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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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Total Force Integration in action, providing fuel to fight

Posted  January 17, 2014

U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Jason Robertson A U.S. Air Force Reserve-owned KC-135 Stratotanker, currently attached to the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, refuels an A-10 Thunderbolt II from the 74th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan Jan. 7, 2014, over Northeast, Afghanistan. The crew of the Stratotanker, deployed…

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News Briefs January 24, 2014

Posted  January 24, 2014

THE AIR FORCE RESERVE COMMAND YELLOW RIBBON PROGRAM Yellow Ribbon helps maintain resiliency during all stages of deployment and is paramount to the morale and welfare of our Airmen and families. The AFRC YRP is a series of events designed to provide members and families with essential resources prior to departure (pre-deployment), a level of…

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March Inn lodging system in place to improve your UTA experience

Posted  January 24, 2014

Due to the elimination of the Automatic Lodging Reservation System, the March Inn is operating on Air Force Instruction 34-246, Air Force Lodging Program, while a new wing instruction is being written. Use of the ALRS was eliminated because the Air Force Lodging Fund would not support it with Non Appropriated Funds and lodging lost…

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Armed Forces Network earns error-free month

Posted  January 24, 2014

A team of contractors at the American Forces Network Broadcast Center, March Air Reserve Base, Calif., achieved something that hasn’t happened since 2005 – an error free month. The contractors, Taft Broadcast Operations Support Services, off-line and remove Stateside TV commercials as well as prepare playlists and promotional materials for AFN stations around the world….

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Pentagon praises bipartisan spending bill

Posted  January 24, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Pentagon spokesman has praised a budget bill that won final Congressional approval today which would fund the government through September, but cautions tough spending decisions remain. The bill provides DOD with necessary funding for critical investments and modernization, an increase in pay and benefits, continued training, equipment maintenance and funding that…

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Services Scene

Posted  January 24, 2014

Hap Arnold Club happenings – call 951-655-4920 The Hap Arnold Club is hosting a Sweetheart Dinner February 14, 2014. Dinner includes prime rib and a complimentary glass of wine. There will be live entertainment and dancing. Tickets are on sale now at the club for $23 for members and $25 for non-members. The Hap Arnold…

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Seabee’s “Can Do!” saves AFN BC $130k

Posted  January 24, 2014

DOD photo/Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist John Harrington Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 4’s Chief Petty Officer Scott Henske (right, white hat) checks and adjusts a diesel fuel tank’s position to the inch at its new location prior to dropping it fully to the pad Dec. 20, 2013, at the American Forces Network Broadcast Center, March…

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AF uniform policy update: welcome back morale T-shirts, badges and limitless athletic shoes

Posted  January 24, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) –The Air Force updated the policy governing uniform wear Jan. 17, with a goal of not financially burdening Airmen. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark. A. Welsh III approved several updates to Air Force Instruction 36-2903, Air Force Dress and Appearance, with many of the changes coming directly from Airmen. During the…

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DOD to preserve historic images

Posted  January 24, 2014

DOD photo/Staff Sgt. Lance Cheung A view from the top rear of the Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) located at the Defense Visual Information Center, March Air Reserve Base, Calif. The DIMOC, which digitizes and stores existing media to preserve visual records from all services, is running out of storage space at the March…

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Coping with drought; preserving a precious resource

Posted  January 24, 2014

U.S. Airforce photo/Linda Welz A drainage ditch on March Air Reserve Base, Calif., stands void of all but a few puddles of water on January 22, 2014, residue from landscape maintainance and evidence of the severe drought that has hit the state. California governor, Jerry Brown, announced a drought emergency last week, following a rainfall…

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