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Like gears within a well-oiled clock, many people within many different specialties contribute to VAFB’s primary missions. One such mission, being successful polar-orbital launches, could not be accomplished without help from many unsung career fields, including the 30th Force Support Squadron civilian personnel section. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joe Davila/Released) Civilian personnel provides operational continuity for launch success
This is part three of a four part series on jobs critical to supporting launch operations.Like gears within a well-oiled clock, many people within many different specialties contribute to VAFB's primary missions.One such mission, being successful polar-orbital launches, could not be accomplished without help from many unsung career fields,
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VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Senior Airman Daniel Tartaglione, 30th Operations Support Squadron range weather forecaster, monitors weather patterns during a metrological briefing here, March 4. At VAFB a primary mission is achieving successful polar-orbital launches, which would not happen without dedicated personnel from various organizations, like the members of the 30th OSS weather flight. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Shane Phipps) Weather flight forecasts mission success
This is part two of a four part series on jobs critical to supporting launch operations.The Air Force maintains many different installations around the world, with many different objectives. These installations are all comprised of various individuals working together to achieve mission success.At VAFB a primary mission is achieving successful
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Krav Maga instructors, 1st Lt. Benjamin Skee, 2nd Range Operations Squadron control officer and 2nd Lt. William Tanner, 30th Operations Support Squadron range control officer, demonstrate proper self-defense technique here, March 5. Due to its practical approach and simplistic techniques, Krav Maga is globally renowned and utilized by various armed forces and law enforcement agencies. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Shane Phipps)


Airmen learn Krav Maga self-defense
Imagine enjoying a peaceful stroll after an eventful night on the town. Suddenly a knife-wielding stranger emerges from nearby shrubbery and you realize all that's standing between you and the aggressor is - a set of bare hands.In today's society, this scene is all too common. Fortunately, self-defense training for such untimely incidents is being
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2014
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- VAFB launches often involve many unbeknownst individuals working harmoniously, like the members of the 30th Contracting Squadron’s quality assurance flight, to ensure a successful launch. Although few are aware of the flight’s vital contribution to launch operations, without QA serious problems would be inevitable. (Courtesy photo) QA flight ensures launch safety
This is part one of a four part series on jobs critical to supporting launch operations.When thinking of any space launch, it's not uncommon for glorified images of astronauts making their way to their space shuttle, or controllers commencing a dramatic final countdown to formulate. However, for VAFB launches it often involves many unbeknownst
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Default Air Force Logo Spouses’ Club vs. Key Spouse Program
Vandenberg Air Force Base supports the needs of more than 4,000 spouses and dependents, and although both the Spouses' Club and Key Spouses are tasked with helping provide services for them their missions are very different. "The primary difference in the two programs is the Key Spouse program is a Commander-run, unit-appointed position where the
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VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Erin Butler and Eric Klinedinst, 30th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighters, work together to secure a fire hose here Jan. 9, 2014. Butler and Klinedinst have been chosen to participate in the first-ever Firefighter Throwdown at the San Diego Convention Center, Feb. 19 and 20. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Shane Phipps) 30th CES firefighters earn place in selective competition
Erin Butler and Eric Klinedinst, 30th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighters, have been chosen to participate in the first-ever Firefighter Throwdown, at the San Diego Convention Center, Feb. 19 and 20.Out of applicants from across the country, Butler and Klinedinst fill two of only 100 available slots."The draw for this competition is the chance to
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VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – 2nd Lt. Jazmine Hood, 30th Force Support Squadron Fitness Assessment Cell officer in charge, monitors a stopwatch as Airman 1st Class Veronique Henry, 30th Space Wing Public Affairs broadcast journalist, performs a pull-up during her Cadet Fitness Assessment here Jan. 7, 2014. Henry, who is applying to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, was required to complete the CFA, which included a basketball throw, shuttle run, sit-ups, pushups and a one mile run. (U.S. Air Force photo/ 2nd Lt. Kaylee Ausbun) Vandenberg Airman takes "LEAD"
After recently tacking on the rank of Airman 1st Class, Veronique Henry, 30th Space Wing Public Affairs broadcast journalist, hopes to trade in the chevrons on her sleeves for gold bars on her collar by applying to the U.S. Air Force Academy. Every year there are 170 appointments reserved for active duty, reserve and National Guard enlisted Airmen,
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Default Air Force Logo Vandenberg's oldest tower receives makeover
"We're a fully operational airfield on a base that doesn't have a flying focus, like 95 percent of the other bases out there," said Capt. Christopher King, 30th Operations Support Squadron Airfield Operations flight commander. "We will regularly be in meetings where someone will say something about the airfield and the question will be asked, 'We
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VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- 1st Air and Space Test Squadron maintenance technicians, pose for a group photo in front of a transporter vehicle here Tuesday, July 19, 2011.   (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran) 

  
  1st ASTS supports upcoming Minotaur IV launch
It was an unusually warm afternoon on Vandenberg's South Base as the members of the 1st Air and Space Test Squadron prepared to stack the Minotaur IV rocket, which is scheduled to launch Aug. 10 from Space Launch Complex-8 here. As a transport vehicle rounded the corner on Coast Road, on the way to SLC-8, it emitted a pungent puff of diesel smoke
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Default Air Force Logo TLF building scheduled for interior refurbishment
The Vandenberg Lodge's small temporary living facilities, or TLFs for short, are undergoing an extensive interior refurbishment called a "Whole Room Upgrade" starting Aug. 1. A total of nine TLF units will receive a $320,000 interior facelift which includes new paint, carpeting, draperies and all new furnishings. The other four units in the
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