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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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Troops, families can visit museums free for summer

Posted  May 31, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – During the busy season of military transfers, adjusting to new communities and registering children for school, more than 2,000 museums across the nation will open their doors, free of charge, to service members and their families as a break from the summer challenges, a Defense Department official said. From Memorial Day, May…

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Memorial Day: Remembering our fellow servicemembers

Posted  May 31, 2013

Courtesy photo/Jennifer Anderson Volunteers from Team March and the local community place flags on graves at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery May 25, 2013 in honor of Memorial Day. SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. – This year, Memorial Day hit a little closer to home. While it was a day to reflect and remember the sacrifices borne by all…

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Team March strives to be energy efficient

Posted  May 31, 2013

The Air Force published a new Energy Strategic Plan and updated energy priorities, March 2013. March Air Reserve Base Civil Engineering will be spearheading projects to maximize efforts at reducing overall energy consumption on base. With the installation of new and energy-efficient mechanical and electrical systems, as well as supporting the Air Force wide renewable…

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Commissaries plan for Monday furloughs

Posted  May 31, 2013

FORT LEE, Va. – When furloughs are implemented, most military commissaries will close one day a week on Mondays, the Defense Commissary Agency’s top official said. The closures will be for up to 11 days between July 8 and Sept. 30. “We know that any disruption in commissary operations will impact our patrons. In addition,…

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Preparing to survive: Emergency communications

Posted  May 31, 2013

Over the past several weeks, the various stages of earthquake preparation were provided as go-bys for the Team March family. While it is deemed as one of the region’s major concerns, many more naturally-occurring phenomena in southern California require attention, if members are to be fully prepared. As summer officially rolls in with the Memorial…

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How to keep the door from closing: Foreclosure rights for service members

Posted  May 31, 2013

Given the unique housing concerns of military members and the current economic times, foreclosures and other financial issues are occurring in high numbers for military families.

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Summer safety critical for summer fun

Posted  May 31, 2013

For many, Memorial Day Weekend marks the official start of summer. There are backyard barbecues, road trips to the beach or just lazy days under the hazy summer sun. Summer is a time to unwind and enjoy mild temperatures and great weather, as long as vacationers are mindful of the dangers of summer sun. Sunburns,…

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Hagel stresses summer safety in message to Department

Posted  May 31, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel urged servicemembers, civilian employees and their families to enjoy the upcoming summer, but to do so safely. In a message to all Defense Department activities, Hagel emphasized the need to make good decisions during a time of year that resulted in more than 80 percent of the department’s…

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March participates in Crashed, Damaged, Disabled Aircraft Recovery exercise

Posted  May 31, 2013

The 452d Air Mobility Wing and 144th Fighter Wing, participated in a combined aircraft mishap exercise, conducted by March Air Reserve Base Combat Readiness office, May 23.

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News Briefs May 31, 2013

Posted  May 31, 2013

CONGRATULATIONS TO TEAM MARCH’S NEWEST MASTER SGT. SELECTEE’S 912th Air Refueling Squadron Master Sgt. selectee’s: • Tech. Sgt. Patrick Martin, noncommissioned officer in charge, Flight Training • Tech. Sgt. Adam Martin, NCOIC, Aircraft Structural Maintenance Section . VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT THE RETIRED ACTIVITIES OFFICE The RAO is in need of volunteers to work Monday through Friday,…

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