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March Key Spouse Program kicks off initial training

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Russell S. McMillan Valerie Fioretta, key spouse facilitator and director of the Airman and Family Readiness Center, March Air Reserve Base, explains an exercise to participants during an initial key spouse training on Nov. 1, 2014. Nearly three dozen March spouses attended the key spouse training program, which is designed…

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Retired nurse flying high at March Aero Club

Joan Cooper is a retired nurse but not a typical one.

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Fourth Air Force announces 2014 Raincross winners

(U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Perry Covington) Col. Mark S. Larson (center), commander, 931st Air Refueling Group, McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., accepts the Raincross Trophy at the annual Raincross Awards Dinner in Riverside, Nov. 19. The 931st Air Refueling Group was awarded the trophy as the top unit in 4th Air Force. This marked the…

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Tips to heat your home affordably this winter

Climate control accounts for almost half the energy use in a typical U.S. home and is also the largest energy expense for most people -- but it doesn’t have to be.

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Distinguished Marksman among the 452d AMW

I may never be a distinguished marksman, but fortunately for me the 452nd Air Mobility Wing here at March Air Reserve Base, California has one Airman with such a prestigious title.


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AF implements voluntary FY13 force management programs

Posted  February 8, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — The Air Force will implement several voluntary officer and enlisted force management programs for fiscal year 2013, stated the Air Force Personnel Center officials. Announced in the January release of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2013, the authorized active duty Air Force end-strength is 329,460; a reduction…

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Team March returns home after readiness inspection

Posted  February 8, 2013

Senior Airmen Kelsey Parks, Mariah Hullinger and Cydnee Thigpen from the 452nd Logistics Readiness Squadron prepare in processing paperwork for the returning Airmen who participated in the Operational Readiness Inspection, Feb. 1. (U.S. Air Force photo / Darnell Gardner) 452d Force Support Squadron personnel, (from left to right) Staff Sgt. Megan Alvarado, Master Sgt. Tiffany…

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Academy grads leave legacy of diversity, inclusiveness

Posted  February 8, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — From day one at the U.S. Air Force Academy, every new cadet quickly learns about Capt. Lance Peter Sijan, the only Academy graduate to earn the Medal of Honor and the namesake of one of two cadet dormitories. Cadets are encouraged to read his biography, “Into the Mouth of the Cat,” which…

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Retiree ID cards now have expiration dates

Posted  February 8, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas —  Blue retiree identification cards issued prior to December 2012 had the word “indef” in the expiration date block, rather than a date. Since Dec., retiree cards will now have an expiration date effective the day before the retiree’s 65th birthday. Although benefits will not automatically expire, some changes will…

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News Briefs | February 8, 2013

Posted  February 8, 2013

CORRECTION: The article “Tax season begins” (The Beacon, Feb. 1, 2013), contained incorrect information. The March VITA Center is open for business Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and every Unit Training Assembly weekend during the same times. The Tax Center is located in Bldg. 417, adjacent to Outdoor Recreation. FROM THE…

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Snapshots | ORI Results

Posted  February 8, 2013

Does anyone know the results of the 2013 Operations Readiness Inspection? As shown from left to right, Team March leadership, Col. James Finney, 452d Air Mobility Wing vice commander, Col. Samuel Mahaney, 452d AMW commander and 452d AMW Command Chief Master Sgt. Ericka Kelly haven’t seen the results, haven’t heard the results and won’t speak…

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Airmen eligible to retrain in March should submit package by Feb. 15

Posted  February 8, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO – RANDOLPH, Texas — Air Force officials are encouraging active duty Airmen eligible to retrain in March 2013, to submit their completed retraining packages through the myPers website by Feb. 15, to avoid processing delays. First term Airmen interested in retraining before their windows close in March, need to accomplish these…

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New surcharge on Visa purchases

Posted  February 8, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As of January 27, merchants in the United States and U.S. Territories are permitted to impose a surcharge on any credit card transaction that uses a MasterCard or Visa branded card, which includes the Government Travel Charge Card, both Individually Billed Accounts (IBAs) and Centrally Billed Accounts (CBAs). This surcharge is permitted…

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Going back to school when you’re a military spouse

Posted  February 8, 2013

The rewards of going back to school can be very beneficial to success. Furthering your education can boost your earning power, help you climb the career ladder and widen the range of jobs available to you. Although military spouses face frequent relocations and other challenges that make it harder to complete an education program, assistance…

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Tax season begins

Posted  February 1, 2013

It is tax season again and the March Air Reserve Base Volunteer Income Tax Assistance center is open for business. If you have a military ID card that allows you access to base, then you are eligible for this tax service — associates will prepare tax returns and electronically file them, FREE of charge. The…

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