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March Key Spouse Program kicks off initial training

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Russell S. McMillan Valerie Fioretta, key spouse facilitator and director of the Airman and Family Readiness Center, March Air Reserve Base, explains an exercise to participants during an initial key spouse training on Nov. 1, 2014. Nearly three dozen March spouses attended the key spouse training program, which is designed…

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Retired nurse flying high at March Aero Club

Joan Cooper is a retired nurse but not a typical one.

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Fourth Air Force announces 2014 Raincross winners

(U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Perry Covington) Col. Mark S. Larson (center), commander, 931st Air Refueling Group, McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., accepts the Raincross Trophy at the annual Raincross Awards Dinner in Riverside, Nov. 19. The 931st Air Refueling Group was awarded the trophy as the top unit in 4th Air Force. This marked the…

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Tips to heat your home affordably this winter

Climate control accounts for almost half the energy use in a typical U.S. home and is also the largest energy expense for most people -- but it doesn’t have to be.

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Distinguished Marksman among the 452d AMW

I may never be a distinguished marksman, but fortunately for me the 452nd Air Mobility Wing here at March Air Reserve Base, California has one Airman with such a prestigious title.


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October is National Physical Therapy Month

Posted  October 31, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — October is National Physical Therapy Month, an annual observation hosted by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) to highlight how America’s 88,000 physical therapy professionals can help transform lives by restoring and improving motion. This is reflected in the APTA’s new vision: “Transforming society by optimizing movements to improve the human experience.”…

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News Briefs October 31, 2014

Posted  October 31, 2014

REMEMBER TO “FALL BACK”! Remember that Daylight Savings Time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday morning, so don’t forget to move your clocks back one hour before you go to bed Saturday night, change Oct. to Nov. It’s also a great time to test your smoke detectors! Flu Campaign in full swing Mandatory flu shots…

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A story of survival and resilience

Posted  October 24, 2014

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — On April 16, 2007, I got a call no expecting mother would dream of receiving. “We got the results from your biopsy and it came back malignant.” Did the doctor just say I had cancer? I first discovered the lump during Christmas break. It was so small that it…

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UltimateMe to help military families get healthier

Posted  October 24, 2014

The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (PCFSN) is working with the Sharecare team to support the launch of UltimateMe, a secure, personalized online wellness platform to help members of the military community assess, manage and improve their health and performance. The new platform expands the access to wellness programs and resources for service members and…

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Hundreds in 452nd held as POWs in WWII

Posted  October 24, 2014

U. S. Air Force artwork Depiction of a crippled B-17 settled on the ground. (Tenth in an 11-part series that was first run in the Beacon in 2007) More than 750 men from the 452nd Bombardment Group were shot down in B-17 Flying Fortresses over Europe in World War II. While most became prisoners, 61…

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Air Force releases criteria for new service medal

Posted  October 24, 2014

U.S. Air Force courtesy graphic WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force officials released nomination criteria for the new Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal, following Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James’ May 27, 2014, authorization. The medal will be awarded to individuals for their direct support of nuclear deterrence operations. “This service medal provides a…

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Obama activates reserves for Operation United Assistance

Posted  October 24, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — President Barack Obama has authorized the Defense Department to call up a small number of National Guard or reserve troops that possess special skills needed to aid efforts in stopping the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa. Obama issued an executive order yesterday authorizing the secretaries of Defense and…

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Halloween safety tips for 2014

Posted  October 24, 2014

Here are a few safety tips from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission can protect children who plan to go trick-or-treating this Halloween. Costume Designs: Purchase or make costumes that are light and bright enough to be clearly visible to motorists. For greater visibility during dusk and darkness, decorate or trim costumes with reflective tape…

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Are Airmen’s ghosts still around?

Posted  October 24, 2014

Portrait of John J. Pershing by French painter Léon Hornecker (1864-1924), oil on canvas, 1903.(This work is in the public domain in those countries with a copyright term of life of the author plus 80 years or less.) (Fourth in a five-part series on things that go bump in the night) Chaplain Dave Sarmiento, 163rd…

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Cyber expansions create security considerations

Posted  October 24, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Technological advances have put the world at the fingertips of anyone with connection to the Internet and during cyber security awareness month, Airmen and their families are reminded to remain vigilant when posting personal information. “You have to assume that everyone is looking at it,” said Col. Mary Hanson, the senior information…

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