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Californias Vandenberg Air Force Base 30th Space Wing's mascot, "Hawkman," watches as a rival teams entrance to the hangar during the opening ceremonies of GUARDIAN CHALLENGE 2001. GUARDIAN CHALLENGE, the world's premier space and missile competition, is a four-day event hosted annually at Vandenberg AFB, CA "to recognize the best and demonstrate the commands warfighting skills. GUARDIAN CHALLENGE creates competition-tough crews; improves readiness and combat capabilities through preparation, innovation and sharing; enhances esprit de corps and strengthens teamwork across all mission areas in the command."

Colonel Steve Lanning, USAF, 30th Space Wing Commander, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, and his wife, Candi, wait for the opening ceremonies of GUARDIAN CHALLENGE 2001 to begin. GUARDIAN CHALLENGE, the world's premier space and missile competition, is a four-day event hosted annually at Vandenberg AFB, CA "to recognize the best and demonstrate the commands warfighting skills. GUARDIAN CHALLENGE creates competition-tough crews; improves readiness and combat capabilities through preparation, innovation and sharing; enhances esprit de corps and strengthens teamwork across all mission areas in the command." (SUBSTANDARD)

Technical Sergeant Dal Lent, USAF, 92nd Security Forces Squadron, signals an "op-four" (bad-guys) team member during the security forces tactics competition. He is wearing MILES (Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System) gear as headgear. GUARDIAN CHALLENGE, the world's premier space and missile competition, is a four-day event hosted annually at Vandenberg AFB, CA "to recognize the best and demonstrate the commands warfighting skills. GUARDIAN CHALLENGE creates competition-tough crews; improves readiness and combat capabilities through preparation, innovation and sharing; enhances esprit de corps and strengthens teamwork across all mission areas in the command."

Lieutenant Colonel Joe Hogler, USAF, 30th Range Squadron, and 30th Space Wing mascot, "Hawkman" greet the competitors from the 30th Security Forces Squadron during the security force tactics competition. GUARDIAN CHALLENGE, the world's premier space and missile competition, is a four-day event hosted annually at Vandenberg AFB, CA "to recognize the best and demonstrate the commands warfighting skills. GUARDIAN CHALLENGE creates competition-tough crews; improves readiness and combat capabilities through preparation, innovation and sharing; enhances esprit de corps and strengthens teamwork across all mission areas in the command."

Colonel Mark Owen, USAF, (in flightsuit), commander of the 30th Operations Group, sits with the "home-team", Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, 30th Space Wing Red-Tail Hawks, at the opening ceremonies of GUARDIAN CHALLENGE 2001. GUARDIAN CHALLENGE, the world's premier space and missile competition, is a four-day event hosted annually at Vandenberg AFB, CA "to recognize the best and demonstrate the commands warfighting skills. GUARDIAN CHALLENGE creates competition-tough crews; improves readiness and combat capabilities through preparation, innovation and sharing; enhances esprit de corps and strengthens teamwork across all mission areas in the command."

Californias Vandenberg Air Force Base 30th Space Wing's mascot, "Hawkman," stares-down "Snark" the Shark, mascot from Floridas Patrick Air Force Base, 45th Space Wing, during the opening ceremonies of GUARDIAN CHALLENGE 2001. GUARDIAN CHALLENGE, the world's premier space and missile competition, is a four-day event hosted annually at Vandenberg AFB, CA "to recognize the best and demonstrate the commands warfighting skills. GUARDIAN CHALLENGE creates competition-tough crews; improves readiness and combat capabilities through preparation, innovation and sharing; enhances esprit de corps and strengthens teamwork across all mission areas in the command."

Security Force participants, 30th Space Wing, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, run toward the firing range with gas masks on and carrying their Colt 5.56 mm M16A2 rifles at the ready as part of the marksmanship competition at GUARDIAN CHALLENGE 2001. GUARDIAN CHALLENGE, the world's premier space and missile competition, is a four-day event hosted annually at Vandenberg AFB, CA "to recognize the best and demonstrate the commands warfighting skills. GUARDIAN CHALLENGE creates competition-tough crews; improves readiness and combat capabilities through preparation, innovation and sharing; enhances esprit de corps and strengthens teamwork across all mission areas in the command."

The gas attack begins and Security Forces participants, 30th Space Wing, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, quickly don gas masks as part of the marksmanship competition at GUARDIAN CHALLENGE 2001. GUARDIAN CHALLENGE, the world's premier space and missile competition, is a four-day event hosted annually at Vandenberg AFB, CA "to recognize the best and demonstrate the commands warfighting skills. GUARDIAN CHALLENGE creates competition-tough crews; improves readiness and combat capabilities through preparation, innovation and sharing; enhances esprit de corps and strengthens teamwork across all mission areas in the command."

A US Air Force (USAF) Color Guard Team assigned to the 45th Space Wing (SW), post the Colors during the Closing Ceremony for Exercise GUARDIAN CHALLENGE 2002, at Vandenberg Air Force Base (AFB) California (CA). Guardian Challenge, a four-day space and missile competition, is hosted annually at Vandenberg AFB, CA to test the wartime readiness of Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) professionals

Still with a sense of humor, US Air Force (USAF) STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Terry Hutchens, 30th Space Wing (SW), is wheeled towards the awards banquet during the Closing Ceremony for Exercise GUARDIAN CHALLENGE 2002, at Vandenberg Air Force Base (AFB) California (CA). SSGT Hutchens was the victim of a snakebite while competing earlier this week. Guardian Challenge, a four-day space and missile competition, is hosted annually at Vandenberg AFB, CA to test the wartime readiness of Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) professionals

US Air Force (USAF) Technical Sergeant (TSGT) Jeff Rykhus, Dental Laboratory Technician, 31st Dental Squadron, fabricates an oral bridge inside the Hospital at Aviano Air Base (AB), Italy

US Air Force (USAF) personnel assigned to the 31st Dental Squadron, perform oral surgery on patient, inside the Hospital at Aviano Air Base (AB), Italy. Pictured left is Dr. Kyle Odom; USAF AIRMAN (AMN) Charles Crimson (right) and USAF AIRMAN First Class (A1C) Irene Banda (patient)

US Air Force (USAF) SENIOR AIRMAN (SRA) Michael Folsom, Aerospace Propulsion Journeyman, 31st Maintenance Squadron (MXS), installs a borescope plug on a General Electric F110-GE-100 aircraft engine at Aviano Air Base (AB) Italy

US Air Force (USAF) STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Al Snow, Tactical Aircraft Maintenance SPECIALIST Craftsman, removes centerline panels on a USAF F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft during a scheduled 300-flight hours phase maintenance inspection conducted at Aviano Air Base (AB) Italy

US Air Force (USAF) AIRMAN First Class (A1C) James Imler, Tactical Aircraft Maintenance SPECIALIST Journeyman, removes the leading-edge flap seals on a USAF F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft during a scheduled 300-flight hours phase maintenance inspection conducted at Aviano Air Base (AB) Italy

US Air Force (USAF) SENIOR AIRMAN (SRA) Chris Bodie, Tactical Aircraft Maintenance SPECIALIST Journeyman, refers to the technical manual during a hardware replacement on the landing gear of a USAF F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft, during a scheduled 300-flight hours phase maintenance inspection conducted at Aviano Air Base (AB) Italy

US Air Force (USAF) STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Dave Brandon, Crew CHIEF, 555th Fighter Squadron (FS) lubricates the landing gear systems on an USAF F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft during a scheduled 300-flight hours phase maintenance inspection conducted at Aviano Air Base (AB) Italy

US Air Force (USAF) Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technicians assigned to the 31st Civil Engineering Squadron (CES) help a fellow AIRMAN with his EOD 7B bomb suit during a training mission conducted in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. Pictured left to right is USAF AIRMAN First Class (A1C) Aaron Causey, A1C Jose Vazquez, and SENIOR AIRMAN (SRA) Philip Myers

US Air Force (USAF) AIRMAN First Class (A1C) Aaron Causey, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technician, 31st Civil Engineering Squadron (CES), demonstrates the Remote Ordnance Neutralization System (RONS), during an exercise at Aviano Air Base (AB), Italy

US Air Force (USAF) AIRMAN First Class (A1C) Aaron Causey, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technician, 31st Civil Engineering Squadron (CES), demonstrates how to fire the Barrett 0.50 caliber Light Fifty Model 82A1 rifle

US Air Force (USAF) SENIOR AIRMAN (SRA) Joshua Hodgin, a member of the 31st Fighter Wing (FW), Honor Guard performs the "ground arms" maneuver with his M-1 rifle during inspection drills for Wings Honor Guard, at Aviano Air Base (AB), Italy

US Air Force (USAF) AIRMAN First Class (AIC) Candace Sharp (left) and USAF SENIOR AIRMAN (SRA) On Theus, perform the "ground arms" maneuver with their M-1 rifles during inspection drills for Wings Honor Guard, at Aviano Air Base (AB), Italy. This Drill Certification is an evaluation to see if they are ready to be promoted out of the training flight of the base Honor Guard

US Air Force (USAF) Brigadier General (BGEN) Donald Hoffman (left), Commander, 31st Fighter Wing (FW), inspects the uniform of USAF SENIOR AIRMAN (SRA) Joshua Hodgin, a member of the 31st FW Honor Guard, during BGEN Hoffmans semi-annual inspection of the Unit

US Air Force (USAF) Captain (CPT) Jason Cook, Project Manager, Detachment 3, 16th Air Force Program Management Office, oversees a moving project underway a Aviano Air Base (AB), Italy

US Air Force (USAF) Weapons Standardization Evaluators use an MJ-1 Weapons Loader to upload MK-82 500-pound general-purpose bombs to a triple ejector rack attached to the wing pylon of a USAF F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft at Aviano Air Base (AB), Italy. Pictures foreground US Air Force (USAF) AIRMAN First Class (A1C) Jason Warner, US Air Force (USAF) STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Vincent Horn (left), and USAF SSGT Jon McGill

US Air Force (USAF AIRMAN First Class (A1C) Jason Warner, Weapons Standardization Evaluator, inspects CBU-87 cluster bombs, secured atop a munitions trailer, before the are loaded onto a USAF F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft at Aviano Air Base (AB), Italy

US Air Force (USAF AIRMAN First Class (A1C) Jason Warner, Weapons Standardization Evaluator, inspects rockets on the 2.75-inch LAU-131 Rocket Launcher at Aviano Air Base (AB), Italy

US Air Force (USAF) STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Vincent Horn, Weapons Standardization Evaluator, secures an MK-82 500-pound general-purpose bomb to a triple ejector rack attached to the wing pylon of a USAF F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft at Aviano Air Base (AB), Italy

US Air Force (USAF) STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Vincent Horn, Weapons Standardization Evaluator, secures MK-82 500-pound general-purpose bombs to a triple ejector rack attached to the wing pylon of a USAF F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft at Aviano Air Base (AB), Italy

US Air Force (USAF) AIRMAN First Class (A1C) Jason Warner, Weapons Standardization Evaluator, inspects a Guidance Control Unit (GCU) for a GBU-24B 2000-pound bomb, inside a aircraft hangar at Aviano Air Base (AB), Italy

US Air Force (USAF) Weapons Standardization Evaluators use an MJ-1 Weapons Loader to upload a MK-84 2000-pound bomb to the wing pylon of a USAF F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft at Aviano Air Base (AB), Italy. Pictures foreground (USAF) STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Jon McGill, SSGT Vincent Horn (left), and SSGT Jason Parker

US Air Force (USAF AIRMAN First Class (A1C) Jason Warner (left), and USAF STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Jon McGill, both Weapons Standardization Evaluators, use an MJ-1 Munitions Loader to remove a CBU-87 cluster bomb, for a MHU-141 munitions trailer, at Aviano Air Base (AB), Italy

A panel of experts examines a portion of the runway at Aviano Air Base (AB), Italy, discovered to be damage by lighting from the previous night's storm. Pictured left-to-right US Air Force (USAF) MASTER Sergeant (MSGT) Courtney Davis, Air Field Manger, 31st Operations Support Squadron; Mr. Aleksander Andrzejewski, Detachment 3, 16th Air Force Program Management Office; and Dr. Randall Brown, Headquarters Air Force Civil Engineering Support Agency

US Air Force (USAF) SENIOR AIRMAN (SRA) Luis Mendez (left), Information Manager, is given a preventative health assessment by USAF STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) John Parish, Independent Duty Medical Technician, both SAR Mendez and SSGT Parish as assigned with the 831st Munitions Support Squadron (MSS), at Ghedi Air Base (AB), Italy

US Air Force (USAF) STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Craig Ratliff (left) and USAF SSGT Morgan Ard, both Weapons Specialists assigned to the 831st Munitions Support Squadron (MSS), operate a vacuum pump during a weapons shipment, at Ghedi Air Base (AB), Italy

US Air Force (USAF) SENIOR AIRMAN (SRA) Debra Jardin (L), Monitor Facility Controller, 831st Munitions Support Squadron (MSS), is issued a Beretta M9 9mm handgun by USAF STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Edward Nelson from the armory at Ghedi Air Base (AB), Italy

US Air Force (USAF) STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) William Catts, Communication Maintenance Technician assigned to the 831st Munitions Support Squadron (MSS), traces a phone line at Ghedi Air Base (AB), Italy

During the morning open ranks inspection, US Air Force (USAF) STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Courtney Robinson (right), 831st Munitions Support Squadron (MSS), Security Forces Flight Sergeant, briefs his flight on the daily assignments at Ghedi Air Base (AB), Italy

US Air Force (USAF) SENIOR AIRMAN (SRA) Adrianne Maresca, Communications Computer Systems Operator assigned to the 831st Munitions Support Squadron (MSS), test the Local Area Network (LAN) routers and switchers for connectivity at Ghedi Air Base (AB), Italy

US Air Force (USAF) SENIOR AIRMAN (SRA) Luis Mendez, Information Manager, 831st Munitions Support Squadron (MSS), gets his blood pressure measured during a preventative health assessment, inside the Clinic at Ghedi Air Base (AB), Italy

US Air Force (USAF) SENIOR AIRMAN (SRA) Luis Mendez, Information Manager, 831st Munitions Support Squadron (MSS), uses the outside telephone box to request entry authorization to the communications building at Ghedi Air Base (AB), Italy

US Air Force (USAF) Technical Sergeant (TSGT) Mike Haydo, Postmaster, 831st Munitions Support Squadron (MSS), uses the SABER 2000 Explosive Detection Device to test packages for potential mail bombs, inside the Post Office at Ghedi Air Base (AB), Italy

US Air Force (USAF) STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Courtney Robinson, 831st Munitions Support Squadron (MSS), Security Forces Flight is issued a 5.56mm M16A2 rifle by USAF SSGT Edward Nelson from the armory at Ghedi Air Base (AB), Italy

Two US Air Force (USAF) F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft Crew Chiefs assigned to the 31st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (AMXS), perform scheduled maintenance on their aircraft, inside a hangar at Aviano Air Base (AB), Italy. The 31st AMXS is up for the Phoenix Award for the best overall maintenance flight in the Air Force

US Air Force (USAF) SENIOR AIRMAN (SRA) Chris Rancourt, F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft Crew CHIEF assigned to the 31st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (AMXS), operates the hydraulic test stand, or "mule", during scheduled maintenance checks at Aviano Air Base (AB), Italy

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