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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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Health & Safety

Electronic cigarette use increasing among Airmen

Posted  March 14, 2014

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Electronic cigarette use is becoming a popular alternative to traditional cigarettes, but the upward trend is becoming a concern for health care providers. The battery-operated products, known as e-cigarettes, are designed to deliver nicotine, flavor, and other chemicals as a vapor that is inhaled by the user. According to data from…

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U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christine Jones
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Defense budget proposal inactivates March squadron

Posted  March 14, 2014

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christine Jones U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Efren Lopez, 4th Combat Camera Squadron, shows digital photographs to an Afghan soldier in Shabila Kalan, Zabul province, Afghanistan. Monday’s release of the Defense Department’s fiscal 2015 budget request includes the inactivation of the 4th Combat Camera Squadron located at March…

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News Briefs March 21, 2014

Posted  March 21, 2014

MARCH MAIN GATE CLOSURE EXTENDED! The March ARB Main Gate (Cactus Gate) is closed until further notice, due to the Moreno Valley Cactus widening project. The Riverside Gate will act as the alternate main gate during that time and will be open 24 hours a day; seven days a week. The Riverside gate will be…

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CSAF: Every budget decision hurts

Posted  March 21, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The U.S. Air Force is the finest in the world, “and we need to keep it that way,” Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, said March 14. The Air Force’s fiscal 2015 budget request was built to ensure its combat power remains unequaled, Welsh told members of the House Armed…

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Blake paved way for thousands of Air Force women

Posted  March 21, 2014

The women of today’s Air Force can look back with pride to Staff Sgt. Esther McGowin Blake. “We consider her the first lady of the Air Force,” said William Chivalette, curator of the Enlisted Heritage Hall at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. “She raised her right hand to enlist in the U.S. Air Force on…

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UPCOMING TICKETS AND TOURS EVENTS

Posted  March 21, 2014

Some restrictions apply. Times are approximate. MARCH Date: March 29 Event: Vegas Turnaround Cost: $18 per person Depart: 6 a.m. Return: 3 a.m. (March 30) Description / Restrictions: Ages 21 and up Deadline for sign up: March 25 APRIL Date: April 5 Event: L.A. Garment District Shopping Trip Cost: $18 per person Depart: 9 a.m….

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We are all YOU-nique!

Posted  March 21, 2014

My mom is a fabulous artist. She creates such absolutely beautiful paintings and drawings. One of my favorite sketches of hers is a rose that she quickly just threw together on paper. In what seemed like a matter of seconds, she created this gorgeous rose that I couldn’t have drawn if my life depended on…

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Health & Safety

Brain Injury Awareness month: Understanding TBI

Posted  March 21, 2014

The conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have resulted in increased numbers of veterans who have experienced traumatic brain injuries (TBI). The Department of Defense and the Defense and Veteran’s Brain Injury Center estimate that 22 percent of all combat casualties from these conflicts are brain injuries, compared to 12 percent of Vietnam related combat casualties….

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U.S. Army photo/Sgt. 1st Class Walter Talens
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Equal Opportunity Leadership training helps Soldiers prevent discrimination

Posted  March 21, 2014

U.S. Army photo/Sgt. 1st Class Walter Talens Brig. Gen. Scottie Carpenter, 311th Expeditionary Sustainment Command commanding general, congratulates the graduates of the Equal Opportunity Leadership course at March Air Reserve Base, Calif., March 7. The 311th Expeditionary Sustainment Command (ESC) conducted Equal Opportunity Leadership training at March Air Reserve Base Feb. 28 through March 7,…

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News Briefs March 28, 2014

Posted  March 28, 2014

R-GAMES COMPETITION CANCELLED The Reserve Officers Association (ROA) has cancelled the R-Games competition scheduled for April 26, due to a scheduling conflict. All registrants will receive a full refund. Refunds will be issued in the form of mailed checks. If you did not provide complete contact information at the time of registration, our staff will…

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