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  • 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
  • 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
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