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  • A day remembered throughout the generations

    "Good morning," greeted the usher before Vandenberg Base chapel's 10 a.m. Sunday mass. "Here, take a church bulletin. Oh, don't forget this extra information, too." Sitting in a pew and looking down at the bulletin supplement, a pang of guilt washed over me. The insert was an announcement of an interfaith remembrance service being held at Chapel 1
  • Looking at 4,400 words that formed the country

    "We the people ..." No three words have as much significance to the United States as these. More important than these words, however, are the seven articles and 27 amendments that follow these words, making the Constitution of the United States. In 1787 Benjamin Franklin was 80 years old, the Revolutionary War had ended, and a new government was
  • Semper Gumby: Flexibility key to success in hurricane humanitarian efforts

    "Be flexible." That is a term often heard in the military, but we would quickly learn there was no other statement that truly embodied our current situation. Our six-person team from Vandenberg had its bags packed and equipment ready within three hours of being told to go. All other preparations were to be made on the road. We were three days into
  • You never get a second chance

    You never get a second chance to make a first impression. The origin of this bit of wit is unclear. The quote has been attributed to poet, playwright and novelist Oscar Wilde. It is thought by some to have been authored by American humorist Will Rogers and is even engraved on a plaque at his memorial. Others give creative credit to the great Mark
  • Commander's message to the wing

    I recently held my first Commander's Call where I discussed a number of topics I believe important to everyone in the 30th Space Wing. I know some of you weren't able to attend due to leave, temporary duty or other constraints; therefore, I want to take this opportunity to relay some main points. BACK TO BASICS We are in the Profession of Arms;
  • Military customs, courtesies play big with ORI evaluators

    How the 30th Space Wing performs its mission will weigh heavily during the operational readiness inspection this September. Military customs and courtesies communicate the professionalism and commitment of the individuals who make up the wing. Customs and courtesies will be evaluated across the base and ensure proper respect for military members
  • Emergency management: Everyone plays a part

    As the 30th Civil Engineer Squadron commander, my readiness flight manages the base's emergency management program, but the effectiveness of Vandenberg's response to emergencies is dependent on the awareness and education of all our base personnel (military, civilians, dependents and contractors). It is a discipline that involves preparing for the
  • The little things

    Despite what I'd like to imagine, I am getting older. With that sobering reality comes the fact that I see more and more of what makes a positive difference when dealing with other people. Throughout my experiences, particularly when I am on the receiving end, I've noticed it all comes down to the little things. The details in your interaction with
  • Operation Purple Camp

    About two months ago at a staff meeting in the 30th Logistics Readiness Squadron, we were all asked if anyone wanted to volunteer to be the Vandenberg Air Force Base lead for Operation Purple Camp. All we were told is that it was a camp for the children of deployed parents. We were told they wanted someone who had kids between 7-13 years old and
  • DUIs change lives ... for the worse

    (Editor's note: The following commentary was written by an Airman with the 30th Security Forces Squadron. The names of the family members have been changed.)By now the vast majority of us are aware of the consequences for driving under the influence of alcohol. We have been briefed, recalled, and stood in formation; seen the slide shows, videos and