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  • Commander thankful for Airmen commitment

    Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the many things we have to be thankful for in our lives. It is also a time to remember our fellow military members who will be celebrating this year far away from families and friends in places like Iraq, Afghanistan and Qatar; places that used to be answers to geographical trivia questions but are now a reality
  • Attitude...it's more than being positive

    As the Air Force continues its dramatic transformation of both mission systems and personnel utilization, every member of our team must maintain the right attitude through this incredible time of change. The daily heroes that make up our military, DoD civilian and contractor workforce must embrace the opportunities presented by continuing to
  • CC: Have a plan, use a Wingman

    Next week, we will come together as the 30th Space Wing and as Vandenberg Air Force Base for Wingman Day, a day when we will devote time to building relationships, examine our strengths and weaknesses, and plan for the coming year. We will take a look at how supervisors get involved and lead in order to sustain our culture of excellence and our
  • 2006 proves deadly year for AFSPC

    2006 was a deadly year for safety-related fatalities in Air Force Space Command; the worst since 2001. The command lost five Airmen; one drowned in a river, two died riding on motorcycles and two died in automobile collisions. All five incidents were preventable, and poor decision-making played a major role in determining the outcome. Jumping into
  • Air Force succeeds through preparedness

    As I started to think about what I would write in this article, I constantly came back to the outstanding daily accomplishments that continually occur on this base and how proud I am to be a part of this wing. As Col. Jack Weinstein, 30th Space Wing commander, has stated, "we are performing miracles everyday." Since I took command of 2ROPS about
  • Cuts mean stay in your lane

    The Air Force is going through another major transformation and is significantly reducing the number of active duty forces. As we draw down the force, we need to examine our missions and do less with less, not the same or more with less. I know what you're thinking: we've all heard that before. Somehow we continue to do everything we've always done
  • VAFB rises to meet new challenges

    I take enormous pride in our launch, range and expeditionary missions, as well as the pristine national asset that is Vandenberg Air Force Base. Fiscal 2006 is now in the books and what a year it was. Our 30th Space Wing and associate unit Airmen made history with an 11 for 11 launch record that included the last Titan IV (the second most accurate
  • Take advantage of AF training; take it seriously

    It was just after 6 a.m. when I finished receiving the latest intelligence briefing, and the outlook didn't look too promising. Both our primary and alternate routes were "red", which meant we had suspected improvised explosive devices along the way. So as I approached my team of seven soldiers, six marines, four Airman, and four seaman, I realized
  • Commander on Console

    This past weekend, one of our own was cited for Driving While Intoxicated and, fortunately, was released to his first sergeant before injuring someone else or himself. I thought about this incident and the Airman that was cited recently for Driving Under the Influence, and our other DUIs this past calendar year, and tried to connect the dots on a
  • Where have all the wingmen gone?

    How does the following headline sound? Airman saves friend's life - warns of rock climbing dangers. Or try this one: Engineer saves astronauts' lives - ensures adherence of foam to shuttle external tank. Unfortunately, these aren't headlines we'll see anytime soon - they're not sensational enough - but I think we should. These are examples of