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Vandenberg spouse wins Air Force award

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Heather Weber, spouse of Lt. Col. Webber, 30th Staff Judge Advocate commander, poses with the Joy Dunlap Family Service Award she received Thursday Oct. 20, 2011. The Joy Dunlap Family Service Award is given annually to recognize a JAG Corp family member who has made significant contributions to the morale, health and wellness of those in the JAG Corps career field Air Force-wide.(U.S. Air Force photo/Jennifer Green-Lanchoney)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Heather Weber, spouse of Lt. Col. Webber, 30th Staff Judge Advocate commander, poses with the Joy Dunlap Family Service Award she received Thursday Oct. 20, 2011. The Joy Dunlap Family Service Award is given annually to recognize a JAG Corp family member who has made significant contributions to the morale, health and wellness of those in the JAG Corps career field Air Force-wide.(U.S. Air Force photo/Jennifer Green-Lanchoney)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- A Vandenberg spouse was recognized with the Joy Dunlap Family Service Award at the annual Judge Advocate General conference in New Orleans Oct. 20.

Heather Weber, spouse of Lt. Col. Jeremy Weber, 30th Staff Judge Advocate commander here, was awarded this distinction for her dedicated service to military members and their families.

The Joy Dunlap Family Service award is an Air Force-level award that annually recognizes a JAG Corp family member who has made significant contributions to the morale, health and wellness of those in the JAG Corps career field Air Force wide.

"(My Husband) nominated me without telling me," said Heather. "It was one of the biggest honors that I have ever had."

Heather was bestowed this award by its namesake and fellow spouse, Joy Dunlap, and Lt. Gen. Richard Harding, United States Air Force Judge Advocate General.

"When (Lt. Gen. Harding) started to read the write-up for the award, it sounded like something I had done, my eyes just got big and I was so shocked," she said. "I didn't want to trip going up to the stage."

Heather has been a military spouse for 12 years. During that time, she has made it her full-time occupation to care for military members and their families through volunteer work at the chapel, cook meals for deployed family members, and take care of the little things for those who may need some extra help.

"One thing that I would really like to say about Heather is that she spreads (her help) around, she doesn't just cook for the officers, she doesn't do nice things because people have influence," said Lt. Col. Weber. "Regardless of a members rank, she is there to help."

Heather and her husband met while he was stationed in Korea, where she was born and raised.

"Heather did not enjoy some of the same freedoms that those (in the United States) did while growing up. She had always admired the United States and, in particular, the military," said Lt. Col. Weber. "She never got to serve as an active duty military member herself, so this is her way of serving her country."

Through her love of cooking and general good will, Heather has positively affected many of the families in the JAG community as well as those living on Vandenberg.

"I want to touch people with the food that I make (because it has) my love in it," said the mother of two. "I get joy out of making people smile."

In addition to cooking countless meals for families on base, Heather also notes that an individual can be a big help even if the task seems small.

"I bring garbage cans out and in for deployed families," she said. "I want to mention that it does not have to be big things -- it is just about helping somebody out."