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Air Force JROTC cadets graduate Summer Leadership School

Fifty Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets from Rancho Verde High School and Arlington High School graduated from a two week summer leadership school, in the Cultural Resource Center, at March Air Reserve Base, June 26.

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Airmen attend second annual Norton-March reunion

Approximately 60 current and retired Airmen and their families attended the second annual Norton-March Aircrew Association reunion here, June 20. Association members traveled to March Air Reserve Base from all over the U.S. to reconnect with past Airmen, participate in a base tour and attend various social activities.

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March honor guard gives final honors to America’s veterans

Gerald Morgan knew this day was coming when doctors told him a few weeks ago that the cancer had swept through his dad’s body.

Photo by Charlie Gill Local

Looking for Glitter in the Dirt

Can a hobby make you rich? Maybe.

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Pro vs. GI Joe program at the E3 Expo allows deployed troops to play video games with celebrities

When deployed to the AOR there typically is some downtime between shifts. Entertainment and the comforts of home are in high demand in these situations. Video gaming is easily one of the most direct ways to obtain the entertainment and a touch of home deployed troops crave while carrying out their missions.


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Team March provides national defense transportation anytime, any place

Posted  May 15, 2015

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Russell S. McMillan President Barack Obama proclaimed Friday, May 15, 2015, as National Defense Transportation Day and May 10 through May 16, 2015, as National Transportation Week. In the proclamation, he calls upon all Americans “to recognize the importance of our Nation’s transportation infrastructure and to acknowledge the contributions of…

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Threat level increased at Defense Department facilities

Posted  May 15, 2015

The 452nd Air Mobility Wing at March Air Reserve Base, and other Defense Department facilities around the nation increased their terrorist threat level last Friday to “Force Protection Bravo,” setting off a comprehensive process of measures intended to protect troops and their family members. Navy Adm. Bill Gortney, commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command, U.S….

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From the desk of the 452 AMW Inspector General

Posted  May 15, 2015

Col. Ray Danowski, Inspector General I am Col. Ray Danowski, 452nd Air Mobility Wing Inspector General, and Maj. Evert Wells, is my deputy IG. We are here to handle your complaints resolution needs. We are also responsible for establishing an active Fraud, Waste and Abuse (FWA) program on base. The success of our FWA program…

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Senate panel backs smaller military pay hike, retirement reform

Posted  May 15, 2015

Senate lawmakers on Tuesday shook hopes for a larger military pay raise next year by recommending only a 1.3 percent hike in their draft version of the 2016 defense authorization bill, a move that could further widen the “pay gap” between troops and their civilian counterparts.

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VA, Congress work to change VA Choice eligibility

Posted  May 15, 2015

Congress and the Veterans Affairs Department are working to change eligibility rules and open the VA Choice program to veterans who can’t get needed medical care at their closest VA facility. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, said lawmakers and VA officials are working to change the regulation that bars…

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Deployments, TDYs available for combat-ready reservists

Posted  May 15, 2015

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. — Reservists seeking a deployment or temporary duty outside their Reserve Component Period vulnerability cycle can use the Volunteer Reserve System to search for opportunities. Located online via the Air Reserve Component Network, known as ARCNet, the VRS had 81 “want ads” posted May 12. These listed vacancies ranged from…

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News Briefs May 15, 2015

Posted  May 15, 2015

BEACON CORRECTION The photo identification/dates for Astronaut Ellison S. Onizuka, June 24, 1946-Jan. 28, 1986 and Congressman Daniel K. Inouye, Sep. 7, 1924-Dec. 17, 2012 were incorrect in last week’s issue. We apologize for the error. IRWINDALE SPEEDWAY HONORS ARMED FORCES Irwindale Speedway’s Armed Forces Appreciation Night is May 16th in honor of all active…

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Treasure uncovered near March Air Reserve Base

Posted  May 8, 2015

Courtesy photo Defense Visual Information Record Center archivist Pedro Loureiro, sifts through mounds of submitted materials in his office at the Defense Media Activity-Riverside, California, adjacent to March Air Reserve Base. Loureiro, who holds a PhD and is a former college professor, is on a quest to find and preserve military history. RIVERSIDE, Calif. –…

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March firefighters support local communities

Posted  May 8, 2015

U.S. Air National Guard photo/Senior Airman Cynthia Innocenti Engineer Jeremy Gerrish (left) and Fire Capt. Frank Hanson, March Air Reserve Base Fire Protection Flight, were part of a strike team (five engines and one fire chief officer) sent to Corona, California, April 19, 2015, to assist with the Highway Fire, a wildfire that had the…

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May is Asian American, Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Posted  May 8, 2015

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. (AFNS) — In 1978, Congress established Asian-Pacific American Heritage Week to celebrate the achievements and contributions of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans to U.S. history and culture. In 1990, President George H.W. Bush extended the celebration to the entire month. On Oct. 23, 1992, Congress officially designated May of each…

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