March Air Reserve Base
March Air Reserve Base is positioned in northwest Riverside County. The area, including San Bernadino County, is known as the “Inland Empire” section of Southern California.
Alessandro Flying Training Field was transformed into March Field. March was named in honor of Second Lieutenant Peyton C. March, Jr. March Field closed in April of 1923 and reopened March 1927. Air Force leaders completed their initial flight training at March Field. The B-29 Superfortresses the flightline at March Air Force Base. In 1960, the first Reserve unit was assigned C-119s. In September of 1963, the first B-52B bomber, “The City of Riverside”, arrived in March and in October the first KC-135, “The Mission Bell”, also entered. March was formally named March Air Reserve Base on April 1, 1996.
Team March is an adaptable team with diverse and alternating missions. The team consists of organizations like Headquarters 4th Air Force. This organization operates the activities and controls the equipping and preparation of Air Force Reservists across the United States, Alaska, Hawaii and Guam; the Air National Guard (ACC and AMC); Department of Homeland Security; Air Force Audit Agency; the Defense Media Center; 653rd Regional Support Group (U.S. Army); and the Navy/Marine Corps Reserve Center.
After receiving an appointment to a squadron at March ARB you will pick up a sponsor package from your gaining unit informing you to attend inprocessing at the Military Personnel Flight, Bldg. 441, on the Saturday of your first UTA at March. Inprocessing lasts from 7:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Wing/CC, Command Chief, OSI, Safety, Finance, Drug Demand, MPF, MEO, JAG, Airman and Family Readiness, and Chaplains will provide a briefing.
If you are in a non-commute status your gaining unit will make lodging reservations for you.
There are nearly 70,000 military personnel, DoD civilians, contractors, retirees and family members assigned to Edwards Air Force Base.