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  • Bloom where you are planted

    "April showers bring May flowers," but drive out the Solvang or Lompoc Gates and you will know the flowers in Lompoc do not restrict themselves to that proverb. Once known as the flower seed capital of the world, Lompoc is proud of its heritage as "The City of Arts and Flowers." The temperate climate is ideal for year-round planting, and one may
  • Looking into the past to shape my future

    As I strolled down the red carpet, entering the Pacific Coast Club's main ballroom, photographs and rocket displays were exhibited throughout the entrance and Warrior Room covering the history of launches at Vandenberg.At the sound of chimes, I joined Airmen of all ranks, guests and local community members, to celebrate the 30th SW's Dining Out
  • 5, 4, 3, 2, 1….Liftoff!

    There is something so exhilarating about a rocket launch... the thrill of the countdown, the tremendous rumble as if the earth was coming to an end, the beautiful plume of smoke as it enters the atmosphere and finally witnessing the second stage as it separates. It never gets old no matter how many times you've seen one. Throughout the years, I
  • It takes the entire team to reach mission success

    Air Force military of all ranks, airmen basic to generals, as well as government civilians, contractors, distinguished visitors, retirees, families and community partners on and around Vandenberg turned their eyes toward the sky on Thursday morning to follow the Atlas V as it raced to deliver its Defense Meteorological Satellite Program payload to
  • Are you more than just a picture on the wall?

    Every senior leader, whether enlisted or an officer, has to get an official Air Force photo taken for placement in their unit's facilities. Normally, you are dressed in your service dress with all your ribbons, or what I like to call, "your resume on your chest and old glory behind you." The Public Affairs people have done some great work for me
  • I am an American Airman

    On April 18, 2007, former Air Force Chief of Staff General T. Michael Moseley introduced to the world for the very first time The Airman's Creed. Made up of four stanzas, each emotionally-charged and hard-hitting verse begins with these same five simple words... I am An American Airman. In General Moseley's estimation, this new creed simply and
  • Drugs and Air Force core values don't mix

    I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm not a fan of what some of us Department of Defense members lovingly call "Operation Golden Flow." I dislike the disruption to my already busy day, the two hours wasted if I can't pee "on command," the indignity of having someone watch me fill that tiny little cup and feeling my integrity is being
  • Be an owner

    "All Airmen are leaders," is a misused slogan. I am a very blessed to have a father in my life who has shared many of his experiences and life lessons. He told me, "A leader, whether in the military or private sector, owns their respective areas and is responsible for teaching those that follow." That is the difference between a good follower and a
  • Let's keep Plovers safe, beaches open

    The first of March marks the beginning of the snowy plover nesting season which means a portion of the beaches along our coastline will be closed; however, that also means a significant part of the beaches will still remain open for our Vandenberg AFB members and neighboring communities. We will all continue to have access to our beautiful beaches
  • Focus on your range card

    The year was 1993 and I was somewhere in the woods around Fort Dix, N.J. I had no stripes on my sleeves, freezing rain was coming down, and I was standing in a 4-foot deep hole with my wingman. Technically, the hole was called a defensive fighting position and we dug it out earlier in the day just like we were taught: Two rifles long, two helmets