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  • CFSCC’s Combined Space Operations Center hosts first International Space Day celebration

    The Combined Space Operations Center (CSpOC) hosted its first International Space Day celebration today, welcoming base military members to the “High Bay” in their building for food and games to celebrate the many achievements in, and well as the many benefits and opportunities gained through, the exploration and use of space. The lunchtime event for CSpOC and Combined Force Space Component Command (CFSCC) personnel included opening remarks from CSpOC/Space Delta 5 commander Col. Monique DeLauter, a rocket design and launch competition, and a “Black Hole” cornhole tournament, followed by a brief transfer-of-service ceremony for the CFSCC commander Maj. Gen. DeAnna Burt. Not only did international partners attend the event, but teams representing Australia, France, Germany, Japan, United Kingdom, as well as the United States, also participated in the rocket design and launch competition.

    An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile test launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, experienced a ground abort prior to launch. The cause of the ground abort is currently under investigation and Air Force Global Strike Command is assessing the potential to reschedule the launch. The Air Force adheres to strict protocols while performing operational test launches, only launching when all safety parameters with the test range and missile are met. The test launch program helps the command evaluate the Minuteman III and gather data to keep the system effective.

    An operational test launch of an Air Force Global Strike Command unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile is scheduled for Wednesday, May 5, between 12:15 a.m. to 6:15 a.m. from north Vandenberg.
  • VAFB celebrates Earth Month

    Vandenberg Air Force Base hosted an Earth Day celebration on April 21, 2021, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
  • CFSCC spotlight: Air National Guard unit provides essential secure satellite communications

    Perched on a scrub-oak-covered hilltop on the central coast of California is a small Air National Guard squadron that makes a big contribution to the Combined Force Space Component Command’s (CFSCC) mission to provide space capabilities to the joint warfighter and allied partners. For nearly 21 years, the 148th Space Operations Squadron (SOPS) has been a caretaker of the Air Force’s protected Military Satellite Communications (MILSATCOM) system, providing 24-hour monitoring and support of the satellites, seven days a week.
  • Delta IV launched from Vandenberg

    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.
  • Japan Air Self-Defense Force chief of staff visits Vandenberg Air Force Base

    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.
  • USSF Acquisition Leader visit VAFB

    U.S. Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center commander and program executive officer for Space, Lt. Gen. John F. Thompson, and SMC command chief, Chief Master Sgt. Lisa Arnold, visited Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. April 9, 2021.
  • COVID testing remains key part of Vandenberg readiness

    Although vaccination appointments for COVID-19 are being provided to an expanding population at Vandenberg AFB through Operation Fight Back, the 30th Medical Group also remains committed to providing continued COVID testing and contact tracing to maximize base readiness. “Testing continues to be an important strategy for combating this pandemic,” said Major Aubrey Reid, 30th MDG health care integrator. “It is important to contact the 30th Medical Group at 805-606-CARE when you feel ill or as directed by current guidance for COVID testing.”
  • Vandenberg CrossFit group a product of resilience and commitment to fitness

    Some would say it takes a unique form of resilience for military members who make a permanent change of station (PCS) every few years to adapt and rebuild their social networks in new locations. For a local group of CrossFit enthusiasts on Vandenberg Air Force Base, their shared passion for fitness and achieving their personal best propelled them to create their own close-knit exercise group, which also paved the way for each to place in the top 10 percent of a recent CrossFit competition.