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A Delta IV rocket launches at 5:53 a.m. on Nov. 4 from Vandenberg's Space Launch Complex-6. The rocket carried a Defense Meteorological Satellite Program satellite in to space. The satellite will transition into a polar earth orbit to provide weather forcasts for servicemembers on battlefields around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joe Davila) Squadron protects global assets
The sound of a rocket, the trail of smoke cascading through the sky behind it, and spectators leaving their office buildings to see the mission blast into space are all common scenes around Vandenberg. It takes many organizations on base to make this spectacle a reality, but only one organization focuses specifically on the reason -not the ride."We
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2009
ALAJUELA, Costa Rica -- Capt. Michael Riggall, a 30th Medical Group pediatrician, and Lt. Col. Stephanie Schaefer, a physician from Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, provide medical care to local children here May 19. A team of Air Force medical specialists is participating in a joint humanitarian mission with local physicians of Costa Rica. (U.S. Air Force/Airman 1st Class Steve Bauer) From Costa Rica: Air Force pediatricians provide care to local children in Costa Rica
A line of anxious children wraps around a cement wall of a local school here. One of the children at the front of the line, waiting for his turn, occupies his time by picking away at the cracking paint of the lime green walls of the recently converted clinic with his fingers. The children are all awaiting the care of two U.S. Air Force
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ALAJUELA, Costa Rica -- Senior Airman Maricella Estrada, a 30th Medical Operations Squadron flight medicine technician, helps translate for a Spanish-speaking local resident and Capt. Adam Klemens, a 30th MDOS technician optometrist, here May 20. A team of medical specialists from Vandenberg is contributing to a humanitarian effort with local Costa Rican physicians here. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Steve Bauer) From Costa Rica: Optometrist's right-hand Airman
In a foreign land thousands of miles from home, one Vandenberg Air Force Base Airman finds herself filling a role to which she is unaccustomed in her normal medical career field duties. Senior Airman Maricella Estrada, a 30th Medical Operations Squadron aerospace medicine journeyman, is currently deployed to a northern region of Alajuela in support
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VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Learing from a professional, 2nd Lt. Jessie Tiffany, a Space 100 student with the 392nd Training Squadron, receives career advice from 381st Training Group instructor Capt. Barry Mitchell about her new assignment to Malmstrom AFB, Mont., during a squadron burger burn here May 19. The cookout is traditionally held for students after they receive their new assignments.(U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Matthew Plew) Space 100: Introduction to 'final frontier'
A trek across the vast openness of the Midwest used to require numerous maps and careful attention to road signs; however, with the advancement of technology and the friendly voice of a GPS, maps are no longer needed. The satellite technology required to operate a GPS is out of this world, literally; but it's the students trained at the 392nd
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2009
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Taking the time to ensure quality work, Senior Airman Colby Green (left) and Staff Sgt. Carlos Laurencio (right), both of the 576th Flight Test Squadron, prepare to execute a hoist chain inspection here May 14. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christopher Hubenthal) Testing for success with 576th FLTS
"T-minus 60 seconds; go for launch, igniters on, engine start, lift off!" These are the classic launch checks performed in the final crucial seconds before a launch, but what precedes the final minute? Before the launch is even scheduled, members of the 576th Flight Test Squadron here are working to ensure the mission will be a success. The
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2009
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. --  As flames aproach, John Crotty, a 30th Civil Engineer Squadron fire captain, surveys the line of the Jesusita wildfire here May 7. Captain Crotty, who has fought fires for more than 20 years, is the fire captain of Vandenberg Fire Station 4. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Andrew Lee) Vandenberg learns from civilian fire captain
Up in the hills of Santa Barbara, fire captain John Crotty stares out over a desolate piece of land once inhabited by more than 20,000 people. Wind sweeping through the walls of the valley begins to provoke an already agitated wildfire. The heat from the blaze causes sweat to fall from a saturated bandana nestled under the fire captain's hard hat.
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2009
MANAS AIR BASE, Kyrgyzstan --  Staff Sgt. Teri Messina, who is assigned to the 376th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron Military Working Dog Flight, grooms her canine partner Rico here. Sergeant Messina and Rico are deployed here from the 30th Security Forces Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Phyllis Hanson) Vandenberg K-9 team is vital part of Manas' security
The Manas military working dogs unleash loyalty, determination and stamina as security forces shields. They serve as constant companions to their handlers, shouldering the brunt of danger during peace and war. With built-in radar, they are able to smell out trouble that no human or manmade device can. During Police Week, May 10 through May 16,
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2009
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- With attention to detail, Airman Basic David Landry, a 532nd Training Squadron student, uses a ruler to measure the number of turns per inch for a safety wire here May 4. Airman Landry is going through the air launch missile maintenance course, which is designed to give Airmen an understanding of how missiles operate. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christian Thomas) Missile maintenance starts at 532nd TRS
With the turn of a wrench and a check of the engine, one of the Air Force's most powerful weapons is checked for its dependability. The maintenance of that weapon, an air launch cruise missile, is performed by Airmen trained at the 532nd Training Squadron here. For 72 academic days, the students receive instruction and hands-on training to become
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2009
Default Air Force Logo Tax tip: New credit means changes in withholdings
The government recently gave American taxpayers another economic stimulus in the form of the 'Making Work Pay Tax Credit.' However, unlike the 2008 stimulus, this one is not in the form of a check. Generally, for people who receive a paycheck, this credit was typically handled by their employers, like the Air Force, through automated withholding
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2009
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Senior Airman Jeff Knoll, a 30th Security Forces Squadron conservation law enforcement officer, picks the shoe of the squadron’s horse, Willie, to promote the horse’s health and well-being. Feeding and maintaining the 30th SFS horses at the Saddle Club here is one of the many duties of Vandenberg’s conservation officers.(U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Steve Bauer) Unique team scopes out base's wildlife interests
Every morning at daybreak, as the sun begins its hurdle over the horizon, a group of Vandenberg's finest perform a variety of tasks unique to the typical operations of an Air Force base. This particular group is the 30th Security Forces Squadron conservation law enforcement officers. This small, but critical, six-member team is composed of four
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