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  • 30th Space Wing members create history

    British historian and journalist E.H. Carr once said, "The function of the historian is neither to love the past nor emancipate himself from the past, but to master and understand it as the key to the understanding of the present."Carr saw the historian's role as that of a facilitator, someone who can make history accessible.  As the 30th Space
  • See something, say something: USAF Eagle Eyes Program

    Regardless of how well trained and equipped AFOSI and security forces may be, we cannot be everywhere at all times. With this in mind, the Air Force Eagle Eyes Program was born. AFOSI, Detachment 804, is reminding the base populace they are a vital resource in ensuring the security for Team Vandenberg. Anyone, anywhere, at any time might have the
  • Take a stand, lend a hand

    "Get up and fight me."I could barely stand, even if I wanted to. My jaw felt permanently rearranged from the surgery performed by my attacker's fists. I felt bruises the size of golf balls begin to form under my eyes. I had cuts and bruises from ear to ear - from head to toe. I had just been beaten to an almost lifeless pulp as spectators egged my
  • Intramural Season

    It's been a long week. Work has been hectic and time has been limited. Despite this, intramurals are coming up. A chance to not only enjoy a sporting activity, but form a bond with teammates and remain physically fit in the process.Intramural sports play a pivotal role in the physical and social progression of Airmen."I believe intramural sports
  • The Air Force Inspection System

    We are now several months into implementing the new Air Force Inspection System, and I am happy to report that the 30th Space Wing has implemented 15 out of 16 milestones required for the full implementation of the Commander's Inspection Program. Of course, this has not been without a few hiccups along the way, and it's vital we all understand our
  • Failure, innovation and mission success

    Venture capitalists seeking the next great innovation, the next Google, Facebook or game-changing technology, only achieve one success in every 10 investments...that number shocks me. Successful venture capitalists all have one thing in common: many failures for each success. Despite many failures, leading investors succeed because they fail
  • Leadership lessons learned

    As I am at the end of my command tour here at Vandenberg, I have been doing a lot of self-examination on how I did as a commander. Did I give it my best? What did I do right? What could I have done better? As I think about the past two years, I decided to share with you some things I feel have worked for me as a leader and commander. They are:
  • A week in FTAC

    As new Airmen in the operational Air Force, your immediate focus is being proficient at your job. Perfecting your craft takes practice, patience and most importantly, time. But with all this time being consumed by your job, how do you get acquainted with your first duty station?Enter the First Term Airmen Center.FTAC is a week-long orientation that
  • Behind the interview

    "You're going to interview the Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force."For some Public Affairs professionals, this is just another job. For me, it was a dream and a nightmare on a collision course. My first assignment in the operational Air Force would be to interview the senior most enlisted leader in our Air Force - James A. Cody.Several thoughts
  • Grand opening of Spiritual Care Center

    The Vandenberg Chapel marked the grand opening of its new Spiritual Care Center (SCC) with an Open House, June 27, 2014. During the ceremony key members of the 30th Civil Engineering Squadron, who were instrumental in seeing the project to completion, received recognition from Lt. Col. Glenn Page, 30th SW chaplain and Col. Keith Balts, 30 SW