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March dedicates base barbershop to longtime barber

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Russell S. McMillan Col. Russell A. Muncy, commander, 452nd Air Mobility Wing, March Air Reserve Base presents Nancy M. Alvarez with the new barbershop signage honoring her late husband and former base barber, Richard “Ricardo” Alvarez, during a dedication ceremony here, Sept. 12. The base barbershop was renamed to ‘Ricardo’s…

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State of Air Force Reserve discussed at AFA

Senior Department of Defense and industry leaders gathered at the Air Force Association’s 2014 Air and Space conference and technology exposition Sept. 15 to discuss the future of the Air Force and Air Force Reserve.

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Riverside hosts inaugural 9/11 tribute concert

Nearly 3,000 people died in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 - attacks which culminated that day in the crash of a passenger jet in Shanksville, Pa. An architect responsible for erecting a memorial on the impact site once described his intentions for a design that was both “solemn and uplifting.”

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Airman retires after 37 years of service

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Joseph Dangidang Chief Master Sgt. Karen L. Krause, 452nd Maintenance Operations Squadrons superintendent, receives a flag from a Blue Eagles Total Force Honor Guard member during her retirement ceremony at the March Cultural Resource Center, Sep. 13. Krause retires after 37 years of service to the United States Air Force….

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Pilots earned top honor for WW II actions

Courtesy Photo First Lt. Donald J. Gott and 2nd Lt. William E. Metzger Jr. of the 452nd Bombardment Group, were killed when their heavily damaged B-17 Flying Fortress exploded Nov. 9, 1944, as they raced to friendly territory in an attempt to save the life of a fellow crew member. Both were awarded the Medal…


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World War II veterans get pinned after 60 years

Posted  October 12, 2012

Twelve original members of the 452nd Bombardment Group travelled from all over the U.S. to meet at March Field, Calif., for their annual reunion, Sep. 8. This was an occasion for old friends to share stories of their time in WWII and in this particular case, for some of them to be awarded a citation…

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Get to know your first sergeants

Posted  October 12, 2012

What does a train conductor, a school teacher, a bronze star with valor recipient, an ice cream scooper, a top secret projects administrator and the owner of the best-looking mustache in the Air Force Reserve have in common? Are they contestants on a reality show or characters in a thrilling novel? No — they are…

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Teamwork: We could all use a helping hand

Posted  October 12, 2012

I talked with a chaplain recently about his late grandfather who competed in horse-pulling contests. Yes, horse pulling. That’s a reality show I haven’t seen yet. The horses would be hitched up to a log or stone, or anything else that might be handy. The object was to see whose team could pull the most….

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First things first: Get your degrees in order

Posted  October 12, 2012

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — In 1972 the Community College of the Air Force was established by the Air Force Chief of Staff, General John D. Ryan. Four years later, President Gerald Ford authorized the Air Force, by law, to confer the associate degree. The CCAF was accredited during the start of 1977 and by the…

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Political activities by federal employees

Posted  October 12, 2012

With Election Day about a month away, it is a great time to go over the do’s and don’ts concerning political activities by federal employees. ...

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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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