A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, carrying the final Iridium mission this year, launches from Space Launch Complex-4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA on Jan. 11, 2019 at 7:31 a.m. PST. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Clayton Wear/Released)
Tech. Sgt. Jamie Gutierrez, 30th Medical Group NCOIC of clinical laboratory services, analyzes the results of a biological sample during a simulated test of their Next Generation Diagnostic System on Dec. 13, Vandenberg Air Force Base. The NGDS will provide faster, more powerful processing of unknown biological agents for the 30th Medical Group’s Laboratory Biological Detection Team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Peterson/Released)
Brazilian Air Force Maj. Gen. Jose Vital, Vice President – Commission of Coordination and Implementation of Space Systems, and Col. Curtis Hernandez, 30th Operations Group commander pose for a photo in the Western Range Operations Control Center, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., Dec. 18, 2018. During the visit Brazilian space officials also received tours of Space Launch Complex-4, the Combined Space Operations Center, and mission briefings from the Joint Force Space Component Command, CSpOC, and 18th Space Control Squadron. The tours, briefings and subsequent discussions highlighted a range of topics, to include tactical and national security objectives in space, Space Surveillance Network operations, Space Situational Awareness data sharing, conjunction notifications, exercises and future space security cooperation between the U.S. and Brazil. (U.S. Air Force photo by SrA Clayton Wear/Released)
Col. Michael Hunsberger, 30th Mission Support Group commander, and Lt. Col. Jason Aftanas, 30th Civil Engineer Squadron commander, watch the Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at the Emergency Operation Center, here, Dec. 3, 2018 at 10:34 a.m. “The purpose of the Emergency Operations Center is to support the incident commander, who is typically the head of the Fire Department, with any needs they have if an incident were to occur,” said Hunsberger. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aubree Milks/Released)

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