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  • Dorian Hodge: lifelong learner

    Dorian Hodge, 30th Force Support Squadron Community College of the Air Force advisor, is retiring in less than two weeks. Since her tenure at VAFB in 2008, she has helped council and guide 1,615 students in achieving their CCAF degree. But as awesome as that is, it scarcely compares to the ever exuberant, bubbly persona; that is Miss Hodge herself.
  • Thank you for your food service

    If you’re a young officer like myself, or a new Airman with a large appetite, or maybe just someone who appreciates a hot meal in the middle of the day, you are very familiar with the dining facilities on base. Specifically, Breakers.While most of us hurry in and out to get back to our daily missions of the Air Force, those of us who have had the
  • 70 years of heritage and pride

    With the Air Force’s 70th birthday upon us, now is the time to reflect on our heritage and what it means to be an Airman. It’s often easy to get caught up in the everyday grind of the job, but it’s important to take pride and ownership in what you do. In the beginning of my career, the Air Force was just my job, but it has since become the pride I
  • Welcome to the top 3: Accepting the charge

    On May 24, 2017, the U. S. Air Force announced the selection of newly appointed Master Sergeants. On that list, number 2,551 was my name. The congratulatory phone call from my leadership culminated 14 years of a goal although striving for, I was not sure was obtainable. Fourteen years of working to be a great Airman, a follower, a leader, the
  • Progressions in diversity

    On July 21st, the Vandenberg Equal Opportunity office hosted a Diversity Day event at the Pacific Coast Club. When I walked into the PCC Ballroom, I was welcomed with my own personal Hawaiian lei. In Hawaiian culture, this customized wreath represents love, honor, or friendship upon one’s arrival or departure. I felt this affection as I sauntered
  • Education and procrastination – opposites that don’t attract

    It was the Fourth of July, and fireworks were illuminating the night sky on the Central Coast. The aroma of various foods on the grill wafted through the California air. Friends and loved ones all gathered throughout Vandenberg, and beyond, to celebrate our annual “Brexit 1776.” While most celebrated their freedom on this significant night, I was
  • JSpOC Olympics: Building Exceptional Leaders and Teams

    Holistic health is essential to the Air Force warrior ethos. In our high-ops climate, physical, mental and emotional health is critical to accomplishing the mission and developing capable leaders and teams. No commander recognizes the need for complimentary health and leadership development practices more than Col. Mike Manor, 614th Air Operations
  • Riddle me this

    “A man goes to work, tries to run home, sees a man with a mask, and then turns around to go back. What is his job?”This riddle is just like the many challenges we face in the Air Force. We all have different ways of solving problems, and arrive at solutions at different times using different strategies.This isn’t to say that one way is always
  • The 381st Training Support Squadron Student Development Flight

    For the past 30 years a small percentage of officers arrive at the 381st Training Group, for technical training, without a security clearance which prevents them from starting classes. The Office of Personnel Management has a significant backlog in clearance investigations, leaving many lieutenants waiting from several months to years for security
  • The humbling march

    During 1942, on the day after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, the Japanese started invading the Philippines. The U.S. sent troops to defend Manila (the Philippine capital), and its island of Luzon. After months of fighting and being overwhelmed by starvation and disease, U.S. General, Edward King Jr. and his troops, surrendered to Japan. Approximately
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