Team V breaks ground for new education center
By Jennifer Green-Lanchoney, 30th Space Wing Public Affairs
/ Published August 20, 2012
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Members of the Vandenberg Force Development Flight hosted a groundbreaking ceremony here Aug. 16 for a new education center.
The 38,384 square foot facility is designed to include education offices and five institutions of higher learning for mission essential training and professional development.
"The new center is critical to support our people, their mission and continue the vision necessary in providing top-notch educational and training opportunities to our personnel and surrounding communities," said Barbara Bennie, Vandenberg's Force Development Flight chief. "Providing the best possible environment will ensure our future status as first class defenders with the changing needs of the Air Force."
The $14.2 million education center will provide voluntary off-duty educational opportunities to Vandenberg communities, family members and civilians, said Bennie.
"Our Airmen are our most valuable and precious resource," said Col. Nina Armagno, 30th Space Wing commander. "We do our very best to provide our services and resources to them to ensure their success and the success of our mission here at Vandenberg."
The current education center is more than 50 years old and was originally designated as an elementary school.
"This new facility will help achieve compatibility with current and future missions, contribute to Vandenberg's personnel quality of life and develop a sound infrastructure system that modernizes facilities and structure," said Bennie. "The project site is centrally located to the enlisted dorms, the main gate, and military housing."
The center is scheduled to open in fall 2013.