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Local chaplain helps ANG recruiting efforts

Back in August of 2014, the 163d Reconnaissance Wing Chaplain Major David Sarmiento had the opportunity to be featured in a new Air National Guard (ANG) Chaplain Corps recruitment infomercial, the first of its kind in many years. In addition to the commercial, many still photos were taken of Sarmiento and four others to create…

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Pentagon salutes Dr. King’s life, legacy

DoD photo by Casper Manlangit Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work makes remarks during a Martin Luther King Jr. observance at the Pentagon, Jan. 15, 2015. WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Defense Department members gathered Jan. 15 at the Pentagon’s annual observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, ahead of the federal holiday. Deputy Defense Secretary Bob…

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SecAF, CSAF discuss future of the Air Force

Senior leadership addressed the key issues, priorities, initiatives and challenges facing the Air Force during the State of the Air Force press briefing, Jan. 15 at the Pentagon.

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Honor Guard presents colors at 101st Rose Bowl game

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Russell S. McMillan Members of March Air Reserve Base’s Blue Eagles Total Force Honor Guard present the colors as a B-2 Spirit stealth bomber flies overhead at the 101st Rose Bowl game in Pasadena, Jan. 1, 2015. The event marked the first time airmen from March ARB participated in the…

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Culture shock: Returning to America after 26 years

George A. Smith German autobahn drivers get to drive as fast as they want. In Southern California, it’s good they can’t. When I first came to Southern California after living 26 years in Germany, I heard questions from tanned guys in shorts that went something like, “Dude how does it feel to leave a land…


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Air Force

Air Force Reserve announces senior leader changes

Posted  June 21, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Lt. Gen. James F. Jackson, chief of Air Force Reserve, announced the following senior leader changes from left to right: Brig. Gen. Stephen “Fritz” Linsenmeyer, from commander, Force Generation Center, Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., to deputy director for Joint Matters, Hq Air Education and Training Command,…

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Team March participates in Torch Run 2013

Posted  June 21, 2013

The 452d Security Forces Squadron participated in the Southern California Special Olympics Inland Empire Regional Spring Games, “Torch Run”, June 4.

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Date of separation rollback phase II underway

Posted  June 21, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — The Air Force has implemented fiscal 2013 force management enlisted date of separation rollback program phase II, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. Separation rollbacks are one of several voluntary and non-voluntary programs implemented during fiscal year 2013, to help bring overall force numbers to congressionally mandated levels, said Lt….

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Salutes & Awards

Air Force leaders congratulate Army on 238 years

Posted  June 21, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C — Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody recognized the Army on its 238th birthday, June 14. Donley wrote a letter to the secretary of the Army stating: “Congratulations on the U.S. Army’s 238th…

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Health & Safety

Preparing to survive Wildfire season

Posted  June 21, 2013

Southern California’s unique topography complemented with intense heat, dry soil, acts of nature and human carelessness, all combine to make it extremely vulnerable to wildfires. Every year we standby, ready to combat these demons of destruction. When not actually engaged in a response, firefighters train constantly to improve tactics, communication and working relationships. The drain…

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Officials battle obesity, tobacco with Healthy Base Initiative

Posted  June 21, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Defense Department has teamed with the White House, industry, medical communities and installation leaders to assess obesity and tobacco programs for the total workforce, a Pentagon official said. Starting in July, DOD officials will begin evaluating 13 installations to gauge their implementation of the Healthy Base Initiative, said Charles E. Milam,…

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Keeping service in perspective

Posted  June 21, 2013

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — If you were approached by a co-worker, civilian or family member and asked the question, “Why do you serve?”, what would your answer be? How would you internalize what you do for the Air Force to the point where you could answer that seemingly simple question? Over the past several…

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Heerrrre’s Cory: Team March goes to Hollywood

Posted  June 21, 2013

U.S. Air Force photos/Darnell Gardne Above, Team March member Cory Jugas, Morale, Welfare and Recreation aide, 452d Force Support Squadron, stands by for a cameo appearance on the sitcom, Anger Management, June 13. Jugas, was selected out of the audience of a previous taping because of his talented dancing skills. Below, Jugas gets a few…

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Events

News Briefs June 28, 2013

Posted  June 28, 2013

FOREIGN OBJECT DAMAGE WALK SCHEDULED There will be a base FOD walk, July 10, at 7:15 a.m. The meeting point will be on the flight line side of the previous Air Passenger Terminal. Please use alternate gates due to construction. Bring a plastic trash bag for debris collection. Carpool as much as possible because parking…

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Hagel: Opening combat jobs to women the right thing to do

Posted  June 28, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Opening more jobs in the military to women — in particular lifting the combat exclusion — is the right thing to do, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said recently, as he brushed aside any notion that the armed forces would have to lower standards to do so. Hagel’s comments came during a visit…

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