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Since the early 1970s, when the Community College of the Air Force was established, the Air Force has been a step ahead in providing, and encouraging, further educational opportunities for enlisted Airmen. Today, the CCAF offers more than 65 Associates of Applied Science degree programs and various Air Force bases, including Vandenberg, boast education centers staffed with qualified counselors -- ready to assist Airmen with all things CCAF. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Jan Kays/Released)
Education program enlightens Airmen
Since the early 1970s, when the Community College of the Air Force was established, the Air Force has been a step ahead in providing, and encouraging, further educational opportunities for enlisted Airmen.Today, the CCAF offers more than 65 Associates of Applied Science degree programs and various Air Force bases, including Vandenberg, boast
0 10/16
2014
Staff Sgt. Ashley Delcambre, 30th Medical Operations Squadron public health technician, collects mussels for testing, Oct. 7, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Every month the 30th MDOS sends Airmen to collect mussels for testing, as part of the California Department of Public Health mussel watch program. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ian Dudley/Released) 30th MDOS flexes mussels
Six Airmen slipped and shuffled down the steep embankment to Brown beach, causing sand to be caught up in eddies swirling around them. When the group made their way to the jagged coastline, they hopped nimbly from rock to rock, avoiding the tide pools and slick seaweed patches. The ocean spray salted the air as Senior Airman Lakeya Jones, 30th
0 10/15
2014
Rebecca Terrones, an InDyne help desk technician, writes a help desk ticket for a customer, Sept. 5, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The communication focal point acts as the central hub for taking trouble calls, as well as monitoring all circuits and nodes on base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ian Dudley/Released) Can you please transfer me to...
Tucked away in the corner of building 12000 is a room staffed by contractors who work relentlessly around the clock to keep the lines of base communication open. They remain ready in their offices to transfer calls, day or night, holiday or weekend. These multitasking gurus are always just a phone call away. Answering phones is just one of the many
0 9/05
2014
Capt. Laura Buchholtz, 30th Space Wing chief of military justice, and Capt. Sarah Kress, Area Defense Counsel, go over courtroom procedures, July 25, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. With military members being held to high standards of conduct under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, the availability of fair legal representation is an Air Force priority. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Shane Phipps/Released) ADC ensures due process
With military members being held to high standards of conduct under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, the availability of fair legal representation is an Air Force priority. This representation is offered by a military attorney, known as an Area Defense Counsel, whose sole purpose is to represent Airmen accused of a crime or facing adverse
0 7/25
2014
Nearly a decade ago the Department of Defense sought to create an additional support service for military members and their families, due to lengthy and recurring deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. After the positive conclusion of a two-year pilot program, Managed Health Network Government Services, Inc. was awarded a contract to implement the Military and Family Life Counseling Program. Through an aim to complement existing military behavioral health outlets, like mental health, MHNGS licensed clinical providers are available on installations around the globe – including VAFB. (Courtesy graphic) MFLC program provides positive outlet
Nearly a decade ago the Department of Defense sought to create an additional support service for military members and their families, due to lengthy and recurring deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.After the positive conclusion of a two-year pilot program, Managed Health Network Government Services, Inc. was awarded a contract to implement the
0 7/18
2014
Capt. Richard Reinert, 30th Medical Operations Squadron optometry element chief, simulates an eye exam with Fatima Elktabi, optometry intern, June 27, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The small team of optometrists and technicians at Vandenberg are a vital part of the health and well-being of service members and their families. Overseeing more than 4,600 patients a year, the unit stays busy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Yvonne Morales/Released) More than meets the eye
The expression "twenty/twenty" is what optometry doctors call a person with normal vision. However, the doctors and technicians at the Vandenberg Optometry Clinic don't settle for the norm. The clinic offers more than meets the eye and top if off with exceptional health care service to the base. "Our service members need access to comprehensive
0 6/27
2014
Amber Hooks, daughter of Senior Master Sgt. Jodi Hooks, flight chief, 576th Flight Test Squadron, prepares to hit a fast pitch. (Courtesy photo) Military child steps to the plate!
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- In the Air Force there are sacrifices that Airmen make for their country. These sacrifices range from spending less than the ideal amount of time with their family, to the ultimate sacrifice, their lives. Although the children of Airmen aren't directly enlisted or commissioned, they make sacrifices too. In the
0 6/13
2014
Tech. Sgt. Jennifer Cunningham, 30th Force Support Squadron professional military education instructor, instructs students from the Airman Leadership School June 5, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Cunningham is one of two instructors on base who take charge of developing over 120 Airmen passing through ALS year round. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Yvonne Morales) The instructors behind our future leaders
Some say that people are born leaders and others need someone to show them they have a leader within. Regardless what the case may be, the instructors at the Airmen Leadership School pride themselves in being a part of shaping the Air Force's leaders.To some it may seem the instructor's work a typical Monday to Friday job, but that is only a
0 6/06
2014
2nd Lt. Danielle Caudill, 30th Force Support Squadron fitness assessment cell officer-in-charge, conducts the cardio portion of an Official Fitness Assessment, May 29, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Understanding she plays a role in Airmen’s careers, Caudill remains dedicated to being fair and impartial. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Shane M. Phipps/Released)

Fitness Assessment Cell officer-in-charge puts integrity first
With military members continuing to focus on global operations, maintaining fitness levels in the Air Force is a constant priority.With this in mind the responsibility of precise fitness assessments, at VAFB, falls on the shoulders of one lieutenant."My primary duties include accurately administering (physical training) tests, and keeping track of
0 5/30
2014
Maj. Crystal McLeod, 30th Medical Operations Squadron family advocacy
officer, and Staff Sgt. Rebecca Michalek, 30th MDOS mental health element
noncommissioned officer in-charge, demonstrate relaxation training, May 7,
Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. In addition to treating military related
post-traumatic stress disorder, mental health has the capability to assist
with a wide variety of ailments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman
Shane Phipps/Released)

Mental Health: essential to comprehensive fitness
As Airmen begin to return from more than a decade of combat in the Middle East, and cope with the perils of war, distinguishing Mental Health clinics as valuable resources rather than detrimental career-enders is paramount.Although it aims to promote overall mental fitness, negative reactions toward Mental Health have been common in the military.
0 5/09
2014
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