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Sgt. Josh Geismar, of Vandenberg Air Force Base, in yellow, leads members of Denmark’s World Games team on a tour of host city Solvang on Wednesday afternoon.

Len Wood, Staff

As part of a new partnership forged between Vandenberg Air Force Base and local communities, members of the 216th Space Control Squadron joined more than 300 volunteers in Solvang on Wednesday to assist with the Special Olympics World Games.

“It’s our luck of the draw that we got Solvang,” Sgt. Justin Martin said.

For the past four months, he and others from the base have been traveling to the Danish tourist town with color guard teams to entertain at local meetings, and this week assisting with the Special Olympics Danish team being hosted in Solvang. 

“We have jobs all week,” said Sgt. Josh Geismar, who spends most days as a satellite systems operator. 

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This week, Vandenberg volunteers headed to the Special Olympics athletes’ lodging early to make sure beds were made, floors were clean and things were put in order in military precision.

On Wednesday, they helped tour the athletes throughout town.

“Guys are excited coming here. It’s a great chance for volunteer opportunities for us and Solvang gets the partnership. Everybody wins,” Martin said.