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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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Familiar American Forces Network voice leaving airwaves

Posted  July 3, 2014

American Forces Network Television (AFN TV) is going to start sounding a lot different this August. Viewers will no longer hear the familiar, mellow baritone of Eric Tassill saying what’s coming up on AFN TV. He’s retiring.

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Practicing Independence Day fireworks safety

Posted  July 3, 2014

Independence Day provides Americans an opportunity to celebrate a very important part of our country’s rich history. Celebrating this holiday with fireworks is a common tradition; however, not incorporating safety may turn the festivities into an agonizing memory when Airmen or their families are injured while using fireworks.

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News Briefs July 4, 2014

Posted  July 3, 2014

USAF BAND CONCERT The U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West will hold a concert at the Redlands Bowl in Redlands, California beginning at 8:15 p.m. on July 5. The event is free and open to the public. For more information call 909-793-7316 or visit www.bandofthegoldenwest.af.mil BARBER NEEDED March ARB is looking for a…

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Know the facts – Pride Month 2014

Posted  June 27, 2014

Official White House photo/Chuck Kennedy President Barrack Obama signs a repeal act in Washington, D.C., Dec. 22, 2010, officially overturning the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell law that he said required gay service members to serve in secrecy and isolation. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month…

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Investment in Vets produces tomorrow’s leaders

Posted  June 27, 2014

WASHINGTON, June 20, 2014 – The promise of a better tomorrow made to U.S. military veterans of World War II seven decades ago with the signing of the original GI Bill is the same promise the nation is keeping with its newest veterans and their families through the Post-9/11 GI Bill, President Barack Obama said…

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Know what men’s health screenings you need

Posted  June 27, 2014

Practicing prevention by getting routine screenings from your doctor is one of the best ways to nip health problems in the bud. But according to Maj. (Dr.) Christopher Bunt, director of the University Family Health Center at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland, men sometimes skip such potentially life-saving screenings….

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Pulse on Air Force force-shaping management

Posted  June 27, 2014

Several factors have resulted in fewer Airmen eligible for current and upcoming involuntary force management boards. Air Force leaders recently decided to bolster manning for nuclear-related career fields, an intention to make adjustments to account for budgetary uncertainties tied to proposed force structure changes. Those actions, coupled with previously approved voluntary applications and recent increases…

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SecAF says Total force readiness has atrophied

Posted  June 27, 2014

While elements of the Air Force are always prepared to meet the country’s readiness needs, total force readiness has deteriorated, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James told the Defense Writers Group June 18. Nearing the six-month mark of her term as the Air Force’s top official, James touched on appropriately balancing the readiness of the…

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News Briefs June 27, 2014

Posted  June 27, 2014

CONCERT FOR HEROES The Concert for Heroes symphonic concert will be held at the Riverside National Cemetery amphitheater July 3. The concert begins at 7:30 pm with pre-concert entertainment starting an hour prior. The event is free of charge; appropriate business casual attire is required. BARBER NEEDED March ARB is looking for a barber to…

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‘Keep your boots shined’ means I love you

Posted  June 20, 2014

Courtesy Photo Master Sgt. Angela Caruso-Yahne, 34th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, (left) and her spouse, Mandy, pose for a photo at a friend’s wedding. The two legally married July 2013, one month after the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act and 14 years after their unofficial wedding. Approaching their sixth…

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