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30th Services Division Family Member Programs shine

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The 30th Services Division Family Member Programs Flight recently had an opportunity to showcase their "Culture of Excellence" when they underwent their annual unannounced Department of Defense inspection March 10-14. This inspection, conducted by two individuals from the Air Force Services Agency, included a review of all programs from Vandenberg's Family Child Care, Child Development Center and Youth Center.

The FCC was inspected on their PCS Care, volunteer care, subsidy program, provider portfolios and administrative files. The inspection team also randomly selected two provider homes for a walk-through. After a thorough review of the checklists, the inspectors had zero findings for the FCC program, a first ever in Air Force Space Command.

"We are extremely proud of Gwen Jones, our FCC coordinator, her staff and our outstanding providers for the exceptional care they provide our Vandenberg Airmen families," said Michael Szymanski, 30th SVD director. "Given the number of items inspected, no findings is a remarkable achievement."

The CDC areas of review included quality child development, program management, personnel policies and procedures, and staff development. One of the inspectors noted in her out-brief that the outstanding leadership, communication, on-going training and teamwork at the CDC produced a quality program with happy kids and parents. She noted a few minor findings and added that based on the criteria her team inspected, the CDC is well on its way to re-accreditation with the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

The Youth Programs inspection examined their school age, youth sports and recreation programs. The inspectors identified several strengths of these programs, including excellent community relations, diverse activities, meaningful community service projects and meticulous attention in preparing healthy meals with organic fruits and vegetables.

Overall, the entire Family Member Programs Flight received positive feedback from the inspection team leading to one of their most outstanding evaluations in years.

"Providing quality and affordable child care to our Vandenberg Airmen is critical to our mission," Mr. Szymanski said. "I know how diligently the Family Member Program staff works each day to satisfy the needs of the parents and children placed in their care. We can not be happier with the validation this inspection provides for all their hard work."