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    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
  • My ALS experience: all about the people

    In a continually changing society, few organizations maintain as firm a grip on their history and traditions as the United States military.Airman Leadership School, the first chapter in an Airman's Professional Military Education, is one such tradition. One in which I recently had the opportunity to experience first-hand.Making the same pilgrimage
  • Honest answers to sexual assault myths

    As Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month came to a close, I want to take the opportunity to address three persistent myths regarding the Air Force's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program. These myths include a commander's ability to start, stop or otherwise hinder a sexual assault investigation; what agencies can take a sexual

    June on the central coast presents several annual events that are unique and exciting. This week we will talk about some of those events and also some very special events taking place in our area.The first of those extraordinary events is actually two events Friday, June 12 and Saturday, June 13. The Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center will celebrate the
  • Outdoor Recreation provides thrills, morale for Airmen

    As I stood at the top of an incredibly steep hill in Santa Barbara, surrounded by nothing but acres of land and air, my body was in the latter stages of an all-out mutiny.My mind was enthralled by the scenic view, fully prepared for what was to follow. My stomach, on the other hand, was tied in knots, providing an expletive-filled narrative that my
  • Military spouses - a key part of our community

    In honor of Military Spouse Month, I would like to take a moment to thank the military spouse volunteers of Vandenberg.During my career, I have been assigned to 10 different bases, and I can tell you that Vandenberg has the strongest sense of community I have ever seen. I credit much of that to our military spouse volunteers who provide their heart
  • VAFB sweeps western region CGOC awards

    The Vandenberg Company Grade Officer's Council was recently selected as the Western Region CGOC for the first quarter of 2015.In addition to securing this CGOC Award, 2nd Lt. Casey Gomez, 2nd Range Operations Squadron, was selected as the Western Region's CGO of the first quarter, 2015 for her outstanding contributions and accomplishments on and
  • Don't forget about your family while serving our Air Force

    Don't forget about your family while serving our Air Force.Over my 25 years of active duty service I have been truly graced to be able to raise seven children.My wife, Nicole and I have been through many of life's challenges raising our seven children, ages six through 24, as a blended family.Four girls and three boys are a lot of responsibility
  • Decision making: are we asking the right questions?

    One of the unique privileges of serving as a staff judge advocate is helping people make decisions that affect both their own professional and personal lives, as well as decisions that affect the way they lead people. The types and implications of these decisions vary greatly. From what I've seen, most of us wrangle with the same fundamental
  • It starts with one

    If you read the headlines, overhear a conversation, listen in a meeting, or talk to co-workers, you will hear a litany of issues affecting each and every one of us, every single day. Listen carefully, and you realize that the topics involve things like stress, abuse, not enough time, money, people, or resources, too much going on, and too much