Each year, on the third Monday of January, our nation celebrates and honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s achievements and dedication to the betterment of our country. We answer his call to action to serve our communities by volunteering to make a difference and spark change. This holiday is the first and only federal holiday designated as a day of service. (courtesy graphic)
Chief Master Sgt. John Bentivegna, 14th Air Force command chief, Maj. Gen. John Shaw, 14th Air Force commander, and Col. Anthony Mastalir, 30th Space Wing commander, clap as the National Defense Authorization is signed establishing the United States Space Force Dec. 20, 2019, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The mission of the U.S. Space Force is to protect the interests of the United States in space; deter aggression in, from and to space; and conduct space operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Hanah Abercrombie)
Vandenberg Air Force Base members wait for President Donald Trump to sign the National Defense Authorization Act Dec. 20, 2019, at Vandenberg AFB, Calif. The NDAA established a sixth branch of the armed forces – the United States Space Force. The U.S. Space Force is a military service that organizes, trains, and equips space forces in order to protect U.S. and allied interests in space and to provide space capabilities to the joint force. U.S. Space Force responsibilities will include developing military space professionals, acquiring military space systems, maturing the military doctrine for space power, and organizing space forces to present to our Combatant Commands. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Hanah Abercrombie)
The President signed the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act and with it, directed the establishment of the U.S. Space Force as the sixth branch of the armed forces.
A Vandenberg Air Force Base Spouse’s Club member and her son collect cookies for the 2019 Cookie Drive Dec. 16, 2019, at VAFB, Calif. During this year’s drive, VAFB Spouse’s Club members packaged cookies in bags decorated by students from local schools and delivered the bags to Airmen across the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Hanah Abercrombie)
On Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. Pacific Time, the U.S. Air Force, in partnership with the Strategic Capabilities Office, conducted a flight test of a prototype conventionally-configured ground-launched ballistic missile from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The test missile exited its static launch stand and terminated in the open ocean after more than 500 kilometers of flight. Data collected and lessons learned from this test will inform the Department of Defense's development of future intermediate-range capabilities.
Preston, 30th Space Wing courthouse facility dog, waits for court to begin at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Dec. 4, 2019. Preston is the only certified courthouse facility dog in the entire Department of Defense; some of Preston’s duties include providing support to victims and witnesses while working at the Sexual Assault and Response office at Vandenberg AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aubree Milks)

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