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  • Limited access ensures launch safety

    With Vandenberg's primary mission of successfully reaching polar-orbit requiring a carefully coordinated effort between various organizations - safety is always paramount.Keeping this in mind, three days prior to a launch - outdoor recreational activities are restricted within close proximity to the launch complex. "Days before launch the safety
  • A&FRC honors volunteers

    In recognition of National Volunteer Week, April 10 through 16, Vandenberg's Airman and Family Readiness Center is highlighting one volunteer each week for the month of April.Although typically only a week long recognition, the A&FRC dedicates the whole month to volunteer appreciation."April is an opportunity to bring awareness to the contributions
  • 30th Range Management Squadron: the evolution continues

    The Air Force is a constantly evolving machine, changing policies, creating new career fields, dissolving old and merging organizations. These changes create ripple effects that spawn new responsibilities and new Air Force Instruction manuals.Before an AFI is written and the organization can find its place in the world, the person at the top has to
  • Female athlete of the year: 1st Lt. Alyson Gleason

    This year the 30th Force Support Squadron sports and fitness center nominated 1st Lt. Alyson Gleason, 2nd Range Operations Squadron range control officer, as the female athlete of the year.The recognition Gleason received for being an outstanding athlete is not something she was seeking, or even expecting, she was recognized for doing what she
  • Spacebook improves efficiency

    In 2013, Spacebook was launched here on Vandenberg Air Force Base, and since then there has been over 135 suggestions on ways to improve daily operations for Team V."Spacebook is a tool for launching the next generation of process improvements on Vandenberg AFB," said Junell Tillman, 30th Space Wing Spacebook facilitator. "We encourage everyone to
  • ANG engineering team helps keep Western Range wired

    Vandenberg Air Force Base is often referred to as the home of the Western Range, where space launch missions are conducted from California's central coast. Typically, these launches are supported by the men and women of the 30th Space Wing and associate units, contractors and mission partners who join together as Team Vandenberg. Every once in a
  • Male athlete of the year: Capt. D. Brent Bundy

    For the third year in a row, Capt. D. Brent Bundy, 17th Test Squadron Detachment 4 director of operations, was nominated as the male athlete of the year by the 30th Force Support Squadron sports and fitness center.The award recognizes outstanding achievement and noteworthy athletic accomplishments occurring at the local, regional, state or Air
  • IG visits Vandenberg AFB

    In addition to the Minuteman III launch, Vandenberg Air Force Base was recently visited by the Air Force Space Command Inspector General conducting an on-site inspection.The focus of the on-site visit was to observe the 30th Space Wing launch support activities, using a new inspection system which was implemented in 2013."The new Air Force
  • Weather balloons and rocket science

    For every launch from Vandenberg, monitoring the weather is paramount to a safe, successful mission. Sometimes, despite seemingly optimal conditions, the upper atmosphere or weather further downrange may be less than cooperative.The weather flight follows a set of rules as well as specific guidance from each launch customer, who may have different
  • Lompoc Starbucks dedicated as Military Family Store

    Over the last year and a half the Vandenberg Air Force Base Airman and Family Readiness Center and Starbucks have been working together to help facilitate job opportunities for veterans and military spouses in the local community.Because of the success of this partnership and the hiring efforts on a local level, the Lompoc Starbucks was recently
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