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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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Health & Safety

Navigate the legal process with free, court-sponsored assistance

Posted  October 5, 2012

If you are seeking assistance with identifying the proper legal forms to use, and/or need help completing legal forms that you intend to file in a California court, court-sponsored “self-help centers” are an excellent no-cost resource. Additionally, self-help centers regularly provide free, legal workshops and seminars on legal topics including small claims lawsuits, probating estates,…

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Roth contributions to open to all active duty troops

Posted  October 5, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Active duty members of the Army, Navy and Air Force are now able to contribute to the Roth Thrift Savings Plan as part of their investment planning, Defense Financing and Accounting Service officials said, Sept. 28. The after-tax contributions will be electronically deducted from service members’ pay accounts. Active duty service members…

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Snapshots | Fishing Trip

Posted  October 5, 2012

The Single Airman’s Program sponsored a complimentary deep-sea fishing trip for March Field members, Sept. 22. A total of 24 participants met at 4 a.m. for the day’s journey ...

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Lodging rates increase Oct. 1

Posted  October 5, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — After four years without a rate increase, Air Force lodging rates went up beginning Oct. 1, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. The increase is necessary to ensure Air Force Lodging rates cover current operating and capital improvement costs, said Maj. Gen. A.J. Stewart, AFPC commander. As an example,…

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News Briefs | October 5, 2012

Posted  October 5, 2012

SPACE SHUTTLE ENDEAVOR TRANSPORT SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 12 The Space Shuttle Endeavor will travel from LAX to the California Science Center, Oct. 12. It will depart the airport at 2 a.m. and will be stopping at Manchester and La Cienega at about 4 p.m. The movement will continue Saturday at 9 a.m. and is scheduled…

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Candid Comments | October 5, 2012

Posted  October 5, 2012

Master Sgt. Anhtuan L. Dang Job: Paralegal Unit: 452 AMW/Judge Advocate Hometown: Irvine, Calif. Hobbies: Reading, outdoor activities, Boy Scouts activities with sons My experience could be summed up as “Awesome!” There were some tasks that we performed well. However, there were some areas where we will need to dedicate additional training so that we…

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Family Matters Blog: Families can support suicide stand-down

Posted  October 5, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Army conducted its worldwide stand-down for suicide prevention, Sept. 27. Family members can prepare themselves for an emergency by adding the Military Crisis Line number to their Smartphone contacts at 1-800-273-8255, press 1, or text 838255, or visit militarycrisisline.net. All calls are confidential and are taken by trained counselors. Therefore, even…

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New Exchange general manager takes the reins at March ARB

Posted  October 5, 2012

March Field’s newest resident, Stephanie Kuykendall, is ready to make an impact on quality of life here, as the Exchange’s new general manager. “I’m extremely excited to be at March,” said Kuykendall. “Taking care of Airmen and their families is my number one priority. I will strive to ensure their needs are met every time…

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Cultural battlegrounds: Why culture matters in Global War on Terror

Posted  October 5, 2012

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. — In every culture, there exists the possibility of a mob of people that could be easily compelled to action by others who know how to disrupt peaceful times. Understanding culture, for the military professional, should be thought of as the art and science of understanding cause and effect in…

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President proclaims Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day

Posted  October 5, 2012

WASHINGTON D.C. — President Barack Obama asked the nation to “rededicate itself to upholding the sacred trust we share with our Gold Star families and the heroes we have laid to rest,” in his proclamation issued declaring Sept. 30, as Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day. The proclamation reads: From the revolution that gave life…

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