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‘Retired Air Force Reservist finds inspiration through loss’ addendum

Angela Alexander was a member of the 56th Aerial Port Squadron, March Air Reserve Base and on annual tour in Japan when she was notified that her family had been in a severe car crash. She was told her husband, Suri and two daughters, Angela and Angelina were injured, yet okay, but her two young…

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AF begins testing phase for women in combat roles

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Marionne T. Mangrum Cpl. Daisy Romero (left) and Sgt. Jessica Dmoningo, assigned to a female engagement team (FET), speak with an Afghan man in his compound during a patrol in Marjah, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Dec. 30, 2010. Due to the end of the 1994 Direct Ground Combat Definition and…

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Ten ways to help kids conquer military life challenges

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Ashley J. Thum Capt. Adam Luber, a 334th Fighter Squadron pilot, and Jeremiah Seaberry, the 334th FS pilot for a day, watch F-15E Strike Eagles on the flightline during a 4th Fighter Wing Pilot for a Day event, April 3, 2015, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. We…

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922nd Civil Engineer Flight, small unit, worldwide impact

The 922nd Civil Engineer Squadron’s Staff Augmentation Team (S-Team) continues to proudly represent March Air Reserve Base with worldwide engineering successes.

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Master Sgt. Bode named AFRC’s 2014 Crew Chief of the Year

U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Perry Covington Master Sgt. James Bode, Air Reserve Technician and dedicated crew chief, 752nd Aerospace Maintenance Squadron, March Field, runs through some routine maintenance checks on his KC-135 Stratotanker. Because of his outstanding work, Bode was awarded the Air Force Reserve Command’s 2014 Chief Master Sgt. Thomas N. Barnes Award as…


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Health & Safety

Dietary supplements: How safe are they really?

Posted  February 27, 2015

Walk into a health food store today and you can be overwhelmed by shelves piled with dietary supplements. What’s going on?

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News Briefs February 27, 2015

Posted  February 27, 2015

Sigler bids Team March farewell U.S. Air Force photo/Linda Welz Col. Mark Sigler, 452nd Operations Group commander, holds a memento he received from squadron and group personnel at his farewell ceremony at March Air Reserve Base, Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. After serving nearly three and a half years at March Field, Sigler is returning to…

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Team March loses one of its own

Posted  February 20, 2015

Capt. Justin Taylor, a KC-135 pilot assigned to the 336th Air Refueling Squadron, was killed in an automobile accident on Saturday, 14 February 2015. Taylor has been a total force Airman and a member of Team March for several years. He started his career on active duty as an F-16 maintainer in 2000, after which…

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Carter takes oath of office in White House ceremony

Posted  February 20, 2015

DOD screen shot Vice President Joe Biden swears in Ash Carter as the 25th defense secretary as Carter’s wife, Stephanie, looks on during a private ceremony at the White House, Feb. 17, 2015. WASHINGTON, Feb. 17, 2015 – With his wife, Stephanie, holding the Bible upon which he swore to support and defend the U.S….

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A Century of Black Life, History, and Culture

Posted  February 20, 2015

(Final in a three-part series) Courtesy Photo Astronaut Guion “Guy” S. Bluford Jr. becomes the first African American to travel in space, as a mission specialist aboard the space shuttle Challenger. He will ultimately complete four shuttle missions. Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by African…

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Military OneSource offers free tax filings online

Posted  February 20, 2015

March Air Reserve Base does not have a Volunteer Income Tax Center on base this year. In lieu of the VITA Center, you can file your taxes for free or get free tax assistance online through Military One Source. The service is free to military and their dependents (and other qualifying individuals). Follow the steps…

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Shop smart, eat smart, exercise for better health

Posted  February 20, 2015

Everyone has food choices to make on what will be used for fuel for his or her body. You can choose which foods to buy at the grocery store. You can choose what to order at a restaurant.

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Basic Military Training enters new ‘real life’ era

Posted  February 20, 2015

The 8½-week journey from recruit to Airman will no longer end in a regimented march on a Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland parade field.

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Cody gives enlisted perspective at AFA expo

Posted  February 20, 2015

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody outlined his top priorities for the enlisted force during the Air Force Association’s annual Air Warfare Symposium and Technology Exposition in Orlando, Florida, Feb. 12.

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News Briefs February 20, 2015

Posted  February 20, 2015

CORRECTION The Feb. 13 issue of The Beacon misidentified Airman Lionel Hendrick as being assigned to the 452nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. Hendrick was assigned to the 452nd Maintenance Squadron. We apologize for the error. A MISSED VALENTINE TO SAL Sorry we missed one of the Valentine’s wishes that was submitted last week. Here it is:…

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