For the first time, the Combined Force Space Component Command’s 18th Space Control Squadron began publically sharing data for debris-on-debris conjunction predictions via, Sept. 24. Previously, the 18 SPCS only released debris-on-active satellite conjunction prediction data publically due to limited conjunction screening and reporting capacity. Through a project titled Reduction of Conjunction Assessment Processing (ReCAP), 18 SPCS personnel reduced the daily number of legacy low to no-risk early conjunction reporting to satellite owners and operators by more than 30 percent. Additionally, the 18 SPCS increased the total number of objects screened daily by more than 350 percent.
When Vandenberg Air Force Base isn’t launching, the 30th Space Wing mission doesn’t stop, especially the mission of creating the range of the future. The 30th Civil Engineer Squadron Dirtboys have been hard at work creating a truck bed-down pad used to bed-down trucks and trailers outfitted with nitrogen production equipment, to support the NROL-82 launch mission from a Delta IV Heavy at Space Launch Complex 6.
When the 30th Space Wing leadership learned that a local WWII veteran was turning 105 years old, they went “all-in” for the surprise. Team Vandenberg coordinated a COVID-conscientious grand ceremony, complete with parade, color guard presentation, speeches from leadership, and the folding of and presentation of the American flag.
Chief Master Sgt. Daryl Hogan, 30th Space Wing command chief, leads the way, carrying the Prisoner of War and Missing in Action flag, during the first lap around the track at the POW/ MIA Remembrance Ceremony Sept. 17, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The ceremony began with a motorcade, followed by a ceremonial presentation of the POW/ MIA flag and speeches by Vandenberg AFB leadership. After the ceremony, members from across the installation participated in a 24-hour walk or ruck while carrying the POW/ MIA flag, as well as a continuous 24-hour name reading of the past and current POW/MIA members, until the closing ceremony the next day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Hanah Abercrombie)
Before hitting the ground in an operational setting, newly selected United States Space Force Space Operator officers arrive at Vandenberg Air Force Base, where they will attend Officer Undergraduate Space Training at the 533rd Training Squadron. Currently, the first batch of Space Force officers are at the school house awaiting the beginning of their careers, in the brand new Space Force.
Depicted in the poster is Sergeant Consuelo Mary Hartsell.She left the service in 1946. The sisters were sent to boot camp at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, the only sisters and the only Latinas in the camp. Both were assigned office jobs at the Depot of Supplies of the 1st Marine Division in San Francisco. Hartsell was assigned a desk job overseeing supplies shipped to and from overseas.She was awarded American Campaign and World War II victory medals, as well as recognition for her honorable service.We celebrate her in correlation with National Hispanic Heritage Month, formerly known as Hispanic Heritage Week, has been celebrated for more than 50 years and dates back to 1968. In 1988, during the President Ronald Regan administration the observance period, that was once only a week extended to a month and received its new name. Since then, National Hispanic Heritage Month begins every 15th of September and ends the 15th of October. During this month members pay respect to the Americans who sacrificed themselves for this nation. (Courtesy photo)
Chief Master Sgt. Daryl Hogan, 30th Space Wing command chief, salutes during the National Anthem at the annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony Sept. 11, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. During the ceremony, speeches were given to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to save others. During the terrorist attacks that took place at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, 343 firefighters, 23 New York Police Department officers, and 37 Port Authority officers were killed in the line of duty while responding, along with 2,570 civilians. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Hanah Abercrombie)
2nd Lt. Olivia Gillingham, 2nd Space Launch Squadron acquisitions manager and the first United States Space Force member assigned to Vandenberg Air Force Base, reads the Oath of Enlistment to new Space Force enlisted members during the United States Space Force Induction Ceremony Sept. 1, 2020, at Vandenberg AFB, Calif. As the newest branch of U.S. military service, the USSF aims to maintain the upper hand of space, while also adapting to new challenges that brings. Upon the creation of the USSF, many Air Force personnel in space-related career fields were offered the opportunity to transfer into the Space Force, becoming some of the first Space Force service members. The newly commissioned members joined Gen. Jay Raymond, U.S. Space Force Chief of Space Operations and commander of U.S. Space Command, Chief Master Sgt. Roger A. Towberman, U.S. Space Force Senior Enlisted Advisor, and 86 U.S. Air Force Academy graduates as official members of the USSF. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brittany E. N. Murphy)
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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