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Firefighters extricate a student from a wrecked vehicle April 21, 2015, Cabrillo High School, Calif. This demonstration was part of an annual program called "Every 15 Minutes", which shows the negative consequences of drinking and driving. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ian Dudley/Released) Every 15 minutes
Smoke drifted lazily over the deceptively serene scene of two wrecked cars. Amidst the twisted metal and white smoke, lay three unmoving bodies, with only the driver of the responsible vehicle conscious.The sound of sirens soon shattered the silence as law enforcement personnel arrived and began to triage the injured teenagers. Within moments the
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2015
Chief Master Sgt. William “DJ” Jones, 30th Space Wing command chief, is responsible for thousands of Vandenberg members, a challenge he accepts with open arms. Jones’ inviting leadership style is matched by his enthusiastic personality, as well as his love for the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Jan Kays/Released) Behind the rank: Command Chief Master Sergeant William "DJ" Jones
Residing in a significant leadership position can be a time-consuming role. Chief Master Sgt. William "DJ" Jones, 30th Space Wing command chief, stays consistently busy with meetings, reviewing Enlisted Performance Reports and evaluating administrative packages that affect enlisted members.Despite his hectic schedule, Jones finds time to spend with
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2015
Tech. Sgt. Brittany Spoutz, 30th Force Support Squadron family readiness NCO, works-out at the base gym, April 10, 2015, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Spoutz is the Vandenberg fitness leader of the month due to her exceptional dedication to physical fitness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Shane Phipps/Released) Fitness leader of the month: Tech. Sgt. Brittany Spoutz
Editor's Note: This is part of an ongoing series highlighting exceptionally fit Airmen.It's Friday morning and the sun has yet to rise on Vandenberg. In the back corner of a gym the rhythmic sounds of breathing and the steady clank of weights pierce the early silence.Only a few dedicated souls find the weight-room this early, but for one technical
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2015
(Contributed) Setting lofty goals: climbing Mount Kilimanjaro
In early 2014, Capt. Matthew Sarda, 381st Training Support Squadron flight commander, set a goal to travel to Africa and climb Mount Kilimanjaro.With the support of his unit leadership and base personnel, he and a friend completed that goal Feb. 7, 2015, after intensive preparation leading up to the actual six-day ascent."It was something that I
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2015
Senior Airman Corey Gruszka, 30th Medical Operations Squadron aerospace medical technician, checks the blood pressure of Senior Airman Bryce Ferland, 30th MDOS aerospace medical technician. Gruszka plays an integral role in the physical upkeep of Team V personnel, ensuring they remain healthy and mission ready. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Robert J. Volio/Released) Airman highlight: Senior Airman Gruszka
It's Monday morning. The clinic at the 30th Medical Operations Squadron needs to be prepped for incoming patients. Those patients need to be checked in to their assigned doctors and those doctors need to be provided their patients' vital signs, medical history and the reason for their visit. Senior Airman Corey Gruszka, 30th MDOS aerospace medical
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2015
A Vandenberg Honor Guard member pay respect by presenting arms in a demonstration of a funeral ceremony during training March 25, 2015, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Honor guardsmen promote the Air Force mission by showcasing drill performances at public and military venues. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jim Araos/Released) Honor guard sharpens skills
The base honor guard recently spent their days training as part of an 80-hour training course taught by Air Force honor guard instructors here, March 23 through April 1.The Air Force honor guard training instructors train base honor guards at the request of the base, which unifies honor guard standards across the Air Force."We want to make sure
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2015
In preparation for an unarmed Minuteman III missile launch, 1st Lt. Kimberly Erskine, Missile Combat Crew commander at Malmstrom Air Force Base, practices procedures March 19, 2015, at Vandenberg AFB, California, in preparation for the launch of an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile. Both F. E. Warren and Malmstrom AFB personnel actively worked with the 30th Space Wing and the 576th Flight Test Squadron to perform two test launches in less than a week, providing a cradle-to-grave evaluation of the system, which started at the missile wings and ended more than 6,000 miles away at a test range near Guam. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Peterson) Missile testing unit validates strategic deterrent
The 576th Flight Test Squadron, which conducts Minuteman III launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, holds the unique distinction as the sole intercontinental ballistic missile test unit in the Department of Defense.The 576th FLTS gathers valuable flight and equipment data from the ICBM tests, ensuring the weapons system remains
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2015
Team V Airmen sit in the jury box and listen to evidence presented during a mock court martial March 13, 2015, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The mock court martial is part of a program called ‘Got Consent?’, which is designed to raise awareness about sexual assault and the legal repercussions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ian Dudley/Released) Got consent?
With the Air Force's continued efforts to combat sexual assault, Vandenberg has created a program specifically aimed at educating new Airmen.The program, called 'Got Consent?', takes first term Airmen through a court martial from the perspective of the jury. Airmen are presented with reenacted testimonies based upon a previous sexual assault case
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2015
Col. Todd Schollars, 30th Mission Support Group commander, continually demonstrates his leadership qualities by engaging his Airmen where they work. Despite his positional status as a group commander, Schollars says the wellness of his subordinates has and will always be a top priority. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Jan Kays/Released) Behind the rank: Colonel Schollars
During a recent water line break here at Vandenberg, Col. Todd Schollars, 30th Mission Support Group commander, accompanied Lt. Col. Deron Frailie, 30th Civil Engineer Squadron commander, to the break site. Standing in a 10-foot deep ditch with Frailie and several 30th CES Airmen, he casually conversed with the team fixing the break."How has your
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2015
Members of Team V practice riding drills during a motorcycle riding course on base, April 04, 2014 Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Vandenberg offers motorcyclists training courses to maintain rider’s awareness and all-around safe riding habits. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Shane Phipps/Released) Motorcycle safety: everyone's job
The annual pre-season motorcycle briefing took place in the base theater recently, with guest speaker, Jake Zemke, American Motorcyclist Association professional road racer.This briefing was part of the mandatory training for motorcyclists on base and served as a unique way to get people in a safe riding mindset."At Vandenberg we focus on
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