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Pacing program embodies Wingman concept

U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. David House Staff Sgt Joey William, 452 Force Support Squadron (right) helps fellow Airmen keep pace during a timed run at the March ARB running track, June 28. William is one of several volunteers who provides motivation to runners as part of the Rising Six pacing program. Airmen at March…

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They took a brave path to the United States

U.S. Navy Photo/Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist John Harrington Jimmy Truong (sitting) and Vien Do escaped from Vietnam and found their way to the U.S. before eventually landing Information Technology jobs at the AFN Broadcast Center at March Air Reserve Base. Getting a job with the U.S. Department of Defense was far easier for three…

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Service to the Community: Team March

As my three years serving as the Active Duty Staff Judge Advocate for March Air Reserve Base comes to an end, I am reminded of how lucky I have been to be part of not just Team March, but living in a community that understands the importance of the military and has deep respect and admiration for what the military does.

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452 AMS captain to receive prestigious nursing honor

The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) recently announced that 452d Aerospace Medicine Squadron (AMS) Clinical Nurse, Capt. Marlon Garzo Saria, secretary of the ONS Board of Directors, was selected by the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) for induction as a Fellow in the academy.

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Familiar American Forces Network voice leaving airwaves

American Forces Network Television (AFN TV) is going to start sounding a lot different this August. Viewers will no longer hear the familiar, mellow baritone of Eric Tassill saying what’s coming up on AFN TV. He’s retiring.


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A dignified deployment

Posted  December 14, 2012

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – Before deploying, we [Airmen] endure months of training to prepare for it. We are taught to use weapons, scan areas with vigilant eyes and if needed, save our wingman’s life. None of that training could have prepared me for my first deployment. My name is Caitlin Jones, I am…

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DOD prepares for potential sequestration

Posted  December 14, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Office of Management and Budget has instructed the Department of Defense to pursue internal planning to meet required budget cuts if sequestration goes into effect Jan. 3. “We are at the very start of this process,” said Dr. George Little, acting assistant secretary of defense for public affairs, during a Pentagon…

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2012 Security Forces annual awards

Posted  December 14, 2012

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — Air Force Reserve Command announced the 2012 Air Force Individual Security Forces Award winners. The winners, by category are: Master Sgt. Juan C. Rodriguez 452nd Security Forces Squadron, March ARB, Calif., Outstanding Security Forces Flight Level Senior NCO.           Tech Sgt. Nelson E. Brown III…

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Health & Safety

The Doctor Is In – Urgent or Emergency?

Posted  December 14, 2012

If you or your child gets sick or injured, your first instinct is to go to the emergency room (ER) right away or call 911. These are good instincts in an emergency, but many people use the ER when it is not an actual emergency. This contributes to long ER wait times, high costs, and…

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Thrift savings plan contribution limits increase in 2013

Posted  December 14, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas  —  The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board has announced the 2013 elective deferral limit for regular Thrift Savings Plan contributions increased from $17,000 to $17,500 for 2013, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. The TSP catch-up plan contribution limit will remain at $5,500. The Thrift Savings Plan is a long-term…

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News Briefs | December 14, 2012

Posted  December 14, 2012

SAFETY ADVISORY UPDATE As per notification in The Beacon, dated Dec. 7, drivers and pedestrians traveling near the Air Traffic Control Tower, Bldg. 1220, should proceed with caution due to construction of the new control tower. Also, the gate entering the flightline at Base Ops (F18) is now closed. All personnel requiring access will sign…

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Snapshots | Holiday Party

Posted  December 14, 2012

Col. Samuel Mahaney, 452d Air Mobility Wing commander (center) and his wife, Chris, welcome local community leaders to the wing’s annual holiday reception, held Dec. 1, in the operations group building. The reception, sponsored by the Chief’s Group and the First Sergeant’s Council, is held to thank the community members for their support of the…

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March Airman takes top honors in State Department photography contest

Posted  December 14, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Francisco V. Govea II, a photojournalist with 4th Combat Camera Squadron, March Air Reserve Base, Calif., was honored as one of the 12 “Best in Show” for the State Department’s photography contest, “Serving Abroad…Through Their Eyes” at the Pentagon, Nov. 30. Govea’s image was selected out of…

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Air Force Week kicks off in New York City
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Pearl Harbor: Air Force legacy on day that would ‘live in infamy’

Posted  December 14, 2012

FORT MEADE, Md. — “It was the first time I had ever seen a plunging dive bomber and it was an awesome sight. Nothing in warfare is more frightening,” said Pvt. Wilfred D. Burke, 72d Pursuit Squadron, Wheeler Field, whose experience in the attacks on Pearl Harbor are recorded in 7 December 1941: The Air…

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Snapshots | Groundbreaking

Posted  December 14, 2012

From left: Col. Tim McCoy, 452d Mission Support Group commander; David Parkes, president, FLINTCO Construction; Col. Samuel Mahaney, 452d Air Mobility Wing commander; Congressman Ken Calvert, 44th California Congressional District Representative; Richard Stewart, Moreno Valley mayor and David Van Dorpe, deputy district engineer, Los Angeles District, Army Corps of Engineers, break ground for the new…

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