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Rose Parade Fanfest Offers Behind the Scenes View of Float Construction

Lt. Gen. Michael Hamel, Space and Missile Systems Center commander (second from left), examines a huge floral butterfly on one of the Tournament of Roses Parade floats as a guide (left) explains its mechanics.  The general’s wife Linda (far right) checks it out from a different angle.  Mrs. Hamel’s parents retired Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Marlyn and Mrs. Lea Bonacker joined in on the tour of the float decoration area, Dec. 30.  (Photo by Joseph Juarez)

Lt. Gen. Michael Hamel, Space and Missile Systems Center commander (second from left), examines a huge floral butterfly on one of the Tournament of Roses Parade floats as a guide (left) explains its mechanics. The general’s wife Linda (far right) checks it out from a different angle. Mrs. Hamel’s parents retired Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Marlyn and Mrs. Lea Bonacker joined in on the tour of the float decoration area, Dec. 30. (Photo by Joseph Juarez)

Workers use orange slices as fish scales on a Tournament of Rose float. SMC Commander Lt. Gen. Michael Hamel and his family toured the float decoration area, Dec. 30. (Photo by Joseph Juarez)

Workers use orange slices as fish scales on a Tournament of Rose float. SMC Commander Lt. Gen. Michael Hamel and his family toured the float decoration area, Dec. 30. (Photo by Joseph Juarez)

Lt. Gen. Michael Hamel, Space and Missile Systems Center commander, greets children attending the Fanfest, a pre-Tournament of Roses Parade event held at the Pasadena Rose Bowl stadium parking area, Dec. 30. (Photo by Joseph Juarez)

Lt. Gen. Michael Hamel, Space and Missile Systems Center commander, greets children attending the Fanfest, a pre-Tournament of Roses Parade event held at the Pasadena Rose Bowl stadium parking area, Dec. 30. (Photo by Joseph Juarez)

SMC Commander Lt. Gen. Michael Hamel  gets a close up view of the City of Anaheim’s Rose Parade Float (Photo by Joseph Juarez)

SMC Commander Lt. Gen. Michael Hamel gets a close up view of the City of Anaheim’s Rose Parade Float (Photo by Joseph Juarez)

Lt. Gen. Michael Hamel, Space and Missile Systems Center commander (center), chats with the crew of a miniature F-16 Thunderbird at the Air Force exhibit titled “Do something Amazing,” during the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Fanfest, Dec. 30.  Personnel from Los Angeles Air Force base helped man the exhibit during the event. (Photo by Joseph Juarez)

Lt. Gen. Michael Hamel, Space and Missile Systems Center commander (center), chats with the crew of a miniature F-16 Thunderbird at the Air Force exhibit titled “Do something Amazing,” during the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Fanfest, Dec. 30. Personnel from Los Angeles Air Force base helped man the exhibit during the event. (Photo by Joseph Juarez)