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Vandenberg celebrates ICBM history at luncheon

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.-- Senior Airman Joseph Aman, 576th Flight Test Squadron, learns about his squadron's long history during a luncheon at the Pacific Coast Club here Sept. 24 to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the ICBM program. The historic launch of the Atlas-12D was conducted by a Strategic Air Command crew from the 576th Strategic Missile Squadron at Vandenberg on Sept. 9, 1959. (Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Vanessa Valentine)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.-- Senior Airman Joseph Aman, 576th Flight Test Squadron, learns about his squadron's long history during a luncheon at the Pacific Coast Club here Sept. 24 to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the ICBM program. The historic launch of the Atlas-12D was conducted by a Strategic Air Command crew from the 576th Strategic Missile Squadron at Vandenberg on Sept. 9, 1959. (Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Vanessa Valentine)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.-- Mr. Joe "G" Gutierrez, who worked with the 576th Strategic Missile Squadron as a contractor in 1961, checks out a payload transporter truck with the new generation of missileers after a luncheon held at the Pacific Coast Club here Sept. 24. The luncheon commemorated the 50th Anniversary of the ICBM program.(Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Vanessa Valentine)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.-- Mr. Joe "G" Gutierrez, who worked with the 576th Strategic Missile Squadron as a contractor in 1961, checks out a payload transporter truck with the new generation of missileers after a luncheon held at the Pacific Coast Club here Sept. 24. The luncheon commemorated the 50th Anniversary of the ICBM program.(Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Vanessa Valentine)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.-- Community members learn about Vandenberg's rich history in the ICBM program during a luncheon at the Pacific Coast Club here Sept. 24. The luncheon commemorated the 50th Anniversary of the ICBM program. (Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Vanessa Valentine)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.-- Community members learn about Vandenberg's rich history in the ICBM program during a luncheon at the Pacific Coast Club here Sept. 24. The luncheon commemorated the 50th Anniversary of the ICBM program. (Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Vanessa Valentine)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.-- Col. Steven Winters, the vice commander of the 30th Space Wing, presents Col. (Ret) Charles Simpson with a gift after speaking at a luncheon where hundreds gathered at the Pacific Coast Club here Sept. 24. The Luncheon commemorated the 50th anniversary of the nations ICBM program. Col. (Ret) Simpson is one of the founders of the Association of Air Force Missileers.  The AAFM is a national organization dedicated to the preservation of the heritage of USAF missiles, recognizing outstanding missileers and encourages reunions and meetings. (Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Vanessa Valentine)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.-- Col. Steven Winters, the vice commander of the 30th Space Wing, presents Col. (Ret) Charles Simpson with a gift after speaking at a luncheon where hundreds gathered at the Pacific Coast Club here Sept. 24. The Luncheon commemorated the 50th anniversary of the nations ICBM program. Col. (Ret) Simpson is one of the founders of the Association of Air Force Missileers. The AAFM is a national organization dedicated to the preservation of the heritage of USAF missiles, recognizing outstanding missileers and encourages reunions and meetings. (Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Vanessa Valentine)