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Airman retires after 37 years of service

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Joseph Dangidang Chief Master Sgt. Karen L. Krause, 452nd Maintenance Operations Squadrons superintendent, receives a flag from a Blue Eagles Total Force Honor Guard member during her retirement ceremony at the March Cultural Resource Center, Sep. 13. Krause retires after 37 years of service to the United States Air Force….

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Pilots earned top honor for WW II actions

Courtesy Photo First Lt. Donald J. Gott and 2nd Lt. William E. Metzger Jr. of the 452nd Bombardment Group, were killed when their heavily damaged B-17 Flying Fortress exploded Nov. 9, 1944, as they raced to friendly territory in an attempt to save the life of a fellow crew member. Both were awarded the Medal…

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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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Veterans

Honoring veterans in the southland

Posted  November 15, 2013

Len Tavernetti, Service Officer, Military Order of the Purple Hearts Chapter 2929, and Senior Master Sgt. Josephine Carrillo, 452nd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, receive a Purple Heart proclamation from the City of Moreno Valley at a Veteran’s Day ceremony Nov. 11, 2013, at the city’s Memorial Circle. Tavernetti and Carrillo are both life members of Chapter…

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Snapshots: What We Do

Posted  November 22, 2013

The final March Strategic Inter-theater Deployment mission, flown by the 729th Airlift Squadron for the past 7+ years, arrived home Nov. 18, 2013. Between Oct. 1, 2006 and Sept. 30, 2012, the squadron’s mission, which is primarily aeromedical evacuation through Southwest Asia, has logged more than 44,301 hours on 13,657 sorties during 3,789 missions carrying…

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Health & Safety

Healthy Base Initiative: Favorite fall & holiday recipes

Posted  November 22, 2013

Don’t overstuff yourself this holiday season! Fall and winter cooking don’t have to be calorie-packed thanks to the latest Operation Live Well e-book. The Department of Defense’s wellness initiative just published its fifth e-book, featuring some of the Operation Live Well team’s favorite fall and holiday recipes. The 49-page booklet includes healthier options for fall…

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Events

News Briefs November 22, 2013

Posted  November 22, 2013

TOTAL FORCE SERVICE CENTER CONTACT NUMBERS CHANGE Telephone contact numbers for the Total Force Service Center changed Nov. 15. The new numbers are commercial 210-565-0102 and DSN 665-0102. The change includes both TFSC locations at AFPC in San Antonio, Texas, and the Air Reserve Personnel Center in Aurora, Colo. The toll-free number will remain the…

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Salutes & Awards

Tax Center volunteers reach astounding milestones

Posted  November 22, 2013

March VITA Tax Center is the only tax center in Santa Ana Territory that operates fully on a volunteer basis, which means that the volunteer team is one of the most important factors in keeping the doors open. As part of a continuing effort to recognize the volunteers’ sacrifice and expressing gratitude, our Tax Center…

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MARCH TICKETS AND TOURS ON THE GO

Posted  November 22, 2013

The following trips are scheduled with the March Tickets and Tours office. For more information, call 951-655-4123. You must sign up for the trips in person at Bldg. 434. Nov. 23: Vegas Turnaround — $18.00 per person, departs 5 a.m., returns approximately 3 a.m., minimum age 21, deadline for sign up is Nov. 20. Dec….

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Commissaries to start scanning IDs

Posted  November 22, 2013

FORT LEE, Va. – Commissaries will soon begin scanning customers’ Department of Defense ID cards at checkouts as the Defense Commissary Agency continues its pursuit to deliver a 21st century benefit. The commissary at Fort Lee, Va., became the first store to scan ID cards on Oct. 22 as the first part of an agency-wide…

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Partnership means faster airport screening for service members

Posted  November 22, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Defense Department and Transportation Security Administration officials today announced a partnership to expand “TSA Precheck” expedited screening benefits to all U.S. armed forces service members, including those serving in the Coast Guard, Reserves and National Guard, during their official or leisure travel. As a result of the agreement, these individuals will be…

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Commentary

The Rap on Car Wrap Scams

Posted  November 22, 2013

As the holiday season approaches, no doubt you may be looking for ways to secure some extra spending money to buy that special someone the perfect gift. As luck would have it, you just received an innocuous looking e-mail asking if you want to make an extra buck just by driving around with some company…

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World

Riverside Sailor aids in Philippines

Posted  November 22, 2013

U.S. Navy photo/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ricardo R. Guzman Naval Aircrewman 2nd Class Justin Peach prepares to drop supplies at Tacloban Air Base from an MH-60S Seahawk during Operation Damayan, Nov. 14, 2013. PHILIPPINE SEA – Naval Aircrewman 2nd Class Justin Peach, from Riverside, Calif., has dreamt of being the one to rappel down…

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