News Briefs 02/26/2016



The March DEERS office (ID Card office) is moving back to Bldg. 2314, now that the renovation is complete. There will be NO DEERS access or ID cards processed during the scheduled move from March 7-11. The DEERS ID office is projected to re-open March 14.


The Back Street Grill is closed today through Thursday, March 3, Friday, February 26 through Thursday, March 3 due to installation of the new food service lines, phase 3. Normal operations will resume Friday, March 4, 2016 at 6:30 a.m. Starbucks will not be affected during this process and will be open Mon-Fri, 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The Starbucks entrance will be available from the main Hap Arnold Club entrance or through the Atrium. We apologize for the inconvenience.


The March Retiree Activities Office is in need of volunteers who can donate just three hours of their time weekly to help fellow retirees and their families. To volunteer or for more information, call 951-655-4077/4079.


Announcing the 3rd Annual April, Month of the Military Child event in Los Angeles on Sunday, April 17 from 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. This event held at the Los Angeles Public Library – Downtown, is a collaborative effort by members of the Los Angeles Veterans Collaborative – Families & Children Working Group. There will be activities and goodies for children up to age 12 years, but all are welcome to attend. Share this invitation with your military-connected families. Last year they hosted children from throughout the Southern California area. Complete the online registration to assist with planning for this event. Children registered by March 4 will receive a certificate from the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti. Registration closes on April 10th. For more information or to register, contact Deborah J. Hayes, You may also donate items in support of this event, (children’s books, gift cards, small toys, etc.)


The Defense Secretary has approved a change to Air Force policy authorizing an additional six (6) weeks of Maternity Leave for Air Force Active Duty Airmen as well as Reserve and Guard Airmen on active duty orders (pursuant to AFI 36-2619, Military Personnel Appropriation (MPA) Man-Day Program and AFI 36-2254, Volume 1, Reserve Personnel Participation) who give birth, effective Feb. 5, 2016. This leave is non-chargeable and the 12-week period must be taken continuously.  For those who are already on maternity leave effective Feb. 5, 2016, they will be granted a 6-week extension. Additionally, Airmen who extended their current 42-day maternity leave and are currently on ordinary leave may convert the chargeable ordinary leave to the new non-chargeable Maternity Leave. In the case of dual-military couples, Maternity Leave may not be transferred to create any kind of shared benefit, and in all cases, unused Maternity Leave will be forfeited if not used. Commanders will grant Maternity Leave in all cases where Airmen are eligible. Furthermore, no Airmen shall be disadvantaged in her career, including limitations to assignments, evaluations, or selection for PME because she has taken Maternity Leave.


Senior Master Sgt. Cynthia Villa has been selected by wing leadership to serve as the 3A Functional Manager. She is very excited for this opportunity and is ready to go to work! In an effort to get to meet every 3A personally, Villa will hold a 3A All Call on Sunday, March 6 and March 20 at 1 p.m. in the Cultural Resource Center. This will give each of you the opportunity to meet her and have a two-way discussion regarding the wing’s current 3A situation, to include personnel moves, loss of positions, other pertinent information, or anything else you may want to discuss as a 3A. Maximum participation of all 3As is highly encouraged. It’s a team effort.


Congratulations to Team March for the following Air Force Reserve Command 2015 Print and Broadcast Media Awards: Capt. Perry Covington, 452nd Air Mobility Wing chief of public affairs – Best Commentary; Tech. Sgt. Efren Lopez, former 4th Combat Camera Squadron photojournalist – Best Pictorial Photography; former 4th Combat Camera Squadron – Best Video Documentary.


The Defense Education Forum (DEF) in conjunction with the Reserve Officers Association Department of the Golden West with host a Joint Officer Professional Development Seminar (JOPDS) April 22-24, 2016 at the Holiday Inn Bayside, San Diego. The Department Convention is being held concurrently.

The JOPDS is one of the premier professional development opportunities available to our younger officers and is one of the only professional development seminars to emphasize joint service participation. To date, more than a thousand young officers from all services have benefited from these ROA DEF events.

The ROA Chapter #57, at March ARB, is part of The San Diego Chapter which is made up of Reserve Officers of the United States Armed Services. Their geographical area encompasses the greater San Diego area from the Mexican border north to the Orange County and Riverside County areas, and from the Pacific Ocean east to include Imperial County. Membership is open to any federally commissioned officer, warrant officer, of the National Guard, Reserve, Active Component, Former officers or Retired officers and their spouses and recently includes non-commissioned officers. The March ROA chapter Junior Officer Liaison is Capt. Lombardo at 951-655-5722.

Find The ROA Department of the Golden West, which covers California and Nevada, at


Air Reserve Personnel Center officials will release the Invitation to Apply and open the application cycle for the annual Enlisted Developmental Education Board Friday, Feb. 5. The EDEB will convene May 16 at HQ ARPC. All applications are due to ARPC no later than April 15, 4:30 p.m. MT. Call the Total Force Service Center at DSN 665-0102 or 210-565-0102 for questions or further information.


The March Field AirFest Website is now live at Also, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram for AirFest updates. Find us on Facebook at March Field AirFest; on Instagram @MarchFieldAirFest; on Twitter @MarchAirFest. Join the conversations!!


The 452nd AMW is hosting a scavenger hunt race, Saturday, March 5, 2016. Start time is 3 p.m. at the Education and Training (Bldg 441) parking lot. Registration is filling fast so register soon! Squadrons must have 10-15 Airmen (no more, no less) per team. Choose your fastest Airmen and carry your squadron guidon. Distance is 3.2 miles and participating teams must wear squadron morale shirts (AF PT shirts if no morale shirts available) and Air Force PT shorts. Donations are $10 per person or $100 per team. All proceeds will benefit the First Sergeant’s Airman’s Relief Fund. R.S.V.P. by 4 March 2016 to, 951-858-3246, or, 951-858-3246.


Great News! If you are interested in becoming an Air Force Reserve officer at Team March, the next Deserving Airman Commissioning Board will convene on May 21-22, 2016. If you are interested, and meet the qualifications located on the wing INFO drive – X:\MarchBaseInfo, in the DACB pamphlet, please have your completed commissioning packages submitted to the 452 FSS/FSMPD (Career Development) office not later than close of business, Monday, May 2, 2016. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call career development at 951-655-3113.


The 452nd Air Mobility Wing Command Post is in need of new Airmen. They have several full-time Air Reserve Technician positions and several Traditional Reserve positions available.

Command Post brief job description: The base command post is the central control point for base mission operations and often is in direct communication with the wing commander. Command Post personnel are key facilitators in ensuring optimal Command and Control (C2) operations and communications. Specific tasks depend on the mission and aircraft assigned to that base, which could range from cargo transport to space systems and nuclear operations. If interested please contact Senior Master Sgt. Frank Gomez at


Beginning in December, during the Unit Training Assemblies, the March Education and Training office will conduct ongoing, mass briefings for any Tuition Assistance, GI Bill and Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) inquiries. Their schedule is as follows:

CCAF  briefing:

UTA Sundays from 10 to 10:30 a.m. in Bldg. 441, Rm. 12

Tuition Assistance briefing:

UTA Sundays from 1 to 1:45 p.m. in Bldg. 441, Rm. 12

GI Bill briefing:

UTA Sundays from 2 to 22:45 p.m. in Bldg. 441, Rm. 12

In-processing (technical school):

Monday – Friday from 2 – 3 p.m. in Bldg. 441, main office

For more information, contact Master Sgt. Brown at 951-655-4442.


Are you interested in learning more about the Mind and Body connection and how this can promote better overall health? Then come join the interactive and informational series of one-hour classes based on the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine’s Resilient Warrior. Classes are scheduled on the A and B Unit Training Assemblies through September 2016. Topics for the six-part series include

– Stress Reactions and Relaxation Response

– Getting Good Sleep

– Mindfulness and a Positive State of Mind

– Yin and Yang of Resiliency

– Yoga & Journaling

– Social Connections & Communication

Time and Location:

UTA Sundays, 11 a.m. – noon

Bldg. 470, room 205   

Contact or 655-4551 for more information. No reservation required.


Upcoming dates for Yellow Ribbon events are Mar 18-20, Apr. 22-24, May 20-22, Jun 17-19. For more formation, contact 1st Lt. Shelley Lawrence, your 452nd Air Mobility Wing Yellow Ribbon representative, for details at 951-655-4615.


Hours of operation for the newly renovated Back Street Grill are Monday – Friday for breakfast from 6:30 to 10 a.m., for lunch from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; UTA weekends for breakfast (Sat & Sun) from 5:30 to 9 a.m., for lunch (Sat & Sun) from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., for dinner (Sat only) from 4 to 8 p.m. Additionally, the Back Street Grill proudly serves Starbucks Monday – Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and UTAs (Sat & Sun) from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Every Wednesday night starting at 4 p.m., Sally’s Alley is open for business with Grill Night. For more information, call them at 951-653-2121.


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

Daily WellBeats Fitness Schedule is:

Mondays: 10:30 a.m. – REV (spin); 12:15 p.m. – Yoga (closed Jan. 18)

Tuesdays: 12:15 p.m. –  Fit for Duty; 4:00 p.m. – REV

Wednesdays: 6 a.m. – Yoga/Pilates; 11 a.m. – V.I.B.E./Toning; 12:15 p.m. – REV

Thursdays: 11 a.m. – REV; 12:45 p.m. – Fit for Duty

Fridays: 11 a.m. – Core (Jan. 15/29); 11:15 a.m. Pilates (Jan 8/22)

Wellbeats offers many more classes available at the members’ request. 

FIP (Fitness Improvement classes) available through our Wellbeats Kiosk.

Additional opportunities for fitness:

Tuesday, 11 a.m. and Thursday, 12:15 p.m. – Battle ropes training

Monday, 10:30 a.m. and Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. – TRX

A & B UTA Saturdays, 7 a.m. – Wellbeats Fit for Duty

A & B UTA Sundays, 7 a.m. – Wellbeats REV

A UTA Saturdays, 5 p.m. – Virtual Strength “Fit for Duty”

B UTA, 5 – 7 p.m. – Pick-up basketball

Coming in 2016: Inter-Services Golf Tournament, Team Cohesion Challenge, Armed Forces 5K Run.

Call the Fitness & Sports center at 951-655-2292 to sign up or for more information on these programs.

Class descriptions:

Circuit Training – a high intensity interval training class that integrated cardio and muscular endurance exercises

Core – various classes from our WellBeats system that focus entirely on working out your core

Fit for Duty – a high-energy, extreme, conditioning workout led by service members with expertise in fitness training

Functional Fitness – A type of high-intensity interval training combining cardio and weight training into one short but intense class with mobility drills, mountain climbers, lunges, push-up, kettlebells, goblet squats duck walk, run.

Fusion – an integration of yoga and Pilates exercises with attention to breath, form, flow and body balance.

Kinetics – a total body, multi-activity class that includes sports-style cardio intervals with resistance training circuits and muscle isolation work

REV – an indoor cycling class that combines sprints, climbs, intervals, drills, terrain, and technique training

Stomp – a total body, cardio-driven step class as it was originally meant to be taught

TKO – a blend of martial arts disciplines that includes a combination of punches, kicks, and strikes

TRX – introductory class that teaches basic exercises to strengthen core and transition into more advanced techniques on the TRX suspension system

V.I.B.E. – multi-dimensional dance exercises ranging from Latin to urban, hip-hop and more

Zumba/Zumbathon – well-known dancing class featuring exotic rhythms set to high-energy Latin and international beats (Zumbathon is a two-hour Zumba class in which participants can win prizes.)


The outdoor recreation division has scheduled trips for target audiences of Single Airmen (SAP), Pre/Post-Deployers (RecOn) and Deployed-affected family members (DP). There is special pricing for these members (SAP/RECON/DP column). All others (military/DOD ID card holders and their guests) are invited on a space-available basis at the higher, per-person price listed in the EOE column. Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis, and can be made by contacting ODR at 951-655-2816.
Mar. 12 – Snow Tubing RecOn/DE – $8 $35
Mar. 26 – Skiing/Boarding SAP – $20 $64
Apr. 9 – Hollywood Hills Horseback Riding SAP – $15 $75
Apr. 21-23 – Black Canyon Canoe Trip SAP – $35 $112
May 13-15 – Whitewater Rafting DE – $30 $130
May 28 – Deep Sea Fishing SAP- $25 $102
Jun. 10-12 – Spelunking SAP – $40 $110
Jun. 18 – Skydiving SAP – $40 $199
Jul. 16 – Couples Ballooning RecOn/DE – $30 $148
Jul. 30 – La Jolla Kayaking RecOn/DE – $15 $70
Aug. 13 – Catalina Adventure RecOn/DE – $40 $150
Aug. 27 – Bridge to Nowhere Bungee Jumping SAP – $20 $85
Sep. 3 – Skydiving RecOn/DE – $40 $199
Sep. 17 – Deep Sea Fishing RecOn/DE – $25 $102
Sep. 24 – Tandem Hang Gliding RecOn/DE – $50 $199


Outdoor Recreation has a variety of equipment for rent such as camping gear, water sports equipment, bicycles, and trailers to carry it all! Special orders for Callaway, Odyssey, Cleveland, Never Compromise, Nike, Bag Boy, Sun Mountain and Staff golf equipment are also available.  Download the full equipment rental price list at, call 951-655-2816 or come on by for more information.


Amusement Park Specials

Castle Park: $16 per person includes unlimited rides, water park access, miniature golf and the new Sky Rider.

Disney 3-Day Park Hopper military special: $140 per person (adult/child)

Discount Movie Tickets

Available for only $10 each and valid for Regal Cinemas, United Artists Theatres and Edwards Cinemas.

Hotel Discounts

Receive 10% off any Best Western and 15% off any Choice Hotel

Visit the Tickets & Tours page at and download the Discount Ticket Price List for a full list of discounts tickets prices, hotel discounts and special promotions. Call Tickets & Tours at 951-655-4123 for more information.