VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --
Vandenberg hosted a National Black History Month event at the Pacific Coast Club Feb. 21. The event featured guest speaker Chief Master Sgt. Raymond Riley, 30th Medical Group superintendent.
Held in the Warrior Room, where past commander photos adorn the walls, the event entertained and educated the guests with a spoken word presentation by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Smith, 30th Space Wing Protocol flight chief, and our youth reciting poems and read essays.
“The Black History Month event was great,” said Staff Sgt. Kimberly Villaronga, 30th Space Wing Equal Opportunity specialist. “It highlighted the amazing talent throughout Vandenberg with speaking performances, music, and youth center involvement. It brought everyone together to celebrate the achievements of African Americans within the Air Force. It is important to recognize that the military is extremely diverse. Every culture, race, and background should be recognized.”
The event was one that many will remember as it highlighted the strengths of many Vandenberg Airmen through presentations representing the event theme, “Black Migrations”.
“The event turned out so much better than anyone could have expected,” said Senior Airman Dominic Clayton, 30th Comptroller Squadron financial advisor and event planner. “It was an amazing opportunity to learn about black history and to also highlight some of the things that made the U.S. what it is today. The guest speakers were phenomenal, which made it very hard to speak afterward. They really highlighted how African Americans were able to impact society by bringing music, the arts, culture, and presence into mainstream America. This event set a standard for events like this in the future. I had an immense amount of help from my team, and they took nothing and came together to create this amazing outcome.”
The Department of Defense photo illustration for this year’s theme depicts a man’s silhouette composed of many African Americans from all walks of life. This compilation of successes in many fields summarizes the event as a whole.
“The 2019 event theme, ‘Black Migrations’ emphasizes the movement of people of African descent to new destinations and subsequently to new social realities in the United States,” said Chief Master Sgt. Diena Mosely, 30th Space Wing command chief. “As in the past, African Americans from all walks of life continue to write our nation’s story with their commitment to the arts, sports, science, technology, politics and yes…defending the United States.”