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Former 30th LCSS intern readies for inauguration

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- A former 30th Launch Support Squadron intern and daughter of a program manager at the 30th Range Management Squadron will witness the 2009 Presidential Inauguration when Barack Obama takes the Oath of Office as the 44th President of the United States on Tuesday. 

Ashley Doyle, the daughter of Greg Doyle, of the 30th RMS, and his wife Janice, Doyle will be part of a delegation of students attending the 2009 Presidential Leadership Conference, sponsored by the University Presidential Inaugural Conference. The conference is held in Washington, D.C., during the Presidential Inauguration. 

"We're extremely proud of her being able to go to this historic event," said Mr. Doyle. "She's not just going to an inauguration, but to witness the first black president in (U.S.) history." 

During the week long program, the UPIC will provide scholars with a deeper understanding of the history behind the electoral process and the rich tradition surrounding the presidential inauguration. 

Ms. Doyle will have the opportunity to interact with a major presidential candidate, White House officials, congressional staff members, political experts and other VIPs, such as former Secretary of State General Colin Powell, former Vice President Al Gore, political consultants James Carville and Mary Matalin, as well as author and filmmaker Eric Weihenmayer. 

The scholars will view the inaugural parade as the Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden make their way from the United States Capitol down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House. They will also visit the National Mall's monuments and museums. The exclusive Black-Tie Gala Inaugural Ball is the culmination of the scholars' conference. 

Getting invited to conference like this takes hard work and demonstrating leadership potential, Mr. Doyle said. 

"What it took was being part of leadership groups in high school," he said. "Ashley was part of the Dean's List and got an invite to the National Youth Leadership conference. She learned a lot about politics and stayed connected with group. For the older kids, this became the UPIC." 

Ms. Doyle graduated from Cabrillo High School in 2006 and is currently attending California State University Fullerton as a business major. She had recently been an intern at the 30th Launch Support Squadron here.