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Vandenberg begins 'Year of Leadership'

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. -- Under an initiative directed by Gen. C. Robert Kehler, commander of the Air Force Space Command, Vandenberg is focusing on the "Year of Leadership." 

Running from September to August 2009, Vandenberg, along with the rest of the AFSPC, will focus on the critical role leaders play in executing the mission. 

"Each of us knows leadership is the foundation on which the Air Force achieves success," said Col. David Buck, the 30th Space Wing commander. "I expect all leaders to accept responsibility, take ownership, enforce standards and demand accountability." 

It is in with this mindset that Team Vandenberg will accomplish Year of Leadership goals. Making use of a multifaceted approach, including emphasizing face-to-face, hands-on leadership and increased activity of Vandenberg professional military organizations, the focus will be on interaction between those in command and the leaders of tomorrow. 

"Leadership from the front, leading by example, those are two fundamental tenets of leadership," said the AFSPC command chief, Chief Master Sgt. Todd Small, in a recent interview. "But the Year of Leadership is absolutely about growing better leaders." 

Another facet of the Year of Leadership at Vandenberg will be editorials and articles in the Space and Missile Times and on the Web at These articles will focus on the monthly topics laid out by General Kehler, including such focus areas as "Compassion" and "Character." When an article focuses on one of these topics, it will include a Year of Leadership graphic. 

Whether it's hearing a guest speaker at a Vandenberg Enlisted Action Council meeting or encouraging Airmen by attending their professional military education graduation, there are opportunities for all of Team V to get involved in the Year of Leadership. 

"We have the most professional Airmen and the most capable leaders," Colonel Buck said. "Throughout the 'Year of Leadership' all Airmen will benefit as we expand our knowledge and experience through myriad leadership opportunities."