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VCCC enhances communication between base organizations

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Col. Keith Balts, the 30th Space Wing vice commander, speaks during the first Vandenberg Community Connection Council at the Pacific Coast Club here Thursday, July 21, 2011.   Fourty organizations had representatives inform each other about the services and products they offer to the Vandenberg community.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Col. Keith Balts, the 30th Space Wing vice commander, speaks during the first Vandenberg Community Connection Council at the Pacific Coast Club here Thursday, July 21, 2011. Fourty organizations had representatives inform each other about the services and products they offer to the Vandenberg community. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Team V members and private organizations came together for the first Vandenberg Community Connection Council at the Pacific Coast Club here Thursday, July 21, 2011.  Fourty organizations had representatives inform each other about the services and products they offer to the Vandenberg community.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Team V members and private organizations came together for the first Vandenberg Community Connection Council at the Pacific Coast Club here Thursday, July 21, 2011. Fourty organizations had representatives inform each other about the services and products they offer to the Vandenberg community. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Missy Ewing, a member from the Vandenberg Spouses Club, speaks during the first Vandenberg Community Connection Council at the Pacific Coast Club here Thursday, July 21, 2011.   Fourty organizations had representatives inform each other about the services and products they offer to the Vandenberg community.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Missy Ewing, a member from the Vandenberg Spouses Club, speaks during the first Vandenberg Community Connection Council at the Pacific Coast Club here Thursday, July 21, 2011. Fourty organizations had representatives inform each other about the services and products they offer to the Vandenberg community. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- 30thSpace Wing leadership and representatives from various base and private organizations came together for the first Vandenberg Community Connection Council July 21 at the Pacific Coast Club here.

The theme for this inaugural event was "Connecting the community ... one conversation at a time."

The goals of the meeting were to improve the effectiveness of communication between all of the various organizations and enhance the quality of life in the Air Force community.
"The VCCC is a booster shot to bring base organizations together again and spur relationships," said Col. Keith Balts, 30th Space Wing vice commander. "High quality connections (are made by) getting face-to-face with one another."

Each organization presented a snapshot of their events for the next six months, talked about their capabilities, and discussed what they needed from other organizations to better serve the community.

The 30th Force Support Squadron highlighted many of the base services available to the base population which included representatives from the base library, youth programs and the base fitness center. Many of the participants cited that their primary needs are an increase in volunteer support and higher patronage.

"We are here to support the force of this base," said Lt. Col. Shane Prater, 30th Space Wing Force Support Squadron commander. "Our goal is to put out events, products and service that people want and need."

Private organizations like the Company Grade Officer's Council, Vandenberg Rising Six and the Vandenberg Spouses' Club were also present at the forum indicating a need for increased volunteer opportunities and membership participation. Private organizations provide the base population with professional, social and volunteer opportunities.

"We provide activities, information and support to empower our Air Force spouses," said Missy Ewing, Vandenberg Spouses' Club president. "We need base organizations to work with us to welcome spouses to Vandenberg."

Participants left the meeting with a better understanding of base programs and the resources available to them. Leadership challenged all the organizations to build upon the information presented and continue to network with each other for increased quality of service to the base.

The VCCC is scheduled to become an annual event.