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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…

U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Megan Crusher Events

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.

U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt Rick Sforza, 4th Combat Camera Squadron Air Force

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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Three little words: Overworked and underpaid

Posted  November 22, 2013

Have you ever heard anyone say they are overworked and underpaid? Do you sometimes feel that way? I do, but then I always fall back on, “Thank God I have a job!” In this day and age, many of us are feeling like we just don’t have enough time or help to get everything done…

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Muncy to assume command of 452 Air Mobility Wing

Posted  November 22, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Linda Welz Col. Russel Muncy, answers e-mails from his new office in the Hap Arnold House at March Air Reserve Base, Calif. Although Muncy officially became the commander on Nov. 3, 2013, his assumption of command ceremony will be tomorrow. Col. Russell Muncy will assume command of the 452nd Air…

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Snapshots – What We Do

Posted  November 27, 2013

  Team March members race to items they want to buy at a recent Non-appropriated Funds sale on base. The 452nd Force Support Squadron holds NAF sales as needed to support NAF employees and the programs available through the Morale, Welfare and Recreation department. At this particular sale, available items were from a building used…

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News Briefs November 27, 2013

Posted  November 27, 2013

COMBINED UTA SET FOR JAN. 2014 Due to budget issues, all members assigned to the 452 AMW will report for a combined UTA, Jan. 25-26, 2014. Please see your squadron commander or first sergeant if you have any questions or concerns. ACCESS SELF-HELP WEBSITES WITHOUT COMMON ACCESS CARD By direction of the Under Secretary of…

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American Indian Heritage Month 2013 winds down

Posted  November 27, 2013

In honor of National American Indian Heritage Month, here are the facts of the day from the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute website at https://www.deomi.org: Day 27: Founded in 1944, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) is the oldest, largest, and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization serving the broad interests of…

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AF Portal goes mobile, gets face-lift

Posted  November 27, 2013

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. (AFNS) — Expected to launch by the end of 2013, the Global Combat Support System-Air Force, or GCSS-AF, is rolling out a revamped portal, which simplifies navigation, improves performance on low bandwidth connections and works from mobile devices. “The old system had become cluttered, difficult to navigate and was in…

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Best little repair shop in Afghanistan

Posted  November 27, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Jason Smith Tech. Sgt. Juan Sanchezduarte (left) and Senior Airman Mark Zorich (right), both assigned to the 451st Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron, pose with some bicycle tires outside Tan Box Bike Repair at Camp Losano, Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Nov. 11, 2013. Both airmen volunteer their time and resources so service members…

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Anatomy of a cylone; why California is safe

Posted  November 27, 2013

With the recent typhoon that devastated the Philippines, we print this article to calm the nerves of those who may be fearful of the same happening here and to educate others. Californians enjoy a relatively stable and predictable weather pattern most of the year. Although our major concern is earthquakes, we watch in awe and…

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How are you participating in Black Friday?

Posted  November 27, 2013

Although the economy is less robust than it has been in years past and holiday decorations can be seen in stores before the little ghosts and goblins collect all their candy, shoppers still look to the day after Thanksgiving as the official beginning of the holiday shopping season.

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Experts recommend healthy diet over vitamins

Posted  November 27, 2013

Healthy Base Initiative Good nutritional and exercise habits can help boost energy and prevent illness and combat stress. Some service members take daily minerals and vitamins such as calcium and vitamin D. But are they necessary? The answer varies. Our bodies need a variety of nutrients, but they are usually available in food and our…

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