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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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U.S. Air Force photos/Tech. Sgt. Christine Jones
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Dirty Thursday brings 452 AMW/CC to Battlefield Forensics

Posted  August 2, 2013

U.S. Air Force photos/Tech. Sgt. Christine Jones U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Kyle Brasier, photojournalist, 4th Combat Camera Squadron, collects evidence during Battlefield Forensics Training with Col. Samuel Mahaney, Commander, 452nd Air Mobility Wing, March Air Reserve Base, Calif., July 25, 2013. Manahey spends “Dirty Thursdays” with units in his wing, doing their everyday jobs,…

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News Briefs August 9, 2013

Posted  August 9, 2013

March Clinic Closed During Sept. Joint UTA The Clinic will be closed during the joint UTA, Sept. 7. Members deploying in September must take care of their medical processing needs during the August UTA’s. For more information call 951-655-7793. Celebrate Summer by Fishing For Free Sept. 7 The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is offering anglers a…

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Carter: Review Reveals Sequestration’s Flaws

Posted  August 9, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Strategic Choices and Management Review has shown that a strategic approach to cutting the department’s budget can’t meet the schedule set by full sequestration, Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter told Congress today. The review, ordered by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, was partly an examination of the Defense Department’s strategic options under…

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PLAYpass gives Airmen up to $1,000 in discounts

Posted  August 9, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Airmen projected to deploy or have recently returned from a deployment can participate in the PLAYpass Get out and Play Program and save $500 to $1,000 on installation programs. The PLAYpass program is based upon discount cards which provide eligible Airmen and family members the opportunity to participate in…

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Obama nominates James to become Air Force Secretary

Posted  August 9, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Barack Obama yesterday announced that Deborah Lee James is his choice to become the next Secretary of the Air Force. “Deborah’s strong record of public service and leadership in the private sector makes her uniquely qualified to be my nominee for Secretary of the Air Force,” Obama said in a White…

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New 452 Maintenance Group commander made early choice to take position

Posted  August 9, 2013

U.S. Air Force Photo/Staff Sgt. Joe Davidson Col. Samuel Mahaney awards the Legion of Merit to Col. Max J. Stitzer during his Assumption of Command ceremony for the 452nd Maintenance Group held July 13 in Building 2306. Stitzer assumed command of the group from Col. Robert R. Stormes who retired from the Air Force in…

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ARkStorm – California’s hypothetical other “big one”

Posted  August 9, 2013

Over the past several weeks, we have discussed high temperatures, wild fires and resulting heat related issues. For now, I would like to put the “hot stuff” on the “back burner” so to speak and discuss something totally different, but relevant to Californians; ARkStorm, California’s other “Big One”. Since this may be the first time…

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March responds to support LA County affiliate exercise

Posted  August 9, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Joe Davidson A heavy equipment cache is loaded aboard a static C-17 July 25 as part of a L.A. County Fire Department Urban Search and Rescue response exercise that began in the early-morning hours of July 25. Members of the 452 ALCF and the Aerial Port Support Flight supported the…

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Leaders discuss roles of reserve components

Posted  August 16, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Continuing to perform an operational role, while solving manpower costs and dealing with shrinking defense budgets highlighted topics discussed at the Reserve Officers Association 2013 National Security Symposium. More than 300 people attended the conference Aug. 7-10 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. They included senior leaders from the…

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Candid Comments: “Same Sex Benefits”

Posted  August 16, 2013

What is your opinion on the DOD announcing its plan to extend benefits to same-sex spouses of uniformed service members and will any issues arise from this decision? Chief Master Sgt. Tina Dunneback Unit” 452nd Logistics Readiness Squadron Job: Superintendent Hometown: Orange, Calif. “I think this is ok, since the military has chosen to allow same-sex marriages; all should…

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