All units at March participate in local parade

Col. Gregory Maida, the 304th Sustainment Brigade commander hands out Army pencils to kids lining the street during the parade through Moreno Valley.  The Air Force, Army and Navy Reserve as well as the Air National Guard participated in the parade.  (photo by U.S. Army Specialist Tracy Ellingsen)

Col. Gregory Maida, the 304th Sustainment Brigade commander hands out Army pencils to kids lining the street during the parade through Moreno Valley. The Air Force, Army and Navy Reserve as well as the Air National Guard participated in the parade. (photo by U.S. Army Specialist Tracy Ellingsen)

Representatives from all the units at March ARB rode in the 4th of July parade.  The Air Force, Army and Navy Reserve as well as the Air National Guard participated in the parade.  (photo by U.S. Army Specialist Tracy Ellingsen)

Representatives from all the units at March ARB rode in the 4th of July parade. The Air Force, Army and Navy Reserve as well as the Air National Guard participated in the parade. (photo by U.S. Army Specialist Tracy Ellingsen)

MARCH AIR RESERVE BASE, CALIF. -- Commanders and representatives from 4th Air Force, the 452nd Air Mobility Wing, the Army Reserve's 304th Sustainment Brigade, the Navy Operational Support Center and the California Air National Guard's 163rd Reconnaissance Wing, took part in commemorating our country's independence by riding in the Moreno Valley 4th of July parade. 

Thousands of people turned out for the parade that started at 9:30 a.m. in front of City Hall. Children lined the streets wearing Air Force lanyards that they had just been handed and waiting to give high fives and take pictures with soldiers, Col. Gregory Maida, the 304th SB commander and brigade Command Sergeant Major Donald Thelen, as they rode in a High Mobility Multi Wheeled Vehicle. 

"It was fun," said Sgt. Ricardo Nunez, HMMWV driver for the Army during the parade. "The kids were interacting with the commander and the command sergeant major. They liked all the free Army stuff the soldiers were handing out." 

March Field has been an integral part of the local community since its origin in 1918. Even after its realignment to an Air Reserve Base in 1996, the base and the community continue to benefit from the relationship. 

"I really enjoy participating in events like these," said 452nd Air Mobility Wing Command Chief, Agustin Huerta, who rode in the parade with his wife, Alicia. "They show what great interaction and continued support exists between the surrounding communities, businesses and local government."