Vandenberg to host Cultural Heritage Day
By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Rojek, 30th Space Wing Public Affairs
/ Published July 29, 2008
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Vandenberg will host Cultural Heritage Day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 14 at the Pacific Coast Club here.
The annual event features a free multicultural lunch buffet, as well as multicultural entertainment, and is open to all of Team V, including families.
There are plenty of firsts this year, including performances by a Danish band from Solvang, an African-American modern dance group, as well as a Native American choral group from the Chumash tribe.
One of Vandenberg's own will perform as well - Capt. Rasul Alsalih from the 30th Civil Engineer Squadron. Captain Alsalih, who was born in Iraq, will perform Middle Eastern music on the oud, which is a pear-shaped stringed instrument.
A wide variety of food from around the world will also be served. Mexican, Danish, Middle Eastern and British cuisines are just a few of those that will be available.
Now in its second year, Cultural Heritage Day consolidates all cultural recognition celebrations into one. This gives visitors a chance to learn about the diverse ethnicities of Airmen, and maybe a little bit about themselves, said Capt. Peter Lucero, the Cultural Heritage Day committee chairman.
"Our theme here is education," Captain Lucero said. "We want to educate everyone on perhaps a new group of cultures that they may not understand."
Understanding each other's cultural differences breaks down barriers and helps people work better together, he said. This not only creates a better working environment, it also creates a better Air Force.
While taking a day to recognize the diversity of today's Air Force is a great way to get educated, people should always respect and appreciate their fellow Airmen.
"Every day should be a cultural appreciation day," Captain Lucero said.