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March Key Spouse Program kicks off initial training

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Russell S. McMillan Valerie Fioretta, key spouse facilitator and director of the Airman and Family Readiness Center, March Air Reserve Base, explains an exercise to participants during an initial key spouse training on Nov. 1, 2014. Nearly three dozen March spouses attended the key spouse training program, which is designed…

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Retired nurse flying high at March Aero Club

Joan Cooper is a retired nurse but not a typical one.

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Fourth Air Force announces 2014 Raincross winners

(U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Perry Covington) Col. Mark S. Larson (center), commander, 931st Air Refueling Group, McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., accepts the Raincross Trophy at the annual Raincross Awards Dinner in Riverside, Nov. 19. The 931st Air Refueling Group was awarded the trophy as the top unit in 4th Air Force. This marked the…

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Tips to heat your home affordably this winter

Climate control accounts for almost half the energy use in a typical U.S. home and is also the largest energy expense for most people -- but it doesn’t have to be.

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Distinguished Marksman among the 452d AMW

I may never be a distinguished marksman, but fortunately for me the 452nd Air Mobility Wing here at March Air Reserve Base, California has one Airman with such a prestigious title.


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DEERS streamlined for better efficiency

Posted  April 26, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C.  — A modification in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System is expected to streamline personal records for better efficiency, the director of the Defense Manpower Data Center said. In an interview with American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel, Mary Dixon said information would now be entered into DEERS in personnel offices, rather…

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Using my voice to find my strength

Posted  April 26, 2013

 SOUTHWEST ASIA — I felt like everyone knew how stupid I was and because I made bad choices, he got away with it. I did make really bad choices — choices that allowed me to put myself in a position to get sexually assaulted, just two months after turning 21 years old. My story is not that…

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452 Air Mobility Wing Explosive Ordnance Disposal: Taking the bang out of the boom

Posted  April 26, 2013

U.S. Air Force photos/Darnell Gardner Col. Samuel Mahaney, commander, 452 Air Mobility Wing, dons protective gear, during his Dirty Thursday event with March Air Reserve Base Explosive Ordnance Disposal personnel, April 18. Tech. Sgt. Brian Howards, left, assists Mahaney with lifting and strapping on an EOD backpack, as Tech. Sgt. Owen Duff, secures the straps….

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News Briefs May 3, 2013

Posted  May 3, 2013

All are invited to Lt. Col. Jim BULLARD’S RETIREMENT Ceremony Lt. Col. Jim Bullard, 452d AMW Operations Group Executive Officer and former 452d AMW Executive Officer, is retiring May 19, 2013, 1 p.m., at the March Field Air Museum, following a 28-year, Air Force career. All are welcome to attend and stay for a reception…

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California Guard members ranked Cyber-best

Posted  May 3, 2013

The Defense Department is working to boost cyber security support nearly five-fold in coming years, according to The Washington Post. Since August 2011, multiple California National Guard members have been activated to boost with U.S. Cyber Command manpower. There are currently 20 California Air and Army National Guard members serving CYBERCOM at four Joint Intelligence…

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California employers named semifinalists for 2013 Secretary of Defense Freedom Award

Posted  May 3, 2013

ARLINGTON, Va. – Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve a Department of Defense operational committee, announced that three California employers have been selected as semifinalists for the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The Freedom Award is the DOD’s highest honor for employers that provide extraordinary support to their Guard and Reserve…

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Preparing to survive: Vehicle preparation

Posted  May 3, 2013

Los Angeles, Calif., was recently named as the number one traffic-congested city in the country. This dubious honor is no surprise to southern Californians, especially to those who commute on a daily basis. The freeways are constantly crowded, so planning driving routes around peak commute times is a way of life here in the southland….

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Meet Team March First Sargeants

Posted  May 3, 2013

MASTER SERGEANT DONALD C. BRANSCUM Master Sgt. Donald C. Branscum is the first sergeant for the 452d Civil Engineer Squadron at March Air Reserve Base, Calif. He enlisted in the United States Air Force, April 1986. His first duty station was Royal Air Force Bentwaters, United Kingdom, where he served as a Tactical Maintenance Aircraft…

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About Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

Posted  May 3, 2013

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. A rather broad term, Asian-Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru…

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Family Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance Benefit Changes

Posted  May 3, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Service members married to other service members are no longer automatically enrolled in the Family Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance program, Pentagon officials said. The change was effective Jan. 2, and to date affects about 4,500 service members, Coast Guard Cmdr. Kristen Martin, Defense Department’s SGLI policy office, said in an interview with…

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