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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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Military One Source monthly focus

Posted  July 5, 2013

“Space-A” Travel on Military Flights For service members and their families, traveling Space Available — or Space-A — on military flights can be a great benefit, but you have to be flexible. Military flights are unpredictable and subject to delays and cancellations. You’ll need to be ready both financially and emotionally to change your plans…

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Fanning becomes acting Air Force secretary

Posted  July 5, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Undersecretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning became the acting secretary of the Air Force June 21, succeeding Michael Donley, who departed the position after more than five years. Fanning was confirmed undersecretary by the Senate April 18 and, under federal law, automatically assumes the job of acting secretary until the president…

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Routine is never routine for Team March emergency medical technicians

Posted  July 5, 2013

An event labeled “routine training” is usually predictable — training is planned, carried out and evaluated. However, Team March medics, while on a routine training mission, encountered an unexpected incident, which put their training into real-life practice. Senior Master Sgt. Josephine Carrillo, emergency medical technician, 452d Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, recounts the events that took place…

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Health & Safety

Surviving a wildfire: the aftermath

Posted  July 5, 2013

Despite your best efforts and preparation, you may still be the victim of a wildfire. Of course, your primary concern is survival. If you and your family have made it to this point, you breathe a sigh of relief and utter a silent prayer of thanks. However, now you must deal with the aftermath of…

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News Briefs July 5, 2013

Posted  July 5, 2013

FOREIGN OBJECT DAMAGE WALK SCHEDULED There will be a base FOD walk July 10, at 7:15 a.m. Meeting point is flight line side of the previous Air Passenger Terminal building. Please use alternate gates due to construction and bring a plastic trash bag. Carpool as much as possible as parking is very limited. MARCH COMMISSARY…

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Acting Air Force Secretary recounts journey to equality

Posted  July 3, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – During a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month event at the Pentagon, the highest-ranking openly gay member of the Defense Department described his experiences witnessing the evolution of the law that banned openly gay service members, from its implementation to its eventual repeal. Acting Air Force Secretary Eric Fanning noted the…

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March Airman jumps at chance to save fledgling red-tailed hawk

Posted  June 28, 2013

U.S. Air Force courtesy photo Senior Airman Rachel Williams holds the fledgling red-tailed hawk she helped save after it fell from a nest atop a 75-foot fuel storage tank. The bird, which is common to this area, was turned over to Wildlife Advocacy Group called Project Wildlife. Since being saved the bird has been taken…

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Fighting to be fit: the Total Fitness concept

Posted  June 28, 2013

Fitness means something to every Air Force member, with Fit 2 Fight as the leading doctrine to ensure members receive the most up-to-date information pertaining to health and fitness. To remain mission-ready all members must meet certain standards. While this is nothing new to members, it is a requirement we need to remain conscious of…

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Senior leaders honor, bid farewell to Donley

Posted  June 28, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C., – Outgoing Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley is a person of courage and character, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said at Donley’s farewell ceremony at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. Donley, who’s led the Air Force the past five years, is retiring after 35 years of public service. “Our country will miss him,”…

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AF seeks scholarship, fellowship candidates

Posted  June 28, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Eligible Airmen interested in unique scholarships and fellowships must submit completed, endorsed applications by July 31, Air Force Personnel Center officials said recently. Opportunities offered annually include the Olmsted Scholar Program, the White House Fellowship Program, the Mansfield Fellowship Exchange Program and the Information Assurance Scholarship Program, each of…

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