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  • Vandenberg Defender strives for excellence

    Often times when a photojournalist has the opportunity to capture the character of one of our leaders, the confines of a megapixel prove unworthy. After an interview with Master Sgt. LaFreniere, I highly doubt that even the freedom an article proposes will be able to suffice. The day of our interview we decided that the calm breeze, blue skies, and
  • Vandenberg’s own Rocky

    Every once in a while, life affords you the opportunity to meet someone who is, what I’d like to call, a genuine soul. A person who lights up the room with their infectious personality – equal parts kind and humorous. If anyone frequents the Vandenberg Thrift Shop they undoubtedly have met one of these souls – a volunteer named Clarence Rollins, or
  • Setting fitness goals, one race at a time

    Some people are addicted to caffeine, others are addicted to adrenaline. Maj. Michael Molesworth, 30th Space Wing Inspector General director of inspections, is one individual who is arguably addicted to triathlons and fitness competitions.As a result of his fitness lifestyle, he set a goal to max the Air Force physical fitness test every year. So
  • Team V captain truly encompasses “Excellence in All We Do.”

    The Air Force is full of competitors in their respective sports, educational pursuits, and career progression. Captain Garrett Glover, 381st Training Support Squadron flight commander of student development, is one of Team V’s premier competitors.Glover was among ten, 381st Training Group, Airmen who were recently awarded the chance to attend
  • Longest race of my life: 19 days since Ironman; record setting weight gain

    If you have been following this series, then you would know that 19 days ago I competed in the Ironman 70.3 Superfrog. If you read this series from the beginning you would have read about every aspect of training. Now 19 days from my first real triathlon, I have a premier gold standard account at Domino’s and I reek of lipase.“But Clay, how’d you
  • Dorian Hodge: lifelong learner

    Dorian Hodge, 30th Force Support Squadron Community College of the Air Force advisor, is retiring in less than two weeks. Since her tenure at VAFB in 2008, she has helped council and guide 1,615 students in achieving their CCAF degree. But as awesome as that is, it scarcely compares to the ever exuberant, bubbly persona; that is Miss Hodge herself.
  • Thank you for your food service

    If you’re a young officer like myself, or a new Airman with a large appetite, or maybe just someone who appreciates a hot meal in the middle of the day, you are very familiar with the dining facilities on base. Specifically, Breakers.While most of us hurry in and out to get back to our daily missions of the Air Force, those of us who have had the
  • Longest race of my life: two days to Ironman; more than a race

    If you have been following this series, then you would know that in two days I will be competing in the Ironman 70.3 Superfrog. I have written about why I signed up, many aspects of training, and my diet.For the final article before the race I want to post about the real reason I undertook this race, but after writing a seven page article about my
  • Longest race of my life: two weeks to Ironman; diet

    If you have been following this series, then you would know that two weeks from this Sunday I will be competing in the Ironman 70.3 Superfrog. I have written about many aspects of my training, and now seven articles in; I am running out of ideas.I started asking those of you who have emailed me about this commentary series, to see if there were any
  • 70 years of heritage and pride

    With the Air Force’s 70th birthday upon us, now is the time to reflect on our heritage and what it means to be an Airman. It’s often easy to get caught up in the everyday grind of the job, but it’s important to take pride and ownership in what you do. In the beginning of my career, the Air Force was just my job, but it has since become the pride I