by Maj. Stacie N. Shafran
Director, 14th Air Force Public Affairs
3/22/2013 - VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Chief
Master Sgt. Dennis Vannorsdall, 14th Air Force command chief and senior
enlisted leader, Joint Functional Component Command for Space, will
retire March 29, 2013, after 30 years of service.
Vannorsdall began his assignment here Aug. 1, 2011. His leadership
spanned the Department of Defense Space Enterprise, comprised of Air
Force, Army, Marine, and Navy forces, including five Air Force wings
with 155 units at 44 worldwide locations.
The chief, who hails from Dayton, Ohio, enlisted in the Air Force in May
1983. He married his wife, Kate, following basic training and security
specialist training. They have two children, Nicholas, 26, and Lucas,
Vannorsdall's background includes extensive leadership experience in
security forces, and enlisted professional military education. He served
as a security forces squadron and group superintendent before becoming a
command chief master sergeant at the wing, air expeditionary wing, and
numbered Air Force levels. His career afforded him opportunities to
serve around the U.S. and overseas.
A combat veteran, Vannorsdall has deployed four times in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
The community is invited to the retirement ceremony. It will be held at 2 p.m. at the Pacific Coast Club.