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  • We could be heroes

    Everyone has a hero. Whether yours was a famous basketball player, or a character in a book about magic and wizards, we all find someone’s footsteps to follow. For me, it was a World War II B-17 bomber pilot, named Noah Thompson, from the quaint city of Burlington, Vt.“What do you want to be when you grow up, young man?” the elderly retired Air
  • Leap of faith

    Leaping out of a plane at 13,000 feet is something some Airmen have had to train to do. Some actually do it to save their life or the lives of their military brethren; it is all in the line of duty. However, on April 30, 2016, the Vandenberg Chapel helped 14 Airmen jump out of a perfectly good airplane for an all-together different reason. They
  • What can you do better - today?

    Throughout my career in the Air Force, I have read a lot of commentaries in base newspapers. I have heard a lot of motivational speeches from officer and enlisted leaders. I have even written a few articles myself, and presented a couple of mentoring thoughts at graduations and ceremonies. While most of them did serve an inspirational purpose,
  • The Human Cost of Drinking and Driving

    Do any of you know Thomas Perkosky? It may surprise you, but many of you know or at least have heard of him. In order to tell his story I have to tell you the story of Stephen Perkosky.On November 26, 1983, Stephen left his job after working the midnight shift at a cannery near Hazelton, Pennsylvania. It was Thanksgiving morning and Stephen was
  • The human cost of drinking and driving

    Do any of you know Thomas Perkosky? It may surprise you, but many of you know or at least have heard of him. In order to tell his story I have to tell you the story of Stephen Perkosky.On November 26, 1983, Stephen left his job after working the midnight shift at a cannery near Hazelton, Pennsylvania. It was Thanksgiving morning and Stephen was
  • What can you do better - today?

    Throughout my career in the Air Force, I have read a lot of commentaries in base newspapers. I have heard a lot of motivational speeches from officer and enlisted leaders. I have even written a few articles myself, and presented a couple of mentoring thoughts at graduations and ceremonies. While most of them did serve an inspirational purpose,
  • Team V: assuring our nation’s access to and from space

    The Western Range is a national asset and is indispensable to the safety and defense of the United States. The mission of the 30th Space Wing is not just to launch rockets - it is to provide our nation unique capabilities for assured access to and from space.Together the 30th Space Wing, with our mission partners and tenant units, make up Team
  • AN/TPQ-18 radar turns 50

    The 30th Space Wing's AN/TPQ-18 Radar achieved a milestone, providing faithful service to the U.S. Air Force mission for the past 50 years. The Radar was installed in its present location in 1965. It was accepted for operational support in November of the same year. The Radar supported its first mission as a commissioned asset in March of 1966.The
  • Remembering diversity

    As we celebrated Black History Month I thought it would be fitting to address the topic of diversity.My first roommate in the United States Air Force was a guy named Orville Glenn. Orville (aka "Hoss") was from Tullahoma, Tenn., and he prided himself on being a good ole country boy. I am from Oceanside, Calif. which couldn't be any further from the
  • Maximizing Resources While Building a Stronger Air Force Community

    In August 2015, the 30th Medical Group opened its doors one weekend a month to the 9th Space Operations Squadron for 130 Air Force Reservists from the Joint Space Operations Center.In the spirit of partnership and Total Force teamwork, the 9 SOPS and the 30th MDG collaborated to utilize the clinic facility during Unit Training Assembly, also known
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