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  • A New Year for Strategic Airmen at Vandenberg

    It is hard to believe 2007 has come to an end. The year flew by. Team V had a great year, and you are the ones that made it happen. Even as we reflect on the past, we must look to the future. As we start 2008, I need you to put your "Strategic Airman" hat on. Airmen are strategic when they think about the big picture and understand how their
  • All I needed to know about ORM I learned in golf

    The golfer squints in the morning sun, breathes deeply of the cool eucalyptus-scented air and thinks ORM.See, our avid golfer is practicer and practitioner of operational risk management.  ORM is his means to a simple end; he wants to eliminate unnecessary strokes from his game.Throughout his game, he will plan ahead for his shot, take his swing
  • Have a happy Holiday Season

    Do you feel it? Can you sense the excitement in the air and the slight relief in your work load as we approach the holiday season? Or are you like so many today who allow the holidays to become another block to check on your never-ending to-do list? If there's ever a time to enjoy what we have, what we do as Airmen and spend extra time with our
  • General Kehler sends season's greetings to AFSPC

    AFSPC TEAM We have an opportunity during the holidays to pause and reflect. We reflect on our families; we reflect on the many blessings we have; we reflect on the advantages of living in a free, democratic society - and in living in this remarkable place called the United States. We also have an opportunity to stop and reflect on safety. You will
  • Make a difference this holiday season

    Thank you for the difference you make every day, defending the United States of America and promoting our interests and ideals around the world. As the holiday season approaches, we encourage you to make a special effort to make a difference in the lives of those immediately around you. Many of you will travel to your hometowns across the country.
  • 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