Maj. Gen. DeAnna Burt, Combined Force Space Component Command commander, addresses attendees of the International Space Day celebration, where she was also officially sworn-in to the U.S. Space Force, May 7, 2021, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. (U.S. Space Force photo by Michael Peterson)
California Polytechnic State University’s herpetological group teaches visitors about their reptiles during an Earth Day event April 21, 2021, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The event featured a raffle, a rock wall, food trucks and vendors from earth related agencies across the local area. (U.S. Space Force photo by Senior Airman Hanah Abercrombie)
A United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying a National Reconnaissance Office payload launched by team Vandenberg from Space Launch Complex-6 here Monday at 1:47 p.m. PDT. This was the ninth Delta IV-Heavy launched from Vandenberg, with the first launch occurring Jan. 20, 2011, and it is the largest rocket ever to launch from the West Coast of the United States.
A United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying a National Reconnaissance Office payload launched by team Vandenberg from Space Launch Complex-6 here Monday at 1:47 p.m. PDT. This was the ninth Delta IV-Heavy launched from Vandenberg, with the first launch occurring Jan. 20, 201, and it is the largest rocket ever to launch from the West Coast of the United States. (U.S. Space Force photo by Senior Airman Hanah Abercrombie)
General Shunji Izutsu (middle), Chief of Staff, Japan Air Self-Defense Force, stands with Brig. Gen. Michael Conley (left), Combined Force Space Component Command (CFSCC) deputy commander, and Brig. Gen. Jody Merritt (right), mobilization assistant to the CFSCC commander, in front of the CFSCC and 30th Space Wing headquarters building on April 23, 2021, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. During this visit Gen. Izutsu received briefings on the CFSCC and Combined Space Operations Center missions, as well as toured the range operations and launch control centers on base. (U.S. Space Force photo by Lt. Col. Mae-Li Allison)
The 30th Medical Group staff briefs U.S. Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center commander, Lt. Gen. John F. Thompson, and SMC command chief, Chief Master Sgt. Lisa Arnold, April 9, 2021, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Medical experts showcased VAFB’s COVID-19 capabilities, specifically vaccine pods and protocols that allow service members and families to be vaccinated safely while ensuring mission readiness. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rocio Romo)
Staff Sgt. Cody Emery, 30th Medical Group medical lab technician, prepares a COVID test sample for processing April 8, 2021, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The 30th MDG expanded testing capabilities with a new Cepheid testing machine, which can simultaneously test for COVID-19, Flu, and Respiratory Syncytial Virus. The new system can also process four times as many test samples at once, while also reducing the turnaround times for test results by about a third. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Peterson)
For the CBRN instructors in the 30th Civil Engineer Squadron, the mission has never stopped despite COVID-19.
Anthony Golembeck, a geodetic surveyor with the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, positions cameras to record a workout for the 2021 CrossFit Games competition, while 1st Lt. Katrina Hartman, flight commander for standardization and evaluations at the 614th Combat Training Squadron under Space Delta 5, sets up the timer at the gym annex on Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., on Mar. 26, 2021. Both belong to a group of base CrossFit enthusiasts who recently competed in the 2021 CrossFit Open, a 19-day competition where participants recorded themselves completing four prescribed workouts and submitted them electronically to be counted (U.S. Space Force photo by Lt. Col. Mae-Li Allison)
In a year where COVID-19 has tested spirits across the country, Vandenberg's Chapel team has been hard at work helping to maintain the spiritual resiliency of Team Vandenberg. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Brittany E. N. Murphy)
Knowing how to live and work on Vandenberg AFB safely is our priority. The 30th Space Wing is here to support that goal through education and sometimes relocation of wild animals when necessary, or when it may impact the Air Force mission.
The Honorary Commander Program at Vandenberg Air Force base is a paired partnership between local leaders and base leadership. The distinction of the Honorary Commander position comes with a two-year term filled with exposure to Vandenberg missions through a series of tours, volunteering engagements, shadowing programs, and heritage celebrations. A positive relationship that has fostered through the program is with the community leader Bob Hatch, who has served as the 30th Space Wing Honorary Commander for several years.
The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded Vandenberg Air Force Base a $500,000 grant to continue work towards increasing installation energy resiliency and efficiency. Representatives of the DOE met with base energy managers at the 30th Civil Engineer Squadron on Feb. 23, 2021, for a grant award kickoff meeting, to finalize the grant implementation process.

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