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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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March ARB triumphs over IG team

Posted  April 12, 2013

      The 452d Air Mobility Wing leadership used an unconventional commander’s call to recognize teams and individuals on their performance during the Operational Readiness and Nuclear Operational Readiness Inspections. Col. Samuel Mahaney, commander; Col. James Finney, vice commander; and Chief Master Sgt. Ericka Kelly, command chief, beat the unofficial Air Mobility Command Inspector…

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Help for those lost in the smog: Getting ready for ECARS

Posted  April 12, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo Michael Cullen, legal intern, 452 Air Mobility Wing, holds a $50 bill symbolizing the potential cost of having a vehicle smog checked. The Employee-vehicle Certification and Reporting System, or ECARS, will soon be at March Field. This is an Air Force program that will ensure the base aligns with Clean Air…

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MilPDS upgrade complete: Review emergency contact information

Posted  April 12, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas  – If you married, have a new address or experienced significant life changes in March, you should review your emergency contact information to ensure it is accurate, Air Force Personnel Center officials advised. The Military Personnel Data System manages military personnel and pay information as accessions, separations, retirements, promotions, reenlistments, training, mobilization…

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News Briefs April 12, 2013

Posted  April 12, 2013

452 MXG SETS UP FOR SQUADRON PHOTOS The 452d Maintenance Group has set aside a KC-135 and C-17 static for squadron photos, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 20. After this event, the next opportunity for squadron photos will be the September UTA. To take advantage of this opportunity, please contact Tech. Sgt….

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A day of remembrance: National Holocaust commemoration

Posted  April 12, 2013

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — This year, the Holocaust Days of Remembrance week will be observed from April 7 to 14, 2013. The United States Congress established the Days of Remembrance as our nation’s annual commemoration of the victims of the Holocaust and created the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, as a permanent, living…

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March Outreach: Cadets securing the Air Force of tomorrow

Posted  April 5, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo/Darnell Gardner Cadets from the “Fighting Fifty-fifth,” University of California, Los Angeles, Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps debus in route to the first stop on their base tour, March 28. The cadets received briefings on the aircraft capabilities of the C-17 Globemaster III, KC-135 Stratotanker and alert F-16 Fighting Falcons. In…

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Military Child Month Salutes Children’s Contributions

Posted  April 5, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – During April’s Month of the Military Child, the Defense Department recognizes the support provided by and sacrifices made by military children, said Barbara Thompson, director of DOD’s office of family policy/children and youth. Since 1983, DOD has recognized military children for the resiliency they display toward their families. There are now 1.8…

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Air power energized by use of resources

Posted  April 5, 2013

TRAVIS Air Force Base, Calif. – One of my favorite sayings is “flexibility is the key to airpower.” As sequestration takes hold, coupled with budget constraints, it may become our battle cry. We live in uncertain times and the resources that appeared abundant last year will have to stretch in order to cover our mission. The definition…

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AF to implement force structure changes

Posted  April 5, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Air Force released its plan, March 28, to implement force structure changes mandated by the Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act. The bill authorized the service to complete actions approved in previous years, such as aircraft retirements and directed execution of Congressionally-approved force structure actions. Some of these changes were outlined in…

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Hagel announces fewer furlough days for civilians

Posted  April 5, 2013

DOD photo/Glenn Fawcett Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey brief the media in the Pentagon on March 28, 2013. Hagel and Dempsey discussed the ongoing sequester, the impact of furloughs, and recent provocative actions on the part of North Korea. WASHINGTON, D.C.  – The Defense…

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