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Vandenberg to host AFSPC common training assembly in March

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Almost 200 Air Force Space Command Individual Mobilization Augmentees will arrive at Vandenberg for the Common Training Assembly, March 8-9. 

Vandenberg is one of four locations holding the two-day assembly for AFSPC IMA's which allows the reservists to take care of annual training requirements as well as network, Master Sgt. Ruthe Flores, Vandenberg IMA administrator, said. 

"Unlike active duty military, these individuals are working alone. This assembly affords them the opportunity to get briefings to forward their career and get answers to questions that they need answered," she said. 

On day one, they will receive briefings on Sexual Assault Prevention, Suicide Prevention, ethics, and numerous other subjects. 

Much of this training can be accomplished online but there is something to be said about human interaction, Capt. Howard Moore, 30th Weather Squadron said. "During the career field briefs, attendees have a chance to discuss face-to-face problems and work issues with leadership and peers. You cannot accomplish this by conducting individual training in front of a computer screen," he said. 

That evening, approximately 100 of the attendees will enjoy a barbecue at Cocheo Park sponsored by the Non-Commissioned Officer Association. 

"Many of the IMA's are geographically separated and they don't have a lot of opportunities to speak with other IMAs and leadership," Captain Moore said. "This brings them all together in one place, at one time where they can not only discuss professional issues, but they have a chance to bond at social events like the NCOA sponsored barbecue. 

The following morning, they will be required to take a physical fitness test at the base gym and track. 

Later that day, the group will split with some attending Self Aid Buddy Care training while others go on base tours. 

Other portions of the event include Officer and Enlisted mentorship, as well as, career briefings. 

Besides expecting to see a couple hundred more people on Vandenberg for those three days, it is important to keep other things in mind as well. 

"The group is about 25 percent enlisted and 75 percent officer so it is important to remember customs and courtesies," Sergeant Flores said. 

"I believe it is important that active duty personnel make the IMA's feel welcome and present a positive attitude and image," Captain Moore said. "The 'one team' approach needs to be embraced and hosting an event like this can only benefit both IMA's and active duty."