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  • Surviving rape: A mother's perspective

    It began with the phone ringing at 5 a.m., which is never a good time for a phone call. It was my 18-year-old daughter sobbing, saying she was at the police station. I asked her what she had done (not my best parenting moment). Then, she said she had been raped, and my heart stopped. I told her that she was not a victim, and, by going to the
  • Big Fires Start Small: Preventing Child – Set Fires

    Fires are the number-one cause of death at home for children under six. The National Fire Protection Association estimates that two of every five of those children killed in home fires die in fires started by themselves or other young children. More than one of every eight fatal structural fires is started by a child under age 15. Why Children Set
  • Tools of the Trade

    On an uncharacteristically cool, crisp night, deep in the heart of Louisiana, my efforts to evade capture by an opposition force came to a sudden halt when, quite unintentionally, I managed to gift-wrap myself in the painful spirals of razor-sharp concertina wire. Repeated flails did nothing to break the entanglement. One hundred meters west of my
  • I chose AADD

    Two roads diverged in a yellow wood.That opening line of Robert Frost's epic poem, "The road less traveled," describes the choice we have after drinking. It seems like we all know of someone who has gotten a DUI, but I've never heard of anyone end a drinking story with, "and then we took Airman Against Drunk Driving home."Is it because we're afraid
  • Alcohol awareness minute: The cost of a DUI

    The cost of a DUI in California is over $6,000 and your military career will definitely be in jeopardy. How much does it cost to get a ride from a volunteer with Airmen Against Drunk Driving? Nothing! AADD is 100 percent free, safe, and anonymous!Volunteers are standing by to provide safe rides Fridays, Saturdays and any night before a holiday or
  • Earth Day calls for broader focus at all levels

    Each year when Earth Day rolls around, I make a commitment to pay greater attention to our natural environment, to shift focus from seemingly inconsequential daily activities to the greater task of preserving and improving our natural environment. But this way of thinking misses the mark.Earth Day isn't a time to shift focus, but to broaden it.It
  • Lompoc Elks Lodge to honor Vandenberg Airmen

    Members of the Lompoc Elks Lodge are scheduled to present Outstanding Performance Awards and the Elks Valor Award for public safety to three Vandenberg Airmen April 19 in the Lompoc Elks Lodge ballroom starting at 6:30 p.m.The Lompoc Elks Lodge Exalted Ruler, Sylvia Boynton, is scheduled to award Staff Sgt. Isaac Lotero, a 30th Security Forces
  • “30 for 30” Challenge: Responsible choices 30 days and beyond

    Vandenberg Airmen are simply amazing. You hear from me often, praising our many award winners and promotees alike. Our team is certainly a high-performing machine; one I'm incredibly proud to lead. Like many successful teams, we work hard...and we play hard. Yet unfortunately, we have a serious, and growing problem on our hands. All too often it
  • "30 for 30" Challenge:This cannot happen

    This cannot happen! But it is. The rate at which Vandenberg personnel have been involved in alcohol related incidents has been increasing at an alarming rate this year. Since January, three airmen have been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. Adding those to the already high number of DUIs and ARIs in 2011, the trend is going in
  • “30 for 30” Challenge: Making the right choice when it counts the most

    Alcohol Awareness Month kicked-off Sunday around the nation with a focus on making healthy choices for healthy communities. Bringing that theme closer to home, on March 23 we announced our "30 for 30" challenge: 30th Space Wing military personnel were given a challenge to reach April 30, 2012 without an alcohol related incident. We invite all of