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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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Online School—A Choice for Military Families

Cyber school, virtual school, digital learning, whatever you call it, this growing educational choice simply works for thousands of California families.

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Tennis helps Airman stay ‘Fit 2 Fight’

Courtesy Photo 452 AMW Wing Process Manager, Lt. Col. Scipiaruth Curtis has been an avid tennis player for more than seven years. Curtis uses her love of the sport to improve her overall physical conditioning, keeping her in line with the Air Force’s ‘Fit 2 Fight’ program. I have been playing tennis for about seven…


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DOD prepares for potential sequestration

Posted  December 14, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Office of Management and Budget has instructed the Department of Defense to pursue internal planning to meet required budget cuts if sequestration goes into effect Jan. 3. “We are at the very start of this process,” said Dr. George Little, acting assistant secretary of defense for public affairs, during a Pentagon…

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2012 Security Forces annual awards

Posted  December 14, 2012

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — Air Force Reserve Command announced the 2012 Air Force Individual Security Forces Award winners. The winners, by category are: Master Sgt. Juan C. Rodriguez 452nd Security Forces Squadron, March ARB, Calif., Outstanding Security Forces Flight Level Senior NCO.           Tech Sgt. Nelson E. Brown III…

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The Doctor Is In – Urgent or Emergency?

Posted  December 14, 2012

If you or your child gets sick or injured, your first instinct is to go to the emergency room (ER) right away or call 911. These are good instincts in an emergency, but many people use the ER when it is not an actual emergency. This contributes to long ER wait times, high costs, and…

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Thrift savings plan contribution limits increase in 2013

Posted  December 14, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas  —  The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board has announced the 2013 elective deferral limit for regular Thrift Savings Plan contributions increased from $17,000 to $17,500 for 2013, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. The TSP catch-up plan contribution limit will remain at $5,500. The Thrift Savings Plan is a long-term…

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News Briefs | December 14, 2012

Posted  December 14, 2012

SAFETY ADVISORY UPDATE As per notification in The Beacon, dated Dec. 7, drivers and pedestrians traveling near the Air Traffic Control Tower, Bldg. 1220, should proceed with caution due to construction of the new control tower. Also, the gate entering the flightline at Base Ops (F18) is now closed. All personnel requiring access will sign…

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Snapshots | Holiday Party

Posted  December 14, 2012

Col. Samuel Mahaney, 452d Air Mobility Wing commander (center) and his wife, Chris, welcome local community leaders to the wing’s annual holiday reception, held Dec. 1, in the operations group building. The reception, sponsored by the Chief’s Group and the First Sergeant’s Council, is held to thank the community members for their support of the…

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March Airman takes top honors in State Department photography contest

Posted  December 14, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Francisco V. Govea II, a photojournalist with 4th Combat Camera Squadron, March Air Reserve Base, Calif., was honored as one of the 12 “Best in Show” for the State Department’s photography contest, “Serving Abroad…Through Their Eyes” at the Pentagon, Nov. 30. Govea’s image was selected out of…

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Air Force Week kicks off in New York City
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Pearl Harbor: Air Force legacy on day that would ‘live in infamy’

Posted  December 14, 2012

FORT MEADE, Md. — “It was the first time I had ever seen a plunging dive bomber and it was an awesome sight. Nothing in warfare is more frightening,” said Pvt. Wilfred D. Burke, 72d Pursuit Squadron, Wheeler Field, whose experience in the attacks on Pearl Harbor are recorded in 7 December 1941: The Air…

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Snapshots | Groundbreaking

Posted  December 14, 2012

From left: Col. Tim McCoy, 452d Mission Support Group commander; David Parkes, president, FLINTCO Construction; Col. Samuel Mahaney, 452d Air Mobility Wing commander; Congressman Ken Calvert, 44th California Congressional District Representative; Richard Stewart, Moreno Valley mayor and David Van Dorpe, deputy district engineer, Los Angeles District, Army Corps of Engineers, break ground for the new…

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Riverside National Cemetery announces holiday decorating policy

Posted  December 7, 2012

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Riverside National Cemetery Director Dean Moline announced the cemetery’s holiday decorating policy. The policy, according to Moline, is meant to establish a uniform standard of appearance by balancing the family’s desire to honor its loved one with the cemetery’s requirement to continue maintenance operations throughout the long holiday season. “We understand that…

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