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Airman retires after 37 years of service

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Joseph Dangidang Chief Master Sgt. Karen L. Krause, 452nd Maintenance Operations Squadrons superintendent, receives a flag from a Blue Eagles Total Force Honor Guard member during her retirement ceremony at the March Cultural Resource Center, Sep. 13. Krause retires after 37 years of service to the United States Air Force….

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Pilots earned top honor for WW II actions

Courtesy Photo First Lt. Donald J. Gott and 2nd Lt. William E. Metzger Jr. of the 452nd Bombardment Group, were killed when their heavily damaged B-17 Flying Fortress exploded Nov. 9, 1944, as they raced to friendly territory in an attempt to save the life of a fellow crew member. Both were awarded the Medal…

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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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Health & Safety

Healthy Base Initiative

Posted  September 13, 2013

The Beacon will print a weekly health and fitness column for the next calendar year to support the Healthy Base Initiative, a program focused on making healthy living the easy choice and social norm. Topics of discussion will include fitness, nutrition, smoking cessation, trends, habits and a variety of other health-related topics. We hope to…

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AMOC celebrates 25 years

Posted  September 13, 2013

Courtesy photos The Air and Marine Operations Center celebrated its 25-year anniversary here August 22nd. Pictured are its original interior at its 1988 activation (inset) and its current look after 25 years of changes and upgrades. AMOC is an operational component of Customs and Border Protection. Customs and Border Protection’s Air and Marine Operations Center…

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Hoops for Troops program inspires Team March youth

Posted  September 13, 2013

U.S. Air Force photos/Master Sgt. Linda Welz NBA legend, Norm Nixon practices basketball drills with participants during a basketball camp at March Air Reserve Base Sept. 8. Nixon and NWBA legend, Ruthie Bolton were here to help kick off the Healthy Base Initiative with a basketball camp for dependent kids. Team March dependents, between the…

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News Briefs September 20 2013

Posted  September 20, 2013

LOSS OF SSI TEAM MEMBER JOHN NODD John Nodd, retired Air Force veteran and SSI team member who worked for Airfield Management at Base Operations, passed away Saturday. He is survived by his wife of many years, Hiroko, who is surrounded by family and members of her church. Services will be at The Grove Community…

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Upcoming Events:

Posted  September 20, 2013

Upcoming Sports and Fitness Center activities: Sept 24: Jump rope competition at 12 p.m., sign up at the fitness center Oct 1: Pick-up Flag Football Wednesday’s at 11 a.m. at the softball field. No pre- registrations required just show up and play Oct 1: Incentive program begins Oct 8: Intramural Basketball begins. Games are played…

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Important facts, Hispanic heritage history:

Posted  September 20, 2013

In September 1968, Congress authorized President Lyndon B. Johnson to proclaim National Hispanic Heritage Week, which was to be observed during the week that included September 15th and 16th. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan expanded the observance to become Hispanic Heritage month, beginning on September 15th and ending on October 15th. We observe Hispanic Heritage…

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National POW/MIA Recognition Day

Posted  September 20, 2013

  The National POW/MIA Recognition Day honors those still missing from our Nation’s past wars and conflicts and those who made the ultimate sacrifice and whose remains have not yet been recovered and returned home. This poster depicts the Missing Man Table and there is special significance to each item that is displayed. Set for…

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Female Firsts for Naval Warfare Center

Posted  September 20, 2013

U.S. Navy photo/Greg Vojtko Capt. Eric Ver Hage, background left, and Dr. William Luebke, Senior Executive Service, commanding officer and technical director, respectively, at Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Corona Division, pose for group photo with, from left, Cathy Oaxaca-Hoote, Command Operations department head; Kim Kruzel, comptroller; Laura Hewitt, Performance Assessment department head; Penny Campbell,…

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Snapshots | What We Do

Posted  September 20, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Carrie M. Peasinger Senior Airman Carlos Arce, structural engineer, 452nd Civil Engineer Squadron, chips stucco off the wall at the Hap Arnold Club to prepare them for new dry wall and paint. The club is undergoing renovations of the ballroom, bar and connecting foyer with the help of CES members,…

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Benefits, ID cards to same-sex spouses

Posted  September 20, 2013

In light of the Supreme Court’s ruling that section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional, the Department of Defense (DoD) will construe the words ‘’spouse’’ and ‘’marriage’’ to include same-sex spouses and marriages. Spousal and family benefits, including ID cards, will be made available to same-sex spouses. The Department of Defense…

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