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Vandenberg conducts Northstar exercise

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Airman 1st Class Lael Huss, 30th Space wing member, and Airman 1st Class Steven Sutton, 30th Comptroller Squadron member, protect themselves during a simulated mortar attack during the Northstar exercise here Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010.  Team V members practiced skills that they will use in a deployed environment.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Airman 1st Class Lael Huss, 30th Space wing member, and Airman 1st Class Steven Sutton, 30th Comptroller Squadron member, protect themselves during a simulated mortar attack during the Northstar exercise here Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010. Team V members practiced skills that they will use in a deployed environment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Wearing her mission oriented personal protection gear, Airman 1st Class Meagann Bartolome, a 30th Space Wing Judge Advocate paralegal, marks an improvised chemical warning sign during Northstar exercise conducted by the base here Friday, Sept. 24, 2010. The Northstar exercise is designed to simulate wartime deployment scenarios including live fire, mortar attacks and chemical warfare. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Lael Huss)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Wearing her mission oriented personal protection gear, Airman 1st Class Meagann Bartolome, a 30th Space Wing Judge Advocate paralegal, marks an improvised chemical warning sign during Northstar exercise conducted by the base here Friday, Sept. 24, 2010. The Northstar exercise is designed to simulate wartime deployment scenarios including live fire, mortar attacks and chemical warfare. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Lael Huss)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Thirtieth Security Forces Squadron members protect themselves during a simulated mortar attack during the Northstar exercise here Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010.  Airmen who participated had the chance to feel what it is like during a deployed environment.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Thirtieth Security Forces Squadron members protect themselves during a simulated mortar attack during the Northstar exercise here Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010. Airmen who participated had the chance to feel what it is like during a deployed environment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Airman 1st Class Erik Peterson, of the 30th Security Forces Squadron, looks through the sights of his weapon during a Northstar exercise here Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010. The Northstar exercise is designed to simulate wartime deployment scenarios including live fire, mortar attacks and chemical warfare. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Lael Huss)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Airman 1st Class Erik Peterson, of the 30th Security Forces Squadron, looks through the sights of his weapon during a Northstar exercise here Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010. The Northstar exercise is designed to simulate wartime deployment scenarios including live fire, mortar attacks and chemical warfare. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Lael Huss)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Checking for opposition forces, Senior Airman Zachrey Shuey, a 30th Security Forces Squadron member, aims his M203 rifle to protect his area during the Northstar exercise here Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010.  Northstar is an exercise that helps train and test Airmens' abilities in a simulated deployed environment.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Checking for opposition forces, Senior Airman Zachrey Shuey, a 30th Security Forces Squadron member, aims his M203 rifle to protect his area during the Northstar exercise here Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010. Northstar is an exercise that helps train and test Airmens' abilities in a simulated deployed environment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Looking for opposition forces, Senior Airman Derek Siebert, a 30th Security Forces Squadron member, takes cover during the Northstar exercise here Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010.  The exercise trained Airmen during a simluated deployed environment, practicing their skills and response time. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Looking for opposition forces, Senior Airman Derek Siebert, a 30th Security Forces Squadron member, takes cover during the Northstar exercise here Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010. The exercise trained Airmen during a simluated deployed environment, practicing their skills and response time. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Airmen with the 30th Medical Group set up a tent to assist simulated wounded members in the Northstar exercise here Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010.  The exercise helps Airmen use their professional skills to ensure success during the deployed exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Airmen with the 30th Medical Group set up a tent to assist simulated wounded members in the Northstar exercise here Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010. The exercise helps Airmen use their professional skills to ensure success during the deployed exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Setting up a medical tent, Airman 1st Class Michael Necessary, 30th Medical Operations Support Squadron member, puts the last brace in the tent during the Northstar exercise here Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010.  Team V members practiced skills that they will use in a deployed environment.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Setting up a medical tent, Airman 1st Class Michael Necessary, 30th Medical Operations Support Squadron member, puts the last brace in the tent during the Northstar exercise here Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010. Team V members practiced skills that they will use in a deployed environment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Andrew Satran)