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VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Checking for road hazards, Senior Airman Brayan Rosales, a 30th Civil Engineer Squadron fire dozer team member, trains with Airman 1st Class Ian Packahm, a 30th Civil Engineer Squadron bulldozer operator, during the Fire Dozer Academy training here Thursday, April 28, 2011.  Both members work together to safely make a fire break to impeded potential brush fires from spreading.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Checking for road hazards, Senior Airman Brayan Rosales, a 30th Civil Engineer Squadron fire dozer team member, trains with Airman 1st Class Ian Packahm, a 30th Civil Engineer Squadron bulldozer operator, during the Fire Dozer Academy training here Thursday, April 28, 2011. Both members work together to safely make a fire break to impeded potential brush fires from spreading. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Members from the 30th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Dozer Academy training receive a safety briefing here Thursday, April 28, 2011.  Team members learn how to create fire breaks, which help impede the spread of brush fires.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Members from the 30th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Dozer Academy training receive a safety briefing here Thursday, April 28, 2011. Team members learn how to create fire breaks, which help impede the spread of brush fires. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Two bulldozers wait to be used during the Fire Dozer Academy training here Thursday, April 28, 2011.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Two bulldozers wait to be used during the Fire Dozer Academy training here Thursday, April 28, 2011. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Senior Airman Brayan Rosales, a 30th Civil Engineer Squadron fire dozer team member, trains as a swamper during the Fire Dozer Academy here Thursday, April 28, 2011.  A swamper aids the bulldozer operator to ensure there are no obstructions or hazards in their path.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Senior Airman Brayan Rosales, a 30th Civil Engineer Squadron fire dozer team member, trains as a swamper during the Fire Dozer Academy here Thursday, April 28, 2011. A swamper aids the bulldozer operator to ensure there are no obstructions or hazards in their path. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Checking for road hazards, Senior Airman Brayan Rosales, a 30th Civil Engineer Squadron fire dozer team member, trains with Airman 1st Class Ian Packahm, a 30th Civil Engineer Squadron bulldozer operator, during the Fire Dozer Academy training here Thursday, April 28, 2011.  Both members work together to safely make a fire break to impeded potential brush fires from spreading.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Checking for road hazards, Senior Airman Brayan Rosales, a 30th Civil Engineer Squadron fire dozer team member, trains with Airman 1st Class Ian Packahm, a 30th Civil Engineer Squadron bulldozer operator, during the Fire Dozer Academy training here Thursday, April 28, 2011. Both members work together to safely make a fire break to impeded potential brush fires from spreading. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Members from the 30th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Dozer Academy training, practice creating fire breaks here Thursday, April 28, 2011.  Members of the team learn how to properly create fire breaks, which help impede the spread of brush fires.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Members from the 30th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Dozer Academy training, practice creating fire breaks here Thursday, April 28, 2011. Members of the team learn how to properly create fire breaks, which help impede the spread of brush fires. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Members from the 30th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Dozer Academy training, practice creating fire breaks here Thursday, April 28, 2011.  Members of the team learn how to properly create fire breaks, which help impede the spread of brush fires.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Members from the 30th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Dozer Academy training, practice creating fire breaks here Thursday, April 28, 2011. Members of the team learn how to properly create fire breaks, which help impede the spread of brush fires. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Directing bulldozer operators, Staff Sgt. Jason Culverson, a 30th Civil Engineer Squadron fire dozer team lead, trains during the Fire Dozer Academy training here Thursday, April 28, 2011.  The members work together safely making fire breaks to impeded potential brush fires from spreading.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Directing bulldozer operators, Staff Sgt. Jason Culverson, a 30th Civil Engineer Squadron fire dozer team lead, trains during the Fire Dozer Academy training here Thursday, April 28, 2011. The members work together safely making fire breaks to impeded potential brush fires from spreading. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Two bulldozers rest after being used during the Fire Dozer Academy training here Thursday, April 28, 2011.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Two bulldozers rest after being used during the Fire Dozer Academy training here Thursday, April 28, 2011. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Members from the 30th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Dozer Academy training pose for a photo here Thursday, April 28, 2011.  The 30th CES fire dozer team  works with the 30th CES fire fighters to stop the spread of brush fires.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)
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VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Members from the 30th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Dozer Academy training pose for a photo here Thursday, April 28, 2011. The 30th CES fire dozer team works with the 30th CES fire fighters to stop the spread of brush fires. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)