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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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New commander humbled by base’s history

Posted  December 6, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Joe Davidson Col. Russell Muncy delivers his remarks to a full house during his assumption of command ceremony held at the Cultural Resource Center, March Air Reserve Base, Calif., Nov. 23, 2013. Muncy pledged to work with Team March and community members to ensure the base continues to maintain a…

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News Briefs December 13, 2013

Posted  December 12, 2013

OPERATION WARM HEART HELPS MARCH FAMILIES This is the time of year, that family and friends make preparations for the Holidays. This year, many families were hit particularly hard with furloughs, work stoppages and a cut in work hours. Since the early 1990’s, Operation Warm Heart has tried to ease the burden of those families…

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DEOMI Facts of the day: Dec 13-19

Posted  December 13, 2013

A more in-depth look at the holiday season.

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History of the Raincross Trophy

Posted  December 13, 2013

In 1917, a small group of distinguished Riverside citizens joined with the Riverside Chamber of Commerce to acquire a parcel of land in an area known as the Alessandro Plain on the outskirts of the city. They had a vision – that there would one day be a military airfield on that site – a…

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Scholarships for Military Children program opens Dec. 3

Posted  December 13, 2013

FORT LEE, Va. – Applications for the 2014 Scholarships for Military Children Program become available Dec. 3 at commissaries worldwide or on the Internet at http://www.militaryscholar.org. Applications must be turned in to a commissary by close of business Feb. 28, 2014. Packages must be hand-delivered or shipped via U.S. Postal Service or other delivery methods,…

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Online Penny Auctions, beware!

Posted  December 13, 2013

The discounts offered on penny auction sites are tempting but the Better Business Bureau warns bargain hunters that they should stop and do their research before making their first bid.....

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Getting muddy good for fitness, camaraderie, charity

Posted  December 13, 2013

Courtesy photo Covered in mud from head to toe are from left, Staff Sgt. Ashley Desgrange, 9th Space Operations Squadron, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.; Tech. Sgt. Charles Fine and Staff Sgt. Jason Buccat, 452nd Communications Squadron, March Air Reserve Base, Calif.; Tech. Sgt. Senna Imura, 452nd Airlift Control Flight, March ARB; civilian Jessica Johnson…

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A movie experience I couldn’t tell you about, until now

Posted  December 13, 2013

I realized that the entertainment industry and the military shared many similarities, when I spent several weeks participating in the production of a Hollywood blockbuster. I even saw myself on screen in the movie (disclosed below) when it was released. Here is my story: My show time as an extra in the Hollywood production was…

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Travis Reserve wing is best in Fourth Air Force

Posted  December 13, 2013

Courtesy photo Col. Douglas Planer (foreground), 4th Air Force A3 Director, joins (from left) Roger Rupp, Riverside Military Affairs Committee Chairman; Brig. Gen. John C. Flournoy Jr., 4th Air Force commander; and Cindy Roth, Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce President, in congratulating the 349th Air Mobility Wing, Travis Air Force Base, Calif., for being named…

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Defense Equal Opportunity facts of the day : Dec 20-31

Posted  December 20, 2013

20-Dec In 1822, Clement Clarke Moore wrote a poem for his daughters entitled “An Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas.” His poem, which he was hesitant to publish due to the frivolous nature of its subject, is largely responsible for our image of Santa Claus as a “right jolly old elf” with the ability…

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