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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…

U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Megan Crusher Events

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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Military Children Express Sacrifices through Art, Writing

Posted  April 26, 2013

Life through the eyes of military children can be seen in the paintings, drawings and writings, on public display at the Education Department, during the month of April, in celebration of Month of the Military Child.

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Air Force restarts tuition assistance

Posted  April 26, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Air Force has officially restarted military tuition assistance, effective immediately. The service restarted the program, as a result of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2013, where Congress called for the MTA program to continue in the current fiscal year. Because of the restart, the program will resume the same…

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Health & Safety

Prepare to survive: Preparation and hydration

Posted  April 26, 2013

A major earthquake has just ravaged southern California, leaving inhabitants with very limited resources. As blessings are counted, attention must now turn toward sustaining life. The most important resource you will need is water. Lack of safe drinking water can be deadly. On average, most people begin feeling the effects of dehydration after exceeding 36…

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News Briefs April 26, 2013

Posted  April 26, 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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The world’s fastest aviators swing by the March Museum

Posted  April 19, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Joe Davidson Retired Lt. Col. Gerald Glasser, former SR-71 Blackbird pilot, addresses a crowd of spectators at the March Field Air Museum presentation of the SR-71, the world’s fastest aircraft, April 6 and 7. Glasser, along with other former Blackbird pilots delivered a host of memorable events, spoke of little-known…

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Retired ‘crew dogs’ keep Norton’s legacy alive

Posted  April 19, 2013

Photo/Scott Johnston The flight suit of the first female aircraft commander, Lt. Col. Kathy La Sauce, adorns a mannequin at the new Norton Air Force Base Museum. SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – Thanks to a group of retired Air Force C-141 “crew dogs,” the legacy of Norton Air Force Base, lives on. Members of the 63rd and…

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The men I left behind

Posted  April 19, 2013

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. – I am one of the thousands of women who have gone to war. I am neither unique nor exceptional. If you ask around, you will hear stories similar to mine. In the past, expectations for girls did not include the possibility of growing up to be veterans. We are not born warriors….

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New resources promote fitness culture

Posted  April 19, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas  – To help improve Total Force fitness levels, Air Force Personnel Center officials are fielding new fitness resources accessible online, in person or on DVD. These resources, including the Operational Fitness Program, Xtreme Wednesday Workouts, the Air Force Fitness DVDs and the Fitness on Request kiosks, are available to all Total…

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Health & Safety

Prepare to survive: Food for thought

Posted  April 19, 2013

As with any major earthquake, the damage will be substantial and the recovery process lengthy. Daily routines will be severely impacted; therefore, being able to sustain basic needs, such as maintaining food and water supplies, will become significant events, requiring managing by all survivors. Now, would be a good time to examine what stored supplies…

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‘Every dollar counts’ ushers in new savings culture

Posted  April 19, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C., – With budgets shrinking, Air Force leaders are calling on Airmen to share their best money-saving ideas through the Every Dollar Counts campaign. In the wake of sequestration, the initiative marks a cultural shift that empowers Airmen to find and recommend areas for savings that may be used to support readiness needs, said Air Force…

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