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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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Vehicle registration options while assigned to March

Posted  October 19, 2012

California law ordinarily requires that a person register their vehicle in California within 20 days, ‘after gainful employment is accepted or residency is established in this state,’ according to California Vehicle Code § 6700. However, C.V.C. § 6701, provides a specific exception for active-duty military members, when the following conditions are met: The out-of-state license…

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March Minutes | October 16, 2012

Posted  October 19, 2012

GS-7 John S. Martin Fire Inspector 452 MSG/CEF Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif. 0600 Start up the truck, bob and weave through traffic from Rancho Cucamonga; destination March. 0645 Arrive for duty (on time hopefully); participate in Fire Prevention office staff meeting with assistant chief and other inspectors. 0730 Roll Call for departing and arriving shift personnel. Pass on…

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Exchange offers fee-free holiday layaway

Posted  October 12, 2012

DALLAS, Texas — A good program just got better as the Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s Holiday Layaway program is now fee-free. Shoppers simply select their gifts for layaway and then stop by customer service to complete the process. “Fee-free” means that while the Exchange collects an initial $3 processing fee for new layaways,…

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Health & Safety

Crossing the line proves more hazardous after dark

Posted  October 12, 2012

You may have noticed them while driving down Graeber St. They appear and disappear at strategic crosswalk locations around the base. ...

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News Briefs | October 12, 2012

Posted  October 12, 2012

163 RW TO HOLD AIRMAN OF THE YEAR BANQUET It’s not too late to purchase tickets for the 163rd Reconnaissance Wing’s annual Airman of the Year banquet, which is tomorrow at the Air National Guard hanger, Building 2305, on Airlift Way. The social gathering will begin at 5 p.m. and the official ceremony at 6…

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World War II veterans get pinned after 60 years

Posted  October 12, 2012

Twelve original members of the 452nd Bombardment Group travelled from all over the U.S. to meet at March Field, Calif., for their annual reunion, Sep. 8. This was an occasion for old friends to share stories of their time in WWII and in this particular case, for some of them to be awarded a citation…

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Get to know your first sergeants

Posted  October 12, 2012

What does a train conductor, a school teacher, a bronze star with valor recipient, an ice cream scooper, a top secret projects administrator and the owner of the best-looking mustache in the Air Force Reserve have in common? Are they contestants on a reality show or characters in a thrilling novel? No — they are…

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Teamwork: We could all use a helping hand

Posted  October 12, 2012

I talked with a chaplain recently about his late grandfather who competed in horse-pulling contests. Yes, horse pulling. That’s a reality show I haven’t seen yet. The horses would be hitched up to a log or stone, or anything else that might be handy. The object was to see whose team could pull the most….

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First things first: Get your degrees in order

Posted  October 12, 2012

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — In 1972 the Community College of the Air Force was established by the Air Force Chief of Staff, General John D. Ryan. Four years later, President Gerald Ford authorized the Air Force, by law, to confer the associate degree. The CCAF was accredited during the start of 1977 and by the…

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Political activities by federal employees

Posted  October 12, 2012

With Election Day about a month away, it is a great time to go over the do’s and don’ts concerning political activities by federal employees. ...

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