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  • Airmen encouraged to take opportunities

    Opportunities -- they may not always come your way, but when they do, you should take advantage of them, learn from them and most importantly grow from them. They will most certainly prepare you for what lies ahead. Sure, you could simply go about your daily job and never venture outside your comfort zone, but what fun would that be? I believe we
  • The Air Force I Know…

    It has been my sincere honor to command the 30th Space Wing at Vandenberg Air Force Base. In every way, it has been the assignment of a lifetime; we launch rockets and test missiles for our country. We live on, work on, and take care of, the most beautiful property in the Air Force, and we are privileged to serve with the most amazing group of
  • Mission success hinged on strong Airmen, families

    Choosing life as a civilian versus life as a uniformed military member can be a daunting task at the ripe young age of 18. What solidified my decision to join the Air Force? The level of support the Air Force provides for service members and their families.After my arrival to Vandenberg in July, it did not take long for me to notice a commonality
  • A strong community depends on you: Theme of the Community Assessment Survey 2013

     This important survey is sponsored by the Air Force Integrated Delivery System. Its goal is to make known the opinions and needs of the entire Air Force Community including Active Duty members, Reservists, Air National Guardsmen, their spouses and Air Force Civilian employees. The survey is scheduled to begin in the month of April. The survey will
  • More than a Wingman

    The term 'wingman' first entered my vocabulary the summer of 2008 while in basic cadet training at the United States Air Force Academy. The concept of, "never leave an Airman behind" was engrained in my head from day one. Five years later as a second lieutenant, the term is frequently used in anti-DUI campaigns, Self Aid and Buddy Care training,
  • The five hour tour that wasn't

    As we gathered at the Vandenberg Outdoor Recreation office March 9, the air was brisk and still. The pre-dawn blackness contrasted with the harsh fluorescent lighting of the rendezvous and I realized that forgoing my morning coffee had been a mistake. Still, it was not my first early Saturday morning in the military, and it definitely wouldn't be
  • Air Force clubs -- use them or lose them

    First Friday at the Pacific Coast Club. What a great night! The place was packed from front to back. In the ballroom, the base came together to celebrate our promotees for the month of February. Soon after the enlisted lounge was packed wall to wall with family, co-workers and friends, celebrating some of the Air Force's newest senior master
  • Cancer screening and seatbelts...You make the call

    Editor's note: In recognition of Colon Cancer Awareness Month, the following guest commentary was submitted by Col. Wayne Monteith, former Vandenberg missile training student,  576th Flight Test Squadron ICBM Test Operations director and chief and 392nd Training Squadron commander.As you've gotten past the title of this article you may be asking
  • Strong Airmen, strong families

    I hope by now you've read the letter to all Airmen by Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, Nov. 15, 2012, regarding sexual assault in our Air Force. I also hope you've spent some time thinking about what he asked each of us Airmen to do; he said, "the only way to stop sexual assault is for Airmen to take action... you must
  • How Much is in Your Wallet?

    How many of you remember the scene in the movie "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" when Clark Griswold is expecting a substantial Christmas bonus that will help pay for the new pool he wants to have built in the backyard, but instead gets the annual subscription to the "Jelly of the Month Club?" Or possibly hitting closer to home, how many of
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