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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 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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Keeping service in perspective

Posted  June 21, 2013

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – If you were approached by a co-worker, civilian or family member and asked the question, “Why do you serve?”, what would your answer be? How would you internalize what you do for the Air Force to the point where you could answer that seemingly simple question? Over the past several…

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Officials battle obesity, tobacco with Healthy Base Initiative

Posted  June 21, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Defense Department has teamed with the White House, industry, medical communities and installation leaders to assess obesity and tobacco programs for the total workforce, a Pentagon official said. Starting in July, DOD officials will begin evaluating 13 installations to gauge their implementation of the Healthy Base Initiative, said Charles E. Milam,…

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Preparing to survive Wildfire season

Posted  June 21, 2013

Southern California’s unique topography complemented with intense heat, dry soil, acts of nature and human carelessness, all combine to make it extremely vulnerable to wildfires. Every year we standby, ready to combat these demons of destruction. When not actually engaged in a response, firefighters train constantly to improve tactics, communication and working relationships. The drain…

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Air Force leaders congratulate Army on 238 years

Posted  June 21, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C – Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody recognized the Army on its 238th birthday, June 14. Donley wrote a letter to the secretary of the Army stating: “Congratulations on the U.S. Army’s 238th…

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Date of separation rollback phase II underway

Posted  June 21, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – The Air Force has implemented fiscal 2013 force management enlisted date of separation rollback program phase II, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. Separation rollbacks are one of several voluntary and non-voluntary programs implemented during fiscal year 2013, to help bring overall force numbers to congressionally mandated levels, said Lt….

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Team March participates in Torch Run 2013

Posted  June 21, 2013

The 452d Security Forces Squadron participated in the Southern California Special Olympics Inland Empire Regional Spring Games, “Torch Run”, June 4.

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Air Force Reserve announces senior leader changes

Posted  June 21, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Lt. Gen. James F. Jackson, chief of Air Force Reserve, announced the following senior leader changes from left to right: Brig. Gen. Stephen “Fritz” Linsenmeyer, from commander, Force Generation Center, Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., to deputy director for Joint Matters, Hq Air Education and Training Command,…

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Personal OPSEC: Tips on Avoiding Identify Theft

Posted  June 21, 2013

Identity theft among military members occurs at a much higher rate than with their civilian counterparts. The reason for this elevated incident rate is partially due to the copious amounts of personnel documents generated and the frequency of deployments that take servicemembers’ focus away from personal business maintenance, such as monitoring their credit reports. There…

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Comptroller offers glimpse of post-sequester options

Posted  June 21, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The budget storms assailing the Pentagon are unprecedented, the Defense Department’s chief financial officer said in Washington, D.C. “I’ve never seen anything like this,” Pentagon Comptroller Robert F. Hale told an audience attending the 2013 Defense Communities National Summit, “and I hope we never see it again.” Hale asked attendees how many of them…

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New professional development guide available

Posted  June 21, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO RANDOLPH, Texas — The new Professional Development Guide, or PDG, AFPAM 36-2241, is now available at www.e-publishing.af.mil. Printed guides will be distributed to all promotion-eligible active duty Airmen in the grades of E-4 through E-8 and Airmen first class with at least two years in service. Base and unit Weighted Airman…

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