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General Helms tours Vandenberg

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Lt. Gen. Susan Helms, Joint Functional Component Command for Space and 14th Air Force commander, learns about Trooper and Snickers, two of the horses in Vandenberg’s mounted horse unit during her immersion tour Tuesday, May 17, 2011. The mounted patrol, the only one of its kind in the Air Force, provides numerous vital roles for base operations to include search and rescue; patrols into base territory that all terrain vehicles cannot access; consequence management for protests; pre-launch sweeps; and beach patrols. The  horses are also trained in criminal pursuit and attainment.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Jerry E. Clemens, Jr.)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Lt. Gen. Susan Helms, Joint Functional Component Command for Space and 14th Air Force commander, learns about Trooper and Snickers, two of the horses in Vandenberg’s mounted horse unit during her immersion tour Tuesday, May 17, 2011. The mounted patrol, the only one of its kind in the Air Force, provides numerous vital roles for base operations to include search and rescue; patrols into base territory that all terrain vehicles cannot access; consequence management for protests; pre-launch sweeps; and beach patrols. The horses are also trained in criminal pursuit and attainment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jerry E. Clemens, Jr.)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Lt. Gen. Susan Helms, Joint Functional Component Command for Space and 14th Air Force commander, introduces herself to Snickers, one of the horses in Vandenberg’s mounted horse unit during her immersion tour Tuesday, May 17, 2011. The mounted patrol, the only one of its kind in the Air Force, provides numerous vital roles for base operations to include search and rescue; patrols into base territory that all terrain vehicles cannot access; consequence management for protests; pre-launch sweeps; and beach patrols. The  horses are also trained in criminal pursuit and attainment.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Jerry E. Clemens, Jr.)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Lt. Gen. Susan Helms, Joint Functional Component Command for Space and 14th Air Force commander, introduces herself to Snickers, one of the horses in Vandenberg’s mounted horse unit during her immersion tour Tuesday, May 17, 2011. The mounted patrol, the only one of its kind in the Air Force, provides numerous vital roles for base operations to include search and rescue; patrols into base territory that all terrain vehicles cannot access; consequence management for protests; pre-launch sweeps; and beach patrols. The horses are also trained in criminal pursuit and attainment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jerry E. Clemens, Jr.)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Lt. Gen. Susan Helms, Joint Functional Component Command for Space and 14th Air Force commander, puts her fire safe gloves on during her immersion tour with the Vandenberg Air Force Base Fire Department on Tuesday, May 17, 2011.  During her tour, the general learned about the technical aspects of the firefighter career field and had the chance to extinguish simulated car and structural fires. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Lt. Gen. Susan Helms, Joint Functional Component Command for Space and 14th Air Force commander, puts her fire safe gloves on during her immersion tour with the Vandenberg Air Force Base Fire Department on Tuesday, May 17, 2011. During her tour, the general learned about the technical aspects of the firefighter career field and had the chance to extinguish simulated car and structural fires. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Jeremy Camacho, a 30th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, shows Lt. Gen. Susan Helms, Joint Functional Component Command for Space and 14th Air Force commander, firefighting techniques during her immersion tour Tuesday, May 17, 2011.  During her tour, the general learned about the technical aspects of the firefighter career field and had the chance to extinguish simulated car and structural fires. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Jeremy Camacho, a 30th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, shows Lt. Gen. Susan Helms, Joint Functional Component Command for Space and 14th Air Force commander, firefighting techniques during her immersion tour Tuesday, May 17, 2011. During her tour, the general learned about the technical aspects of the firefighter career field and had the chance to extinguish simulated car and structural fires. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Putting out the fire, Lt. Gen. Susan Helms, Joint Functional Component Command for Space and 14th Air Force commander, extinguishes a simulated burning vehicle during her immersion tour Tuesday, May 17, 2011.  During her tour, the general learned about the technical aspects of the firefighter career field and had the chance to extinguish simulated car and structural fires. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Putting out the fire, Lt. Gen. Susan Helms, Joint Functional Component Command for Space and 14th Air Force commander, extinguishes a simulated burning vehicle during her immersion tour Tuesday, May 17, 2011. During her tour, the general learned about the technical aspects of the firefighter career field and had the chance to extinguish simulated car and structural fires. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran)