Category: Features
  • 9th Annual Veteran's Stand Down

    U.S. Space Force Col. Robert Long, Space Launch Delta 30 commander, talks with one of the volunteers of the Veteran’s Stand Down Day event at Santa Maria Fair Park in Santa Maria, Calif., October 16, 2021. Hundreds of volunteers gather each year for the four-hour event to provide goods and services to local veterans.
  • A Partner in Battle and a Furry Companion

    Nothing in this world can compare to the bond between humans and their animals. There is a special connection people have with their beloved animals that is wildly unique and can never be replicated. For U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Joseph Tejada, 30th Security Forces Squadron alpha flight sergeant, he had a connection that was stronger than most. Military Working Dog Sam and Tejada were an inseparable duo and had a bond no time or distance could ever break.
  • Vandenberg Civilian wins General Wilma Vaught Award

    Melissa Pellot, a family advocacy nurse and new parent support program manager, won the General Wilma Vaught Award for the period of Jan. 1, 2018- Dec. 31, 2018.
  • 30th safety personnel prove integral to automated system’s integration

     Working alongside mission partners, members of the 30th Space Wing’s safety office have quietly put in numerous hours ensuring the safe and successful utilization of a system known as an Autonomous Flight Safety System. The AFSS is a device that is placed on the rocket and collects a variety of essential data from the vehicle during flight. This
  • Retired Master Sergeant continues service through master cleanliness

    Within a diverse group of civil servants, contractors, and other personnel working toward mission success, retired military members often quietly continue their service to the nation. Whether playing a direct role in launching rockets or ensuring the base gyms are functional and sanitary, countless retirees continue their already decades of service
  • 30 SFS Defender puts emergency medical training to the test helping hikers

    Mt. Whitney is a popular hiking destination in California with an elevation of approximately 14,500 feet. Although accessible without extensive training or technical support, hiking trips to the summit still require the proper level of planning and preparation for a safe, successful trip.For Senior Airman Christian Emery, a 30th Security Forces
  • Far from home, stellar Airman supports ROK-US alliance

    Stepping out of a comfort zone even a little bit can broaden a person's horizons. Imagine what moving 6,000 miles outside of that zone will do. Such is the case for Capt. James Pitney, an officer deployed here from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., for the Key Resolve/Foal Eagle exercise. Captain Pitney, who works with the 595th Space Group at his
  • Life after a DUI: A Vandenberg Airman's struggle to overcome alcohol addiction

    Editor's Note: This is part three of a three-part series about the success of a Vandenberg Airman's longtime battle with alcohol and his life changing experience after receiving a Driving Under the Influence charge. Part one covered the Airman's history of alcohol abuse and how that led to his eventual arrest. Part two covered his realization that
  • Life after a DUI: A Vandenberg Airman's struggle to overcome alcohol addiction

    Airmen around the Air Force are bombarded with briefings, counseling sessions, safety reminders and commander's calls covering the topic of DUIs. It can be a sensitive topic and one on the forefront of commander's concerns at almost every base. And the statistics back up those concerns. According to Air Force statistics, an average of more than 100