Col. Nina Armagno, Vandenberg Air Force Base's newest 30th Space Wing Commander recently visited the Lompoc Veterans Memorial Building.

Accompanied by her husband, Eddie Papczun, and Chief Master Sgt. Herman Moyer, Armagno was met by Supervisor Joni Gray and Joe McCormick, commander of VFW Post 570 and chairman of the Lompoc Veterans Council.

California State Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian and Field Representative Vicki Janssen were also present, as they were meeting with constituents at the site.

As Armagno's tour progressed, she was met by John Pratt, commander of Vandenberg Post 125, Lee Wise, past post commander and current First Vice Commander of Vandenberg Post 125.

Kathy McCullough, finance officer of Vandenberg Post 125, made the second-floor Club Room ready for everyone. Tish Brickner, adjutant of Vandenberg Post 125, greeted the group.

Albert Ramirez, founder of Boots and Chutes, an All Airborne organization and past commander of Vandenberg Post 125, explained the funeral services he and his fellow veterans perform free for veteran families. Don Ramirez, commander Squadron SAL 125, and Adele Vargas were on hand to take the group to view the Lompoc Valley from the building Tower.

Caje Segura, commander of American GI Forum, provided a tour of the balcony area and talked about the civic services his organization provides. Dement Weaver, bar manager for VFW Post 1717, showed Col. Armagno around the canteen, in the basement of the building.

"I am amazed at how many Veteran groups are here in this building," said Col. Armagno. "This is a wonderful resource for both the Base and the Community."

The veterans were also able to have a productive conversation with Chief Master Sgt. Moyer. After his tour he suggested, "The Lompoc veteran groups might organize a base visit to present to the young airmen various services and activities available here at the Memorial Building." McCormick was quick to add, "We would also like to talk to them about joining a local post."

Before Armagno's departure, Gray presented her with a copy of the Lompoc Veteran Memorial Building Foundation's history book, written for the 75th Anniversary of the building, which was constructed in 1936.

"I am so pleased Col. Armagno took time from her busy schedule to tour our Grand Lady," said Gray. "Vandenberg is a long-time friend of Lompoc, and I am always happy to meet and welcome the new commanders to the Lompoc Valley."


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