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Vandenberg to host 4th Annual Cultural Heritage Day

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  • By 1st Lt. Torrance Hoeft
  • 30th Space Wing
Vandenberg is scheduled to host the 4th Annual Cultural Heritage Day celebration Wednesday, Aug. 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pacific Coast Club here.

This year's theme is celebrating America's rich and diverse culture. The free celebration features multicultural food tastings, live entertainment and dancing as well as cultural displays. All Team V members, including families, are invited to attend.

Members who have attended the event in the past will find the entertainment and featured food is all new. Among the performances are the Vandenberg Gospel Dance Team, a piece by the Garcia Dance Studio and a Universal Kempo Karate demonstration. The menu includes food from all over the world including flavors of Middle Eastern, Mexican, African-American, Pacific Islander, Italian and German dishes.

"The committee is doing a great job of putting together an event that features delicious food and a never-before-seen lineup of performers," said Capt. Mark Thomas, the Cultural Heritage Day committee chairman. "It's a great opportunity for Vandenberg members to learn more about the many diverse ethnicities that make up our Air Force and to have a great time."

As described by Tech. Sgt. Gary Sapone, a 30th Space Wing equal opportunity technician, Cultural Heritage Day is the culmination of all the Department of Defense recognized monthly observances into one exciting event.

"The purpose of the event is to educate Airmen, at all levels, about the different cultures and ethnicities that make up today's Air Force," Sergeant Sapone said. "The event raises awareness of the unique opportunities afforded to us by our diversity and to recognize the past accomplishments that we have seen strengthened by our diversity."

Multiculturalism is not just a reality in the Air Force, but one of its strongest assets.

"Cultural diversity is a key advantage the U.S. Air Force has over its counterparts in other nations," said Col. Richard Boltz, 30th Space Wing commander. "Cultural Heritage Day allows us to honor this great American melting pot."