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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.

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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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Snapshots | 2012 Public Affairs Award

Posted  February 15, 2013

The 2012 Air Force Reserve Command Public Affairs Awards for Communication   Tech. Sgt Donald R. Allen, 4th Combat Camera, was awarded the “Staff Sergeant Christopher S. Frost Outstanding Communication Noncommissioned Officer” award. U.S. Air Force photo

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Michael Brown – A March talent

Posted  February 15, 2013

March Air Reserve Base has a long history of hosting Hollywood superstars such as Bob Hope, Sinbad and Chuck Norris. However dated, a new wave of entertainment is surfacing and you do not have to search far to find them — try the 452d Force Support Squadron, Morale, Welfare and Recreation Center.  Michael Brown, recreation…

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College cash available for Airmen

Posted  February 15, 2013

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. — Many new Airmen cite education benefits as a top incentive for choosing to serve, yet hundreds of thousands of dollars in Air Force college money go unused every year. Tuition assistance is one education benefit that Airmen can use to offset the cost of higher learning. The Air Force Reserve…

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Being a survivor, a life lesson

Posted  February 15, 2013

The line in the Airman’s Creed that reads, “I will never leave an Airman behind,” should have meaning for every Airman. In fact, this line has a very special meaning for the 452d Air Mobility Wing Command Chief Master Sergeant, Ericka Kelly. It prompts her to remember a time when living in a very poor…

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13th Annual War Dog Event and Iron Dog Competition

Posted  February 15, 2013

The March Field Air Museum and the Feed the Dawgs project present the 13th Annual War Dog Event, on Saturday Feb. 16, at 10 a.m., honoring and remembering our canine heroes and their handlers that served in battle. The event is free to the public, in the Heritage Courtyard, at the March Field Air Museum….

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Same-sex couples can claim new benefits by October

Posted  February 15, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Military members and retirees with same-sex partners will qualify for up to 24 new benefits under policy changes Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta announced, Feb. 11. In a memo to the service chiefs outlining the new policy, Panetta noted the department has “essentially completed” repeal of the so-called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”…

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African-Americans in the military: from the American Revolution to integration

Posted  February 15, 2013

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. — Many are familiar with the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II, but they were not the first African-Americans to serve in the American armed forces. African-Americans have continuously served in the U.S. military since colonial times. After the Revolutionary war began in 1775, the British offered to free any African-American…

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Act like a Superhero

Posted  February 15, 2013

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. — I was recently picking up a few items at a local retail chain at lunchtime and everywhere I walked, someone wanted to shake my hand or say, “Thank you for your service.” It made me proud to be wearing the uniform of the U.S. Air Force. While waiting in…

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News Briefs | February 15, 2013

Posted  February 15, 2013

452 FSS HOLDS ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT The 452d Force Support Squadron’s 17th Annual Golf Tournament, located at Menifee Lakes Golf course, will take place, Mar. 1, with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. This huge event will host more than 140 participants. The cost is $65.00 per person, which includes golf, cart, range balls, putting contest,…

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March Exchange employee devotes lifetime to serving troops

Posted  February 8, 2013

MARCH AIR RESERVE BASE, Calif. — When Maria Beightol began working for the Army & Air Force Exchange Service, John F. Kennedy was the President and a gallon of gas cost $.75. Beightol, a Store Associate for the Exchange, started her career in 1964 and has spent the last 49 years serving generations of Soldiers…

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