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Seven little known facts about Memorial Day

As Americans get ready to observe Memorial Day with travel, family get-togethers and celebrations, let us not forget—it’s not about the BBQ. Memorial Day is observed specifically to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to the United States of America, and to observe a moment of silence is the law. Here are…

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Robert Sekula, man of many hats

Robert Sekula’s ever-present hat is as much a part of him as a toe or finger, but his top cover doesn’t do him justice. He should be wearing eight or nine nested together.

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March defenders are best in Air Force

U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kevin Mitterholzer Staff Sgt Alfonso Gutierrez, installation patrolman, 452nd Security Forces Squadron, March Air Reserve Base, checks an ID card at the March main gate May 13, 2015. Gutierrez’s squadron was named the best SFS in the command for 2014 and has stepped up security since last week due to…

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Team March provides national defense transportation anytime, any place

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Russell S. McMillan President Barack Obama proclaimed Friday, May 15, 2015, as National Defense Transportation Day and May 10 through May 16, 2015, as National Transportation Week. In the proclamation, he calls upon all Americans “to recognize the importance of our Nation’s transportation infrastructure and to acknowledge the contributions of…

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Treasure uncovered near March Air Reserve Base

Courtesy photo Defense Visual Information Record Center archivist Pedro Loureiro, sifts through mounds of submitted materials in his office at the Defense Media Activity-Riverside, California, adjacent to March Air Reserve Base. Loureiro, who holds a PhD and is a former college professor, is on a quest to find and preserve military history. RIVERSIDE, Calif. –…


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SecDef: DOD welcomes Supreme Court decision

Posted  July 5, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Defense Department officials will move forward in making benefits available to all military spouses, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said today in a statement issued after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, which had prevented federal agencies from offering all of the same benefits to spouses in same-sex…

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Military One Source monthly focus

Posted  July 5, 2013

“Space-A” Travel on Military Flights For service members and their families, traveling Space Available — or Space-A — on military flights can be a great benefit, but you have to be flexible. Military flights are unpredictable and subject to delays and cancellations. You’ll need to be ready both financially and emotionally to change your plans…

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Fanning becomes acting Air Force secretary

Posted  July 5, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Undersecretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning became the acting secretary of the Air Force June 21, succeeding Michael Donley, who departed the position after more than five years. Fanning was confirmed undersecretary by the Senate April 18 and, under federal law, automatically assumes the job of acting secretary until the president…

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Routine is never routine for Team March emergency medical technicians

Posted  July 5, 2013

An event labeled “routine training” is usually predictable — training is planned, carried out and evaluated. However, Team March medics, while on a routine training mission, encountered an unexpected incident, which put their training into real-life practice. Senior Master Sgt. Josephine Carrillo, emergency medical technician, 452d Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, recounts the events that took place…

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Surviving a wildfire: the aftermath

Posted  July 5, 2013

Despite your best efforts and preparation, you may still be the victim of a wildfire. Of course, your primary concern is survival. If you and your family have made it to this point, you breathe a sigh of relief and utter a silent prayer of thanks. However, now you must deal with the aftermath of…

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News Briefs July 5, 2013

Posted  July 5, 2013

FOREIGN OBJECT DAMAGE WALK SCHEDULED There will be a base FOD walk July 10, at 7:15 a.m. Meeting point is flight line side of the previous Air Passenger Terminal building. Please use alternate gates due to construction and bring a plastic trash bag. Carpool as much as possible as parking is very limited. MARCH COMMISSARY…

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Acting Air Force Secretary recounts journey to equality

Posted  July 3, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – During a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month event at the Pentagon, the highest-ranking openly gay member of the Defense Department described his experiences witnessing the evolution of the law that banned openly gay service members, from its implementation to its eventual repeal. Acting Air Force Secretary Eric Fanning noted the…

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March Airman jumps at chance to save fledgling red-tailed hawk

Posted  June 28, 2013

U.S. Air Force courtesy photo Senior Airman Rachel Williams holds the fledgling red-tailed hawk she helped save after it fell from a nest atop a 75-foot fuel storage tank. The bird, which is common to this area, was turned over to Wildlife Advocacy Group called Project Wildlife. Since being saved the bird has been taken…

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Fighting to be fit: the Total Fitness concept

Posted  June 28, 2013

Fitness means something to every Air Force member, with Fit 2 Fight as the leading doctrine to ensure members receive the most up-to-date information pertaining to health and fitness. To remain mission-ready all members must meet certain standards. While this is nothing new to members, it is a requirement we need to remain conscious of…

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Senior leaders honor, bid farewell to Donley

Posted  June 28, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C., – Outgoing Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley is a person of courage and character, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said at Donley’s farewell ceremony at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. Donley, who’s led the Air Force the past five years, is retiring after 35 years of public service. “Our country will miss him,”…

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