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2010 Guardian Challenge winners announced

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The Air Force's premier space and missile competition, Guardian Challenge, ended May 21 as Air Space Command's best Airmen awaited the announcement of the winners. Competitions were held at bases around AFSPC between March 1 and May 19 as professionals in space operations, space communications; spacelift; cyber operations, combat communications, and security forces went against each to establish who is the best of the best in AFSPC.

At the score posting banquet, after all the chanting and camaraderie, the participants anxiously awaited as the following winners were announced.
The Schriever Trophy for Best Space Launch Wing: 45th Space Wing, Patrick Air Force Base, Fla.
The Aldridge Trophy for Best Space Operations Wing: 460th Space Wing, Buckley Air Force Base, Colo.
The King Trophy for Best Systems Wing: Space Development and Test Wing, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M.
The Polifka Trophy for Best Cyberspace Operations Wing: 67th Network Warfare Wing, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas
The Etchberger Trophy for Best Combat Communications Team: 3rd Combat Communications Group, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla.

Team and crew award winners are: Best Space Communications Team - 460th Space Wing Space Launch Mission Assurance - 45th Space Wing Best Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Team - 45th Space Wing Best Space Launch Maintenance Team- 45th Space Wing Spacelift Operations Crew - 45th Space Wing Space Operations Crew - 460th Space Wing Cyberspace Operations Team - 67th Network Warfare Wing Combat Communications Team - 3rd Combat Communications Group Best Security Forces Team- 30th Space Wing, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Best Security Forces Marksmanship Team- 3rd Combat Communications Group Best Security Forces Tactics Team- 460th Space Wing Best Security Forces Obstacle Course Team- 30th Space Wing The tradition of Guardian Challenge began in 1967 when Strategic Air Command opened its first missile combat competition, nicknamed "Curtain Raiser."

AFSPC officials held the first Guardian Challenge competition in 1994, incorporating units from around the globe including Canada and Australia as well as representatives from the U.S. Navy. This year's contest included the United Kingdom, systems wings and members of the Department of Defense federal police.