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VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Col. Samuel McNiel, 61st Air Base Group commander and former 21st Space Operations Squadron commander, talks about the heritage of the 21 SOPS during a birthday celebration for the squadron here, Friday, Oct. 5, 2012. Active since 1991, the 21 SOPS handles the day-to-day operation and maintenance of the Air Force Satellite Control Network as well as ground antennas and monitoring stations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Levi Riendeau)
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