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|March 22, 2018|
Countdown to MARB Centennial begins
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Preparations are taking off for next month’s Centennial Air Show at March Air Reserve Base. The April 7th-8th show will celebrate a century of military and aeronautic achievement.
What began in 1918 as a dusty airstrip named Alessandro Field and staffed by just four people, evolved into March Air Force Base, one of the most strategic points in the Western United States during the Cold War. For nearly 50 years, March was a Strategic Air Command Base. Now it is the largest and most active Reserve Base in the U.S. Air Force.
March Air Reserve Base (MARB) is home to the Air Force Reserve Command’s 4th Air Force Headquarters; the base’s 452nd Air Mobility Wing serves as the host unit, supporting the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Active Duty Air Force, California Air National Guard, and California Army National Guard.
In addition to providing disaster relief around the globe, MARB units ensure that aircraft, military personnel, vehicles and equipment are deployed rapidly and safely to destinations around the world.
More than 500,000 visitors will celebrate the last 100 years with the MARB Air and Space Expo 2018, a two-day Air Show spectacular on April 7 and 8 featuring the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds along with other power-packed aerial acts.
Story Date: March 14, 2018