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Trophies go to Guardian Challenge winners

Released: May 7, 1997

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) -- Five teams
were recognized as the "best of the best" Friday morning during
Secretary of the Air Force Dr. Sheila E. Widnall and Air Force
Space Command Commander Gen. Howell M. Estes III were on
hand to present trophies to the winners. 

Trophies were awarded to this year's outstanding teams in satellite
operations, surveillance, warning, missiles and spacelift. 

Mission area trophy winners are: 

Aldridge Trophy for the best satellite operations squadron team -- 1st
Space Operations Squadron, Falcon Air Force Base, Colo. 

Blanchard Trophy for the best missile operations squadron team --
320th Missile Squadron, F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo. 

Schriever Trophy for the best spacelift squadron team -- 5th Space
Launch Squadron, Patrick AFB, Fla. 

O'Malley Trophy for to the best space warning squadron team --
821st Space Group, Buckley Air National Guard, Colo. 

Arnold Trophy for the best space surveillance squadron team -- 20th
Space Surveillance Squadron, Eglin AFB, Fla. 

Functional area trophy winners include: 

Best remote tracking station -- Hula, Maui, Hawaii 

Best space communications team -- 821st Space Group 

Best missile communications team -- 448th Missile Squadron, Grand
Forks AFB, N.D. 

Best missile maintenance team -- 320th Missile Squadron 

Best spacelift maintenance team -- 5th Space Launch Squadron 

Best security police -- 4th Space Operations Squadron, Falcon
AFB, Colo. 

Best helicopter operations -- 320th Missile Squadron 

Best missile crew -- 320th Missile Squadron, F.E. Warren AFB,
Wyo. 

Best spacelift operations -- 5th Space Launch Squadron, Patrick
AFB, Fla. 

Best space operations crew -- 821st Space Group 

Guardian Challenge '97 marks the 30th anniversary of the space and
missile competition. More than 205 competitors from around the
world competed in the five-day event which is designed to develop
sound techniques and procedures that will enhance space and missile
operations. (Courtesy of AFSPC News Service)