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Airman retires after 37 years of service

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Joseph Dangidang Chief Master Sgt. Karen L. Krause, 452nd Maintenance Operations Squadrons superintendent, receives a flag from a Blue Eagles Total Force Honor Guard member during her retirement ceremony at the March Cultural Resource Center, Sep. 13. Krause retires after 37 years of service to the United States Air Force….

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Pilots earned top honor for WW II actions

Courtesy Photo First Lt. Donald J. Gott and 2nd Lt. William E. Metzger Jr. of the 452nd Bombardment Group, were killed when their heavily damaged B-17 Flying Fortress exploded Nov. 9, 1944, as they raced to friendly territory in an attempt to save the life of a fellow crew member. Both were awarded the Medal…

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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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Autism, …

Posted  May 17, 2013

With world Autism awareness month coming to an end, I wonder, being the parent of a child affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and part of military leadership, did it help? Specifically, has military leadership become any more aware of the trials and tribulations that raising a child with ASD can have on military families?…

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West Region transition

Posted  May 17, 2013

TRICARE is aware that Prime enrollees in the West region have been experiencing longer than usual wait times for authorizations for referrals to specialty care since the April 1, 2013, start of health delivery under the new contract with UnitedHealthcare Military & Veterans. Their top priority is to ensure continuity and access to care for…

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Health & Safety

Don’t Surf and drive.

Posted  May 17, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo/Maj. Deric Prescott March Air Reserve Base legal office intern, Michael Cullen, is caught texting while driving by Staff Sgt. David Shore, legal specialist. California traffic laws prohibits cell phone usage while operating a vehicle – this also applies to drivers operating vehicles on March ARB. It is illegal to use a…

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Leveraging credit cards to strengthen your credit score

Posted  May 17, 2013

A strong credit score can be an integral part of staying financially secure, whatever the economic climate. But for many U.S. servicemembers, determining exactly what has an impact on their score can be a daunting task. One thing is for sure: credit cards can and do impact your credit score – positively or negatively –…

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Meet Team March First Sargeants

Posted  May 17, 2013

First sergeants serve as the commander’s representative on councils, boards and selected military events. They are the liaison and spokesperson between the enlisted force of the unit and the commander. First sergeants communicate and advise the commander and staff on matters of health, morale, welfare, training, professional development and utilization of enlisted personnel.   SENIOR…

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March Exchange Credit Card Fees Impact Entire Military Community

Posted  May 17, 2013

MARCH AIR RESERVE BASE EXCHANGE, Calif. – Military shoppers at the March Exchange probably do not give a second thought as to which credit card to use at checkout. What they may not be aware of, is the use of bank-issued cards at the Exchange ultimately costs the military community millions annually. Last year alone,…

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ECARS: Reminder and Exemptions

Posted  May 17, 2013

March Air Reserve Base is in an enhanced smog area requiring cars to have biennial smog testing, unless they qualify for a smog exemption. To ensure that we are compliant with the regulations, March ARB has implemented the ECARS self-certification system. Vehicles registered in areas subject to the biennial smog certification program are required to submit…

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May 31 is deadline to sign up for TRICARE automatic payments

Posted  May 17, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Beneficiaries enrolled in TRICARE Reserve Select or TRICARE Retired Reserve who pay monthly premiums by check must switch to an electronic form of payment by May 31 to avoid losing coverage. The TRICARE agency will only accept monthly premium payments using recurring automatic payments by credit or debit card, or by recurring…

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The Chaplain’s Corner

Posted  May 17, 2013

I’ve noticed in the past month that my mailbox and Facebook account have been flooded with dozens of special event invitations, mainly in the graduation and wedding category. The month of June is particularly jam-packed, sometimes with two different occasions marked on the same day.Now, if you’re like me, your first reaction to such events…

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News Briefs May 17, 2013

Posted  May 17, 2013

MARCH AIR MUSEUM RECOGNIZES THE WOMEN OF VIETNAM The Riverside Arts Council presents: A Piece Of My Heart, a tribute to the military women who served in Vietnam, by Shirley Lauro, at the March Field Air Museum, from Friday, May 24 to Sunday, May 26. Show times on Friday and Saturday will begin at 7:30…

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