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Vandenberg's Top 3 promotes welfare, morale

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The Vandenberg Top 3 is an organization comprised of the top tier members of the enlisted force: master sergeants, senior master sergeants and chief master sergeants.

Top 3 members combine knowledge, experience and leadership skills to promote the welfare and recognition of enlisted members. The primary objective of the group is to enhance the military professionalism, development and the quality of life for all enlisted personnel and their families while encouraging an attitude of unified purpose.

The group supports the enlisted corps by advising senior leadership on matters pertaining to welfare and morale, promoting and supporting non-commissioned officers' professional military education programs and providing support to professional, military or social organizations.

"The organization stays in tune to needs of the base and community through monthly meetings," said Senior Master Sgt. Steve Fitzgerald, Top 3 president.

Guest speakers at the meetings include the 14th Air Force command chief, 30th Space Wing command chief, the Chief's Group, first sergeants and base program coordinators.
Members express issues of concern to guest speakers allowing them to listen and provide feedback.

Throughout the year the Vandenberg Top 3 hosts the Senior NCO Induction Ceremony and participates in the Airmen's Appreciation Barbeque.

The Top 3 is also actively involved in the community supporting local charities, sponsoring school reading and tutoring programs, teaching at the NCO Development courses, awarding scholarships and supporting base organizations.

"The Top 3 organization is one of the most effective ways to contribute to morale and welfare of our enlisted corps," Sergeant Fitzgerald said. "The collective knowledge of a network of Senior NCOs in a Top 3 organization is a very extensive resource to take care of the needs of the base and local community."

Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Pacific Coast Club. Membership fees are $12 per year.