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Jones assumes command of 304th SBDE

U.S. Army photo/Staff Sgt. Jennifer McLaughlin Col. Robin Jones, incoming 304th Sustainment Brigade commander, accepts the unit colors from Brig. Gen. Scottie Carpenter, 311th Expeditionary Sustainment Command commanding general, during his change of command ceremony at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, Calif., April 6. RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Col. Robin Jones assumed command of the…

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Creating a lifestyle of health and fitness

U.S. Air Force photo/Tech Sgt. Neil Ballecer Senior Airman Coral Williams, 163rd Comptroller Flight, begins a run on the March Air Reserve Base track, April 7. Running is one of the many cardiovascular exercises Williams participates in to stay in shape. She has made exercise a habit in her life, constantly seeking new challenges, goals…

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Preparation essential for those living in “Earthquake Country”

While we continually stress the fact we live in earthquake country, the last couple of weeks have certainly lent credence to that statement. Seismic activity in the California area to include Los Angeles, La Habra and Fortuna, Calif., over the past several weeks is a stark reminder of our vulnerability to the potential destructive power…

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Tax season deadline looms, free filing available

On April 15, the regular tax season comes to an end. Unless you qualify for an automatic extension (deployed anytime from Jan. 1 – April 15, 2014), or you file for an extension, you need to have filed your return. Why not let your March ARB Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Center prepare and e-file…

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General Selva impressed with Total Force Integration at March

U.S. Air Force photo/Linda Welz General Paul Selva, commander, Air Mobility Command, presents Tech. Sgt. Rebecca Ghesquiere, 912th Air Refueling Squadron, with his coin, congratulating her for being named the 2013 AMC Maintainance Support Airman of the Year, as her commander, Lt. Col. Scott Minton, looks on. Silva surprised Ghesquiere with the impromptu presentation during…


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Actors portrayed South Sudanese service members taking an offensive stance towards a U.S. military C-17 on their airfield, during filming for the Air Force’s Cultural and Language Center’s video series on cultural awareness, shot on base March 21. The footage completes the fourth and final video segment following Rwanda, Nigeria and Morocco, said Christine Frye, production coordinator, Combat Media. The videos are being developed to instruct deploying troops on how to handle situations involving cultural differences that may arise during deployments.
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March C-17 and crew held hostage

Posted  April 27, 2012

Eight South Sudanese soldiers fixed their weapons on a March C-17 Globemaster III during a tense standoff last month. The situation was resolved within hours, then the flight crew and soldiers attended a wrap-up party to discuss the day’s events. The 452 Air Mobility Wing welcomed Combat Media, a film production company, aboard a March…

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News Briefs | May 4, 2012

Posted  May 4, 2012

League of United Latin American Citizens Chapter meets May 5 The March LULAC chapter will hold its fifth meeting on the A UTA, Saturday, May 5, 11 a.m., in the 452 Mission Support Group Conference Room. All are welcome. For more information, contact chapter president, Senior Master Sgt. Willie Barron at 951-655-2039 or williebarron6@aol.com. 4-H…

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March Minutes | May 4, 2012

Posted  May 4, 2012

SSgt Collin Everson Swing Shift, 452 SFS HOMETOWN: Hemet, Ca. 0700 Daughter is up… Sleeping until noon is not going to happen! 1000 Time to get ready for work. Hope I’m posted somewhere with a decent view. 1200 Should to be out the door and headed to work, but knowing me, I probably forgot something. 1215 Yep, just as…

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Why Wait for Mother’s Day?

Posted  May 4, 2012

Next Sunday is Mother’s Day and it’s about time! It almost goes without saying no one is more deserving of a special day than Mom. A popular cartoon illustration pastors like to use that captures the life of a mother shows a psychologist talking to his patient. “Let’s see,” he says, “You spend 50 percent…

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Some Reserve, Guard members must pay dental premiums directly

Posted  May 4, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Beginning in May, some National Guard and reserve members will need to pay dental premiums directly rather than through payroll deduction, stated a senior official of the TRICARE military health plan. A change to the TRICARE Dental Program means that payroll deduction for premiums is not currently available to about 8,000 reserve-component…

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Air Force Assistance Fund set to kick off at March Field

Posted  May 4, 2012

The Air Force Assistance Fund is available to Air Force Guard, Reserve, and active duty personnel. There are four organizations that receive support from the Air Force Assistance Fund drive. The Air Force Aid Society is the official charity of the Air Force. Airmen can visit the Air Force Aid Society coordinator at their base…

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Can I help re-invigorate the nuclear enterprise?

Posted  May 4, 2012

If someone asked you what the U.S. Air Force’s number one nuclear enterprise priority is for 2011 and 2012, what would your answer be? On or above average, I get personnel who respond, “We don’t have a nuclear mission, so this requirement doesn’t apply to us”. Let’s look at a few of potential work situations…

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Airlift control flights, FBI train together at Patriot Sands

Posted  May 4, 2012

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Five Reserve units and a federal agency teamed up April 26 to 29 in Florida for Patriot Sands, an airlift training exercise simulating deployed bare base conditions with limited support. Reservists with the 512th Airlift Control Flight, Dover Air Force Base, Del., 452d ALCF, March Air Reserve Base, Calif., and 439th…

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March team member spends off-duty time as Big Brother

Posted  May 4, 2012

Master Sgt. Sherman Harris poses with Daniel Machado at an annual Big Brother’s Banquet. Why do I volunteer as a Big Brother? Well, it is not the pay, it is not the fame and glory, and it is certainly not because I have a lot of free time on my hands; I do it because…

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Preparing for operational readiness

Posted  May 4, 2012

As the wing prepares for its upcoming operational readiness exercise and inspection, it is important to note how little things can become significant in a wartime environment. One of the lessons learned by team March from the recent Volk Field exercise was to stress continued use of the “buddy system,” particularly when wearing the Mission…

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