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2012 Year in Review - April

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Team Vandenberg launched a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Medium+ (5,2) from Space Launch Complex-6 here at 4:12 p.m. PDT Tuesday, April 3, 2012. The launch was the Department of Defense’s first-ever Delta IV Medium launch vehicle configured with a 5-meter payload fairing and two solid rocket motors. (U.S. Air Force photo/Rodney Jones)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Team Vandenberg launched a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Medium+ (5,2) from Space Launch Complex-6 here at 4:12 p.m. PDT Tuesday, April 3, 2012. The launch was the Department of Defense’s first-ever Delta IV Medium launch vehicle configured with a 5-meter payload fairing and two solid rocket motors. (U.S. Air Force photo/Rodney Jones)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Reading a prayer together, Team V members and local Jewish community members take part in a Passover Seder at the Pacific Coast Club here Friday, Apr. 6, 2012. Passover traditions derive from the biblical story told in Exodus of the freeing of Israelites from Egypt. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Reading a prayer together, Team V members and local Jewish community members take part in a Passover Seder at the Pacific Coast Club here Friday, Apr. 6, 2012. Passover traditions derive from the biblical story told in Exodus of the freeing of Israelites from Egypt. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Children from the Child Development Center plant pinwheels in front of the CDC during the Child Abuse Prevention Month campaign here Monday, Apr. 9, 2012. National Child Abuse Prevention month focuses on promoting awareness for child safety to prevent abuse and neglect toward children. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Children from the Child Development Center plant pinwheels in front of the CDC during the Child Abuse Prevention Month campaign here Monday, Apr. 9, 2012. National Child Abuse Prevention month focuses on promoting awareness for child safety to prevent abuse and neglect toward children. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Ben Jones, son of Col. Barbara Jones 30th Medical Group commander, practices on the parallel bars while 1st Lt. Nathan Glandon, a 30th Operations Support Squadron weapons and tactics officer, spots him at the youth center annex here Tuesday, April 11, 2012. Jones competed in California's Southern Division Men's State Gymnastics meet as a level nine gymnast for the 13 to 14-year old age group. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Levi Riendeau)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Ben Jones, son of Col. Barbara Jones 30th Medical Group commander, practices on the parallel bars while 1st Lt. Nathan Glandon, a 30th Operations Support Squadron weapons and tactics officer, spots him at the youth center annex here Tuesday, April 11, 2012. Jones competed in California's Southern Division Men's State Gymnastics meet as a level nine gymnast for the 13 to 14-year old age group. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Levi Riendeau)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Larry Hill, 30th Space Wing Public Affairs Office community relations chief, briefs participants during the base public tour here Wednesday, April 11, 2012. Base tours are scheduled for the second Wednesday of every month. To participate in a tour visit www.vandenberg.af.mil and click on the "Public Tour Application" link.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Larry Hill, 30th Space Wing Public Affairs Office community relations chief, briefs participants during the base public tour here Wednesday, April 11, 2012. Base tours are scheduled for the second Wednesday of every month. To participate in a tour visit www.vandenberg.af.mil and click on the "Public Tour Application" link. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Bob Peterson, a 30th Civil Engineer Squadron archaeologist, shows Jackson and Heather Smith, Air Force dependents, how he digs for artifacts on base during an Earth Day event here Wednesday, April 18, 2012. More than 25 base and local organizations participated in this environmental awareness campaign. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Bob Peterson, a 30th Civil Engineer Squadron archaeologist, shows Jackson and Heather Smith, Air Force dependents, how he digs for artifacts on base during an Earth Day event here Wednesday, April 18, 2012. More than 25 base and local organizations participated in this environmental awareness campaign. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Maj. Dan Vince Cruz, 30th Medical Support Squadron laboratory officer in charge, briefs local health care providers during the Annual Provider Open House at the 30th Medical Group clinic here Thursday, April 19, 2012. The open house provided an open forum to build the relationship with local care providers who support Team V members. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Maj. Dan Vince Cruz, 30th Medical Support Squadron laboratory officer in charge, briefs local health care providers during the Annual Provider Open House at the 30th Medical Group clinic here Thursday, April 19, 2012. The open house provided an open forum to build the relationship with local care providers who support Team V members. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Mike Myers and Valerie Pallani, Jiu-Jitsu instructors, demonstrate an escape technique during a self-defense class at the Fitness Center here Friday, April 20, 2012. The class was sponsored by the 30th Space Wing Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office in conjunction with Sexual Assault Awareness Month. (U.S. Air Force photo/Michael Peterson)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Mike Myers and Valerie Pallani, Jiu-Jitsu instructors, demonstrate an escape technique during a self-defense class at the Fitness Center here Friday, April 20, 2012. The class was sponsored by the 30th Space Wing Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office in conjunction with Sexual Assault Awareness Month. (U.S. Air Force photo/Michael Peterson)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Patrick Del Real, a Special Olympics athlete, crosses the finish line during the Northern Santa Barbara County Special Olympics event at Pioneer Valley High School, Santa Maria Saturday, April 21, 2012. Team V members have volunteered with the Northern Santa Barbara County Special Olympics for more than 30 years. More than 145 base volunteers from 19 organizations participated in the event this year. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Patrick Del Real, a Special Olympics athlete, crosses the finish line during the Northern Santa Barbara County Special Olympics event at Pioneer Valley High School, Santa Maria Saturday, April 21, 2012. Team V members have volunteered with the Northern Santa Barbara County Special Olympics for more than 30 years. More than 145 base volunteers from 19 organizations participated in the event this year. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- David Ybarra, a member of the Vandenberg chapter of the Green Knights, leads a group of bikers from Vandenberg to Hearst Castle here Saturday, April 21, 2012. Organized rides help familiarize bikers with how to ride safely in a group. (U.S. Air Force photo/Michael Peterson)
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VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- David Ybarra, a member of the Vandenberg chapter of the Green Knights, leads a group of bikers from Vandenberg to Hearst Castle here Saturday, April 21, 2012. Organized rides help familiarize bikers with how to ride safely in a group. (U.S. Air Force photo/Michael Peterson)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Peter Howorth, Santa Barbara Marine Mammal Center director, pull a baby Northern California Elephant Seal toward the ocean at a remote beach here Tuesday, April 24, 2012. The Santa Barbara Marine Mammal Center provides rescue, rehabilitation and release of trapped and endangered marine mammals along California’s Central Coast. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jennifer Green-Lanchoney)
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VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Peter Howorth, Santa Barbara Marine Mammal Center director, pull a baby Northern California Elephant Seal toward the ocean at a remote beach here Tuesday, April 24, 2012. The Santa Barbara Marine Mammal Center provides rescue, rehabilitation and release of trapped and endangered marine mammals along California’s Central Coast. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jennifer Green-Lanchoney)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Team V dependents perform a cheer routine in the "U Got Talent" talent show at the Vandenberg Youth Center here Wednesday, April 25, 2012. The talent show is an annual event. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jennifer Green-Lanchoney)
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VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Team V dependents perform a cheer routine in the "U Got Talent" talent show at the Vandenberg Youth Center here Wednesday, April 25, 2012. The talent show is an annual event. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jennifer Green-Lanchoney)