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2011 Year in Review -- Part III

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Team V members get their hamburgers and hot dogs during an Independence Day picnic at Cocheo park here Saturday, July 2, 2011.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Team V members get their hamburgers and hot dogs during an Independence Day picnic at Cocheo park here Saturday, July 2, 2011. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- A boy holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the National Anthem for an Independence Day picnic at Cocheo park here Saturday, July 2, 2011.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- A boy holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the National Anthem for an Independence Day picnic at Cocheo park here Saturday, July 2, 2011. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Lompoc Mayor John Linn, Elon Musk, the founder and chief executive officer of SpaceX, and California Lt. Govenor Gavin Newsom, shovel sand during the ground breaking ceremony at Space Launch Complex 4 East here Wednesday, July 14, 2011.  SpaceX has plans to launch their Falcon Heavy from Vandenberg in 2013.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Lompoc Mayor John Linn, Elon Musk, the founder and chief executive officer of SpaceX, and California Lt. Govenor Gavin Newsom, shovel sand during the ground breaking ceremony at Space Launch Complex 4 East here Wednesday, July 14, 2011. SpaceX has plans to launch their Falcon Heavy from Vandenberg in 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Col. Chris Torres, an Air Force Health Services team chief, congratulates the 30th Medical Group during the Health Services Inspection outbrief here Friday, July 15, 2011.  The 30th MDG received an overall rating of outstanding, the highest rating for this type of inspection.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Col. Chris Torres, an Air Force Health Services team chief, congratulates the 30th Medical Group during the Health Services Inspection outbrief here Friday, July 15, 2011. The 30th MDG received an overall rating of outstanding, the highest rating for this type of inspection. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Col. Richard Boltz, 30th Space Wing commander, and Krista Weister, Vandenberg Base Exchange general manager, cut the ribbon for the Base Exchange grand opening here Friday, July 15, 2011.  Shoppers were offered savings and food at the event.    (U.S. Air Force photo/Jennifer Green-Lanchoney)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Col. Richard Boltz, 30th Space Wing commander, and Krista Weister, Vandenberg Base Exchange general manager, cut the ribbon for the Base Exchange grand opening here Friday, July 15, 2011. Shoppers were offered savings and food at the event. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jennifer Green-Lanchoney)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- A Minotaur IV rocket launches from Space Launch Complex-8 here Thursday, April 22, 2010. A similar rocket is scheduled to launch from SLC-8 Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011.  (Courtesy Photo)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- A Minotaur IV rocket launches from Space Launch Complex-8 here Thursday, April 22, 2010. A similar rocket is scheduled to launch from SLC-8 Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011. (Courtesy Photo)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Sparky, the Vandenberg Fire Department’s mascot, greets four girls with high-fives during the Salute to Youth event at the Youth Center here Friday, July 29, 2011. The Base fire department showed children at the event the different fire engines and also simulated an escape from a smoke filled building. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Lael Huss)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Sparky, the Vandenberg Fire Department’s mascot, greets four girls with high-fives during the Salute to Youth event at the Youth Center here Friday, July 29, 2011. The Base fire department showed children at the event the different fire engines and also simulated an escape from a smoke filled building. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Lael Huss)

VANDENBERG AIR FACE BASE, Calif. -- Construction crews began tearing down the mobile service tower at Space Launch Complex-4 East in preparation for the Space Exploration Technologies Falcon Heavy mission here, Aug. 2, 2011. The Falcon Heavy, which is touted to be the most powerful vehicle in the world since the Saturn V moon rocket, is expected to have about four million pounds of thrust and the ability to carry payloads weighing more than 53 metric tons. (U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Levi Riendeau)

VANDENBERG AIR FACE BASE, Calif. -- Construction crews began tearing down the mobile service tower at Space Launch Complex-4 East in preparation for the Space Exploration Technologies Falcon Heavy mission here, Aug. 2, 2011. The Falcon Heavy, which is touted to be the most powerful vehicle in the world since the Saturn V moon rocket, is expected to have about four million pounds of thrust and the ability to carry payloads weighing more than 53 metric tons. (U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Levi Riendeau)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The winners of the Federal Energy and Water Management Program and Team Award, 2nd Lt. Julian Viana, Brad King, Scott Bly and Purnell Rush, of the 30th Civil Engineer energy management team, pose for a photo here Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011.  Mr. King and his team earned the award for their contributions to reducing energy consumption on base.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The winners of the Federal Energy and Water Management Program and Team Award, 2nd Lt. Julian Viana, Brad King, Scott Bly and Purnell Rush, of the 30th Civil Engineer energy management team, pose for a photo here Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011. Mr. King and his team earned the award for their contributions to reducing energy consumption on base. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)

Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. -- A Team V member launches a cow pie during the 23rd Annual Texas Blowout here Friday, Aug. 5, 2011.  The event held multiple events during the day. (U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Levi Riendeau)
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Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. -- A Team V member launches a cow pie during the 23rd Annual Texas Blowout here Friday, Aug. 5, 2011. The event held multiple events during the day. (U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Levi Riendeau)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Col. Richard Boltz, 30th Space Wing commander, hands the guidon to Col. Barbara Jones, the 30th Medical Group commander, during the 30th MDG change of command ceremony at the Pacific Coast Club here Monday, Aug. 8, 2011.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)
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VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Col. Richard Boltz, 30th Space Wing commander, hands the guidon to Col. Barbara Jones, the 30th Medical Group commander, during the 30th MDG change of command ceremony at the Pacific Coast Club here Monday, Aug. 8, 2011. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – A 30th Security Forces Squadron team member evades a double team by their opponent, the 392nd Training Squadron team, during flag football tournament at the base track field here Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2011. The 30th SFS took the game with a 26 to 21 victory over the 392nd TRS. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Lael Huss)
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VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – A 30th Security Forces Squadron team member evades a double team by their opponent, the 392nd Training Squadron team, during flag football tournament at the base track field here Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2011. The 30th SFS took the game with a 26 to 21 victory over the 392nd TRS. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Lael Huss)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Airman 1st Class James Thietz, a 30th Civil Engineer Squadron heating, ventilation and air conditioning technician, sizes up support beams in the new 30th CES Explosive Ordinance Disposal Flight  building here Friday, Sept. 2, 2011. The Cape Town, South Africa, native was part of a team consisting of members from every unit in the 30th CES coming together to not only construct a building for a fellow CES unit, but to also train and prepare for future deployments. (U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Levi Riendeau)
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VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Airman 1st Class James Thietz, a 30th Civil Engineer Squadron heating, ventilation and air conditioning technician, sizes up support beams in the new 30th CES Explosive Ordinance Disposal Flight building here Friday, Sept. 2, 2011. The Cape Town, South Africa, native was part of a team consisting of members from every unit in the 30th CES coming together to not only construct a building for a fellow CES unit, but to also train and prepare for future deployments. (U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Levi Riendeau)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Members of the Vandenberg Honor Guard post the colors during a 9/11 Memorial ceremony at the base chapel here Monday, Sept. 11, 2011. The ceremony paid tribute to fallen heroes of the 9/11 attacks. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)
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VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Members of the Vandenberg Honor Guard post the colors during a 9/11 Memorial ceremony at the base chapel here Monday, Sept. 11, 2011. The ceremony paid tribute to fallen heroes of the 9/11 attacks. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- A member of the 30th Civil Engineer Squadron chips concrete from a hole in the new Explosive Ordinance Disposal Flight building here Friday, Sept. 2, 2011.  A team consisting of members from every unit in the 30th CES came together to not only construct a building for a fellow CES unit, but to also train and prepare for future deployments. (U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Levi Riendeau)
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VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- A member of the 30th Civil Engineer Squadron chips concrete from a hole in the new Explosive Ordinance Disposal Flight building here Friday, Sept. 2, 2011. A team consisting of members from every unit in the 30th CES came together to not only construct a building for a fellow CES unit, but to also train and prepare for future deployments. (U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Levi Riendeau)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Chief Master Sgt. Suzanne Talbert, 30th Space Wing command chief, speaks about her vision for Vandenberg and past assignments here Wednesday, Sept 21, 2011. The Syracuse, N. Y., native spent her last assignment at Misawa Air Base, Japan, and is looking forward to getting started with the next chapter of her career here at Vandenberg. (U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Levi Riendeau)
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VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Chief Master Sgt. Suzanne Talbert, 30th Space Wing command chief, speaks about her vision for Vandenberg and past assignments here Wednesday, Sept 21, 2011. The Syracuse, N. Y., native spent her last assignment at Misawa Air Base, Japan, and is looking forward to getting started with the next chapter of her career here at Vandenberg. (U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Levi Riendeau)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Members of the 30th Civil Engineer Squadron listen to a debriefing after a 30th CES convoy exercise here Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011.  The 30th CES members trained to aid and prepare themselves for future deployment operations.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)
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VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Members of the 30th Civil Engineer Squadron listen to a debriefing after a 30th CES convoy exercise here Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011. The 30th CES members trained to aid and prepare themselves for future deployment operations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Volunteers of The Patriot Tour visited Vandenberg to honor of all of America's Armed Forces - Past, Present, and Fallen. The Nation of Patriots Tour takes an American flag through 48 states over 100 days. (U.S. Air Force Photo / Staff Sgt Andrew Satran)
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VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Volunteers of The Patriot Tour visited Vandenberg to honor of all of America's Armed Forces - Past, Present, and Fallen. The Nation of Patriots Tour takes an American flag through 48 states over 100 days. (U.S. Air Force Photo / Staff Sgt Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Team Vandenberg members load up their plates at an Airman’s Appreciation Barbecue held at Cocheo Park here Friday, Aug. 12, 2011.  The Lompoc Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee hosts this free barbecue annually to say thank you to the service members at Vandenberg. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jerry E. Clemens, Jr.)
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VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Team Vandenberg members load up their plates at an Airman’s Appreciation Barbecue held at Cocheo Park here Friday, Aug. 12, 2011. The Lompoc Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee hosts this free barbecue annually to say thank you to the service members at Vandenberg. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jerry E. Clemens, Jr.)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The 30th Civil Engineer Squadron began the construction of an additional lane of traffic on east-bound Santa Lucia Canyon Road to alleviate congestion at the Lompoc Gate Monday, Aug. 1, 2011. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Lael Huss)
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VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The 30th Civil Engineer Squadron began the construction of an additional lane of traffic on east-bound Santa Lucia Canyon Road to alleviate congestion at the Lompoc Gate Monday, Aug. 1, 2011. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Lael Huss)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Master Sgt. David Pizzuto, the 30th Security Forces Squadron logistics section superintendent, poses with team members Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011. Pizzuto was in the Air Force Reserve and was recalled to active duty Oct. 14, 2001 after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration/Jerry E. Clemens, Jr.)
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VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Master Sgt. David Pizzuto, the 30th Security Forces Squadron logistics section superintendent, poses with team members Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011. Pizzuto was in the Air Force Reserve and was recalled to active duty Oct. 14, 2001 after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration/Jerry E. Clemens, Jr.)