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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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Read Across America: Dr. Seuss National Reading Day

Posted  March 15, 2013

Approximately 35 Airmen from March Air Reserve Base participated in the 15th annual Read Across America Day program, at the John F. Kennedy Elementary school and four other local schools, March 1. Each member was assigned to several classrooms for a “celebration of reading,” in which they read their favorite children’s book and cast votes for…

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Connelly competitors cook for the trophy

Posted  March 15, 2013

EL MONTE, Calif. — They are usually the first soldiers to wake up in the morning and the last to go to bed at night. They spend their days in hot kitchens and cold refrigerators, all so their fellow service members can enjoy a hot meal. Recently, one unit of Army cooks got its share…

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Sequestration is here

Posted  March 15, 2013

OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea — By now, most Americans are aware of America’s fiscal crisis. The national debt is at $16.5 trillion and rising. The fiscal crisis is driving the need for budget cuts across the federal government. The Defense Department makes up approximately 20 percent of the federal budget, so we should expect the…

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News Briefs | March 15, 2013

Posted  March 15, 2013

JUMP WITH THE SKYHAWKS The Canadian SkyHawks are offering tandem sky dive jumps to Team March members, during the month of April. Participants must be less than six feet tall and 200 pounds or less; anyone 50 or older must be physically cleared to jump with a doctor’s note. If interested please email your name,…

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Snapshots | Construction Update

Posted  March 15, 2013

The renovation of the March Inn is nearing completion. All major construction projects on the outside are finished, though there are still some minor upgrades on the inside that are being worked. After passing inspection, new furniture will be moved in and the inn’s 25 newly-renovated rooms will be ready for the first overnight guests,…

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SecDef directs review of Distinguished Warfare Medal

Posted  March 15, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In light of recent discussions concerning the new Distinguished Warfare Medal and its order of precedence relative to other military decorations, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered a review of the award, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said. Little said, Hagel directed Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs…

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Doctor: Substance abuse research progresses

Posted  March 15, 2013

WASHINGTON D.C. — Defense Department officials are developing research-based methods to curb substance abuse among service members, their families and veterans, a senior DOD medical official said, March 11. Dr. Michael E. Kilpatrick, deputy director for force health protection and readiness programs in the office of the deputy assistant secretary of defense for force health…

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Betty ‘Tack’ Blake: Only surviving member of 1st WASP class

Posted  March 15, 2013

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. — A young female U.S. Air Force pilot recently showed her 91-year-old guest the F-16 Fighting Falcon she flies at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. During the tour, the pilot continually gave praise to “Tack” Blake, which was odd, because  the guest was that very person – Betty “Tack” Blake. As…

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Sequestration pinch includes tuition assistance suspension

Posted  March 15, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Though budget woes led the Army, Marine Corps and Air Force to suspend their tuition assistance programs and the Navy continues to consider its options, the program is important to the Defense Department and to service members, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said. “The program enables the professional and personal development of…

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Thrift Savings Plan officials warn against unsanctioned app

Posted  March 15, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A free iPhone app for the Thrift Savings Plan, available at the Apple App Store could pose a security risk, program officials warned. A notice on the Thrift Savings Plan website says the “TSP Funds” app, which asks participants for their account login information, is not sanctioned. “This app is not being…

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