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Lt. Col. Oppelaar visits Diego Garcia site

Cmdr. Kay Burbidge, left, commander of British Forces in the British Indian Ocean Territory, receives a 21st Space Operations Squadron patch from Lt. Col. Samuel Oppelaar, right, 21st SOPS commander as  Maj. Jesse Diaz, 21st Space Operations Squadron, Detachment 1 commander oversees during a site visit to the detachment Sept. 17, 2019. Following the formation of the British Indian Ocean Territory in 1965, the United Kingdom and the United States signed a formal agreement making Diego Garcia available to satisfy the defense needs of both governments. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Charlotte Oliver)

Cmdr. Kay Burbidge, left, commander of British Forces in the British Indian Ocean Territory, receives a 21st Space Operations Squadron patch from Lt. Col. Samuel Oppelaar, right, 21st SOPS commander as Maj. Jesse Diaz, 21st SOPS, Detachment 1 commander oversees during a site visit to the detachment Sept. 17, 2019. Following the formation of the British Indian Ocean Territory in 1965, the United Kingdom and the United States signed a formal agreement making Diego Garcia available to satisfy the defense needs of both governments. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Charlotte Oliver)

Lt. Col. Samuel Oppelaar, left, 21st Space Operations Squadron commander, takes a photo with 21st SOPS, Detachment 1 team members during his visit to the detachment, Sept. 17, 2019. Diego Garcia nicknamed "Footprint of Freedom" is located approximately seven degrees south of the equator.  Although Diego Garcia has no indigenous population, it is home to approximately 3,000 permanent-party inhabitants, the majority of whom are U.S. military personnel and base contractors. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist  2nd Class Charlotte Oliver

Lt. Col. Samuel Oppelaar, left, 21st Space Operations Squadron commander, takes a photo with 21st SOPS, Detachment 1 team members during his visit to the detachment, Sept. 17, 2019. Diego Garcia nicknamed "Footprint of Freedom" is located approximately seven degrees south of the equator. Although Diego Garcia has no indigenous population, it is home to approximately 3,000 permanent-party inhabitants, the majority of whom are U.S. military personnel and base contractors. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Charlotte Oliver)

BRITISH INDIAN OCEAN TERRITORY -- Cmdr. Kay Burbidge, left, commander of British Forces in the British Indian Ocean Territory, receives a 21st Space Operations Squadron patch from Lt. Col. Samuel Oppelaar, right, 21st SOPS commander as Maj. Jesse Diaz, 21st Space Operations Squadron, Detachment 1 commander oversees during a site visit to the detachment Sept. 17, 2019. Following the formation of the British Indian Ocean Territory in 1965, the United Kingdom and the United States signed a formal agreement making Diego Garcia available to satisfy the defense needs of both governments. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Charlotte Oliver)
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