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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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Military aviation salute signals bond between aviator, maintainer

Posted  July 12, 2013

MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. – There is a long and proud history between aircraft air crew and ground crew. This strong relationship predates fixed wing flight and military aviation as we know it today. Even on the very first powered flight, Orville and Wilbur Wright had to decide who would be first to fly their craft…

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Team March comes together to bring birds home

Posted  July 12, 2013

U.S Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Joe Davidson Staff Sgt. Steve Michener, 452nd LRS and Staff Sgt. Howard Canillas, 912th AGE unstrap lighting units and generator equipment from a 40-foot trailer used to transport the equipment on a return back to March ARB from Ontario International Airport. The operation, approximately a month long, was necessary to…

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News Briefs July 19, 2013

Posted  July 19, 2013

July/August Airman magazine now available on line FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (AFNS) — The July/August issue of Airman magazine is now available to download and viewable through a web browser. Celebrate Summer by Fishing For Free Sept. 7 The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is offering anglers a free day of fishing on Saturday, Sept….

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Experts recover military personnel records 40 years after fire

Posted  July 19, 2013

Forty years ago an enormous fire erupted at the National Personnel Records Center in suburban St. Louis. Burning uncontrollably for almost 24 hours, it destroyed some 16 million to 18 million military personnel records including official documents veterans need to apply for the benefits they’ve earned.

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Handling the heat, tips for health and home

Posted  July 19, 2013

For the past several weeks, we have focused primarily on heat-related articles, and given that we that we are in the middle of our southern California summer, it seems appropriate that we continue along those lines of thinking. Let’s explore some things you might consider on a personal level in order to cope with the…

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50th Aerial Port members, families gather before deployment

Posted  July 19, 2013

Kids played around the jumper and piñata, while 50th Aerial Port Squadron members, their spouses and family members chatted and the familiar smell of burgers and sausages cooking on the grill permeated the air.

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Press Briefing June 26, 2013

Posted  July 19, 2013

SEC. HAGEL: On DOMA, I put out a statement an hour or so ago and essentially said we, the Department of Defense, will move very swiftly, expeditiously on implementing the law, the decision of the Supreme Court. We think it’s the right decision, and we’re looking forward to taking that decision and implementing the required…

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Where there’s a will…

Posted  July 19, 2013

The last thing your family needs to worry about after you pass away is settling your legal affairs. With the complications that may arise when dealing with an individual’s estate, it can never be too early to think about estate planning. However, knowing exactly what instruments you should have ready can be confusing. Making a…

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Salutes & Awards

Quarterly Award Winners

Posted  July 19, 2013

Third Quarter FY 2013 On behalf of Col Mahaney, please congratulate our Third Quarterly Award winners.

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Christopher S. Frost Award Winner

Posted  July 19, 2013

Col. Samuel Mahaney, commander, 452nd AMW presents Master Sgt. Donald Allen, Combat Photographer, 4th Combat Camera Squadron, with the Staff Sgt. Christopher S. Frost Outstanding NCO award, July 13. Given annually to outstanding public affairs NCOs, the award was named in honor of Staff Christopher S. Frost who was killed in a helicopter crash in…

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