Vandenberg welcomes 21st SOPS, new facility

Vandenberg hosted a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony for the Ellison Onizuka Satellite Operations Facility here, the new home to the 21st Space Operations Squadron, at 10 a.m. July 30.

Lt. Gen. Larry James, 14th Air Force commander, was the presiding official.

The 21st SOPS is a geographically-separated unit of the 50th Space Wing at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. Prior to moving to Vandenberg, the squadron operated at Onizuka Air Force Station, which closed earlier this week after more than 50 years of service.
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Combat Comm supports New Horizons Panama 2010

An 11-person team from the 32nd Combat Communications Squadron is deployed to Meteti, Panama, from Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., to bring phone and data service to engineers and support personnel participating in New Horizons Panama 2010.

After supporting earthquake relief operations in Haiti, this is the second deployment supporting a 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) mission this year for the squadron, but setting up communications at austere locations is the bread and butter of the unit.
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Shuttle Heat Shield Work This Weekend

Crews working on space shuttle Discovery at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida will complete testing on the spacecraft's APU gearboxes Friday before getting into heat shield work during the weekend. The spacecraft is being prepped for the STS-133 mission targeted to launch Nov. 1.

At NASA's Johnson Space Center, the astronauts will practice procedures in the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory for the mission's first spacewalk.

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Tweetup at HQ

NASA astronaut TJ Creamer talks about his experience in space during a "Tweetup" at NASA Headquarters, Thursday, July 29, 2010, in Washington. Creamer, who spent 161 days living aboard the International Space Station as part of the Expedition 22/23 crew, set up the orbiting outpost's live Internet connection and posted updates about the mission to his Twitter account, sending the first live tweet from orbit. Image Credit: NASA/Paul E. Alers

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