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Local chaplain helps ANG recruiting efforts

Back in August of 2014, the 163d Reconnaissance Wing Chaplain Major David Sarmiento had the opportunity to be featured in a new Air National Guard (ANG) Chaplain Corps recruitment infomercial, the first of its kind in many years. In addition to the commercial, many still photos were taken of Sarmiento and four others to create…

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Pentagon salutes Dr. King’s life, legacy

DoD photo by Casper Manlangit Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work makes remarks during a Martin Luther King Jr. observance at the Pentagon, Jan. 15, 2015. WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Defense Department members gathered Jan. 15 at the Pentagon’s annual observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, ahead of the federal holiday. Deputy Defense Secretary Bob…

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SecAF, CSAF discuss future of the Air Force

Senior leadership addressed the key issues, priorities, initiatives and challenges facing the Air Force during the State of the Air Force press briefing, Jan. 15 at the Pentagon.

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Honor Guard presents colors at 101st Rose Bowl game

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Russell S. McMillan Members of March Air Reserve Base’s Blue Eagles Total Force Honor Guard present the colors as a B-2 Spirit stealth bomber flies overhead at the 101st Rose Bowl game in Pasadena, Jan. 1, 2015. The event marked the first time airmen from March ARB participated in the…

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Culture shock: Returning to America after 26 years

George A. Smith German autobahn drivers get to drive as fast as they want. In Southern California, it’s good they can’t. When I first came to Southern California after living 26 years in Germany, I heard questions from tanned guys in shorts that went something like, “Dude how does it feel to leave a land…


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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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Salutes & Awards

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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