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  • Lompoc Elks Lodge to honor Vandenberg Airmen

    Members of the Lompoc Elks Lodge are scheduled to present Outstanding Performance Awards and the Elks Valor Award for public safety to three Vandenberg Airmen April 19 in the Lompoc Elks Lodge ballroom starting at 6:30 p.m.The Lompoc Elks Lodge Exalted Ruler, Sylvia Boynton, is scheduled to award Staff Sgt. Isaac Lotero, a 30th Security Forces
  • “30 for 30” Challenge: Responsible choices 30 days and beyond

    Vandenberg Airmen are simply amazing. You hear from me often, praising our many award winners and promotees alike. Our team is certainly a high-performing machine; one I'm incredibly proud to lead. Like many successful teams, we work hard...and we play hard. Yet unfortunately, we have a serious, and growing problem on our hands. All too often it
  • "30 for 30" Challenge:This cannot happen

    This cannot happen! But it is. The rate at which Vandenberg personnel have been involved in alcohol related incidents has been increasing at an alarming rate this year. Since January, three airmen have been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. Adding those to the already high number of DUIs and ARIs in 2011, the trend is going in
  • “30 for 30” Challenge: Making the right choice when it counts the most

    Alcohol Awareness Month kicked-off Sunday around the nation with a focus on making healthy choices for healthy communities. Bringing that theme closer to home, on March 23 we announced our "30 for 30" challenge: 30th Space Wing military personnel were given a challenge to reach April 30, 2012 without an alcohol related incident. We invite all of
  • Command Chief Urges Airmen to Accept Change and Focus on the Mission

    For nearly 29 years I've watched our nation, and our Air Force respond to global conflict and political influences. We've prepared for war, executed our mission, and made adjustments during times of peace. To say we are living in interesting times would be an understatement. Across the entire Air Force our leaders are faced with a number of
  • Innovation key to Air Force future

    Our nation is facing a number of challenges that affect our government. As a result, change is happening all around the Air Force.The institution of the Air Force will survive, but there is no doubt we'll be operating differently. Over the past several years we have implemented a number of efficiency efforts to shape the force while maintaining ops
  • Simple Ways to Protect Water Quality at Vandenberg AFB

    Did you know that rainfall, or storm water, has the potential to impact Vandenberg Air Force Base's water quality? Storm water is rainwater that runs off streets, lawns, farms, construction sites and industrial sites. Under natural conditions storm water is absorbed into the ground where it is filtered and ultimately replenishes aquifers or slowly
  • My educational journey: a command chief

    A few years ago I was asked to be the commencement speaker at a Community College of the Air Force graduation. I gladly accepted and over the next few weeks, I worked on developing a speech that would be meaningful and hopefully enlightening. However, as I completed my research, I was amazed by what I discovered. It was this discovery that made me
  • Home alone

    Life in the military is full of social gatherings such as dining in.'s, air force balls, squadron and retirement parties, and for those parents with children who spend time at home alone, safety and security is a major concern. Here are some suggestions to help you prepare your children for being home alone. · Make sure your home is secure. Check
  • Mentorship fundamentals

    I have studied, designed, launched, repaired and been a part of many mentoring programs during my 25-year-plus career in talent management. To be frank, at this point I have some pretty strong biases about how to design and execute mentoring programs because I have seen so many fail. They almost never yield what is hoped for, but there are some