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Dorian Hodge

Dorian Hodge, Vandenberg Education Center CCAF advisor, poses with an award highlighting Vandenberg's educational success with Airmen, Nov. 7, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Veterans Day is a nationally celebrated holiday that honors those who have served in the United States Armed Forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Robert J. Volio/Released)

Dorian Hodge, Vandenberg Education Center CCAF advisor, poses with an award highlighting Vandenberg's educational success, Nov. 7, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Veterans Day honors those who have served in the United States Armed Forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Robert J. Volio/Released)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- 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 missiles, where I would spend the remainder of my career - in the space and missile career field.


Q: What is your current job?
A: I am now a Community College of the Air Force advisor for the base education center, I absolutely love my job. I am a college counselor, primarily for those working on their CCAF degrees but I also do education advising for anybody who wants to work on a bachelor's or master's degree. The job I have is so rewarding.


Q: What does Veterans Day mean to you?
A: Veterans Day to me means a deep appreciation for the sacrifices that our veterans have made and those who are currently serving. Not only the service members themselves, but also their families, because it does require a tremendous amount of sacrifice.


Q: What does it mean to be a veteran yourself?
A: It means that I have accumulated lifelong lessons that I've been able to take into my life after the Air Force. I was able to obtain an education, further my professional development and volunteer. It means a lot to me to have had that preparation for a life after the Air Force. I've also been able to carry the Air Force core values with me during and after my time in the Air Force. The core values are so engrained in me; they just follow you throughout your lifetime.


Q: What should Vandenberg Airmen reflect upon this upcoming Veterans Day?
A: Vandenberg Airmen should reflect upon the sacrifice of those who have gone before them and those who are currently serving.