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Spouses prepare cookies for dorm Airmen

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Members of the Vandenberg Spouses club prepare packages of cookies to be delivered to unaccompanied Airmen who reside in the dorms. The event, which is called “Cookie Express”, will distribute more than 290 bags containing a dozen cookies each to Vandenberg Airmen. This is the 22nd year the “Cookie Express” has be operational. (Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Heather Shaw)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Members of the Vandenberg Spouses club prepare packages of cookies to be delivered to unaccompanied Airmen who reside in the dorms. The event, which is called “Cookie Express”, will distribute more than 290 bags containing a dozen cookies each to Vandenberg Airmen. This is the 22nd year the “Cookie Express” has be operational. (Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Heather Shaw)

The "Year of Leadership" takes place from September 2008 to August 2009. (U.S. Air Force graphic)

The "Year of Leadership" takes place from September 2008 to August 2009. (U.S. Air Force graphic)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- C is for cookie, and cookie is for - Vandenberg Dorm residents. 

At least that was the case on Tuesday when over 40 Vandenberg Spouses Club volunteers made and bagged cookies to be delivered to every unaccompanied Airmen living in the dorms. 

The club, which has approximately 160 members, has been participating in the almost Air Force wide event for over 20 years. 

"Just about any base you go to will have a cookie express or something similar, "said Angela Thiel the VSC president. "It's just a great opportunity to be able to cheer on people who have given up so much all ready." 

The cookies arrived to Airmen via a white paper bag that was decorated by kindergarteners and 1st graders at Crestview elementary. 

"The kids did a great job on the decorating," said Jina Stein, the Cookie Express coordinator. "We were really pleased with the willingness of Crestview's faculty and students 

The event, which had many different volunteer opportunities from baking the cookies and packaging them, planned to send out more than 290 bags containing 12 cookies of different variety. 

"Each of our volunteer bakers made between four and ten dozen cookies to support the event," Mrs. Thiel said. 

The Cookie Express is just one of the many activities that the VSC participates in throughout the year. Planning for this particular event began in August, but it is a great example of how the VSC contributes to the moral of the base. If you are interested in joining or finding out more information about the VSC visit their Web site: www.vandenbergspousesclub.org.