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Dorm managers install deployment checklist

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Vandenberg is currently in the process of advertising a special duty assignment for an eligible active-duty Airman who holds the rank of staff sergeant to be an Airman Dormitory Leader for the base. Vandenberg’s dormitory managers are recruiting and are tentatively slated to have the Airman Dormitory Leader position filled by early March. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Steve Bauer)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Vandenberg is currently in the process of advertising a special duty assignment for an eligible active-duty Airman who holds the rank of staff sergeant to be an Airman Dormitory Leader for the base. Vandenberg’s dormitory managers are recruiting and are tentatively slated to have the Airman Dormitory Leader position filled by early March. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Steve Bauer)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Vandenberg's dorm managers have recently established a deployment checklist designed specifically for the dorm residents preparing for upcoming deployments.

The checklist is now a part of the routine out-processing Airmen must undergo before leaving Vandenberg for their deployed locations.

"The decision to implement the deployment checklist for dorm residents was driven by Air Force Instruction 32-6005 dated October, 2008," said Master Sgt. Jacqueline Core, Vandenberg's unaccompanied housing superintendent. "There is a new requirement for deployed Airman to have a responsible party check on their rooms once a week while they are deployed."

For the Airmen living in the dormitories, the checklist was not designed to be a hindrance. Rather, the new checklist was brought about for the overall benefit of Airmen leaving on deployments as well as the Airmen remaining in the dorms.

"Basically, the checklist will benefit all of the Airmen whose quality of life has been deteriorated in the past because of another Airman's lack of preparation before a deployment," Sergeant Core said. "Deployed Airmen will benefit when they return to a clean and well kept room. This will promote a safer, healthier living environment for all dorm residents."

Installing the new checklist benefits not only the Airmen, but also the management of the dormitories.

"We hope to resolve some issues through the use of the checklist," Sergeant Core said. "For instance, the checklist will help us identify the deploying Airman's responsible party, ensure all vehicles are placed in the deployment parking lot and allows us to let the residents know their rooms need to be in inspection order when they leave."

For more information about the deployment checklist, call the dormitory managers at 605-2048.