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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.

U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt Rick Sforza, 4th Combat Camera Squadron Air Force

March host wing contributes to overall success of Mobility Air Force mission

U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt Rick Sforza, 4th Combat Camera Squadron A KC-135R from the 336th Air Refueling Squadron refuels a C-17A from the 729th Airlift Squadron. Both aircraft are from the Air Force Reserve Command’s 452nd Air Mobility Wing, March Air Reserve Base, Calif. The 452nd Air Mobility Wing, March Air Reserve…

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The friendly invasion: 452nd GIs inundated English villages

Photo by Pleon Wood (L to r) SSgt. Froilan Hernandez, TSgt. Jack Duer and SSgt. Floyd Gibson of the 452nd Bombardment Group ham it up outside a pub while on leave in England. The men were part of an aircrew on the B-17 Flying Fortress Shot Snorter, which was shot down over Europe while being…


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News Briefs | August 31, 2012

Posted  August 31, 2012

KEEPING THE FLAG MAMA SPIRIT ALIVE Team March members are welcome to join in and pick up where Flag Mama left off, by greeting deploying troops at Hangar 385. Larry and Laurice (widower and daughter) will be continuing Laura’s program. If interested, contact Larry Froehlich, at 951-323-0246. 452D AMW MILITARY BALL The 452d AMW Military…

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AF senior leaders stress safety over Labor Day weekend

Posted  August 31, 2012

WASHINGTON D.C. — Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy issued the following message ...

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Attacking Symptoms

Posted  August 31, 2012

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) — As an area defense counsel in the Air Force, it is my job to represent Airmen who get into legal or administrative trouble and I love my job. I have spent the majority of my legal career as an attorney representing people in trouble, both as a civilian…

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Being a Wingman: Simple tap of an app could save a life

Posted  August 31, 2012

ARLINGTON, Va. — Smartphone applications, or apps, have no shortage of uses and can include nearly everything from sharing an exercise route with a friend to finding nearby restaurants. For Air National Guard members and families, one app serves as a potential lifesaver. With the goal of enhancing communication, the Wingman Project, a collaborative solution…

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Foreign exchange program brings RAF sergeant across the pond to March Field

Posted  August 24, 2012

MARCH AIR RESERVE BASE, Calif. – Jon Davies, 50 and a nurse by trade, joined the Royal Air Force Reserves seven years ago as a flight nurse and has risen up through the ranks to sergeant ...

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High year of tenure changes take effect in 2013

Posted  August 24, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO – RANDOLPH, Texas — High year of tenure changes announced in Dec. will go into effect in Sept. 2013, Air Force Personnel Center officials reminded affected Airmen on Aug. 16. Changes will affect senior airmen, staff sergeants and technical sergeants, said Lt. Col. Tara White, Air Force Personnel Center retirements and…

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News Briefs | August 24, 2012

Posted  August 24, 2012

LEARN HOW TO PREPARE TAXES Full scholarships are now available to military spouses for the H&R Block Income Tax Course at no charge. Bilingual courses are also available. For more information, visit hrblock.com/class or call 1-800-472-5625. (Note: Use Coupon Code E8D1E7 when enrolling. If the code is not accepted, ask to be transferred to another…

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To the Airmen of the United States Air Force

Posted  August 24, 2012

(U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash) I was sworn in as the 20th Chief of Staff of our Air Force, Aug. 10. It was a pretty humbling experience. Since I haven’t met most of you, I thought my first move as CSAF should be to say hello. You will probably get tired of hearing me…

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The water’s fine and the sharks are harmless

Posted  August 24, 2012

I recently took advantage of a local tour offered by the March Outdoor Recreation office. After signing up for the Saturday kayaking trip to the Pacific Ocean in La Jolla, Calif. ...

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Dempsey: Transition in military uncomfortable, but necessary

Posted  August 24, 2012

WASHINGTON D.C. – Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, conducted a town hall meeting with members of the Minnesota National Guard in Rosemount, Minn., Aug. 16. ...

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