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Local chaplain helps ANG recruiting efforts

Back in August of 2014, the 163d Reconnaissance Wing Chaplain Major David Sarmiento had the opportunity to be featured in a new Air National Guard (ANG) Chaplain Corps recruitment infomercial, the first of its kind in many years. In addition to the commercial, many still photos were taken of Sarmiento and four others to create…

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Pentagon salutes Dr. King’s life, legacy

DoD photo by Casper Manlangit Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work makes remarks during a Martin Luther King Jr. observance at the Pentagon, Jan. 15, 2015. WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Defense Department members gathered Jan. 15 at the Pentagon’s annual observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, ahead of the federal holiday. Deputy Defense Secretary Bob…

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SecAF, CSAF discuss future of the Air Force

Senior leadership addressed the key issues, priorities, initiatives and challenges facing the Air Force during the State of the Air Force press briefing, Jan. 15 at the Pentagon.

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Honor Guard presents colors at 101st Rose Bowl game

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Russell S. McMillan Members of March Air Reserve Base’s Blue Eagles Total Force Honor Guard present the colors as a B-2 Spirit stealth bomber flies overhead at the 101st Rose Bowl game in Pasadena, Jan. 1, 2015. The event marked the first time airmen from March ARB participated in the…

George A. Smith Commentary

Culture shock: Returning to America after 26 years

George A. Smith German autobahn drivers get to drive as fast as they want. In Southern California, it’s good they can’t. When I first came to Southern California after living 26 years in Germany, I heard questions from tanned guys in shorts that went something like, “Dude how does it feel to leave a land…


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Health & Safety

Fit-to-Fight: Breaking in the new running track

Posted  May 17, 2013

The new base track was host to an inaugural run April 11, as Team March members joined the boss to officially open the half-mile-circumference oval. Pictured from left are Col. Samuel Mahaney, 452d Air Mobility Wing commander, Col. Timothy McCoy, 452d Mission Support Group commander, Chris Mahaney, Lt. Col. Scipiaruth Curtis, 452d Air Mobility Wing…

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DEERS locks down access to some information updates

Posted  May 17, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – Base identification card issuing offices will no longer be able to manually correct or update certain types of personnel information in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. The DOD Eligibility reporting system is used to enroll Airmen and their eligible family members for…

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Autism, …

Posted  May 17, 2013

With world Autism awareness month coming to an end, I wonder, being the parent of a child affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and part of military leadership, did it help? Specifically, has military leadership become any more aware of the trials and tribulations that raising a child with ASD can have on military families?…

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West Region transition

Posted  May 17, 2013

TRICARE is aware that Prime enrollees in the West region have been experiencing longer than usual wait times for authorizations for referrals to specialty care since the April 1, 2013, start of health delivery under the new contract with UnitedHealthcare Military & Veterans. Their top priority is to ensure continuity and access to care for…

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Don’t Surf and drive.

Posted  May 17, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo/Maj. Deric Prescott March Air Reserve Base legal office intern, Michael Cullen, is caught texting while driving by Staff Sgt. David Shore, legal specialist. California traffic laws prohibits cell phone usage while operating a vehicle – this also applies to drivers operating vehicles on March ARB. It is illegal to use a…

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Leveraging credit cards to strengthen your credit score

Posted  May 17, 2013

A strong credit score can be an integral part of staying financially secure, whatever the economic climate. But for many U.S. servicemembers, determining exactly what has an impact on their score can be a daunting task. One thing is for sure: credit cards can and do impact your credit score – positively or negatively –…

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Meet Team March First Sargeants

Posted  May 17, 2013

First sergeants serve as the commander’s representative on councils, boards and selected military events. They are the liaison and spokesperson between the enlisted force of the unit and the commander. First sergeants communicate and advise the commander and staff on matters of health, morale, welfare, training, professional development and utilization of enlisted personnel.   SENIOR…

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March Exchange Credit Card Fees Impact Entire Military Community

Posted  May 17, 2013

MARCH AIR RESERVE BASE EXCHANGE, Calif. – Military shoppers at the March Exchange probably do not give a second thought as to which credit card to use at checkout. What they may not be aware of, is the use of bank-issued cards at the Exchange ultimately costs the military community millions annually. Last year alone,…

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ECARS: Reminder and Exemptions

Posted  May 17, 2013

March Air Reserve Base is in an enhanced smog area requiring cars to have biennial smog testing, unless they qualify for a smog exemption. To ensure that we are compliant with the regulations, March ARB has implemented the ECARS self-certification system. Vehicles registered in areas subject to the biennial smog certification program are required to submit…

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May 31 is deadline to sign up for TRICARE automatic payments

Posted  May 17, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Beneficiaries enrolled in TRICARE Reserve Select or TRICARE Retired Reserve who pay monthly premiums by check must switch to an electronic form of payment by May 31 to avoid losing coverage. The TRICARE agency will only accept monthly premium payments using recurring automatic payments by credit or debit card, or by recurring…

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