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Massage therapy relaxes members during UTA

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Noelle Reyes Massage therapy students from The American College of Healthcare (ACH), Riverside, give complimentary massages to Team March members during a June 2015 Unit Training Assembly. As part of the Healthy Base Initiative, the 452nd Aeromedical Staging Squadron’s mental health department organized the event and invited the ACH to…

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Civil Air Patrol’s California Wing encampment

As the summer season kicks into high gear, the Civil Air Patrol’s California Wing celebrated its annual Cadet Encampment, and the 40th Anniversary of the Cadet Training Group, at Camp San Luis Obispo, California, July 1st through July 8th. This year’s encampment commander is Lt. Col. Peggy Myrick, with C/Lt. Col. Rhett Spongberg as the…

U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Nadine Y. Barclay Health & Safety

Mental health resources available for those in need

The clinic buildings themselves aren’t scary, but add the words ‘mental health,’ and most people will avoid them like they contain tigers on the loose.

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163rd Attack Wing stands up at March Field

U.S. Air National Guard photo/Senior Airman Michael Quiboloy Col. Dana Hessheimer, commander, 163rd Attack Wing, California Air National Guard, March Air Reserve Base, receives the new wing guidon during an official re-designation ceremony on base Saturday, July 11, 2015. The former 163rd Reconnaissance Wing received the official orders to re-designate its name on July 1,…

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Airman shares Honor Flight with grandfather

Courtesy photo Capt. Malia Hoffmann and her grandfather, Oscar Hoffmann, a WWII veteran, prepare to depart for Washington, D.C. on an Honor Flight. The Hoffmanns traveled with approximately 84 other veterans and their dependents to visit the war memorials while bonding with each other. The Honor Flight, a great way to honor veterans for the…


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Joint Task Force 505 begins drawdown in Nepal

Posted  May 29, 2015

Joint Task Force 505 is drawing down its earthquake relief operations as the Nepalese government and international aid agencies have postured for long-term recovery and reconstruction efforts.

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Test your fitness knowledge

Posted  May 29, 2015

(from www.usaffitfamily.com – answer key at end of quiz) What do you know about the ins and outs of exercise? 1. Which is the most balanced exercise plan? Walking, weight lifting, and yoga Running, weight lifting, and tennis Running, kick-boxing, and yoga Running, weight lifting, and cycling 2. You should always do cardio exercises before…

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News Briefs May 29, 2015

Posted  May 29, 2015

“A Brush with Kindness” U.S. Air National Guard photo/Master Sgt. Julie Avey Tech Sgt. Nick Hulsey, 163rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, California Air National Guard, March Air Reserve Base, volunteers with other 163rd Reconnaissance Wing members the first weekend of spring to give back to his community. The Airmen helped paint a mobile home with Habitat…

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Seven little known facts about Memorial Day

Posted  May 22, 2015

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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Increased mission requirements open doors for continued military service

Posted  May 22, 2015

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force is introducing several personnel and manpower initiatives to meet increased mission requirements outlined in the fiscal year 2016 President’s Budget. In order to enhance operational and mission capacity in support of combatant commanders, and to maintain readiness, the Air Force is setting a minimum active-duty force level of 317,000…

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Knowing signs of hearing loss, speech disorder are vital to well-being

Posted  May 22, 2015

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month, where we seek to raise awareness about communication disorders and learning how to recognize their signs. Below are things you should know, from the American Speech and Language Hearing Association. Know the signs of hearing loss in children: •Lack of attention to sounds (birth-1 year) •Does not respond…

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Quarterly Awards: best of the best highlighted

Posted  May 22, 2015

Airman of the Quarter: Senior Airman Dominique Acuna, integrated flight control specialist, 452nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron.   NCO of the Quarter: Tech. Sgt. Ruben Davis, mental health craftsman, 752nd Medical Squadron.   SNCO of the Quarter: Master Sgt. Christopher Jugas, non-commissioned officer in charge of training, 452nd Security Forces Squadron.

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Robert Sekula, man of many hats

Posted  May 22, 2015

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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Recruits swear in at Military Appreciation Night

Posted  May 22, 2015

Thirteen recruits from as far as Victorville, Riverside and Upland, traveled to San Manuel Stadium, San Bernardino, California, home of the Inland Empire 66ers Baseball, Saturday, May 16, to take the oath and become the newest Airmen in the U.S. Air Force Reserve.

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News Briefs May 21, 2015

Posted  May 22, 2015

Asian American, Pacific Islander Heritage Month content from DEOMI.org/U.S. Army photo Brigadier General Viet Luong became the first Vietnamese-born general officer in the U.S. military on August 6, 2014. Luong was nine years old when his family escaped Vietnam the day before Saigon fell in 1975. His father, who served in the Vietnamese Marine Corps,…

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