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Airman's Attic gives back to Airmen

Melissa Bowen and Jenna Taggart volunteer at the Airman’s Attic, recently, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The Airman’s Attic improves the welfare of military families assigned to Vandenberg and the local area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jim Araos/Released)

Melissa Bowen and Jenna Taggart volunteer at the Airman’s Attic, recently, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The Airman’s Attic improves the welfare of military families assigned to Vandenberg and the local area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jim Araos/Released)

Jenna Taggart processes paperwork at the Airman’s Attic, recently, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Airman’s Attic volunteers ensure that each customer follows guidelines of acquiring free items. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jim Araos/Released)

Jenna Taggart processes paperwork at the Airman’s Attic, recently, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Airman’s Attic volunteers ensure that each customer follows guidelines of acquiring free items. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jim Araos/Released)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Whether Airmen are transitioning to a new installation or need a few pots and pans, the Vandenberg Airman's Attic is available to assist.

The Airman's Attic is devoted to a tradition of giving back to the community by supplying free items to improve the quality of life for Airmen and their families.

"The Airman's Attic helps Airmen get what they need to start their military career," said Anna Berzunza, Airman's Attic manager. "Families are able to stop by and supply their home with basic household goods."

All items are free and made possible by donations, such as clothing, furniture, toys and appliances.

"The Airmen's Attic is an avenue to relieve stress for single Airmen and parents dealing with other expenses," said Master Sgt. Olivia Cruz, 14th Air Force standards and evaluations manager. "We are proud to assist all military branches on Vandenberg Air Force Base. We serve as a center for active duty, guard and reserve members and their families."

Customers are able to donate the same items back to the Airman's Attic to be reutilized by other families.

"We need the support of our Airmen to improve the program by donating or volunteering," said Cruz.

Volunteers contribute their hours toward quality control, manning customer service areas, retrieving items from the loading dock and sorting items on shelves. They ensure that each item received is clean and functional before stocking them.

"We want to thank all the volunteers who helped run a smooth operation last year," said Cruz. "The Airman's Attic served more than 1,400 customers, collected 20,000 pounds in donations and logged 669 civilian volunteer hours and more than 200 active duty volunteer hours."

The Airman's Attic is located at 11175 New Mexico Ave. Hours of operation are Mondays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for E-6 and below.

For more information or to volunteer at the Airman's Attic, email Master Sgt. Olivia Cruz at olivia.cruz@us.af.mil.