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Vandenberg Airmen practice deployment readiness

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Senior Airmen Courtney Joseph, a 30th Medical Operations Squadron medical technician, and Staff Sgt. Kristin Conde, a 30th Medical Support Squadron biomedical equipment technician, review checklist items and notes to ensure their medical tent is ready for operations during a Northstar deployment exercise Thursday, August 9, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo/Michael Peterson)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Senior Airmen Courtney Joseph, a 30th Medical Operations Squadron medical technician, and Staff Sgt. Kristin Conde, a 30th Medical Support Squadron biomedical equipment technician, review checklist items and notes to ensure their medical tent is ready for operations during a Northstar deployment exercise Thursday, August 9, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo/Michael Peterson)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- A 30th Security Forces member remains vigilant while guarding the entry control point of a simulated deployment base during a Northstar exercise here Thursday, August 9, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo/Michael Peterson)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- A 30th Security Forces member remains vigilant while guarding the entry control point of a simulated deployment base during a Northstar exercise here Thursday, August 9, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo/Michael Peterson)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Staff Sgt. Sean Harris, a 30th Security Forces Squadron patrolman, watches for signs of enemy fighters and provides perimeter surveillance for the base's entry control point during a Northstar deployment exercise here Thursday, August 9, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo/Michael Peterson)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Staff Sgt. Sean Harris, a 30th Security Forces Squadron patrolman, watches for signs of enemy fighters and provides perimeter surveillance for the base's entry control point during a Northstar deployment exercise here Thursday, August 9, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo/Michael Peterson)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- 30th Security Forces members remain vigilant while guarding the entry control point of a simulated deployment base during a Northstar exercise here Thursday, August 9, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo/Michael Peterson)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- 30th Security Forces members remain vigilant while guarding the entry control point of a simulated deployment base during a Northstar exercise here Thursday, August 9, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo/Michael Peterson)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Senior Airmen Courtney Joseph, a 30th Medical Operations Squadron medical technician, and Maj. Christopher Black, a 30th Medical Operations Squadron flight surgeon, helps elevate the legs of an airmen wounded by a simulated mortar attack during a Northstar deployment exercise here Thursday, August 9, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo/Michael Peterson)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Senior Airmen Courtney Joseph, a 30th Medical Operations Squadron medical technician, and Maj. Christopher Black, a 30th Medical Operations Squadron flight surgeon, helps elevate the legs of an airmen wounded by a simulated mortar attack during a Northstar deployment exercise here Thursday, August 9, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo/Michael Peterson)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Staff Sgt. Steve Stanley , a 30th Logistic Readiness Squadron member, readies a head dressing on Staff Sgt. Augustin Aragon-Velazquez, a 30th Logistics Readiness Squadron member, as they prepare to evacuate Airmen wounded by a simulated mortar attack to the helicopter pickup area during the Northstar deployment exercise here Thursday, August 9, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo/Michael Peterson)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Staff Sgt. Steve Stanley , a 30th Logistic Readiness Squadron member, readies a head dressing on Staff Sgt. Augustin Aragon-Velazquez, a 30th Logistics Readiness Squadron member, as they prepare to evacuate Airmen wounded by a simulated mortar attack to the helicopter pickup area during the Northstar deployment exercise here Thursday, August 9, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo/Michael Peterson)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Maj. Christopher Black, a 30th Medical Operations Squadron flight surgeon, helps carry an injured airman on a stretcher as the medical personnel evacuate the wounded during a Northstar deployment exercise here Thursday, August 9, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo/Michael Peterson)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Maj. Christopher Black, a 30th Medical Operations Squadron flight surgeon, helps carry an injured airman on a stretcher as the medical personnel evacuate the wounded during a Northstar deployment exercise here Thursday, August 9, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo/Michael Peterson)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Airman 1st Class Stephen Kwak, a 30th Contracting Squadron contract specialist, and Senior Airman Alexander Leik, a 30th Comptroller Squadron customer service technician, mark the location of an unexploded ordnance during a Northstar deployment exercise here Thursday, August 9, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo/Michael Peterson)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Airman 1st Class Stephen Kwak, a 30th Contracting Squadron contract specialist, and Senior Airman Alexander Leik, a 30th Comptroller Squadron customer service technician, mark the location of an unexploded ordnance during a Northstar deployment exercise here Thursday, August 9, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo/Michael Peterson)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Airman 1st Class Stephen Kwak, a 30th Contracting Squadron contract specialist, and Senior Airman Alexander Leik, a 30th Comptroller Squadron customer service technician, mark the location of an unexploded ordnance during a Northstar deployment exercise here Thursday, August 9, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo/Michael Peterson)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Airman 1st Class Stephen Kwak, a 30th Contracting Squadron contract specialist, and Senior Airman Alexander Leik, a 30th Comptroller Squadron customer service technician, mark the location of an unexploded ordnance during a Northstar deployment exercise here Thursday, August 9, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo/Michael Peterson)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Staff Sgt. Sean Harris, a 30th Security Forces Squadron patrolman, watches for signs of enemy fighters and provides perimeter surveillance for the base's entry control point during a Northstar deployment exercise here Thursday, August 9, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo/Michael Peterson)
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VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Staff Sgt. Sean Harris, a 30th Security Forces Squadron patrolman, watches for signs of enemy fighters and provides perimeter surveillance for the base's entry control point during a Northstar deployment exercise here Thursday, August 9, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo/Michael Peterson)