An A-10 Thunderbolt II takes off from the flight line at Vandenberg Space Force Base, California, Aug. 27, 2021. The plane from Nellis Air Force Base participated in Rescue Edge, a maritime search and rescue training exercise which took place in the Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Space Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Sanchez)
A Ground-based Interceptor missile, an element of the nation’s Ground-based Midcourse Defense system, was launched from North Vandenberg today at 10:30 a.m. Pacific Time by Space Launch Delta 30 officials, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, and U.S. Northern Command. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman Kadielle Shaw)
Combined Force Space Component Command commander Maj. Gen. DeAnna Burt (center) stands with professors from the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, aerospace engineering department in front of the CFSCC headquarters building at Vandenberg Space Force Base, Calif., Aug. 30, 2021. The Cal Poly representatives, all of whom are subject matter experts in space-related fields ranging from small satellites to space situational awareness, learned more about the CFSCC mission and received a base tour. They also met with Burt, other CFSCC representatives, and the 533rd Training Squadron to discuss current space topics and future collaboration opportunities. In Nov. 2019, the Space Operations Command signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with Cal Poly, which enables the transfer and exchange of technology and professional expertise and provides access to extensive government-funded research and development resources. (U.S. Space Force photo by Lt. Col. Mae-Li Allison)
The Air Force Research Laboratory coordinated with private contractors to present a demonstration of modern counter-small unmanned aircraft systems or C-sUAS, at Vandenberg Space Force Base, California, July 28, 2021. The demonstration highlighted drones and other electrical systems that can increase and modernize facility defenses against drones with unauthorized access or hostile intent toward U.S. forces. (U.S. Space Force Video by Senior Airman Daniel Sanchez)
Combined Force Space Component Command commander Maj. Gen. DeAnna Burt (front center) stands with attendees of the first Commercial Integration Cell (CIC) Summit held at a commercial facility in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Aug. 20, 2021. This first-ever summit of more than 45 attendees was an expanded version of a bi-annual meeting that normally takes place at Vandenberg Space Force Base, Calif., between the CFSCC commander and staff and representatives from the 10 current CIC partners. Additional attendees this year included the Commercial Satellite Communications Office, the U.S. Space Force chief data officer, and representatives from U.S. Space Command, Space Operations Command, Combined Space Operations Center, the 18th Space Control Squadron, National Space Defense Center, and the Satellite Communications Integrated Operations Division. Topics discussed included integration into space domain awareness, commercial satellite communication planning, and increased sharing of operational data. (U.S. Space Force photo by Petty Officer 1st Class John Wagner)

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