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  • 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
  • EVERY DAY IS VETERANS DAY

    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
  • CHANGE LEADERS

    "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
  • Fourth of July and Fireworks: Where can you legally buy and use fireworks on the Central Coast?

    Every year on the Fourth of July, Americans all across the United States and the world celebrate Independence Day. This day remembers the Continental Congress's adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, breaking away from Great Britain.Along with barbecues and beaches, the Fourth of July is known for fireworks. John Adams
  • Reflections: Lt. Col. Linkh

    As I stand motionless amongst the ranks for the thousandth time, I find myself in the throes of a familiar limbic phenomenon. I remain stoic as the internal cacophony plays out, a tingle radiating up and down the spine, a sense of pulses or waves of energy and the actual manifestation of goosebumps, a phenomenon known scientifically as
  • CENTRAL COAST HAPPENINGS!

    The most exciting day of the summer is right around the corner -- the 4th of July -- the day we celebrate the birth of our great nation. We celebrate with friends and family with cookouts, concerts, and of course, fireworks. This week we will look at a few events happening prior to Independence Day and then look at the opportunities to
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