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  • Col. Hough, 30th Space Wing commander Farewell

    Prior to the 30th Space Wing change of command ceremony, scheduled for July 12, 2019, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., Hough reflects on the past 2 years. Serving as the base commander since July 2017, Hough oversaw countless changes and improvements across the installation. With the help of more than 2,500 people throughout 15 squadrons that he commands, 25 space assets were launched from Vandenberg AFB, accomplishing the 30th Space Wing mission as well as contributing towards the nation’s space superiority.
  • VAFB commemorates MWD Cajun

    Service members gathered during MWD Cajuns’ funeral June 18, 2019, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. During his four year career, Cajun supported details for the Bishop of Rome, President Barack Obama, and President Donald Trump.
  • Falcon 9 launch and landing successful

    Team Vandenberg supported the successful launch and landing of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the RADARSAT Constellation Mission from Space Launch Complex 4 Wednesday, June 12, at 7:17 a.m. Pacific Time.
  • Their race to resiliency

    On April 12-13, 2019, six determined members affiliated with Vandenberg Air Force Base participated in the So Cal Ragnar Relay Ultramarathon in Huntington Beach, Calif. Each member of the six-man team had to run anywhere from 26 to 36 miles of the Ragnar Relay to complete approximately 200 miles, with the race lasting overnight.
  • Fighting hunger, one community at a time

    Motivated. Strong-willed. Seeking change and improvement in the local community. These are just are just a few things that describe Norma Almanza, The Village Chapel Mobile Food Bank creator and event coordinator.
  • Exploring Vandenberg’s Ancient Chumash Art

    At an elevation of 1,400 feet, the Chumash Honda Ridge rock art site towers over the Pacific Ocean, as if on the edge of the world. During my late afternoon visit, I took the well-laid trail, hugging the gorge between one ridge and the next. I could see for countless, largely undeveloped, miles in every direction: from the southern Channel Islands, to the eastern Los Padres National Forest, to the western San Pedro Continental Shelf, dropping off into the dark blue, open ocean. The wooden, viewing platform at the end of the trail framed the rock art “panel,” a smooth, almost reflective side of the cliff. At first, the rock art appeared like a random collection of hash marks, but then the pictographs came into focus: a rayed disk, an eagle’s head and a human form.
  • Summer is peak season for military moves

    It’s that time again. Historically, May through August is the peak season for both military and civilian personnel re-assignment. There are no guaranteed dates when it comes to having personal property packed and picked up during peak season due to certain conditions such as a decline in moving companies’ capacity, DoD budget cuts and other possible government inconveniences. The sooner you start working with the local Traffic Management Office the greater your chances of getting your desired pack out date.
  • Lab Week, launching rockets one test at a time

    Members of Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., celebrated Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, also known as Lab Week, April 21 through 27, 2019. Lab Week is an annual observance to spread awareness and show appreciation to medical laboratory professionals and pathologists for the work they do to assist patients. This year’s Lab Week theme for the 30th Medical Support Squadron Laboratory was “Launching Rockets, One Test at a Time.”
  • Vandenberg aids during exercise Patriot Hook 2019

    Exercise Patriot Hook 2019, an annual joint-service exercise coordinated by the Air Force Reserve Command, took place at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., April 10 through 15, 2019. The five day long exercise demonstrated the execution of civil relief operations that would typically occur following a natural disaster and provided realistic mission training for AFRC members and other service affiliates.
  • 1st ASTS innovate to complete mission

    The 1st Air and Space Test Squadron successfully demonstrated the capability to offload solid rocket motors using mobile rental cranes 28 March, 2019, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The 1st ASTS space maintenance technicians, along with Northrup Grumman members and their Space and Missile Systems Center counterparts at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., brought great credit to their field as they lifted a 138,000 pound inert Peacekeeper rocket motor safely onto a tractor trailer.
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