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  • Man, Athlete, Airman

    At just the age of five, a boy was registered to play the game he would one day love; however, he hated the game until the age of 12. Although his love for the game didn’t come quickly, he kept playing due to the persistence and encouragement from his father. Fast forward to spring 2018, the same boy is not only experienced with the semi-pro
  • Vandenberg Airman is resilient

    The Air Force has a very diverse group of service members Oct. 1, 2018, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Vandenberg’s population has civilians, active duty military, guard members, and civil service.One of many similarities all these groups share is their resiliency in life. Senior Airman Lucy Rudat, 30th Wing Staff Agency commanders support
  • Vandenberg firefighters ready for fire prevention week

     Fire Prevention Week not only highlights fire safety, but the work that Vandenberg’s firefighters put in every day.In addition to working with fire prevention, Vandenberg’s firefighters also help put fires out quickly and efficiently as well as working with Santa Barbara County to keep the base and the community safe and fire-free.“We have an
  • Vandenberg’s Diversity Champion

    Diversity is the range of human differences, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, social class, physical ability or attributes, religious or ethical values system, national origin, and political beliefs.As part of Diversity Week, Vandenberg wants to acknowledge programs and efforts that are
  • 30th Medical Group maintains response readiness

    Under the watchful eye of an expert trainer armed with a stopwatch, 30th Medical Group personnel move with a sense of urgency and purpose as they set up a mobile decontamination station to help diagnose and process patients affected by a simulated contamination incident.This scene represents just a small portion of the medical training which is
  • Vandenberg Airman wins Outstanding Airmen of the Year Award

    Tech. Sgt. April Spilde, 30th Security Forces Squadron flight chief, was selected as one of 12 Airmen to win the Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2018.
  • Spouse of the Year

    A full time wife and mother of two, what more might you ask? Not only is Jennifer Cline occupied with her family and wifely duties, she is also the key spouse lead in the key spouse’s program.Married to Michael Cline for 19 years, Mrs. Cline joined the key spouse’s program in late 2016 after moving here. She joined to keep busy after her retirement
  • Vandenberg Defender serves outside of her uniform

     As many military members know, the sense of camaraderie spans much further than to those who wear the uniform. The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors lends community to grieving children, siblings, spouses, and family members who have lost a beloved military member.Senior Airman Maria Ibarra, 30th Security Forces Squadron response force
  • Unexpected deployment checks Airman’s bucket list

    It was a pretty typical day for Airman 1st Class Nicholas Biekert, 30th Space Communications Squadron client systems technician. He was at the gym playing basketball, when he received a call from his supervisor, Tech. Sgt. Adam Roush, NCO in charge of client systems, asking him to stop by his office. For Biekert, the phone call was likely to
  • Resiliency through words

    Retired Chief Master Sergeant, Roy Lapioli, 30th Force Support Squadron base civilian training manager, joined the Air Force in 1983 as a heavy equipment operator. Lapioli came into the Air Force with a determination to succeed, and also a deeply rooted stuttering problem.“I had been to speech therapy all my life,” said Lapioli. “The specialists