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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.

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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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Spouse luncheons ongoing for Team March

Posted  June 7, 2013

Chris Mahaney, wife of Col. Samuel Mahaney, 452d Air Mobility Wing commander, hosted the second Spouse Luncheon, in a March Air Reserve Base hangar.

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Kirksey selected as AFRC command chief

Posted  June 7, 2013

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. – A reservist with 25 years of military service has been selected as the next command chief master sergeant for Air Force Reserve Command. Chief Master Sgt. Cameron B. Kirksey, currently the command chief for the 482nd Fighter Wing, Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla., replaces Chief Master Sgt. Kathleen Buckner at Headquarters…

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Preparing to survive: Defeat the heat

Posted  June 7, 2013

Summer in southern California can be very dynamic. We are already in the zone of high temperatures and with reasonable surety, we can expect a significant number of extremely hot days, reaching the triple digits. Along with those blistering days, people will be more subject to the heat-related casualties, resulting from high temperatures and summer…

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Meet Team March First Sergeants

Posted  June 7, 2013

First sergeants serve as the commander’s representative on councils, boards and selected military events. They are the liaison and spokesperson between the enlisted force of the unit and the commander. First sergeants communicate and advise the commander and staff on matters of health, morale, welfare, training, professional development and utilization of enlisted personnel. Senior Master…

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Where did I come from: Where am I today

Posted  June 7, 2013

“I am an American!” That statement alone cannot provide a visual description of the person making the claim. Unlike most countries, America comprises a diverse population of people with ethnic backgrounds that originate from every corner of the globe. This type of demographic-recipe enables America to be a world leader among other countries. My pursuit…

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336 ARS fuel progress

Posted  June 7, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo /Master Sgt. Donald R. Allen U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters from the 58th Fighter Squadron, 33rd Fighter Wing, Eglin AFB, Fla., fly off the coast of Fort Walton Beach, as they line up to receive fuel from a March Air Reserve Base KC-135 Stratotanker, May 16. The…

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News Briefs June 14, 2013

Posted  June 14, 2013

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT THE RETIRED ACTIVITIES OFFICE The RAO is in need of volunteers to work Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon or noon to 3 p.m. Retired military and their dependents are encouraged to apply. For more information, contact Lt. Col. Carter or Senior Master Sgt. Brown at 951-655-4077 or 951-655-4079. EXTENDED OPERATION FOR…

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Official explains tuition assistance quality assurance program

Posted  June 14, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — To increase stewardship and optimize service members’ educational experiences, Defense Department officials have developed a multifaceted quality assurance program to improve tuition assistance, the assistant secretary of defense for readiness and force management said on Capitol Hill, June 12. In testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee, Frederick E. Vollrath said…

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Yellow Ribbon events go on despite budget cuts

Posted  June 14, 2013

Air Force Reserve members and their families from across the command converged on the sea-side town of LaJolla, Calif., for a Yellow Ribbon event held at the local Marriott Hotel.

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Steps to consider when in an accident

Posted  June 14, 2013

In the state of California, licensed drivers are required to accomplish specific actions when involved in an automobile accident with another vehicle.

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