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Default Air Force Logo Chaplains prepare for holiday season
The tempo of the chaplains on base will not slow down as the holiday season nears. In fact, the chaplains are heading into one of their busiest times of the year. "During the holiday season we remain busy," said Staff Sgt. Robert Hangley, a chaplain assistant from the 30th Space Wing. "We provide more services at the chapels, give counseling to our
0 12/23
2008
Default Air Force Logo 2nd ROPS ensures American air, space superiority
(Editor's note: This is part two of a two-part story.) Once the scheduling is complete and the day of launch gets closer, the 2nd ROPS operators and contractors manning the instrumentation sites across the base begin their mission. The aerospace control officer and his fellow Airmen start with coordinating between the FAA and contracted assets to
0 12/19
2008
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --  Although eucalyptus trees are not native, some groves provide the only available protection to the monarchs during critical wintering months, including groves on Vandenberg. Because VAFB has many groves of eucalyptus trees available for the monarchs, there are generally smaller numbers of monarchs at each site, than other sites along the coastline. (Photo by Robert Bumpass) Migrating monarchs
Monarchs occur throughout North America and migrate each winter to escape cold temperatures. The Rocky Mountains divide monarchs in to two populations: Eastern and Western. The Eastern population of monarchs flies up to 3,000 miles to Mexico for the winter. Monarchs that live west of the Rocky Mountains spend their winters on the coast of
0 12/17
2008
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --  1st Lt. Brian Shimek and 2nd Lt. Sarah Goyen, instructors in the 2nd Range Operations Squadron here, work on instrumentation issue during a simulated launch March 10. Lieutenants Shimek and Goyen are part of the 30th Operations Group Guardian Challenge team. The team will compete in Guardian Challenge on March 24-26. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Christian Thomas) Launch time: 2 ROPS key to Vandenberg mission
A button is pushed, a missile launches, it hits its target and everyone goes home. Sounds simple right? Actually, launching a missile, especially one like the Missile Defense Agency interceptor launched here Friday, requires much more than just a button push. It takes more than a year of planning, coordination between myriad agencies and careful
0 12/09
2008
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --Members of the Base Honor Guard perform a 21 Gun Salute during the POW/MIA Ceremony on September 21 at Vandenberg.  Vandenberg gathered for the remembrance ceremony to honor fallen Airmen, Soldiers, Seamen and Marines. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Jonathan Olds)
Duty, honor, commitment: Vandenberg's Honor Guard
Every organization on an installation serves a purpose and contributes to the overall mission of the Air Force. However, there is one flight that stands out from the crowd when it comes to military bearing and professional image. This group is Vandenberg's Honor Guard. The honor guard selectively takes volunteers from units around the base that
0 11/12
2008
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calf, --  Airman Ieashia Burr, a traffic management apprentice with the 30th Logistics Readiness Squadron, uses a table saw to create pieces of woodworking used in the construction of crates Oct. 31. (U.S. Air Force photo / Airman 1st Class Steve Bauer) Surface cargo produces sharp Airmen
A drop of sweat falls from an Airman's forehead and quickly mixes with a light layer of sawdust that accumulates over a pair of protective goggles. With one wipe of his gloves, his lenses are clear, and he is back to work hours before lunch. For some Airmen the constant sound of screeching table saws and firing nail guns can serve as a better jump
0 11/12
2008
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Vandenberg's Run to Remember offers base personnel the opportunity to honor
a fallen servicemember by running a mile in their memory.  Participants have
donated a certain amount per mile to charities dedicated to supporting
wounded warriors. (Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Raymond Hoy)
Airmen Run to Remember, some can never forget
 Members of team Vandenberg have been running to remember fallen servicemembers for a little over a week now. While some are running to remember, others are running for people and events they can never forget.A Run to Remember has given Team Vandenberg the opportunity to donate money, through the Combined Federal Campaign, to organizations which
0 11/05
2008
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif --Tech. Sgt Dominic Johnson of the 30th Force Support Squadron is the new Guard/Reserve recruiter for Vandenberg. Airmen interested in the Palace Chase or Palace Front programs should call and set up an appointment today. (U.S. Air Force photo / A1C Ashley Reed) Palace Chase and Front allow Airmen to continue serving
No matter what the reason, becoming a full-time student, getting a high-paying job close to home or just wanting to be close to home, leaving the Air Force can be a scary change in an Airman's life. There might be doubts of uncertainty or a longing to continue serving American citizens. For many Airmen there is a chance rid themselves of those
0 10/28
2008
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- An Airman uses a heavy bag to manage anger and relieve stress. Many different mechanisms can be used to effectively control someones anger. For more information on anger management contact the Airman and Family Readiness Center. (Air Force Photo/Senior Airman Nichole Roberts) Vandenberg program allows Airmen opportunity to take control of stress
When mild-mannered scientist Bruce Banner gets angry, he turns into the Incredible Hulk and proceeds to smash his way through difficulties with his big, green fists.While tearing a car in half may sound like fun, there are better ways for non-comic book people to deal with life's troubles, and the Stress and Anger Management Class here can show you
0 10/21
2008
VANDENBERG AIR FORCEBASE, Calif.--  George and Barbara Mecum visit the Missile V site here recently. (U.S. Air Force Photo/ Airman 1st Class Andrew Lee) Sergeant helps lay groundwork for Vandenberg mission
(Editor's note: This is the last of a two-part series describing the early years of Vandenberg.) After spending months clearing trees, building a runway, doing kitchen patrol and other tasks Master Sgt. (Ret.) George Mecum and the Air Force started to focus efforts on an out of this world task- space exploration.Shortly after moving into the bases
0 10/07
2008
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