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News Briefs 01/09/2015



There will be a Deserving Airman Commissioning Board held on Feb. 19, 2015. All packages are due to FSS/FSMPD by Jan. 24. For more information, contact 452nd Force Support Squadron Career Development at 655-3113.


The Air Force Reserve Command Yellow Ribbon Program invites you to a Regional Yellow Ribbon Training event to be held in Orange County, California, Feb. 27-March 1. This event will include activities, referral information, education, vendor booths and interactive breakout sessions that span the concerns and issues faced by reservists and their loved ones before and after a deployment, including: Tricare, Airmen & Family Readiness, ESGR,  legal assistance for wills & powers of attorney, Military Family Life Consultants, Personal Financial Consultants, and more. For information on the event and the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program, contact the 452 AMW Yellow Ribbon Representative, Senior Master Sgt. Jo Carrillo, at 951-655-2571 or Josephine.carrillo@us.af.mil.


Jan. 17: IFLY Indoor Skydiving

Jan. 31: Fencing

Feb. 14: Go-kart racing at Adams Motorsport

Feb. 28: Flying Trapeze

For more information call ODR at 951-655-2816, Monday thru Friday   8:30 to 4:30. Trips are open to all personnel but Single Airmen have priority.


Looking for an inexpensive way to vacation? Then why not try the Armed Forces Vacation Club.   The Armed Forces Vacation Club is a ‘Space A’ vacation condominium rental program developed to benefit active duty, Reserve and National Guard members as well as DOD civilians. Condos through this program are available at a flat rate of $349 a week. There are no dues, no hidden fees, just a great value for the men and women of our uniformed services. For more information or to make a reservation, log onto www.marchfss.com, click on the Ticket and Tours tab and then click on the Armed Forces Vacation Club tab.


The Retiree Activity Office is looking for folks who can volunteer their time for three hours a week. If you are interested, please call 655-4077 or 655-4079.


Jan. 17:  Whale watching and Seaport Village tour. ($33 includes ticket and transportation) Deadline to sign up is Jan 12.

Jan. 31: Vegas Turnaround. ($20, must be 21 and older) Deadline to sign up is Jan 28.

Other tickets available at ITT include: San Diego Zoo and Safari Park (free for military, discounts for dependents); Patriot Jet Boat Tour on San Diego Bay ($16); SeaWorld Waves of Honor (service members and 3 dependents enter free; Castle Park Amusement Park tickets, includes unlimited regular rides and miniature golf ($16); Whale watching season starts Dec. 26 ($14); Disney 3-day hopper pass for up to 6 people ($130 for active duty, retired, Reserve, Guard).

For More Information on hours, ticket prices and events, visit MarchFSS.com, facebook.com/marchodradventure or call 951-655-4123.


The Hap Arnold Club is holding a “Name that Dish” contest. The entry forms can be found at the club with the current name of the dish on each slip. All dishes are available at the Back Street Café in case you want to try them before giving them a name. Ballot boxes are located by the entry slips at the Back Street Café and at the Club cashier’s cage. Each consecutive contest will begin on the 11th of the month and close on the 10th of the following month. Winners will receive four tickets to the Aces Comedy Club (a $60 value!), so be sure to include your name and number on your entries. Good luck!


Col. Muncy has determined that the following FY 15 Unit Training Assemblies may only be rescheduled if the reschedule date is for the alternate UTA during the same month of the A and B UTAs for the months of February, May and August 2015. The wing commander will authorize reschedules outside of the same month, if absolutely necessary, on a case-by-case basis.


Implementation of the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act of 2011, under H.R. 2433, and the Veterans Employment Initiative (VEI) under Executive Order 13518, has driven a host of new requirements for transitioning personnel. The VOW Act made service-member participation in the re-designed TAP program mandatory as of Nov. 21, 2012. This re-designed program expands counseling and guidance for active and Reserve members separating from the military after serving at least 180 days on active duty. Reservists going on or coming off of 180 consecutive days of orders due to school, BMT, deployments, TDY’s, etc. are required to comply with the following requirements:  pre-separation counseling at the A&FRC, VA Benefits briefing (parts I and II), CAPSTONE (DD Form 2958) and five-day TAP workshop. 

The VA Benefits brief can be completed in person at March ARB or online, You can attend the five-day TAP workshop at any active duty installation, or online (it takes four days and includes the VA Benefits briefing). For more information please contact the Airman and Family Readiness Center at 655-5350.

March Airmen participate in 83rd Hollywood Christmas Parade

U.S. Air Force photo / Senior Airman Russell S. McMillan

Approximately 27 Airmen from March Air Reserve Base, Edwards Air Force Base and Los Angeles Air Force Base participated in the 83rd Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade on November 30.

The Hollywood Christmas Parade is an annual event in the city of Los Angeles that attracts attendance of nearly one million people. The 3.5 mile parade route includes performances by marching bands from around the U.S., giant balloon characters, equestrian units and more.

This year marked the 13th year the Air Force Sergeant’s Mini Jet Team featured its battery-powered mini aircraft down the red carpet parade route. March Airmen, who piloted some of the five mini F-16 aircraft, also carried with them local children with disabilities or illnesses as part of a community volunteer project from the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.

The Air Force Sergeant’s Mini Jet Team is a group of active duty, Reserve and retired Airmen who volunteer annually to take the battery-powered mini jets to events for children with disabilities and illnesses, said retired Master Sgt. Peter Gutierrez, a 33-year veteran Air Force veteran and founder of the team.

“Every year for the Hollywood Christmas Parade we work with Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles to provide us children that are outpatients undergoing radiation and chemo treatments,” added Gutierrez. “Some children have cancer or other illnesses or disabilities that CHLA treats.”

“These events are very fun to do even though we’re spending time away from home,” said Staff Sgt. Jonathan R. Villa Vargas, supply technician, 452nd Logistics Readiness Squadron, Blue Eagles Total Force Honor Guard, March ARB.  “You get a good feeling doing this.”

Despite it raining on parade day, Airmen braved the weather to volunteer for more than eight hours. They pre-positioned five mini F-22 Raptor, a mini P-51 Mustang and a giant balloon character nearly 70 feet tall into place for marching down the red carpet.

“More service members should come out to these types of events so the public can see our faces,” said first-year parade volunteer Staff Sgt. Zakai A. Webster, services technician, 163rd Reconnaissance Wing, California Air National Guard, March ARB.

“We do anywhere from 14 to 26 events a year,” said Gutierrez. “One of our events, [Expo Village] for the Tournament of Roses committee, lasts four and a half days.”

Most of the volunteer opportunities to assist the mini jet team are through the Blue Eagles Total Force Honor Guard, explained Staff Sgt. Brandyn J. Lopez, services technician, 452nd Force Support Squadron, Blue Eagles Total Force Honor Guard, March ARB.

“The Honor Guard gives me the opportunity to do [this] because they give us so many different color events,” added Webster, who helped carry the team’s banner down the red carpet.

“This is my second parade and I had fun last year,” said Lopez as he explained his safety duties for the event for the parade. “Everyone has been accommodating.”

“I’ll never be able to repay the countless selfless people and companies that help keep this program going,” said Gutierrez when referring to all of the volunteer help. “They help us because they know we are not supported with any budget, and they have seen the smiles and heard the laughter of the children; we have made a difference in their lives.”

January 2014: The year in review


A U.S. Air Force Reserve-owned KC-135 Stratotanker, currently attached to the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, refuels an A-10 Thunderbolt II from the 74th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan Jan. 7, 2014, over Northeast, Afghanistan. The crew of the Stratotanker, deployed from the active associate 912th Air Refueling Squadron, March Air Reserve Base, Calif., provided fuel for coalition aircraft during their more than ten-hour-long combat sortie.

February 2014: The year in review


From left: Staff Sgt. Brian Huff, 912th Air Refueling Squadron; Staff Sgt. Randy Bowen, 452nd Security Forces Squadron; Tech. Sgt. Roger Messick, 752nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and Tech. Sgt. Michael Reid, 452nd Operations Support Squadron, March Air Reserve Base, Calif., watch as Cruz Pedregon Racing maintenance team members, service Pedregon’s funny car during the National Hot Rod Association’s Circle K Winternationals, held at the Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, Calif., Feb. 7, 2014. The Airmen were part of a Snap-On Tools-sponsored ‘Crew Swap.’

AFN Radio Production Specialist Grant Peters hosts a live radio show for Freedom Radio, broadcast throughout Afghanistan, from his studio at March Air Reserve Base.

March 2014: The year in review


Volunteers of the 452nd Air Mobility Wing helped to celebrate the National Education Association’s Read Across America day at local area schools within the Riverside Unified School District on Feb 28 and March 3. This nationwide observance coincides with the birthday of famed children’s book author, Dr. Seuss.

Brig. Gen. Scottie Carpenter, 311th Expeditionary Sustainment Command commanding general, congratulates the graduates of the Equal Opportunity Leadership course at March Air Reserve Base, Calif., March 7.

April 2014: The year in review


Members of the 452 AMW Force Support Squadron booster club, “Go-Getters” pose with Ronald McDonald during the Walk For Kids event held in Orange County, April 6. The club raised $370 in support of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California.

Longtime barber Ricardo Alvarez passed away April 13. Alvarez had been a barber at March ARB since 1964. The base barber shop was later renamed in his honor.

May 2014: The year in review


Members of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and March ARB personnel work together to load a Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) onto a C-17 Globemaster III to be transported to Pacific Missile Range Facility Barking Sands, Kauai, Hawaii.

Steve Muro, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs cuts the ceremonial ribbon as civic leaders, dignitaries and guests gathered for the dedication of the Interstate 215/Van Buren Boulevard Interchange ribbon cutting ceremony at the March Field Air Museum in Riverside, California. The newly constructed interchange utilized a design theme derived from the museum as well as March ARB by incorporating aircraft-inspired imagery in the fencing and wall treatments throughout the interchange.

June 2014: The year in review


Congressman Ken Calvert, District 42 (center) and Congressman Mark Takano, District 41, cut the ribbon on the new March Field air traffic control tower, Friday, June 27, 2014, as 452nd Air Mobility Wing Commander, Col. Russell Muncy, looks on.

Guidon bearer Airman Basic Deiondre Durham, torch bearer Senior Airman Carjon Montgomery-White and Maj. Ryan Robin, commander, 452nd SFS, lead the way for dozens of Defenders from the 452nd Security Forces Squadron, March Air Reserve Base, California, during the 2014 Law Enforcement Special Olympics Torch Run, June 3. After receiving the torch from the Moreno Valley Police Department, the March defenders, who raised more than $300 in support of the Special Olympics, ran the 5-plus-mile trip before handing the torch to the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department.

July 2014: The year in review


Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody, and his wife, Athena, pose for a photo following breakfast with selected, outstanding Airmen who represented a cross-selection of the March Total Force. CMSAF Cody and Athena visited March Air Reserve Base in Southern California July 11-14, 2014, where they met with Airmen and observed the success of Total Force Integration there.

Staff Sgt Joey William, 452nd Force Support Squadron (right) helps fellow Airmen keep pace during a timed run at the March ARB running track. William is one of several volunteers who provides motivation to runners as part of the Rising Six pacing program.

August 2014: The year in review


Team March members look on as contractors expertly topple the 56-year-old air traffic control tower at March Air Reserve Base. Replaced by a new, seismically-engineered tower, the old tower hit the ground at 9:20 a.m., Aug. 19, 2014.

Runners are dowsed with color by volunteers as they round the last station before crossing the finish line during the 5K Fun Color Run Aug. 9, hosted by the 452nd Air Mobility Wing Rising Six. More than 100 Team March members participated in two color runs, held at the former base track, one during each August Unit Training Assembly.