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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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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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My journey to become an Air Force reservist

Posted  October 25, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Joe Davidson Senior Airman Russell McMillan reports to the 452nd Air Mobility Wing public affairs office, his new duty section, the day after he was named Distiguished Honor Graduate at his Defense Information School graduation for Photojournalist at Fort George Meade, Md. McMillan offers his first Beacon submission, in the…

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Group works at fostering pride, respect for Total Force Enterprise Team March

Posted  October 25, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Joe Davidson Culture of Respect Team committee members, from left, Col. Max T. Stitzer, commander 452nd Maintenance Group and Air Reserve Technician representative; Michael LePenske, president, American Federation of Government Employees Local 3854 and Juan Nadal, AFGE 3854; Maj. Deric Prescott, 951st Reserve Support Squadron Judge Advocate and an active…

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March Minutes

Posted  November 1, 2013

Following March ARB personnel in 130-character micro-messages Master Sergeant Cindy Spurgeon Readiness NCO,  452 FSS Hometown: Highland, Calif. 0400- My alarm goes off. Typically I hit the snooze button until about 0420. 0520- I go down stairs and get the car packed with me and my son’s belongings. Then go back in to wake him up, say…

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News Briefs November 1, 2013

Posted  November 1, 2013

INTRAMURAL VOLLEYBALL LEAGUE TO BEGIN JAN 21 The 2014 Intramural Volleyball League is scheduled to begin on Jan. 21, 2014. There is a coach’s meeting on Nov. 13, at 1:00 p.m., and a final coach’s meeting on Dec. 11, at 10:00 a.m. in Bldg. 430. TRANSITIONAL ASSISTANCE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM (TAMP 180) The Transitional Assistance Management Program…

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March Firefighters don pink for cancer awareness

Posted  November 1, 2013

October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month and employees in many federal, state, local agencies and commercial companies chose to observe the annual awareness month by donning pink.

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IMPORTANT SAFETY RECALL

Posted  November 1, 2013

  Surge Protection Devices Manufactured Before 2003 Some surge protection devices can overheat under abnormal electrical conditions, posing a possible fire risk to persons and property 7 Series Surge Strip   8 Series Surge Strip Q. How do I know if I have a recalled unit? 1. Look for bar code label on bottom of…

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Hagel: New Protections Needed for Unclassified Data

Posted  November 1, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recently directed that DOD organizations take additional steps to ensure unclassified controlled technical information is protected from cyber intrusions. “Stolen data provides potential adversaries extraordinary insight into the United States’ defense and industrial capabilities and allows them to save time and expense in developing similar capabilities,” Hagel said in…

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March VITA Tax Center is spinning up for the next tax season!

Posted  November 1, 2013

courtesy photo Maj. Deric Prescott Theeraya Kline, discusses tax forms with her husband, Staff Sgt. Richard Kline, 912th Air Refueling Squadron, Oct. 29, 2013, at the March VITA Tax Center. Both are volunteers at the March location. Air Force Reserve Command’s only Base Tax Center is looking for a few good men and women who…

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Army Focuses on Wellness to prevent injuries, illnesses

Posted  November 1, 2013

The Army Medical Command aims to minimize illnesses and injuries and strengthen its force by shifting focus to prevention, Army Surgeon General Patricia Horoho said at the annual meeting of the Association of the U.S. Army in Washington D.C., on Oct. 21. “We are … focused on improving the readiness and resilience of our soldiers…

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Leaders advise against merging Guard, Reserve

Posted  November 1, 2013

Courtesy photo Lt. Gen. James F. Jackson, the chief of the Air Force Reserve, testifies to the National Commission of the Structure of the Air Force October 24, 2013 in Arlington, Va. The National Commission of the Structure of the Air Force was established by Congress this year to comprehensively study the U.S. Air Force…

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