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Vandenberg kicks off Child Abuse Awareness Month

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Colleen Iungerman, of the 30th Medical Operations Squadron, places pinwheels into the ground outside the main gate here Friday, April 1, 2011. The pinwheel garden is a reminder of Child Abuse Awareness Month. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Lael Huss)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Colleen Iungerman, of the 30th Medical Operations Squadron, places pinwheels into the ground outside the main gate here Friday, April 1, 2011. The pinwheel garden is a reminder of Child Abuse Awareness Month. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Lael Huss)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – In support of Child Abuse Awareness Month, Maddy Stanger along with his sister, Greenlee, and their mother, Judi, places a pinwheel into the ground for the Pinwheels for Prevention garden display at the main gate here Friday, April 1, 2011. Five hundred and seventy-six pinwheels were placed to visually remind people of the very real threat and need for child abuse prevention. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Lael Huss)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – In support of Child Abuse Awareness Month, Maddy Stanger along with his sister, Greenlee, and their mother, Judi, places a pinwheel into the ground for the Pinwheels for Prevention garden display at the main gate here Friday, April 1, 2011. Five hundred and seventy-six pinwheels were placed to visually remind people of the very real threat and need for child abuse prevention. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Lael Huss)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Members of the 30th Medical Operations Squadron and Team V Spouses gathered by the main gate here to place 576 pinwheels into the ground Friday, April 1, 2011 in support of Child Abuse Awareness Month. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Lael Huss)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Members of the 30th Medical Operations Squadron and Team V Spouses gathered by the main gate here to place 576 pinwheels into the ground Friday, April 1, 2011 in support of Child Abuse Awareness Month. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Lael Huss)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Members of Team V supported April’s Child Abuse Awareness Month by placing 576 blue and silver pinwheels into the ground outside the main gate here Friday, April 1, 2011. The pinwheel garden is meant to visually remind people of the very real threat and need for child abuse prevention. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Lael Huss)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Members of Team V supported April’s Child Abuse Awareness Month by placing 576 blue and silver pinwheels into the ground outside the main gate here Friday, April 1, 2011. The pinwheel garden is meant to visually remind people of the very real threat and need for child abuse prevention. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Lael Huss)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Volunteers supporting Child Abuse Awareness Month pose for a photo after placing 576 pinwheels into the ground at the main gate here Friday, April 1, 2011. The pinwheel garden is meant to visually remind people of the very real threat and need for child abuse prevention. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Lael Huss)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Volunteers supporting Child Abuse Awareness Month pose for a photo after placing 576 pinwheels into the ground at the main gate here Friday, April 1, 2011. The pinwheel garden is meant to visually remind people of the very real threat and need for child abuse prevention. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Lael Huss)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Members of the 30th Medical Operations Squadron, who orchestrated the pinwheel garden for Child Abuse Awareness Month, pose for a photo at the main gate here Friday, April 1, 2011. The pinwheel garden is meant to visually remind people of the very real threat and need for child abuse prevention. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Lael Huss)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Members of the 30th Medical Operations Squadron, who orchestrated the pinwheel garden for Child Abuse Awareness Month, pose for a photo at the main gate here Friday, April 1, 2011. The pinwheel garden is meant to visually remind people of the very real threat and need for child abuse prevention. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Lael Huss)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Vandenberg's Family Advocacy Program and the Vandenberg Spouses' Club planted their second annual Pinwheels for Prevention garden at the Santa Maria gate here April 1st to kick off Child Abuse Awareness Month.

"The pinwheel is the symbol of child abuse awareness and prevention," said Pauline Chui, Vandenberg's Family Advocacy Program outreach manager.

Nearly 900,000 pinwheels have been displayed nationally in recognition of Child Abuse Awareness Month since the tradition began in April 2008.

"It's everyone's responsibility to ensure our children are safe, healthy and taken care of," said Ms. Chui.

The Family Advocacy Program offers a variety of courses that promote family life skills and educate parents on healthy relationships and child rearing. Military members and their spouses can contact the Family Advocacy Program at (805) 606-8217.

Additional pinwheel gardens will be planted at the Community Development Center and the Youth Center on Monday.