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OCRegister: As military gets leaner, March air base near Riverside plays defense

March ARB

As Defense changes loom, the base aims to leverage its versatility and location near the Pacific.

By MARK MUCKENFUSS / One in an occasional series
Published: April 10, 2014 Updated: April 14, 2014 8:48 a.m.
March Air Reserve Base

RIVERSIDE – Two decades ago, the Pentagon shrank March Air Force Base to half its size and cut down its effect on the Riverside-area economy.

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DailyBulletin: Looming budget cuts affect Air Force reserve units

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 03/30/14, 8:01 PM PDT |

Twenty-six thousand feet above the Pacific coastline, Air Force Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Ibarra lays on his stomach in the tail of a Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker, staring out a window, eyes affixed to an approaching C-17 Globemaster.

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The PE: TWENTYNINE PALMS: Base could lose 8 percent of personnel

March 21, 2014; 04:07 PM

Officials at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center near Twentynine Palms said they expect to lose about 1,100 personnel in the next few months.

The move is part of the ongoing reduction in force that began last year in anticipation of the drawdown of troops in Afghanistan. Initially, the wartime high of 202,000 Marines was slated to drop to 186,000 by fiscal year 2017. Government spending cuts have reduced that target number to 175,000.

To read story by Mark Muckenfuss in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: MILITARY: Proposed budget would cut personnel at March

MILITARYSEQUESTER

March 19, 2014; 06:35 PM

March Air Reserve Base could lose about 150 personnel if the Department of Defense’s proposed military budget is passed by Congress.

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DailyBulletin: Sequestration cutbacks hit defense

MILITARYSEQUESTER
Air Reserve Technicians perform maintenance on the C-17A Globemaster at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside. The base is one of many bases that will be affected by the Federal sequestration. (Gabriel Luis Acosta/Staff Photographer)
Humanitarian losses: Missions like Hurricane Sandy relief could be curtailed.
$85 billion: Regionally, March Air Force base looks at major hit to its budget.

Posted: 03/15/2013 07:17:12 PM PDT
Updated: 03/15/2013 09:49:23 PM PDT

Photo Gallery: March Air Reserve Base Washington’s recent failure to meet politicians’ self-imposed deadline for broad-based budget cuts does not seem to have yet had much effect on average Americans, but its impacts on the military are on pace to “snowball”.

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The PE: REGION: March officials say automatic funding cuts would hurt mission

Predator Drone

Predator drones, such as this one, are flown by Air National Guard pilots from control consoles at March Air Reserve Base. (MAYA ALLERUZZO/AP)

February 23, 2013; 08:53 PM

Failure by Congress to avoid automatic federal spending cuts could have “devastating effects” on March Air Reserve Base’s 452nd Air Mobility Wing and its readiness, said base commander Col. Samuel Mahaney.

To read story by Mark Muckenfuss in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: REGION: Officials lobbying for new tanker for March

BY MARK MUCKENFUSS
STAFF WRITER
mmuckenfuss@pe.com

Published: 21 June 2012 08:06 PM

Local officials say March Air Reserve Base is well positioned to receive a new generation of air refueling tankers and expect the base will be approved for that mission in the next two years.

However, with no guarantee of that approval, they are continuing to lobby and meet with congressional representatives to keep March a vital part of not only the military but of the Inland economy, they say.

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The PE: MILITARY: Congress, Pentagon divided over proposed base closures

BY BEN GOAD
WASHINGTON BUREAU
bgoad@pe.com

Published: 21 March 2012 06:10 PM

WASHINGTON — As Congress and the Pentagon clashed Wednesday over whether to go forward with proposed base closures next year, a top Air Force official said it’s too soon to tell if — or how — any cuts would be felt at Inland Southern California’s military installations.

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VVDailyPress: McKeon: Catastrophic cuts will hit military

McKeon

November 21, 2011 5:06 PM
From Staff Reports

WASHINGTON • After the congressional super committee ground to a stalemate Monday, Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon said automatic spending cuts will seriously harm the military.

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DailyBulletin: Super committee indecision may mean huge regional military cut

From right to left, former Senate Budget Committee Chairman Pete Domenici, R-N.M., former White House Budget Director Alice Rivlin, and former Sen. Alan Simpson, R-Wyo., and Erskine Bowles, co-chairs of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, offer their advice to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction during a hearing earlier this month on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (J. Scott Applewhite/The Associated Press)

Neil Nisperos, Staff Writer
Created: 11/12/2011 09:31:09 PM PST

The failure of a deficit reduction super committee to find $1.2 trillion in savings could result in the loss of tens of thousands of military jobs in the Inland Empire, according to an area GOP lawmaker.

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The PE: CONGRESS: Looming defense cuts threaten Inland jobs

Close to 7,000 Inland jobs could hang in the balance as the government “supercommittee” works to avert deep, automatic cuts to the nation’s defense industry and operations.

BEN GOAD
STAFF WRITER
bgoad@pe.com

Published: 31 October 2011 05:17 PM

WASHINGTON — Close to 7,000 Inland jobs could hang in the balance as the House-Senate “supercommittee” works against time to avert deep, automatic cuts to the nation’s defense industry and operations.

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NYTimes: Retiree Benefits for the Military Could Face Cuts

By JAMES DAO and MARY WILLIAMS WALSH
Published: September 18, 2011

As Washington looks to squeeze savings from once-sacrosanct entitlements like Social Security and Medicare, another big social welfare system is growing as rapidly, but with far less scrutiny: the health and pension benefits of military retirees.

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VVDailyPress: 317 layoffs coming to Barstow Marine base

Base officials will only acknowledge future ‘restructuring’
August 16, 2011 5:32 PM
KAREN JONAS
Staff Writer

BARSTOW • Another 317 workers at the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Barstow will be laid off, according to Councilman Tim Saenz.

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The PE: ESRI lands $240 million defense contract

06:35 PM PDT on Friday, August 5, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

Redlands-based Environmental System Research Institute has won a $240 million federal contract to purchase licenses and agreements for a Distributed Common Ground System for the U.S. Army.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: March ARB’s new commander foresees expanded role

11:40 PM PDT on Sunday, May 29, 2011

By MARK MUCKENFUSS
The Press-Enterprise

The new commander of the 4th Air Force headquartered at March Air Reserve Base said he is not overly concerned about the impending changes that have rattled some of his colleagues.

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Photo Credit: AP

10:41 PM PDT on Wednesday, May 4, 2011

By BEN GOAD
Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON – In the end, it was a surgical raid by an elite special-forces unit — not a strike from a Predator drone — that took out Osama bin Laden. But on the heels of the United States’ biggest victory yet in the decade-old war on terror, lawmakers say the unmanned spy and attack plane has been a cornerstone of efforts to seek out and destroy the nation’s enemies.

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The Sun: U.S. questions Pakistan’s role

Congress weighs future relations
Wes Woods II, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/03/2011 05:19:22 PM PDT

Lawmakers are pressing Pakistan for answers to two simple questions: What did its army and intelligence agents know of Osama bin Laden’s whereabouts and when did they know it?

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DailyBulletin (AP): Americans rejoice

Revelers gathered at the fence on the north side of the White House, posed for photographs, chanted “USA! USA!” and sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” as President Barack Obama announced the death of Osama bin Laden late Sunday in the East Room of the White House. Bin Laden had been killed in a mansion near Islamabad, Pakistan, almost a decade after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, and his body was buried at sea. A DNA match confirmed the terrorist leader s identity. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The death of Osama bin Laden

Information from detainees in CIA prisons key to success
Adam Goldman and Chris Brummitt, The Associated Press
Posted: 05/02/2011 07:54:12 PM PDT

WASHINGTON – After nearly a decade of anger and fear, America rejoiced Monday at the demise of Osama bin Laden, the terror mastermind behind the horrific Sept. 11 attacks. Navy SEALs who killed the world’s most-wanted terrorist seized a trove of al-Qaida documents to pore over, and President Barack Obama laid plans to visit New York’s ground zero.

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InlandPolitics: The Pakistan Question

Jason Abbott, Staff Writer
Monday, May 2, 2011 – 10:00 a.m.

While the world celebrates the death of terror mastermind Usama bin Laden, questions remain about the reliability of our ally Pakistan.

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By MARK MAZZETTI and HELENE COOPER
Published: May 2, 2011

WASHINGTON — After years of dead ends and promising leads gone cold, the big break came last August.

A trusted courier of Osama bin Laden’s whom American spies had been hunting for years was finally located in a compound 35 miles north of the Pakistani capital, close to one of the hubs of American counterterrorism operations. The property was so secure, so large, that American officials guessed it was built to hide someone far more important than a mere courier.

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DailyBulletin: Navy plans to expand base

Wesley G. Hughes, Staff Writer
Created: 04/12/2011 09:20:26 PM PDT

TWENTYNINE PALMS – The U.S. Navy Department outlined plans on Monday to nearly double the size of the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center here to be able to accommodate brigade-sized training at the desert base.

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A rendering of the Boeing NewGen Tanker. Boeing has said that its winning bid would mean about 4,500 jobs in California. (Boeing via EPA)

By W.J. Hennigan Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
February 24, 2011, 2:22 p.m.

Chicago-based Boeing Co. has won the $35-billion contract to build a fleet of aerial refueling tankers, possibly the culmination of a dramatic decade-long battle that the aerospace world has been following.

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