Tech. Sgt. April Spilde, an Equal Opportunity retrainee canidate (second from left), provides a look into EO's shadow program at Vandenberg Air Force Base.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, carrying the Spaceflight SSO-A SmallSat Express, launches from Space Launch Complex-4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., on Dec. 3, 2018 at 10:34 a.m. PST.
Col. Michael Hunsberger, 30th Mission Support Group commander, and Lt. Col. Jason Aftanas, 30th Civil Engineer Squadron commander, watch the Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at the Emergency Operation Center, here, Dec. 3, 2018 at 10:34 a.m. “The purpose of the Emergency Operations Center is to support the incident commander, who is typically the head of the Fire Department, with any needs they have if an incident were to occur,” said Hunsberger. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aubree Milks/Released)
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross met with service members from the 18th Space Control Squadron, 30th Space Wing, Combined Space Operations Center, Joint Force Space Component Command and U.S. Strategic Command to discuss Space Situational Awareness capabilities and space operations during a visit at Vandenberg AFB, Calif., Nov. 29-30, 2018. Secretary Ross also spoke with service members about the Department of Defense transitioning non-military aspects of Space Situational Awareness and space safety monitoring and responsibilities to the Department of Commerce. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Cody Chiles)
Fog rolls over the hills at Vandenberg Air Force Base,Calif. Nov. 13, 2018. Vandenberg’s weather system is surveyed daily by some of the Air Force’s most educated Airmen.

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