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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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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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News Briefs December 20, 2013

Posted  December 20, 2013

BEACON GOES DARK UNTIL 2014 This is the final Beacon issue of 2013. The next Beacon to be delivered will be a 2013 Year-in-Review and will arrive Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. The Beacon staff wishes you each a blessed holiday season and a safe and happy New Year! COMMAND CHIEF KELLY TO MOVE TO TRAVIS…

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Senate confirms James as next secretary of the Air Force

Posted  December 20, 2013

Deborah Lee James will be the next secretary of the Air Force, according to a Senate confirmation vote Dec 13.

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Remodeled Grande Ballroom at Hap Arnold Club open for business

Posted  December 20, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Joe Davidson The Hap Arnold Club, March Air Reserve Base, Calif., held a grand re-opening of its Grande Ballroom, Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, after months of renovation work to repair damage done by a faulty fire sprinkler. The room is now available to rent for small and large events. The…

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Fourth Air Force names new award in honor of fallen Explosive Ordnance Disposal Airman

Posted  December 20, 2013

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. — A unique Air Force Reserve award and trophy have been created in the memory of Tech. Sgt. Anthony Campbell Jr., a 932nd Airlift Wing service member who lost his life during Operation Enduring Freedom in 2009. His recovery and destruction of more than 280 pieces of ordnance and bulk…

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Operation Warm Heart toy drive surpasses previous collections

Posted  December 20, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Joe Davidson Members of Riverside County Cal Fire and March Field Fire Departments team up with Lori Gracey, Kinross Lane Preschool owner/teacher and her students and their parents to donate toys to Operation Warm Heart Friday, Dec. 13, 2013. Gracey, the mother of Blue Eagles Honor Guard member, Tech. Sgt….

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Tops in Blue celebrates 60 years

Posted  December 20, 2013

Courtesy photo/Jennifer Collins Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Collins, a reservist with the 4th Combat Camera Squadron, March Air Reserve Base, Calif., performs the role of musical sensation, Pitbull, during the kick-off show of the 2013 Tops in Blue All Star tour at Joint Base San Antonio, Dec. 7, 2013. Collins was one of several former TIB…

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News Briefs January 10, 2014

Posted  January 10, 2014

Snapshots U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Michael Quiboloy Lt. Col. Tina M. Tsui, 452nd Force Support Squadron commander, and Maj. Hal Byers, 163rd FSS commander, gather for the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement for the two units’ merger at March ARB, Calif., Jan. 8, 2014. The 3-in-1 integration of FSS will be a…

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DOD announces recertification of imminent danger areas

Posted  January 10, 2014

WASHINGTON — Today, the Defense Department announced the recertification of some locations as imminent danger pay areas while discontinuing that designation for others. A periodic review and recertification was conducted for Imminent Danger Pay (IDP) purposes and was made in coordination with the joint staff, combatant commands and military services. The combatant commands conducted in-depth…

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DMV reminds motorists of new 2014 laws

Posted  January 10, 2014

SACRAMENTO — With the arrival of 2014, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is reminding motorists of some of the new laws that will become effective this year. The following laws went into effect on January 1, 2014, unless otherwise noted. Bicycles: Passing Distance. AB 1371 (Bradford), known as the Three Feet for Safety…

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2013 The year in review

Posted  January 10, 2014

January Courtesy photo/Jim Almgren Members of the 452d Air Mobility Wing Top Three and March Air Reserve Base chapter of the Air Force Sergeants Association, routinely partner with local organizations, in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity, to provide low-cost housing for those in need. Over the years, the military community has donated many personnel-hours to…

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