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Master Sgt. Bode named AFRC’s 2014 Crew Chief of the Year

U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Perry Covington Master Sgt. James Bode, Air Reserve Technician and dedicated crew chief, 752nd Aerospace Maintenance Squadron, March Field, runs through some routine maintenance checks on his KC-135 Stratotanker. Because of his outstanding work, Bode was awarded the Air Force Reserve Command’s 2014 Chief Master Sgt. Thomas N. Barnes Award as…

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Learning from the Holocaust: Choosing to Act

Each year, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum leads the nation in commemorating Days of Remembrance, which was established by the U.S. Congress to memorialize the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust—as well as the millions of non-Jewish victims—of Nazi persecution.

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Sacrifices of the military child recognized during April

To highlight the year-round contributions, courage and patriotism of the military community’s youngest members, the Defense Department observes April as the Month of the Military Child, said a Pentagon official.

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Happy 67th birthday, U.S. Air Force Reserve!

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — For many Airmen, April 14 will be just another Tuesday. But to members of the Air Force Reserve, it will be a day to reflect on how each and every one contributes to the Air Force mission. On April 14, 1948, the Army Air Corps Reserve transferred to the…

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Retired Reservist finds inspiration through loss

U.S. Air Force photo/Megan Crusher Letters written by 8-year-old Murice and artwork created by his younger brother, Roger, shortly before their untimely deaths, serve as a reminder to their mother, Angela Alexander that “all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” The…


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News Briefs January 10, 2014

Posted  January 10, 2014

Snapshots U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Michael Quiboloy Lt. Col. Tina M. Tsui, 452nd Force Support Squadron commander, and Maj. Hal Byers, 163rd FSS commander, gather for the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement for the two units’ merger at March ARB, Calif., Jan. 8, 2014. The 3-in-1 integration of FSS will be a…

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Tops in Blue celebrates 60 years

Posted  December 20, 2013

Courtesy photo/Jennifer Collins Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Collins, a reservist with the 4th Combat Camera Squadron, March Air Reserve Base, Calif., performs the role of musical sensation, Pitbull, during the kick-off show of the 2013 Tops in Blue All Star tour at Joint Base San Antonio, Dec. 7, 2013. Collins was one of several former TIB…

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Operation Warm Heart toy drive surpasses previous collections

Posted  December 20, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Joe Davidson Members of Riverside County Cal Fire and March Field Fire Departments team up with Lori Gracey, Kinross Lane Preschool owner/teacher and her students and their parents to donate toys to Operation Warm Heart Friday, Dec. 13, 2013. Gracey, the mother of Blue Eagles Honor Guard member, Tech. Sgt….

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Fourth Air Force names new award in honor of fallen Explosive Ordnance Disposal Airman

Posted  December 20, 2013

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. — A unique Air Force Reserve award and trophy have been created in the memory of Tech. Sgt. Anthony Campbell Jr., a 932nd Airlift Wing service member who lost his life during Operation Enduring Freedom in 2009. His recovery and destruction of more than 280 pieces of ordnance and bulk…

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Remodeled Grande Ballroom at Hap Arnold Club open for business

Posted  December 20, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Joe Davidson The Hap Arnold Club, March Air Reserve Base, Calif., held a grand re-opening of its Grande Ballroom, Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, after months of renovation work to repair damage done by a faulty fire sprinkler. The room is now available to rent for small and large events. The…

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Senate confirms James as next secretary of the Air Force

Posted  December 20, 2013

Deborah Lee James will be the next secretary of the Air Force, according to a Senate confirmation vote Dec 13.

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News Briefs December 20, 2013

Posted  December 20, 2013

BEACON GOES DARK UNTIL 2014 This is the final Beacon issue of 2013. The next Beacon to be delivered will be a 2013 Year-in-Review and will arrive Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. The Beacon staff wishes you each a blessed holiday season and a safe and happy New Year! COMMAND CHIEF KELLY TO MOVE TO TRAVIS…

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Defense Equal Opportunity facts of the day : Dec 20-31

Posted  December 20, 2013

20-Dec In 1822, Clement Clarke Moore wrote a poem for his daughters entitled “An Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas.” His poem, which he was hesitant to publish due to the frivolous nature of its subject, is largely responsible for our image of Santa Claus as a “right jolly old elf” with the ability…

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Travis Reserve wing is best in Fourth Air Force

Posted  December 13, 2013

Courtesy photo Col. Douglas Planer (foreground), 4th Air Force A3 Director, joins (from left) Roger Rupp, Riverside Military Affairs Committee Chairman; Brig. Gen. John C. Flournoy Jr., 4th Air Force commander; and Cindy Roth, Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce President, in congratulating the 349th Air Mobility Wing, Travis Air Force Base, Calif., for being named…

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A movie experience I couldn’t tell you about, until now

Posted  December 13, 2013

I realized that the entertainment industry and the military shared many similarities, when I spent several weeks participating in the production of a Hollywood blockbuster. I even saw myself on screen in the movie (disclosed below) when it was released. Here is my story: My show time as an extra in the Hollywood production was…

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