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Local organization donates packages to March troops

U.S. Air Force photo/Sean Dath Nora Shaw, project coordinator for Sariaya Association of California, puts the final touches on a care package prior to it being sent to deployed servicemembers from March ARB. Deployed service members from March Air Reserve Base will be receiving a little holiday cheer in the mail, just in time for…

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President Obama expresses gratitude to troops, civilians

President Barrack Obama expressed his gratitude to service members and Defense Department civilians for their service to their country during an event held at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, Dec. 15.

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Safety, common sense help ensure happy holidays

I’ve always felt there are two important things to keep in mind during the holidays: Don’t let baby mistake the light-up nose on your Rudolph decoration for her “Baby’s 1st Christmas” pacifier, and go easy on the rum if you share the eggnog with your cat.

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March Key Spouse Program kicks off initial training

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Russell S. McMillan Valerie Fioretta, key spouse facilitator and director of the Airman and Family Readiness Center, March Air Reserve Base, explains an exercise to participants during an initial key spouse training on Nov. 1, 2014. Nearly three dozen March spouses attended the key spouse training program, which is designed…

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Retired nurse flying high at March Aero Club

Joan Cooper is a retired nurse but not a typical one.


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Norco Navy base requests proposals for food service concession

Posted  December 21, 2012

NORCO, Calif. – The Navy is requesting proposals to establish and operate a food service concession to serve some 1,400 Sailors, Navy civilians and support contractors working at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach Detachment Norco, home of the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Corona Division. The Naval Exchange Service Command, administering the proposal, says the on-base…

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In hurricane’s wake, cynic learns lesson

Posted  December 21, 2012

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. — Prior to Hurricane Sandy, I thought the Air Force’s wingman concept was just a gimmick that encouraged Airmen to poke their noses into my business, or worse, required me to poke my nose into someone else’s business. For goodness sake, I thought, can’t an Airman just have a bad day without another…

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Snapshot | Santa comes to March

Posted  December 21, 2012

The 452d Maintenance Group and Maintenance Operations Squadron held their Christmas Party on Dec. 8. Unit family members joined in the festivities and enjoyed a magician ...

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Candid Comments | New Year’s Goals

Posted  December 21, 2012

Captain Linda Stanfield Job: Chief of Mission Development/Instructor Pilot Unit: 912th Air Refueling Squadron Hometown: Leavenworth, Kan. Hobbies: Traveling, yoga, hanging out with my husband Personally, I plan to get more involved with my gardening this coming year. I have already started a collection of succulents and would like to make some upgrades to my…

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A dignified deployment

Posted  December 14, 2012

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – Before deploying, we [Airmen] endure months of training to prepare for it. We are taught to use weapons, scan areas with vigilant eyes and if needed, save our wingman’s life. None of that training could have prepared me for my first deployment. My name is Caitlin Jones, I am…

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DOD prepares for potential sequestration

Posted  December 14, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Office of Management and Budget has instructed the Department of Defense to pursue internal planning to meet required budget cuts if sequestration goes into effect Jan. 3. “We are at the very start of this process,” said Dr. George Little, acting assistant secretary of defense for public affairs, during a Pentagon…

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2012 Security Forces annual awards

Posted  December 14, 2012

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — Air Force Reserve Command announced the 2012 Air Force Individual Security Forces Award winners. The winners, by category are: Master Sgt. Juan C. Rodriguez 452nd Security Forces Squadron, March ARB, Calif., Outstanding Security Forces Flight Level Senior NCO.           Tech Sgt. Nelson E. Brown III…

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Health & Safety

The Doctor Is In – Urgent or Emergency?

Posted  December 14, 2012

If you or your child gets sick or injured, your first instinct is to go to the emergency room (ER) right away or call 911. These are good instincts in an emergency, but many people use the ER when it is not an actual emergency. This contributes to long ER wait times, high costs, and…

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Thrift savings plan contribution limits increase in 2013

Posted  December 14, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas  —  The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board has announced the 2013 elective deferral limit for regular Thrift Savings Plan contributions increased from $17,000 to $17,500 for 2013, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. The TSP catch-up plan contribution limit will remain at $5,500. The Thrift Savings Plan is a long-term…

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News Briefs | December 14, 2012

Posted  December 14, 2012

SAFETY ADVISORY UPDATE As per notification in The Beacon, dated Dec. 7, drivers and pedestrians traveling near the Air Traffic Control Tower, Bldg. 1220, should proceed with caution due to construction of the new control tower. Also, the gate entering the flightline at Base Ops (F18) is now closed. All personnel requiring access will sign…

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