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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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Gifts that keep giving

Posted  December 7, 2012

Ancient Jewish rabbi, Moshe ben Maimon, once famously wrote on charity and what was viewed as the many different levels of giving. In the Mishneh Torah, the author stated that the highest level of charity is when a person teaches others how to help themselves. Actions such as offering an interest-free loan, forming a partnership,…

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Citizen Airmen partner with “California Electric Boys” to restore hope (part 2)

Posted  December 7, 2012

Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part series. Southern California Edison’s total load consisted of 16 four-manned crews, eight two-manned trouble crews, eight two-manned disaster assessment crews and support crews to include four mechanics with maintenance and fuel trucks. Not to discredit a sister utility company, Wood said, but when they arrived at…

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NASA’s Super Guppy: Air and space power working together

Posted  December 7, 2012

“Able to carry satellites and rockets in a single bound! Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s a guppy?!?” The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Super Guppy, designated as 377SG-201, spent the night at March Air Reserve Base, Calif., Nov. 27, awaiting cargo that called for its versatile airlift capability….

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Citizen Airmen partner with “California Electric Boys” to restore hope

Posted  November 30, 2012

Before we begin, this is not a tale of an Air Force reserve Chief who single-handedly accomplished the impossible with electric tape and a pair of gloves ...

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AFOSI introduces ways to provide anonymous tips

Posted  November 30, 2012

The Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Detachment 119 OL, located at March Field, provides services for reservists, active duty, civilian, contractor and military dependents. They conduct felony-level criminal, fraud, counterintelligence and antiterrorism investigations. In addition, they continually brief base officials on the most up-to-date Force Protection matters. The following frequently asked questions provided by…

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Transition Assistance Program mandatory for some Reservists

Posted  November 30, 2012

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — Some Reservists will be required to complete the Department of Defense Transition Assistance Program under legislation designed to reduce unemployment among veterans. The updated Transition Assistance Program went into effect Nov. 21. It now requires mandatory pre-separation counseling, an individualized transition plan, VA benefits briefing and the Department of…

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News Briefs | November 30, 2012

Posted  November 30, 2012

FOCUSING ON THE UPCOMING NORI/ORI From the desk of the commander: Team March needs to be NORI/ORI-focused and perform duties according to inspection guidelines, from Dec. 3 to 7. The primary focus will be on completing Corrective Action Plans. Functional managers should inform customers that there will be limited services provided during this period. UC…

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Candid Comments | Holiday Plans

Posted  November 30, 2012

Maj. Lola Osawe Job: Group Practice Manager Unit: 452 AMDS Hometown: Pasadena, Calif. Hobbies: Music and painting I will be spending time with my family and doing some local travel to some of the beautiful parks in the area. I will possibly go to the mountains as well. The holidays are a time to celebrate…

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Military-to-Civilian skills credentialing pilot underway

Posted  November 30, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. — After completing an analysis of industry and employment trends, the Defense Department has embarked on a pilot program to help service members obtain civilian professional credentials, the department’s director of training readiness and strategy told reporters today. According to Frank C. DiGiovanni, director, Training Readiness and Strategy Office of the Deputy Assistant…

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Letter to Airmen: Zero tolerance for sexual assault

Posted  November 30, 2012

WASHINGTON, D. C. — Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley, Chief of Staff of the Air Force General Mark A. Welsh III and Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James A. Roy issued a tri-signature “Letter to Airmen,” Nov. 16. As part of an effort to increase awareness of sexual assault, the…

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