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On the left, the Agena booster is prepped for assembly on the Discoverer 14 satellite. This section of the spacecraft holds the Discoverer 14 satellite in the nose of the booster. On the right, the Discoverer 14 satellite, also known as Corona 14, was launched on August 18, 1960, from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The satellite was attached to two-stage launch boosters, the first being the Thor booster, which helped the spacecraft to excel to over 17,000 miles per hour and the second was the Agena booster, which propelled the satellite into space when the intended altitude was reached. (Courtesy photo)
- Text-to-911 is a Santa Barbara County-wide service that was made available to Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., on June 15, 2020. The service allows users to text 911 responders during an emergency when calling is not an option, such as an active shooter situation. Before it was made available to the installation, the service went through a week-long testing period where base members and first responders monitored and timed how long it took for the text messages to be received, verified the location accuracy, and ensured that the transfer capabilities were working as intended. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Senior Airman Hanah Abercrombie)
Richard Cote, 30th Civil Engineer Squadron deputy commander, friends and family watch as 30th CES members conclude Cote’s retirement ceremony with a parade June 25, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Cote arrived at Vandenberg AFB in 1980 as an active duty U.S. Air Force member. He spent four and a half years in the military and retired from the same base in the same squadron after nearly 40 years of service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brittany E. N. Murphy)
Retired Senior Master Sgt. Steven W. Heuring, 30th Space Wing Public Affairs graphic artist, poses for a photo June 25, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. After 26 years of active duty and another 20 years of Air Force civil service, Heuring talks about his experience of a fundamental transformation in his thinking and attitudes towards his fellow human beings, his fellow Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brittany E. N. Murphy)
Col. Anthony Mastalir, 30th Space Wing Commander, presents the 30th Medical Group guidon to Col. Jessica Spitler, 30th MDG commander, during a change of command ceremony on June 19, 2020 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Prior to assuming command of the 30th MDG, Spitler was the commander of the 60th Diagnostics and Therapeutics Squadron, David Grant Medical Center, at Travis AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Peterson)
Members of the 30th Space Wing Sexual Assault Prevention and Response team pose for a photo Feb. 13, 2019, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The 30th SAPR team is comprised of two coordinators, one lead victim advocate, and a courthouse facility dog along with 20 volunteer victim advocates. Their innovation and support led the SAPR team to win the 2019 Department of the Air Force Exceptional SAPR Team Award. (Courtesy photo)
In light of recent nationwide events, Master Sgt. Cederic Hill, 614th Combat Operations Division Combined Space Operations Center theater watch chief, decided to share his story as a black man in America and the military. He explains how, at times, it is hard for others to talk through issues that have to do with racial bias, misconceptions or prejudices because military members are often told to not talk about race, religion and politics within the work place. He addresses the past and the tough conversations that need to be had to improve our future. (U.S. Air Force Photo Illustration by 1st Lieutenant Kaylee Schanda)
After one year of development and use, the 30th Space Wing has integrated new and valuable modules on their page within the AF Connect mobile application to provide the most up-to-date base information amid COVID-19. The AF Connect app is a mobile-friendly product where users can access an array of base information. The 30th SW page was originally launched on Feb. 1, 2019. “Taking care of our people has been our number priority during COVID-19,” said Col. Anthony Mastalir, 30th SW commander. “In order to do that, we must be able to rapidly communicate with Team V, as well as make it simple for everyone to find information. I challenged my team to redefine and revamp our current use of the AF Connect app in order to increase our communication efficiency.”

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