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Vandenberg brings children to work

Vandenberg children compare model rockets at the Space and Missile Technology Center during Bring Your Child to Work Day April 26, 2018, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The event was established to underscore the important role children play in the Armed Forces community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Aubree Milks/Released)

Vandenberg children compare model rockets at the Space and Missile Technology Center during Bring Your Child to Work Day April 26, 2018, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The event was established to underscore the important role children play in the Armed Forces community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Aubree Milks/Released)

Donald Prichard, Space and Missile Technology Center museum curator, teaches children at the museum during Bring Your Child to Work Day April 26, 2018, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Prichard organizes events such as these to teach children the basics of the space and missile mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Aubree Milks/Released)

Donald Prichard, Space and Missile Technology Center museum curator, teaches children at the museum during Bring Your Child to Work Day April 26, 2018, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Prichard organizes events such as these to teach children the basics of the space and missile mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Aubree Milks/Released)

Staff Sgt. Stefan McKinley, 4th Space Launch Squadron mission assurance technician, shows children how to build their own model rocket during Bring Your Child to Work Day April 26, 2018, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. McKinley explained the importance of engineering choices while building a model rocket. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Aubree Milks/Released)

Staff Sgt. Stefan McKinley, 4th Space Launch Squadron mission assurance technician, shows children how to build their own model rocket during Bring Your Child to Work Day April 26, 2018, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. McKinley explained the importance of engineering choices while building a model rocket. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Aubree Milks/Released)

Jordyn Alexander, daughter of Capt. Kelly Alexander, 30th Space Wing executive officer, turns the key to launch her model rocket at the Space and Missile Technology Center April 26, 2018, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The children learned space and missile heritage while building their model rocket. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Aubree Milks/Released)

Jordyn Alexander, daughter of Capt. Kelly Alexander, 30th Space Wing executive officer, turns the key to launch her model rocket at the Space and Missile Technology Center April 26, 2018, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The children learned space and missile heritage while building their model rocket. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Aubree Milks/Released)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --

Wyatt Wunn, son of Staff Sgt. Brandon Wunn, 614th Air and Space Operations Center offensive duty operator, builds a model rocket at the Space and Missile Technology Center during Bring Your Child to Work Day April 26, 2018, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The event was established to underscore the important role children play in the Armed Forces community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Aubree Milks/Released)
Vandenberg brings children to work
Wyatt Wunn, son of Staff Sgt. Brandon Wunn, 614th Air and Space Operations Center offensive duty operator, builds a model rocket at the Space and Missile Technology Center during Bring Your Child to Work Day April 26, 2018, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The event was established to underscore the important role children play in the Armed Forces community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Aubree Milks/Released)
Photo By: Airman Aubree Milks
VIRIN: 180426-F-VU029-192

Vandenberg parents participated in National Bring Your Child to Work Day, here, April 26.


This event is part of Vandenberg’s effort to support Month of the Military Child, which was established to underscore the important role children play in the Armed Forces community.

Parents brought their children to work and showed them their mission. Afterwards, they accompanied them to the Space and Missile Technology Center to build and launch a model rocket.

The primary host of this event, 2nd Lt. Derek Allison, 1st Air and Space Test Squadron launch space engineer, has personal experience at events such as this.

“My father inspired me to join the military at a young age,” said Allison. “He worked as a C-130 Navigator who spent 24 years in the Air Force.”

Although some of these children are quite young, parents continue to bring them to work in hopes of getting them ready for the future and let them know the career opportunities available to them in the Air Force.

Space and Missile Technology Center is the hub of technical excellence for developing, acquiring, fielding and sustaining military space systems. By bringing the children to the center, Vandenberg parents had this great opportunity to showcase the various tasks and the overall mission of the base.

“I bring my children to work to expose them to the mystery of what we do every day while they are at school... giving them exposure of an adult life,” said Capt. Kelly Alexander, 30th Space Wing executive officer.