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Onizuka AFS closes, operations move to Vandenberg

SUNNYVALE, Calif.-- Lt. Gen. John T. Sheridan, commander of the Space and Missile Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, presents Lorna Onizuka, widow of Col. Ellison Onizuka, astronaut aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, with a commemorative plaque during a closure ceremony for Onizuka Air Force Station here, Wednesday, July 28, 2010. Built in 1960, Onizuka AFS was originally known as the Air Force Satellite Test Center. It was selected for closure by the Base Closure and Realignment Commission in 2005, with the recommendation to move operations to Vandenberg Air Force Base, in order to consolidate satellite command and control operations while reducing excess infrastructure. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Senior Airman Bryan Boyette)

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