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  • 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
  • I do solemnly swear to support and defend

    The very first act of a servicemember's military career is to raise their right hand to take an oath. The heart of that oath is a promise to, "Support and defend the Constitution of the United States." This simple act distinguishes us from other countries and other militaries throughout history. With those words, we signify that our allegiance lies
  • Keep health, safety during Super Bowl celebration

    It's that time of the year again when families and friends celebrate an American national "holiday" Feb. 3, filled with merriment and food - the Super Bowl. Though this year's celebration will pit Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers, fans of the losing teams will still take this opportunity to watch the biggest American sporting event. As the
  • Bringing out the best

    Leaders, from supervisors of one to supervisors of thousands, I ask you this -- How do you bring out the best in a person? In hundreds of people? In thousands of people? How do you get your Airman, the people in your flight, or your entire organization to perform for you? How do you bring out the best in people? It begins with believing there's
  • A call to action -- Three ways to combat sexual assault

    While moderating the U.S. Air Force Facebook page recently, I came across a question I found personally difficult to answer. The question was asked by a concerned parent preparing to send a daughter to basic training in light of a widespread sexual assault investigation. She asked, "Will my daughter be safe?"It's difficult to reassure parents about
  • Do you really know the Inspector General Program?

    When you hear the acronym "IG", what immediately comes to mind? Is it an audible groan? Do you think, "Not again!" or "My program is getting inspected again?" or "Oh no, not another exercise!" Maybe you hear "IG" and decide to walk in the opposite direction and hide. Well, you and your local inspector general, IG, team has been working hard in
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