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  • 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
  • Thank you

    There is no better time than the first of a new year to look back and see how far we've come. No one will argue that 2013 was tough, with furloughs, sequestration, the government shutdown, changes in leadership, and the ever present "do more with less" mentality that we've come to expect in the military. I thought long and hard about what I wanted
  • The mother of civil rights

    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the most noteworthy civil rights leaders known around the world. During his crusade for racial equality, he had a strong ally that shared his burning desire for equal rights, his wife, Coretta Scott King. Mrs. King played a big role in the civil rights movement after Dr. King's death on April 4, 1968. She was
  • Risk management from the workplace to homespace

    In workplaces across the Air Force this week, the lull of the extended holidays is over and people are returning to duty with renewed vigor and a set of brand-new resolutions to start the year. Among these resolutions many of you have probably pledged to eat healthier, work out a little more at the gym or possibly finish that project you've been
  • National Prematurity Awareness Month: A Vandenberg Airman’s birth story

    Editor's Note: November National Prematurity Awareness Month. This is one Airman's story about the birth of her premature twins.I was 30 weeks pregnant with fraternal twin boys the day before Thanksgiving 2011. It was my first pregnancy and despite the surprise that I was carrying more than one baby -- it had been an uneventful pregnancy. My aunt
  • Expressing gratitude this Thanksgiving

    One of America's favorite traditions, Thanksgiving Day presents us with an opportunity to reflect on the many blessings we have in our lives. There's some debate amongst historians regarding the first American celebration of Thanksgiving; however, there's no debate in the holiday's tradition being rooted in the outward expression of gratitude.When
  • A reflection of service

    As Veteran's Day approaches, I contemplated what the day means to me and kept coming back to the concept of "service." At a macro level, I focused on what it means to be a member of the Armed Forces and the heroes, family, friends and coworkers past and present who have answered a higher calling in support of the various branches of service. At an
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