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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 May 10, 2013

Posted  May 10, 2013

RALLY ‘ROUND THE FLAG HELD AT THE MARCH AIR MUSEUM The Moreno Valley Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee and the March Field Air Museum will host their 12th annual “Rally ‘Round the Flag barbeque, Friday, June 4, at the museum. The event will kick-off at 6 p.m., with guest speaker, Betsy Ross. Deadline to…

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March VITA center recognized for outstanding service

Posted  May 3, 2013

Col. Samuel Mahaney, commander, 452d Air Mobility Wing, center standing, congratulates the March Air Reserve Base’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance center members for receipt of the Internal Revenue Service’s, Community Service Leadership Award, April 16. The March VITA center was selected by Barbara Kuhus, territory manager, IRS, after being recognized for outstanding services provided to…

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Asian-Pacific American women served in World War II

Posted  May 3, 2013

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – Most people are surprised when they find out that Asian-Pacific American women, particularly Japanese-Americans, served in the U.S. military during World War II, said Judy Bellafaire, curator of the Women in Military Service for America Memorial. “Many Japanese women served in the armed forces while their families were in internment camps…

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A little ESGR education can go a long way

Posted  May 3, 2013

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. – Upon completion of my five-level seasonal training, I submitted my application for reemployment to my employer, asking to return to my pre-service position. I received a warm welcome and everyone in the shop expressed appreciation for my service to country. During my reintegration back into the company, an official from the…

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Identity Theft concerns drive social security number program

Posted  May 3, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The loss of personally identifiable information, such as social security numbers, is a concern throughout the Defense Department, the director of the Defense Privacy and Civil Liberties Office said. “When people lose control of the social security number and other personally identifiable information, they really are susceptible to identity theft,” Michael E….

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AFPC implements live chat capability on myPers website

Posted  May 3, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO – RANDOLPH, Texas – The Air Force Personnel Center now provides live chat capability through the myPers website, AFPC officials announced recently. Since April 5, live chat capability has provided users interested in retiring with the option of real time communication with personnel specialists. Additional topics will be rolled out in phases…

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Reserve, Guard leaders discuss FY14 budget

Posted  May 3, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Top leaders from Army, Navy, Marine and Air Force Reserve and National Guard were on Capitol Hill providing statements and answering questions regarding their Fiscal Year 2014-budget proposals. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., chairwoman, U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., chairman, Subcommittee on Defense and Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., the subcommittee’s…

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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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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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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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