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Vandenberg welcomes 21st SOPS, new facility

VANDENBERG AFB, Calif.-- Lt. Gen. Larry D. James, the 14th Air Force commander, Col. Wayne Monteith, the 50th Space Wing commander, Lt. Col. Robert Pavelko, 21st Space Operations commander, and Lorna Onizuka, the widow of Col. Ellison Onizuka, an astronaut who perished aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster cuts a ribbon at the Ellison Onizuka Satellite Operations Facility dedication ceremony here Friday, July 30, 2010. Onizuka Air Force Station, previously located in Sunnyvale, officially closed July 28. The 21st Space Operations Squadron transferred here as part of an effort to consolidate satellite command and control operations while reducing excess infrastructure. Onizuka AFS was selected for closure by the Base Closure and Realignment Commission in 2005 (U.S. Air Force Photo/Senior Airman Bryan Boyette)

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