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  • Pedestrian Safety

    Historically in the USAF motor vehicle and pedestrian mishaps are the major categories of all fatalities and serious injuries. In recent months the 452 AMW Safety Office has received an increase of near-miss reports involving personnel running on, or crossing streets, who are not visible to drivers at night. We have also observed many occasions
  • Angel's food vs. Devil's food

    I like oatmeal. I think broccoli, carrots and bell peppers or cherries, apples and oranges are good. But, ice cream, donuts, chocolate and pie are really good! But, there are always choices to be made, even with dessert.I've seen it written that God created a light, fluffy, white cake with no fat, named it Angel's Food Cake and said, "It is good."
  • The Perfect Picture

    Happy New Year! I trust you've made all your resolutions and you're sticking to Them...right? What? You've already quit? Here's an idea: think of the movie The Karate Kid. Do you recall the scene in which Mr. Miyagi instructs Ralph Macchio's character how to correctly trim a bonsai tree?"Close eyes," the teacher says. "Trust. Concentrate. Think
  • CHAPLAINS' CORNER: What's your X factor?

    Have you seen the latest TV craze -- "The X Factor?" It's all new to the U.S., but it has been one of the U.K.'s top programs for the last seven years, peaking with an audience of 21 million for its 2010 finale.It's the brainstorm of Simon Cowell from "American Idol" who said he was back because he wanted to do something more extreme, more fun and
  • MARCH MINUTES: Behind the scenes of American Forces Network

    Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Carlos Gomez is a television control operator for Defense Media Activity-Riverside, which is located on former March Air Force Base property.  He works from 1:30 p.m. to midnight and is orginally from Paterson, N.J.  (The day he tracked was Monday, Oct. 31.)0837 Up and at 'em. As always, I start the day with a 5-mile
  • MARCH MINUTES: Taking care of March Inn guests

    Originally from Bossier City-Shreveport, La., federal Air Force employee Jacqueline MacGowan is the guest services manager at the March Inn.  Here, she shares a day in her life at work (the date she tracked was Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011). 0600 Start of my day. Workout for 30 minutes (exercise arms, legs, and waist) and enjoy warm water
  • CHAPLAINS' CORNER: Answering the call to serve God and country

    I often talk to people about spiritual matters. I enjoy listening to them describe their spiritual journey through life. We learn from each other. Well, now it's my turn. I was born into the military. My father was in the Air Force and I spent my first 10 years growing up on or near five Air Force bases. After college, I entered the active duty Air
  • Adventures in FOD walking

    Tech. Sgt. Jamie Erickson of Beaumont, Calif., is an electronic systems inspector with the 452nd Maintenance Group's quality assurance office.  Here, he shares an insider's perspective of running the quarterly base-wide FOD walk (the date he tracked was Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011)0626 Arrive at work ready for the production that is the March
  • Stay focused to stay safe

    In August, the base lost one of its reservists in an automobile accident. He was driving home (after being on orders at March) when his car departed the interstate and rolled several times. What happened was tragic and I can only imagine the pain his children, siblings and mother are still facing two months later.Perhaps even more tragic, there
  • CHAPLAINS' CORNER: Everybody needs somebody sometime!

    Do you remember the popular Dean Martin song, "Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime?" It is a catchy title and tune, but we can create another important truth by replacing the word "loves" with the word "needs." The nugget of wisdom I have learned over the years is that we all need somebody sometime to help us through the tough times of life...and