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  • VAFB Space Cowboys remain mission ready

    The 2nd Space Launch Squadron is home to the Space Force’s only hands-on space lift mission in support of the Minotaur launch vehicle. The Airmen who support this vital mission have been dubbed ‘Space Cowboys.’ 
  • The fabrication of space

    As the need for space superiority continues into a new decade, training and education will lay the foundation for building up future leaders in the U.S. Space Force. Within the 30th Operations Support Squadron is a shop whose core mission is to create high quality training tools and devices for the space and missile community. The Training Device Design and Engineering Center has a long tradition of building training tools and devices at Vandenberg Air Force Base. Established in 1958, TDDEC began their mission during the early years of U.S. Air Force launch vehicle testing. For the past 62 years, expert technicians at TDDEC have been designing and fabricating a variety of scale models, mockups, device prototypes, interactive simulators and one-of-a-kind tools all aimed at improving education and training.
  • Barrett, Air Force leaders applaud Space Force’s formal creation

    In accordance with the National Defense Authorization Act signed into law Dec. 20 by President Donald J. Trump, the U.S. Space Force is the sixth branch of the United States military.
  • Italian Space Agency president visits VAFB

    Giorgio Saccoccia, president of the Italian Space Agency, and Brig. Gen. Roberto Vittori, Space Attaché Italian Embassy to the United States, visited the Combined Space Operations Center Aug. 15, 2019, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
  • 2nd SLS reactivated following squadron merger

    As of Aug. 15, 2019, the 2nd Space Launch Squadron officially activated, following the inactivation of the 1st Air and Space Test Squadron and the 4th Space Launch Squadron at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
  • 30th Space Wing Safety Office protects Vandenberg

    The 30th Space Wing accomplishes its mission of enabling space superiority in part by managing Department of Defense space and missile testing, providing commercial launch opportunities, and placing satellites into polar orbit from the West Coast.
  • JFCC Space concludes Exercise Global Lightning 17

    The Joint Functional Component Command for Space (JFCC Space) concluded its participation in Exercise Global Lightning 17, an annual command and control exercise, Feb. 16.U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), in coordination with other combatant commands, appropriate U.S. government agencies and international allies, conducted the annual command and
  • Minuteman stacking mission hones operational capabilities

    Airmen from the 1st Air and Space Test Squadron, alongside members of the Rocket Systems Launch Program office at Kirtland Air Force Base, and various other agencies, recently conducted a training mission involving the receiving, stacking, and removing of an inert Minuteman II missile, here, July 13 through 26. Also known as Pathfinder operations,
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