News Briefs 05/15/2015



The photo identification/dates for Astronaut Ellison S. Onizuka, June 24, 1946-Jan. 28, 1986 and Congressman Daniel K. Inouye, Sep. 7, 1924-Dec. 17, 2012 were incorrect in last week’s issue. We apologize for the error.


Irwindale Speedway’s Armed Forces Appreciation Night is May 16th in honor of all active and retired military and their family members. Grand Marshal is WWII vet Carl Harstine, an expert marksman and rifleman in the U.S. Marines, on his 90th birthday year. Military/military retirees enter free with ID. March military members/military retirees may email (by May 15) to be put on the March will call list for tickets. Email rank or retired rank/name/squadron/number of tickets requested. Tickets must be picked up by member (with ID)  listed in email on May 16 at will call. Each person (infants included) must be ticketed. If you miss the deadline, you can go to the speedway with your ID to get your ticket. Irwindale Speedway is located at 500 Speedway Dr., Irwindale, Calif.


American Flag Placement – May 23, 8 a.m.

Several thousand Southern Californians will converge on Riverside National Cemetery with the goal of placing an American Flag on each of the nearly 180,000 gravesites. To volunteer contact Mary Ellen Gruendyke at (951) 640-3935 or

The Roll Call Project – May 24, 9 a.m.

For the sixth consecutive year, volunteers will gather at the cemetery flagpole plaza to read aloud the names of the more than 5,000 Veterans who have been interred between June 1, 2014 and May 24, 2015. To volunteer contact J.C. Strauss at (951) 992-8349 or

Memorial Day Ceremony – A Salute to Fallen Heroes, May 25, 11 a.m.

Introductions will be followed by Bradley Phillips, executive director of the National Cemetery Administration’s Memorial Service Network 5 as the keynote speaker. There will be a special presentation by American Legion high school oratorical scholarship program two-time winner, Amir Shahatit, who will read his award-winning essay. Musical accompaniment for the program will begin at 10:30 a.m. by the Riverside Concert Band. Military honors will be provided by the California National Guard.


Military/Veteran families: Free Family Camp is June 8-12 in Texas. Eligibility requirements are that children must be at least 8 years old and that one member of the immediate family must be military (active, Reserve, Guard or veteran). Activities include rock wall, zipline, games, swimming, kayaking, family bonding, challenge course, archery, rifle shooting and more. To register, visit and look for “SESSION TYPE” along the left column of the page the click on “Family Camp Registrations.”  Hurry – it fills up fast!!


The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is “throwing a bone” to military pets and their owners in the Patriot Pet contest. Through May 29, authorized Exchange shoppers can submit a photo of their pet along with a short description of their four-legged friend. Submissions will be judged on creativity, uniqueness, quality and effectiveness in conveying the loyalty and companionship of pets belonging to military members. The grand prize winner will “fetch” a $500 Exchange gift card. Additional prizes include a $100 gift card for two runners up and four third place winners will receive a $50 gift card. To participate in the Patriot Pet contest, military shoppers can visit and submit a photo of their pet (or pets) along with a 50-word or less description. Entries must include name, address, phone number, date of birth and pet’s information (name, breed or type of pet).


The March Fitness Center has received the Wellbeats Virtual Group Fitness Kiosk. This kiosk allows members to participate in virtual fitness classes.

Daily Fitness Schedule is:

Mondays: 6 a.m.—Virtual Fusion Yoga; 10:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.—Intro TRX; 11 a.m.—Virtual Spin

Tuesdays: 11 a.m.—Virtual Strength “Fit for Duty;” 12:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.—Circuit Training

Wednesdays: 6 a.m.—Virtual Fusion Yoga; 11 a.m.—Zumba; 12:15 p.m.—Virtual Fusion Yoga; 12:30 p.m. and 5 p.m—Battle Ropes Circuit Training

Thursdays: 11 a.m.—Virtual Spin; 12:15 p.m.— Virtual Strength “Fit for Duty;” 12:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.— Circuit Training

Fridays: 10 a.m.— Zumba; 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.— Intermediate TRX; 11:15 a.m.— Virtual Cardio

UTA Saturdays: (A UTA) 5 p.m.—Virtual Strength “Fit for Duty;” (B UTA) 5-7 p.m.—Pick up Basketball

Daily activities include: 

May 16 – Pickup Volleyball, 5 p.m.

May 20 – Intramural softball begins (letters of intent available at the Fitness Center)

May 27 – May Fitness Month 5K Run/walk, 7 a.m., Fire Dept. Route

May 27 – May Fitness Month Racquetball Tournament, 5, single elimination

May 29 – May Fitness Month 5×5 Basketball Tournament, Fitness Center, 5 p.m.

For more information, visit the Fitness Center or call 951-655-2284.


The March Fitness Center is sponsoring a May Incentive Program. Earn points as individuals or groups by participating in scheduled group classes. The top two individuals to reach the goal will receive medals while the top two groups or squadrons will receive trophies. Registration sheets are available at the front desk. Each WellBeats TM class is worth 50 points. VIBE, Stomp, TKO and Kinetics series are worth an additional 25 points. Goals are 700 points for 1st place and 600 points for 2nd place and must be reached by May 31. It is open to active military, Guard and Reserve, family members, retirees, DOD civilian employees and contractors. Class times are posted in the Beacon and available at


— Medieval Times free Royalty Upgrade – Purchase tickets ($46 adult, $35 child) from the ITT office and receive a free Royalty Upgrade, which includes VIP seating, a commemorative program, a knight’s cheering banner and a behind the scenes DVD.

— Disney 3-Day Park Hopper Military Special – $130 per person, six tickets per person maximum purchase, valid until Oct 1, 2015, blackout dates apply.

— SeaWorld Waves of Honor Special – Free admission for active, Guard and Reserve members and up to three direct dependents annually.

Call the March ARB Information, Tickets & Tours office at 951-655-4123 for more details.  Full updated ticket discount prices available online at


Every Wednesday night starting at 4 p.m., Sally’s Alley is open for business with Grill Night. On the grill May 20 is half-pound 100 percent Angus beef cheeseburger with fixing’s and salad – $8.95. Sally’s Alley is also now open every Pre-UTA Thursday at 4 p.m. For more information, call them at 951-653-2121.


The March Aero Club offers flight training (flying, private license, ground school, instrument training) at a very reasonable rate including a pay-as-you-go plan with zero down. Visit them in Hangar 355 on base or call 951-655-3875 for more information.


Former 452nd Air Mobility Wing commander, Tim Wrighton, announces the Norton-March reunion at March Field from June 18-20, 2015. Visit to learn more and to register. Access from government computers may be limited, so you may have to go to the site from a computer that is not on the base network.


The City of Moreno Valley has removed the “No Right Turn” sign at Cactus/Riverside (east bound) and will see how it goes. They warned that during construction, the turn radius is not enough for tractor trailer/delivery trucks and it will be a problem for those vehicles. Please have your delivery trucks use the Heacock/Meyers entrance to the area to avoid problems with the construction crew. If a problem arises with the vehicle traffic while the construction crew is relocating the traffic signal and installing traffic modifications at the Riverside/Cactus intersection the “No Right Turn” sign will be put up again and enforced. Hopefully this will make things easier for all while the street widening project is going on. If you have any questions contact the March Community Planner and Liaison at 951-655-2236.