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  • Getting to know families of fallen veterans

    With Veterans Day now in the rearview, I recently had a chance to reflect. Every year, we emphasize the importance of the contributions of our Armed Forces members, both past and present. While this notion is absolutely warranted, some of the biggest contributions that often go unnoticed are the sacrifices military spouses and family members make
  • Hymn for the workplace

    Just another average day here at the 30th Space Wing. Now that I probably have the commander’s attention, let’s talk about an “average” day in the Air Force before I get fired.Is it even fair to say “average day” in a profession of arms? Our base literally encompasses rocket science, missile defense testing, and satellite tracking all at the same
  • My Day in the Pharmacy

    Do you remember that time you spent waiting in line at the base pharmacy for your prescription wondering if you’ll miss your “essential” meeting? We have all been there. Where we all haven’t been is inside that pharmacy that fills the hundreds of prescriptions daily to see what they are thinking. I was given the opportunity to spend a day with the
  • Leadership in the face of crisis

    JFK once noted that the Chinese character for crisis is a combination of the characters for danger and opportunity. While the recent wildfires were undoubtedly a dangerous crisis, they also posed an opportunity for Team Vandenberg to demonstrate our ability to calmly and professionally handle a dynamic and chaotic situation.The fire began the night
  • Breast cancer – a different kind of battle

    It’s the time of year when most people are preparing for battle. Players are performing their pregame calisthenics, limbering up before the upcoming contest on the gridiron. Teams are huddled up last minute to go over strategy and execution. Flag football brings out the competitive and meticulous nature in its participants. Amidst the crowd of
  • You know when your milk expires, but do you know that your smoke alarm does?

    There’s a good chance that you keep a close eye on the food in your fridge and replace it before it expires, but do you do the same for the smoke alarms in your home? If you’re like most people, you may not even be aware that smoke alarms can expire. That lack of awareness is a concern for the Vandenberg AFB Fire Department.   “We all should know
  • Make it happen – document!

    When you take a moment as a supervisor or trainer to document an individual training record for your trainee, you are making positive things happen. Not just for the trainee, but for everyone involved. Talk about time well spent!   Capture all training by making entries into the official training record. A properly documented training record is a
  • Jumpman Jumpman This Guy’s On To Somethin’

    “Work work work work work somethinggottawork work work work work.” Those might not be the exact lyrics to Rihanna’s latest hit, but you get the point. The Air Force has plenty of work to go around, and every day we must find ways to keep Airmen moving, planes in the air, and rockets in the sky. If we were a private corporation, we might rely on the
  • A matter of perspective

    One of my favorite quotations is “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you can.” It is attributed to John Wesley. However, there are many shorthand, modern derivatives passed along today: Be all you can. Bloom where you
  • Inclusion as a foundation for strong teams

    In honor of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride month and the victims of the recent shooting in Orlando, I feel it is important to touch on a topic that is near and dear to my heart. Despite the tremendous progress in LGBT rights made over the past few years, LGBT people still face discrimination for being who they are. While I feel the
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