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  • Thanksgiving and MFA: a time for thanks

    November is Military Family Appreciation Month. It is an annual tribute to the family members who serve our country alongside their loved ones in uniform. I encourage you to take the time to show your appreciation to your family. Many times, military personnel in their retirement speech comment on the support they've received from their family over
  • Are you a leader?

    As military members, we hear the words "leader" and "leadership" almost daily. Think of the last time you read an enlisted or officer performance report, or decoration and didn't see these words. Yet, as often as we hear the words "leadership" and "leader", it is very possible that their meaning can become watered down or lost in the high
  • Creating accountable Airmen through leadership

    Touchdown!An Airman from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., just exemplified how innovative and interactive leadership enables our Airmen with the knowledge required to help our Air Force achieve the goals I laid out previously.Tired of changing street lights in the middle of the night, a civil engineer Airman recently determined that replacing
  • New vision for 30th Space Wing

    The 30th Space Wing has a new vision -- "Our nation's finest Airmen, delivering and advancing space power for America." While the new vision has been in place for several months, I want to take this time to explain the importance of this vision statement. To understand what that means, the first thing to understand is what a vision statement is. A
  • Veterans Day: a time to say thank you

    Perhaps no one understands the purpose of Veterans Day better then a member who has worn our Nation's military uniform to defend the freedoms we are so blessed to have.In 1918, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the guns fighting in World War I fell silent. President Woodrow Wilson, called it "the war to end all wars," and ordered
  • Let us write one helluva story

    "We tell ourselves stories to live."  Those are the words of the famous American author Joan Didion. I believe she penned those words to describe the fact that we have a tendency to want to talk about our own life as a story. I would argue that we do so because we want our lives to have meaning...to have relevance. We simply want our lives to mean
  • Care keeps Halloween fun, not scary

    With Halloween right around the corner, I'd like to take this opportunity to review some important safety tips. Halloween is a fun time for children and parents, but it is important that parents remain cognizant of potential dangers associated with this holiday.First and foremost, when choosing a costume for your children, it is important to look
  • Halloween is Near...No Fear, Safety is Here!

    It seems at this time of year, we begin ramping up for a number of family events and holidays that gives us pause to think through what we need to do to ensure the safety of our families, especially our children.Vandenberg AFB will observe the time-honored tradition of "Trick or Treating" on Wednesday evening from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in West Housing
  • Securing Space: 50 years after Sputnik

    Fifty years ago today, the Soviet Union surprised the world by launching Sputnik, Earth's first artificial satellite, into orbit. The satellite's unfettered "flight" over our country and around the world brought home the Soviet threat for millions of Americans, and it motivated the United States to regain the technological upper hand through
  • What is 60 years of heritage to an Airman?

    A year ago last May I entered the Armed Forces Recruiting Center in my home town back in Oklahoma, knowing I wanted to do something better with my life I was faced with four choices, four doors that would lead to completely different opportunities and lifestyles for that matter.Since then people have asked me why I chose the Air Force.I can give