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VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Aaron Moreheart, an automotive specialist, tightens a battery connection on a pick-up truck at the auto hobby shop here Friday, Dec. 9, 2011. The auto hobby shop is open to customers with base access offering a variety of services and a knowledgeable staff to help with automotive projects. 
(U.S. Air Force photo/Jerry E. Clemens Jr.)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Aaron Moreheart, an automotive specialist, tightens a battery connection on a pick-up truck at the auto hobby shop here Friday, Dec. 9, 2011. The auto hobby shop is open to customers with base access offering a variety of services and a knowledgeable staff to help with automotive projects. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jerry E. Clemens Jr.)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Aaron Moreheart, an automotive specialist, inspects a windshield wiper blade at the auto hobby shop here Friday, Dec. 9, 2011. The auto hobby shop is open to customers with base access offering a variety of services and a knowledgeable staff to help with automotive projects.
(U.S. Air Force photo/Jerry E. Clemens Jr.)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Aaron Moreheart, an automotive specialist, inspects a windshield wiper blade at the auto hobby shop here Friday, Dec. 9, 2011. The auto hobby shop is open to customers with base access offering a variety of services and a knowledgeable staff to help with automotive projects. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jerry E. Clemens Jr.)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Aaron Moreheart, an automotive specialist, inspects a windshield wiper blade at the auto hobby shop here Friday, Dec. 9, 2011. The auto hobby shop is open to customers with base access offering a variety of services and a knowledgeable staff to help with automotive projects. 
(U.S. Air Force photo/Jerry E. Clemens Jr.)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Aaron Moreheart, an automotive specialist, inspects a windshield wiper blade at the auto hobby shop here Friday, Dec. 9, 2011. The auto hobby shop is open to customers with base access offering a variety of services and a knowledgeable staff to help with automotive projects. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jerry E. Clemens Jr.)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Eric Whittaker, a United Paradine contractor, drains the oil from his car into a recovery container during an oil change at the auto hobby shop here Friday, Dec. 9, 2011. The auto hobby shop is open to customers with base access offering a variety of services and a knowledgeable staff to help with automotive projects.
(U.S. Air Force photo/Jerry E. Clemens Jr.)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Eric Whittaker, a United Paradine contractor, drains the oil from his car into a recovery container during an oil change at the auto hobby shop here Friday, Dec. 9, 2011. The auto hobby shop is open to customers with base access offering a variety of services and a knowledgeable staff to help with automotive projects. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jerry E. Clemens Jr.)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Oil drains from a car into a recovery container during an oil change at the auto hobby shop here Friday, Dec. 9, 2011. The auto hobby shop is open to customers with base access offering a variety of services and a knowledgeable staff to help with automotive projects.
(U.S. Air Force photo/Jerry E. Clemens Jr.)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Oil drains from a car into a recovery container during an oil change at the auto hobby shop here Friday, Dec. 9, 2011. The auto hobby shop is open to customers with base access offering a variety of services and a knowledgeable staff to help with automotive projects. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jerry E. Clemens Jr.)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- 2nd Lt. Julian Vaiana, a 30th Civil Engineer Squadron energy manager, prepares the exhaust pipe on his car for welding here Friday, Dec. 9, 2011. The auto hobby shop is open to customers with base access offering a variety of services and a knowledgeable staff to help with automotive projects. 
(U.S. Air Force photo/Jerry E. Clemens Jr.)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- 2nd Lt. Julian Vaiana, a 30th Civil Engineer Squadron energy manager, prepares the exhaust pipe on his car for welding here Friday, Dec. 9, 2011. The auto hobby shop is open to customers with base access offering a variety of services and a knowledgeable staff to help with automotive projects. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jerry E. Clemens Jr.)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Aaron Moreheart, an automotive specialist, and 2nd Lt. Julian Vaiana, 30th Civil Engineer Squadron, prepare the exhaust pipe on Vaianas car for welding here Friday, Dec. 9, 2011. The auto hobby shop is open to customers with base access offering a variety of services and a knowledgeable staff to help with automotive projects.
(U.S. Air Force photo/Jerry E. Clemens Jr.)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Aaron Moreheart, an automotive specialist, and 2nd Lt. Julian Vaiana, 30th Civil Engineer Squadron, prepare the exhaust pipe on Vaianas car for welding here Friday, Dec. 9, 2011. The auto hobby shop is open to customers with base access offering a variety of services and a knowledgeable staff to help with automotive projects. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jerry E. Clemens Jr.)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Eric Whittaker, a United Paradine contractor, changes a tire at the auto hobby shop here Friday, Dec. 9, 2011. The auto hobby shop is open to customers with base access offering a variety of services and a knowledgeable staff to help with automotive projects.
(U.S. Air Force photo/Jerry E. Clemens Jr.)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Eric Whittaker, a United Paradine contractor, changes a tire at the auto hobby shop here Friday, Dec. 9, 2011. The auto hobby shop is open to customers with base access offering a variety of services and a knowledgeable staff to help with automotive projects. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jerry E. Clemens Jr.)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Eric Whittaker, a United Paradine contractor, uses an air tool to change a tire at the auto hobby shop here Friday, Dec. 9, 2011. The auto hobby shop is open to customers with base access offering a variety of services and a knowledgeable staff to help with automotive projects.
(U.S. Air Force photo/Jerry E. Clemens Jr.)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Eric Whittaker, a United Paradine contractor, uses an air tool to change a tire at the auto hobby shop here Friday, Dec. 9, 2011. The auto hobby shop is open to customers with base access offering a variety of services and a knowledgeable staff to help with automotive projects. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jerry E. Clemens Jr.)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Eric Whittaker, a United Paradine contractor, shows us bad tread wear while changing tires at the auto hobby shop here Friday, Dec. 9, 2011. The auto hobby shop is open to customers with base access offering a variety of services and a knowledgeable staff to help with automotive projects.
(U.S. Air Force photo/Jerry E. Clemens Jr.)
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VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Eric Whittaker, a United Paradine contractor, shows us bad tread wear while changing tires at the auto hobby shop here Friday, Dec. 9, 2011. The auto hobby shop is open to customers with base access offering a variety of services and a knowledgeable staff to help with automotive projects. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jerry E. Clemens Jr.)