Gen. Jay Raymond, U.S. Space Force Chief of Space Operations and commander of U.S. Space Command, looks at life-sized drafts of the U.S. Space Force seals that will be fabricated by the Training Device Design and Engineering Center for display in the 30th Space Wing’s Western Range Operation Control Center during a visit Aug. 3, 2020 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Raymond toured the WROCC and witnessed a Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile test and evaluation launch. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brittany E. N. Murphy)
An Air Force Global Strike Command unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches during an operational test at 12:21 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time 4 August 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. ICBM test launches demonstrate the U.S. nuclear enterprise is safe, secure, effective and ready to defend the United States and its allies. ICBMs provide the U.S. and its allies the necessary deterrent capability to maintain freedom to operate and navigate globally in accordance with international laws and norms. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aubree Owens)
Capt. Alexander Panek, 533rd Training Squadron assistant flight commander, shows Maj. Gen. Stephan Whiting, United States Space Force deputy commander, how to use new virtual training equipment at the 533rd TRS, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., July 29, 2020. During the visit, Whiting visited various units and learned about new developments for the 30th Space Wing, Combined Force Space Component Command, and 381st Training Group at Vandenberg AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aubree Owens)
Multinational military space operators pose for a photo in the Combined Space Operations Center at Vandenberg AFB after the safe return of the Demonstration Mission 2. The combined team of U.S. and multinational exchange and liaison space operators coordinated with a global network of space and military operations centers to support the SpaceX Dragon Endeavour spacecraft with recovery trajectory tracking, collision avoidance screening and warnings, and rapidly deployable global personnel recovery capabilities, in support of DM-2. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Cody Chiles)
2nd Lt. Olivia Gillingham, 2d Space Launch Squadron acquisitions manager, works at her desk July 21, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Upon graduation from the Air Force Academy, Gillingham was given the opportunity to commission into the U.S. Space Force on April 18, 2020. She now serves as a project manager at the 2d SLS. Gillingham is the first USSF member to be assigned to Vandenberg AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Hanah Abercrombie)
Col. Monique C. DeLauter, incoming Director, Combined Space Operations Center, and Commander, 614th Air Operations Center (right), salutes Maj. Gen. John E. Shaw, Commander, Combined Force Space Component Command and Space Operations Command (left), during a change of command event at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., July 24, 2020. The passing of the guidon followed by a salute to a gaining superior officer is a time honored tradition symbolizing a transfer of command. DeLauter will lead a team of more than 450 joint and coalition space professionals with a mission to execute operational command and control of space forces to achieve theater and global objectives. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aubree Owens)
Access to the coast and all its resources has long been guaranteed in California thanks to the California Coastal Act of 1976. A remarkable display of community coming together to fight for public access to all of California’s beaches, the Coastal Act protects the coast from private development and preserves the ocean as something essential to the life of every Californian. As Californians count their blessings, those in the small community of Lompoc too have cause for celebration this year. 2020 marks the first year that residents of the city of Lompoc will be able to enjoy their local Surf Beach (socially distant, of course) without fearing the summer beach closures of the past.
Tech Sgt. Daniel Burner, 30th Space Wing Inspector General inspection planner, poses for a photo with his award July 13, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Burner’s continuous efforts to improve the 30th IG and the base, lead to him winning the 2019 Lt Gen Howard W. Leaf Inspector General Award, for both the United States Space Force and United States Air Force.
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)
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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