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Base stampedes to support Texas Blowout Barbecue

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The 30th Security Forces Squadron team delivers maximum pulling power in the tug-of-war contest during the Texas Blowout Barbecue on Aug. 24.  The event raised more than $18,000 for the 48th annual Operation Kids Christmas event, a celebration which provides more than 200 underpriveledged children with Christmas presents and a holiday dinner gift certificate.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Eric Chin)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The 30th Security Forces Squadron team delivers maximum pulling power in the tug-of-war contest during the Texas Blowout Barbecue on Aug. 24. The event raised more than $18,000 for the 48th annual Operation Kids Christmas event, a celebration which provides more than 200 underpriveledged children with Christmas presents and a holiday dinner gift certificate. (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Eric Chin)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Team NRO prepares to launch their "road pie" payload several hundred yards for the cow chip toss during the Texas Blowout Barbecue on Aug. 24.  VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Lt. Col. Mark Danehy, 148th Space Operations Squadron commander, competes for the traveling trophy in the cow chip toss during the Texas Blowout Barbecue on Aug. 24.  The event raised more than $18,000 for the 48th annual Operation Kids Christmas event, a celebration which provides more than 200 underpriveledged children with Christmas presents and a holiday dinner gift certificate.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Eric Chin)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Team NRO prepares to launch their "road pie" payload several hundred yards for the cow chip toss during the Texas Blowout Barbecue on Aug. 24. VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Lt. Col. Mark Danehy, 148th Space Operations Squadron commander, competes for the traveling trophy in the cow chip toss during the Texas Blowout Barbecue on Aug. 24. The event raised more than $18,000 for the 48th annual Operation Kids Christmas event, a celebration which provides more than 200 underpriveledged children with Christmas presents and a holiday dinner gift certificate. (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Eric Chin)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Bidders browse several tables of gift baskets at the silent auction during the Texas Blowout Barbecue on Aug. 24.  The event raised more than $18,000 for the 48th annual Operation Kids Christmas event, a celebration which provides more than 200 underpriveledged children with Christmas presents and a holiday dinner gift certificate.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Eric Chin)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Bidders browse several tables of gift baskets at the silent auction during the Texas Blowout Barbecue on Aug. 24. The event raised more than $18,000 for the 48th annual Operation Kids Christmas event, a celebration which provides more than 200 underpriveledged children with Christmas presents and a holiday dinner gift certificate. (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Eric Chin)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Spencer Ward, a fitness center employee, is careful not to drop his egg from a spoon as he races through an obstacle course during the Texas Blowout Barbecue on Aug. 24.  The event raised more than $18,000 for the 48th annual Operation Kids Christmas event, a celebration which provides more than 200 underpriveledged children with Christmas presents and a holiday dinner gift certificate.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Eric Chin)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Spencer Ward, a fitness center employee, is careful not to drop his egg from a spoon as he races through an obstacle course during the Texas Blowout Barbecue on Aug. 24. The event raised more than $18,000 for the 48th annual Operation Kids Christmas event, a celebration which provides more than 200 underpriveledged children with Christmas presents and a holiday dinner gift certificate. (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Eric Chin)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Hundreds of Airmen and their families turned out for the Texas Blowout Barbecue at Cocheo Park on Aug. 24.  The event raised more than $18,000 for the 48th annual Operation Kids Christmas event, a celebration which provides more than 200 underpriveledged children with Christmas presents and a holiday dinner gift certificate.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Eric Chin)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Hundreds of Airmen and their families turned out for the Texas Blowout Barbecue at Cocheo Park on Aug. 24. The event raised more than $18,000 for the 48th annual Operation Kids Christmas event, a celebration which provides more than 200 underpriveledged children with Christmas presents and a holiday dinner gift certificate. (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Eric Chin)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Motor entheusiasts check out dozens of show-room quality vehicles during the Texas Blowout Barbecue on Aug. 24.  The event raised more than $18,000 for the 48th annual Operation Kids Christmas event, a celebration which provides more than 200 underpriveledged children with Christmas presents and a holiday dinner gift certificate.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Eric Chin)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Motor entheusiasts check out dozens of show-room quality vehicles during the Texas Blowout Barbecue on Aug. 24. The event raised more than $18,000 for the 48th annual Operation Kids Christmas event, a celebration which provides more than 200 underpriveledged children with Christmas presents and a holiday dinner gift certificate. (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Eric Chin)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Lt. Col. Mark Danehy, 148th Space Operations Squadron commander, competes for the traveling trophy in the cow chip toss during the Texas Blowout Barbecue on Aug. 24.  The event raised more than $18,000 for the 48th annual Operation Kids Christmas event, a celebration which provides more than 200 underpriveledged children with Christmas presents and a holiday dinner gift certificate.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Eric Chin)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Lt. Col. Mark Danehy, 148th Space Operations Squadron commander, competes for the traveling trophy in the cow chip toss during the Texas Blowout Barbecue on Aug. 24. The event raised more than $18,000 for the 48th annual Operation Kids Christmas event, a celebration which provides more than 200 underpriveledged children with Christmas presents and a holiday dinner gift certificate. (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Eric Chin)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- 2nd Lt. Angelique Mahdi, 392 Training Squadron, paints the face of 2nd Lt. Shampei Fujimura, 392nd Training Squadron, during the Texas Blowout Barbecue on Aug. 24. The event raised more than $18,000 for the 48th annual Operation Kids Christmas event, a celebration which provides more than 200 under privileged children with Christmas presents and a holiday dinner gift certificate. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Christian Thomas)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- 2nd Lt. Angelique Mahdi, 392 Training Squadron, paints the face of 2nd Lt. Shampei Fujimura, 392nd Training Squadron, during the Texas Blowout Barbecue on Aug. 24. The event raised more than $18,000 for the 48th annual Operation Kids Christmas event, a celebration which provides more than 200 under privileged children with Christmas presents and a holiday dinner gift certificate. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Christian Thomas)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Children play in the bounce house during the Texas Blowout Barbecue on Aug. 24. The event raised more than $18,000 for the 48th annual Operation Kids Christmas event, a celebration which provides more than 200 under privileged children with Christmas presents and a holiday dinner gift certificate. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Christian Thomas)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Children play in the bounce house during the Texas Blowout Barbecue on Aug. 24. The event raised more than $18,000 for the 48th annual Operation Kids Christmas event, a celebration which provides more than 200 under privileged children with Christmas presents and a holiday dinner gift certificate. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Christian Thomas)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Children look at the wildlife display at the Texas Blowout Barbecue on Aug. 24. The event raised more than $18,000 for the 48th annual Operation Kids Christmas event, a celebration which provides more than 200 under privileged children with Christmas presents and a holiday dinner gift certificate. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Christian Thomas)
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VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Children look at the wildlife display at the Texas Blowout Barbecue on Aug. 24. The event raised more than $18,000 for the 48th annual Operation Kids Christmas event, a celebration which provides more than 200 under privileged children with Christmas presents and a holiday dinner gift certificate. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Christian Thomas)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Airman 1st Class Ryan Dane, 30 Medical Operations Squadron, admires the vehicles on display during the Texas Blowout Barbecue on Aug. 24. The event raised more than $18,000 for the 48th annual Operation Kids Christmas event, a celebration which provides more than 200 under privileged children with Christmas presents and a holiday dinner gift certificate. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Christian Thomas)
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VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Airman 1st Class Ryan Dane, 30 Medical Operations Squadron, admires the vehicles on display during the Texas Blowout Barbecue on Aug. 24. The event raised more than $18,000 for the 48th annual Operation Kids Christmas event, a celebration which provides more than 200 under privileged children with Christmas presents and a holiday dinner gift certificate. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Christian Thomas)