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Team March bolsters Nepal earthquake relief efforts

U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Megan Crusher Team March Airmen and members from an elite 57-person team, known as the Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 2 (CA-TF2), prepare equipment to be loaded onto a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft at March ARB, Calif., April 26, 2015. The CA-TF2 team, sponsored by the Los Angeles County…

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The Cal Guard’s MQ-1 Predators are handed back for the last time after a series of firsts

U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Effrain Lopez The Predator MQ-1 assigned to the 163rd Reconnaissance Wing in flight over the Southern California Logistics Airport (formerly George Air Force Base) in Victorville, Calif., Jan. 7, 2012. RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The sun has set on the 163rd Reconnaissance Wing’s MQ-1 Predator mission. The final mission of the…

U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Tiffany Lindemann Health & Safety

Running the way: Airman’s hobby becomes inspiration

Lt. Col. Tony Blain doesn’t look the least bit tired as he finishes the last stretch of his five-mile run back to March Air Reserve Base. He’s not out of breath. There isn’t a pool of sweat falling from his face, and he’s not crawling for a bottle of water.

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‘Retired Air Force Reservist finds inspiration through loss’ addendum

Angela Alexander was a member of the 56th Aerial Port Squadron, March Air Reserve Base and on annual tour in Japan when she was notified that her family had been in a severe car crash. She was told her husband, Suri and two daughters, Angela and Angelina were injured, yet okay, but her two young…

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AF begins testing phase for women in combat roles

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Marionne T. Mangrum Cpl. Daisy Romero (left) and Sgt. Jessica Dmoningo, assigned to a female engagement team (FET), speak with an Afghan man in his compound during a patrol in Marjah, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Dec. 30, 2010. Due to the end of the 1994 Direct Ground Combat Definition and…


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Posted  February 15, 2013

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. — I was recently picking up a few items at a local retail chain at lunchtime and everywhere I walked, someone wanted to shake my hand or say, “Thank you for your service.” It made me proud to be wearing the uniform of the U.S. Air Force. While waiting in…

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News Briefs | February 15, 2013

Posted  February 15, 2013

452 FSS HOLDS ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT The 452d Force Support Squadron’s 17th Annual Golf Tournament, located at Menifee Lakes Golf course, will take place, Mar. 1, with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. This huge event will host more than 140 participants. The cost is $65.00 per person, which includes golf, cart, range balls, putting contest,…

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March Exchange employee devotes lifetime to serving troops

Posted  February 8, 2013

MARCH AIR RESERVE BASE, Calif. — When Maria Beightol began working for the Army & Air Force Exchange Service, John F. Kennedy was the President and a gallon of gas cost $.75. Beightol, a Store Associate for the Exchange, started her career in 1964 and has spent the last 49 years serving generations of Soldiers…

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AF implements voluntary FY13 force management programs

Posted  February 8, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — The Air Force will implement several voluntary officer and enlisted force management programs for fiscal year 2013, stated the Air Force Personnel Center officials. Announced in the January release of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2013, the authorized active duty Air Force end-strength is 329,460; a reduction…

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Team March returns home after readiness inspection

Posted  February 8, 2013

Senior Airmen Kelsey Parks, Mariah Hullinger and Cydnee Thigpen from the 452nd Logistics Readiness Squadron prepare in processing paperwork for the returning Airmen who participated in the Operational Readiness Inspection, Feb. 1. (U.S. Air Force photo / Darnell Gardner) 452d Force Support Squadron personnel, (from left to right) Staff Sgt. Megan Alvarado, Master Sgt. Tiffany…

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Academy grads leave legacy of diversity, inclusiveness

Posted  February 8, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — From day one at the U.S. Air Force Academy, every new cadet quickly learns about Capt. Lance Peter Sijan, the only Academy graduate to earn the Medal of Honor and the namesake of one of two cadet dormitories. Cadets are encouraged to read his biography, “Into the Mouth of the Cat,” which…

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Retiree ID cards now have expiration dates

Posted  February 8, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas —  Blue retiree identification cards issued prior to December 2012 had the word “indef” in the expiration date block, rather than a date. Since Dec., retiree cards will now have an expiration date effective the day before the retiree’s 65th birthday. Although benefits will not automatically expire, some changes will…

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News Briefs | February 8, 2013

Posted  February 8, 2013

CORRECTION: The article “Tax season begins” (The Beacon, Feb. 1, 2013), contained incorrect information. The March VITA Center is open for business Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and every Unit Training Assembly weekend during the same times. The Tax Center is located in Bldg. 417, adjacent to Outdoor Recreation. FROM THE…

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Snapshots | ORI Results

Posted  February 8, 2013

Does anyone know the results of the 2013 Operations Readiness Inspection? As shown from left to right, Team March leadership, Col. James Finney, 452d Air Mobility Wing vice commander, Col. Samuel Mahaney, 452d AMW commander and 452d AMW Command Chief Master Sgt. Ericka Kelly haven’t seen the results, haven’t heard the results and won’t speak…

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Airmen eligible to retrain in March should submit package by Feb. 15

Posted  February 8, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO – RANDOLPH, Texas — Air Force officials are encouraging active duty Airmen eligible to retrain in March 2013, to submit their completed retraining packages through the myPers website by Feb. 15, to avoid processing delays. First term Airmen interested in retraining before their windows close in March, need to accomplish these…

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