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  • Highs and lows of conservation

    Staff Sgt. Michael Vera, 30th Security Forces Squadron conservation officer, slowly scattered corn chips on the ground leading to the entrance of the cage. Next he re-checked the spring-loaded pressure plate, ensuring that any weight would close the door and catch his quarry. When he was satisfied that both door and pressure plate were functioning,
  • Vandenberg's veterinarians

    The Alaskan malamute paced in his cage; fighting to stay awake against the sleep inducing drugs he was given. His bear-like paws messed up the bedding, and his weight caused the metal floor to flex ever so slightly as he walked in small circles. The whining from the cage and the pop-pop sound of the metal floor all but ceased as the malamute
  • Finance funds mission success

    With more than 130 different career fields in the Air Force, many Airmen find themselves much closer to a desk, in key support roles, than to the cockpit of an aircraft.One group of Airmen well versed in their supporting role is the dedicated members of the 30th Comptroller Squadron."We are a team of professional financial leaders who ensure the
  • Holiday risk management

    The arrival of the holidays often means, visiting family and friends, cooking in a chaotic kitchen, energized children and travel. Through all this dissonance and pandemonium, the holidays can be an easy time to forget risk management.One extra step for safety can be the difference between enjoying an evening at home with family and one spent in an
  • Youth center supports families

    With the military lifestyle often presenting unique challenges to families, the Air Force facilitates comprehensive programs, which aim to reduce the burden on families.One such way this is accomplished is with outlets like the 30th Force Support Squadron youth center which boasts a myriad of structured platforms for Kindergarten through high
  • Jan Kays

    Team Vandenberg honors those who served and continue to serve.Q: When did you begin serving? When did you retire?A: I came into the Air Force in October of 1973 during the Vietnam War and served for almost 10 years before getting out.Q: What was your job?A: I was an illustrator. I came in direct, I didn't go to tech school because they didn't have
  • Arthur Hicks

    Team Vandenberg honors those who served and continue to serve.Q: When did you begin serving? When did you retire?A: I began serving in 1941 and served for 28 years. My service included being one of the Tuskegee Airmen and a Chief Master Sgt. before retiring here in Vandenberg in 1969.Q: What was your job?A: I began as an airplane mechanic and
  • Dorian Hodge

    Team Vandenberg honors those who served and continue to serve.Q: When did you begin serving? When did you retire?A: I began serving in May of 1985 and officially retired in June of 2005.Q: What was your job?A: I started out at the human resources laboratory at the now-closed Brooks Air Force Base in San Antonio. After that, I volunteered for
  • Lynn Coggins

    Team Vandenberg honors those who served and continue to serve.Q: When did you begin serving? When did you retire?A: I came into the Air Force on July 27, 1973 and retired on October 1, 1993.Q: What was your job?A: Oh, goodness. I was all over the place. I started out in chapel management, which was primarily an administrative job dealing with the
  • Calvin Tucker

    Team Vandenberg honors those who served and continue to serve.Q: When did you begin serving? When did you retire?A: I came in the Air Force on September 26, 1972 and I retired on October 1, 2000.Q: What was your job?A: My last job as a Chief Master Sgt. was 60th Services Squadron superintendent, Travis Air Force Base, Calif. I directly advised the
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