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  • 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
  • Because healthy relationships matter

    Greetings Team V, my name is Ms. Cozetta Blow and I am assigned to the 30th Medical Group Mental Health flight as a contract Domestic Abuse Victim Advocate for the Family Advocacy Program. I'm here because healthy relationships matter!In Feb. 2012 I brought 17 years of victim advocacy experience to Vandenberg and began working as a contract DAVA.
  • Things on my desk

    Let me begin by introducing myself - I'm 1st Lt. Andrew Pineda from the 30th Space Communications Squadron.You may have seen me this past year at any client service technician and cybersecurity liaison all-call, or any other thing related to cyber security to include training the base-wide cybersecurity liaisons. For the length of my tenure here at
  • Insufficient Funds

    "In a sense we have come to cash a check....It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note... Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check which has come back marked 'insufficient funds."Although not recognizable, these lines are verses taken from Dr. Martin Luther King's "I have
  • Make a difference

    Will you make a difference in someone else's life today? We have all heard someone say, "take care of your people and their families." Have you ever stopped to think why we hear this so often?As Airmen, our number one responsibility is to accomplish the mission. However, without smart, dedicated, hard-working people and the unconditional support of
  • Story behind a photo - first launch

    It's almost 3 a.m. on a typical cold, foggy night at Vandenberg and the icy winds blast against the side of the truck. It's been less than three hours of waiting, but it feels like an eternity. It's probably just the anxiety though, after all - this will be the first time. My coffee is gone. On a cold night like this it's the first thing to go as I
  • Leader of the pack

    Our family dog Gus, a chocolate lab, is definitely the favorite member of our pack. He possesses many traits of a great leader. The family for us is the simplest and most perfect form of government, and our first experience in a group. For Gus, the pack was his ancestors' solution to join together to accomplish goals and satisfy needs. For
  • The enduring foundation of Air Force success: Airmen

    Most of us serving clearly recall the events of Sept. 11, 2001, and are intimately familiar with the 14-year campaign to defeat terrorism that continues today. By 2001, however, the Air Force was already approaching a decade of deployments across the globe and today nears the silver anniversary of nearly continuous combat operations. Since the