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Tiger-themed mementos which adorned her desk are displayed at a memorial service for Tammy Martin, 14th Air Force Commander’s Secretary, at the base chapel, Feb. 19, 2015.  A 40-year civil servant, “Ms. Tammy,” as she was known, passed away Feb. 12, 2015 following a sudden illness. More than 200 friends, family members and members of her extended Air Force family were on hand to celebrate her life.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Peterson/Released) 14th Air Force celebrates life, legacy of front office 'icon'
In the 14th Air Force command suite there is a desk which stands out from the others.  It is adorned with tigers; tiger vases, plush toys, pencil holders, a whimsical explosion of color and personality. An obvious homage to the lineage of the command, the famed "Flying Tigers" of WWII, the tiger motif is also a fitting representation of the desk's
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2015
Members of the 30th Space Communications Squadron, Optics Section, track a ground based interceptor with a mobile tracking mount at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Optics records multiple angles of high-speed video which is reviewed post-launch to detect anomalies. (U.S. Air Force photo) Optics stays focused on mission
Due to Vandenberg's unique mission, squadrons on base have adapted to fulfill specialized tasks, exclusive to a space base.The 30th Space Communications Squadron is one such organization that functions in a different capacity than many of their counterparts on aircraft-oriented bases.While typically residing in the Mission Support Group,
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2015
Jay Prichard, 30th Space Wing curator of the Space and Missile Heritage Center, gives a tour of Space Launch Complex 10 to members of the 533rd Training Squadron, Feb. 9, 2015, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. SLC-10 is Vandenberg’s only National Historic Landmark. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Shane M. Phipps/Released)

Space and Missile Heritage Center preserves past to conserve future
Located at Space Launch Complex 10, Vandenberg's only National Historic Landmark, the Space and Missile Heritage Center sits on hallowed ground from the Cold War era.Operated by a former missile maintainer, the museum's primary function is to facilitate an understanding of the evolution of missile and space-lift activity at Vandenberg, from the
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2015
Senior Airman Damien Singleton, 30th Civil Engineer Squadron, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning technician, checks an AC unit for discrepancies at a base facility, Feb. 10, 2015, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. To ensure maximum productivity at VAFB, routine maintenance is performed regularly by HVAC personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Robert J. Volio/Released) HVAC 'air men' keep it cool
Encompassing nearly 100,000 acres, Vandenberg executes a variety of operations on a daily basis.Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning personnel play a pivotal role in the everyday upkeep of Vandenberg, and to ensure maximum productivity, routine maintenance is performed regularly."We handle a lot of small maintenance every day," said Senior
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2015
Robert Moore, 30th Operations Support Squadron air traffic control specialist, scans the runway for foreign objects from the control tower Feb. 2, 2015. Though not as busy as aircraft-centric bases, the Vandenberg airfield serves as a central hub for the delivery of components for the base’s primary space mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ian Dudley/Released) Aircraft to spacecraft, airfield ops lands them all
Although Vandenberg's 15,000 foot flightline, the second longest in the Air Force, currently has no permanent aircraft assigned, it is mission essential.The airfield acts as a hub, receiving launch equipment for the base's primary mission, achieving successful polar orbit."I don't believe that the launch mission could happen without us," said Capt.
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2015
Staff Sgt. Amber Rembert, 30th Civil Engineer Squadron Airmen dormitory leader, speaks with a dorm Airman on the phone, Jan. 9, 2015, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Dorm management plays a pivotal role in the success of Airmen at Vandenberg. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Robert J. Volio/Released) Dorm managers support residence and residents
For Airmen arriving at their first duty station, the first few weeks can be stressful. In-processing, streams of paperwork, medical and dental checkups, and getting acquainted with a new area can be overwhelming. Upon completion of those tasks, all that remains is getting settled in the dorms, something members of dorm management have covered in
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2015
An Air Force lieutenant, stationed at Vandenberg, recently assisted in the rescue of a woman involved in a vehicle accident near Santa Barbara, California, Dec. 1. On leave and intending to meet his girlfriend for lunch, 1st Lt. Tyler Theberge, 4th Space Launch Squadron deputy chief engineer, noticed something awry as he approached an intersection on State Route 154. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Phipps/Released) Lieutenant’s quick heroics aid accident victim
An Air Force lieutenant, stationed at Vandenberg, recently assisted in the rescue of a woman involved in a vehicle accident near Santa Barbara, Calif., Dec. 1.On leave and intending to meet his girlfriend for lunch, 1st Lt. Tyler Theberge, 4th Space Launch Squadron deputy chief engineer, noticed something awry as he approached an intersection on
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2015
Staff Sgt. Michael Vera, 30th Security Forces Squadron conservation officer, checks a hunter’s credentials, Dec. 9, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The 10-man team of conservation officers at Vandenberg ride the range on four-wheeled vehicles and four-footed mammals, ensuring security and safety for the base’s human and animal residents. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ian Dudley/Released) Highs and lows of conservation
Staff Sgt. Michael Vera, 30th Security Forces Squadron conservation officer, slowly scattered corn chips on the ground leading to the entrance of the cage. Next he re-checked the spring-loaded pressure plate, ensuring that any weight would close the door and catch his quarry. When he was satisfied that both door and pressure plate were functioning,
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2014
Lori Culwell and Trey Cavazos, U.S. Army Public Health Command animal health technicians, administer anesthetic to an Alaskan malamute before surgery, Dec. 1, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. On a daily basis the veterinarians and technicians at the Army veterinarian clinic on Vandenberg conduct surgeries and administer immunizations for furry patrons. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ian Dudley/Released)

Vandenberg's veterinarians
The Alaskan malamute paced in his cage; fighting to stay awake against the sleep inducing drugs he was given. His bear-like paws messed up the bedding, and his weight caused the metal floor to flex ever so slightly as he walked in small circles. The whining from the cage and the pop-pop sound of the metal floor all but ceased as the malamute
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2014
Senior Airman Ernestine Curtis, 30th Comptroller Squadron lead defense travel administrator, provides financial assistance to Airman 1st Class Vapsi Rubio, 30th Force Support Squadron personnel, Nov. 28, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. With more than 130 different career fields in the Air Force, many Airmen find themselves much closer to a desk, in key support roles, than to the cockpit of an aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Shane Phipps/Released) Finance funds mission success
With more than 130 different career fields in the Air Force, many Airmen find themselves much closer to a desk, in key support roles, than to the cockpit of an aircraft.One group of Airmen well versed in their supporting role is the dedicated members of the 30th Comptroller Squadron."We are a team of professional financial leaders who ensure the
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2014
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