiness today and modernization tomorrow, the Air Force’s fiscal year 2015 budget request is shrinking like today’s defense budget thanks to Congress’s own priorities and the approaching threat of sequestration in 2016, Air Force leaders said July 30. Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Air Force Chief…

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Voting now open for American Airman Video Contest

Posted  August 15, 2014

  Voting for the 2014 American Airman Video Contest is now open and runs until Aug. 22 at 3 p.m. CDT. The contest launched July 1 for all Total Force Airmen to showcase their Air Force stories in short selfie videos. “Every Airman has a story – and smartphone technology now allows those Airmen to…

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News Briefs August 15, 2014

Posted  August 14, 2014

Peter Ulloa RIP   Join Team March in remembering Peter Ulloa, a laborer at March Field since July 2011, who passed unexpectedly June 25. “Peter Ulloa was an outstanding employee and a great team player. I have never met such a cheerful employee who made me want to smile just from being around him,” said…

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CMSAF James Cody visits Team March

Posted  August 8, 2014

U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Linda Welz Chief Master Sgt of the Air Force James A. Cody, and his wife, Athena, posed for a photo following breakfast with selected, outstanding Airmen who represented a cross-selection of the March Total Force. CMSAF Cody and Athena visited March Air Reserve Base in Southern California July 11-14, 2014,…

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‘Mommy isn’t coming home, sweetie’

Posted  August 8, 2014

As a young child, you don’t think much if someone doesn’t show up when they’re supposed to because you have better, more important things to worry about; like bugs and dolls. They’re just another shape flashing around you in your own little world. Occasionally, a child will stop and ask a question about the sky,…

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Regular exercise can help kids do better in school

Posted  August 8, 2014

Photo courtesy/StatePoint Media (StatePoint) Physical activity may not be the first thing parents or teachers think about when they want to boost a child’s academic performance, but evidence supports the notion that a bit of exercise for the body is beneficial to the brain as well. In fact, kindergarteners who participated in Build Our Kids’…

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NAME THAT DISH!

Posted  August 8, 2014

The Hap Arnold Club Backstreet Café will be hosting a “Name That Dish” contest in support of the March ARB Healthy Base Initiative. Each of these six new healthy, low calorie creations need a new name, one that embodies the culture and community of March ARB. The contest begins August 11, when the first dish…

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