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  • What the ‘Cyber’ is going on?

    You may be asking yourself this question a lot lately. Just turn on the news and you will see a report on yet another company that has been hacked, their information stolen, destroyed or exposed for the world to see. Companies like Sony, Target, Walmart, Home Depot and even technical companies like Apple are not immune. There are a number of
  • Be a Champion

    Champions want the rock. Whether it is the last play, shot, penalty kick, or at bat, champions want the opportunity to step up and get the win for the team. For champions, every such opportunity is where the crossroads of drive, intelligence and passion come together for success. On the rare occasion when they do not succeed, champions will come
  • ADC’s Tips for the Holiday Season

    With Thanksgiving almost upon us, as well as Christmas and New Year's around the corner, we are truly in the midst of the holiday season. Unfortunately, what should be a time of happiness can quickly sour if you are not vigilant. Here are five tips to ensure you won't need the Area Defense Counsel's services this holiday season.1. Don't Drink and
  • Winter is coming?

    Winter is coming; and although winter at Vandenberg means something completely different than northern bases, there are still hazards to be cognizant of while driving.Military members move around a lot, I realize the 'no duh' factor in that statement is high, but bear with me for a moment. I, like many of my military brethren, have driven in all

    It's an early recall Friday morning at work. Phone rings. Really, you're kidding, already? A little grumpy, I responded, "may I help you?"Instead of 'exercise, exercise, exercise', I was treated to a story."Hi, this is Mike, I'm calling from New York," said the gentleman on the phone. "I hope you can help. I have a dear friend, Joe, who was a
  • Bullying prevention, not just a month

    Nine years ago in October National Bully Prevention Month started. I bet you didn't know that, but if you did, kudos to you for knowing things. I was unaware of it. Granted, I was even unaware we had a month in which we focus on not bullying people. I mean bullying is so childish, right?Every so often I see in the news that there was a 'bullying
  • Making great things happen

    During his inspirational town hall session with the men and women of Vandenberg, former Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Robert Gaylor said "every Airman should have a motto". His motto is the unforgettable, "people like hot French fries". Anyone who has ever received an e-mail from me knows that I sign off each one with "Now go make great
  • It Takes a Base: Teamwork

    One Airman makes a big difference when teamwork is required. That difference, if bad, can mean failure to all, or, if good, success and pride for all. That's an incredible responsibility for one Airman to carry, and we owe each Airman the mentorship to develop this important perspective. A recent event allows me an opportunity to demonstrate this
  • VAFB Company Grade Officer Council selected as Air Force CGOC of the Quarter

    The Vandenberg Company Grade Officer's Council was recently named the Air Force's Top CGOC of the Quarter, 2nd Quarter 2015.In addition to securing this award, Capt. Brian Pitman, 1st Air and Space Test Squadron, was selected as the Western Region's CGO of the 2nd Quarter, 2015.Pitman was selected from more than 4,500 CGOs across the Western Region

    "There is nothing permanent except change." This is certainly true in the Air Force. I have been in the Air Force for 18 years and I cannot begin to list all the changes I have seen in my time. Change is inevitable in our profession and must be expected and dealt with as it comes. Being a career personnelist, I have witnessed many changes in my