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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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Fourth annual Welcome Home Vietnam Vets Celebration at March Field Air Museum

Posted  March 25, 2013

Riverside, Calif. – March Field Air Museum will be hosting its fourth annual Welcome Home Vietnam Vets Celebration, Saturday, March 23. The museum is open, free of charge, to all Vietnam Veterans and their families that day. The museum will open at 9 a.m., with the official program beginning at 11 a.m. At the conclusion…

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What’s your reflection

Posted  March 25, 2013

We pass by them every day. There are probably many throughout your house or apartment. They are displayed in stores, bathrooms, hotels, or cars. Moreover, they show us who we are and what we look like to the rest of the world. Can you guess what they are? If you guessed mirrors, you’d be on…

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News Briefs | March 22, 2013

Posted  March 25, 2013

ALL AVAILABLE PERSONNEL NEEDED FOR FOD WALK There will be a base Foreign Object Debris walk, Apr. 10, Air Passenger Terminal, flightline side, at 7:30 a.m. Participants should bring a plastic trash bag and hearing protection. For more information contact the base Foreign Object Damage or Debris and Dropped Object Prevention office at 951-655-7488. GET…

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California Guard participates in rough and rugged team building

Posted  March 25, 2013

Air National Guard photo/Master Sgt. Julie Avey The California National Guard competed at the Southern California Glen Helen Raceway, in a six-hour motocross endurance relay race, March 10. Maj. Jon Dahl, 147th Combat Communications Squadron, hands over the team’s dirt bike to Chief Master Sgt. Gregory Garcia, 163d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, for continued nonstop racing…

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The hardest victory is over self

Posted  March 25, 2013

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. — How many times have you procrastinated over an issue because you “just didn’t feel like it,” didn’t complete career development timely, or maintain or attain fitness? I am sure we have all done some of these things at some point in time. Now ask yourself, of those times in which…

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Guard/Reserve veteran unemployment rate decreases

Posted  March 25, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A senior Pentagon official said there’s been progress in reducing the unemployment rate for Guard and Reserve veterans, but also told a House panel that more work needs to be done. In testimony before the House Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity yesterday, Ronald G. Young, the family and employer programs and policy director…

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Forging ahead: Female military physicians inspire others

Posted  March 25, 2013

As the military recognizes its female members as part of Women’s History Month in March, few groups are held in higher esteem than its women physicians, as evidenced by an award the Military Health System initiated in 2010 to honor them. The Military Health System’s, “Building Stronger Female Physician Leaders in the Military Health System”…

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Health & Safety

The doctor is in: Resolve to get fit every day

Posted  March 15, 2013

Getting fit is not just a popular New Year’s resolution; it is something we need to think about every day. Fitness is critical to the readiness, mental and physical health and productivity of our service members, but it is just as beneficial to those who are not in uniform. Today is a perfect time for…

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Ceremonial swearing-in set for Defense Secretary

Posted  March 15, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A ceremonial swearing-in for the new Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel took place at the Pentagon March 14, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little announced. Hagel already has been baptized by fire during his first weeks on the job: facing sequestration immediately after his arrival, an eventful visit to Afghanistan and a litany of…

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Emergency Services Support Team volunteers needed

Posted  March 15, 2013

Seismic activity is no stranger to California, as we were reminded again, March 11, with two mid-morning tremors, initially measuring 5.1 magnitudes, in the Anza and La Quinta areas. Although they were adjusted downward later in the day, the reminder of our vulnerability to such an event is always apparent. March Air Reserve Base is…

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