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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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News Briefs June 21, 2013

Posted  June 21, 2013

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT THE RETIRED ACTIVITIES OFFICE The RAO is in need of volunteers to work Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon or noon to 3 p.m. Retired military and their dependents are encouraged to apply. For more information, contact Lt. Col. Carter or Senior Master Sgt. Brown at 951-655-4077 or 951-655-4079. EXTENDED OPERATION FOR…

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452 Force Support Sq gets “Dirty” with the commander

Posted  June 14, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo/Darnell Gardner Col. Samuel Mahaney, 452d Air Mobility Wing commander, issues Senior Airman Christopher Kmet, 4th Combat Camera, an official passport, June 6. As part of his Dirty Thursday program, Mahaney, spent the day at the 452d Force Support Squadron getting down and dirty, learning about the activities that occur during daily…

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President Proclaims Flag Day and National Flag Week

Posted  June 14, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Barack Obama today signed a proclamation designating June 14, as Flag Day and the week beginning June 9 as National Flag Week. The president’s proclamation: Each June, our Nation lifts its sights to the flag that has watched over us since the days of our founding. In those broad stripes and…

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Former safety chief heads sexual assault prevention efforts

Posted  June 14, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senior officials announced that they have appointed a two-star general to lead the Air Force’s effort to reduce sexual assault within the ranks and provide victims the support they need. Maj. Gen. Margaret Woodward was appointed the new director of the reorganized Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office. In addition…

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Health & Safety

The physiological effects of leisure

Posted  June 14, 2013

If you’re looking for just another reason to take a break, here it is! According to a 2009 study conducted by the Official Journal of the American Academy of Neurology, participation in regular leisure activities can help to prevent cognitive decline and reduce the risk factors of dementia and Alzheimer’s. Just as studying or working…

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West Region Transition

Posted  June 14, 2013

TRICARE is extending the temporary waiver for West Region Prime enrollees to obtain authorizations for specialty care referred by their primary care manager. The waiver will now include specialty care referrals received from April 1 through June 18.  The start of health care delivery under the new contract in the TRICARE West Region occurred, April…

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USACE recreation sites free to military, dependents

Posted  June 14, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced it will continue to accept the America the Beautiful Federal Recreation Pass Program’s Interagency Annual Pass for military at its more than 2,500 USACE-managed recreation areas nationwide. Initiated last year, servicemen and women – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and activated National Guard/Reserve…

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Steps to consider when in an accident

Posted  June 14, 2013

In the state of California, licensed drivers are required to accomplish specific actions when involved in an automobile accident with another vehicle.

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Yellow Ribbon events go on despite budget cuts

Posted  June 14, 2013

Air Force Reserve members and their families from across the command converged on the sea-side town of LaJolla, Calif., for a Yellow Ribbon event held at the local Marriott Hotel.

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Official explains tuition assistance quality assurance program

Posted  June 14, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — To increase stewardship and optimize service members’ educational experiences, Defense Department officials have developed a multifaceted quality assurance program to improve tuition assistance, the assistant secretary of defense for readiness and force management said on Capitol Hill, June 12. In testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee, Frederick E. Vollrath said…

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