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452nd Maintenance Group hosts Assumption of Command ceremony

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Joseph Dangidang From left: Col. Russell A. Muncy (left), commander, 452nd Air Mobility Wing, Chief Master Sgt. Daniel G. Willers (center), command chief, 452nd Maintenance Group, and Col. Kenneth N. Rose, incoming commander, 452 MXG, stand at attention prior to the formal passing of the MXG’s guidon to Rose at…

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The road to fitness: One Airman’s drive to get fit, inspire others

A photojournalist assigned to the 628th Air Base Wing public affairs office here has lost more than 60 pounds since he began his fitness journey a little more than a year ago.

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March communications engineer celebrates his roots

Randy Staley is a communications engineer at the AFN Broadcast Center on March Air Reserve Base. He can carry a tune. He’s not a singer, but a craftsman who uses wood and animal skins to create flutes and drums.

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Local chaplain helps ANG recruiting efforts

Back in August of 2014, the 163d Reconnaissance Wing Chaplain Major David Sarmiento had the opportunity to be featured in a new Air National Guard (ANG) Chaplain Corps recruitment infomercial, the first of its kind in many years. In addition to the commercial, many still photos were taken of Sarmiento and four others to create…

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Pentagon salutes Dr. King’s life, legacy

DoD photo by Casper Manlangit Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work makes remarks during a Martin Luther King Jr. observance at the Pentagon, Jan. 15, 2015. WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Defense Department members gathered Jan. 15 at the Pentagon’s annual observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, ahead of the federal holiday. Deputy Defense Secretary Bob…


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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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New co-pays for TRICARE pharmacy customers

Posted  February 1, 2013

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — New co-payments for prescription drugs covered by TRICARE will go into effect soon. The Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act requires TRICARE to increase co-pays on brand name and non-formulary medications that are not filled at military clinics or hospitals. There is no increase to co-pays for generic medications. Increases…

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An extra set of eyes watches over Super Bowl, homeland 24/7

Posted  February 1, 2013

The Air and Marine Operations Center (AMOC), a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence, is the foremost aviation and maritime-oriented law enforcement operations /coordination center in the U.S. The AMOC discovers and anticipates criminal use of non-commercial, air and marine conveyances throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico and then mitigates these threats by coordinating…

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Candid Comments | Women in Combat

Posted  February 1, 2013

Master Sgt. Amy Cartas Job: Combat Videographer Unit: 4th Combat Camera Squadron Hometown: Murrieta, Calif. Women have been serving in combat for quite some time now and I speak from experience, because I have encountered hostile fire while assigned to units engaged in combat. Now that women are officially able to fill combat specific positions,…

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Dempsey: Allowing women in combat strengthens Joint Force

Posted  February 1, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rescinding the policy that excluded women since 1994 from serving in direct ground combat positions will strengthen the military, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said, Jan 24. U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey joined Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta at a Pentagon news conference to announce the decision and…

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