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  • Vandenberg Docent Program

    Vandenberg Space Force Base is seeking volunteer docents for the 2022 western snowy plover breeding season to assist in balancing wildlife protection and visitor recreation. Docents specifically help promote awareness among beach visitors to help keep beach recreation open during the nesting season and assist in protecting the federally-listed threatened western snowy plover from disturbance.

    Seasonal restrictions will be in place for Surf Beach and Ocean Park beginning Tuesday, March 1, as part of the annual program to protect the Western Snowy Plover and its nesting habitat.
  • SpaceX - Falcon 9

    SpaceX Falcon 9 booster, containing 50 Starlink satellites, launched into low-Earth orbit from Vandenberg’s Space Launch Complex-4E, Friday, Feb. 25, 2022 at 9:12 a.m. Pacific Standard Time. (U.S. Space Force photos by Airman 1st Class Rocio Romo)
  • Space ops center strengthened with first two inter-service transfers

    The Combined Space Operations Center (CSpOC) recently welcomed its first two inter-service transfer personnel, both of whom transitioned from the U.S. Army to the U.S. Space Force. Technical Sgt. Justin Young and Sgt. Christopher Cameron joined the CSpOC’s Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance division in early 2022 and will begin their familiarization training in the coming weeks. They will be a part of a team of more than 17,000 Combined Force Space Component Command (CFSCC) personnel located across the nation who plan, task, direct, monitor, and assess the execution of combined and joint space operations for theater effects on behalf of the U.S. Space Command Commander, directly integrating with ongoing operations in other combatant commands.
  • 30th SFS Supports NROL-87 Launch

    TSgt. Andrew McKenzie, 30th Security Forces NCOIC of Launch Operations Support, explains what happens to prepare for a launch. The 30th Security Forces Squadron supports a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying National Reconnaissance Office mission NROL-87, launches from Vandenberg’s Space Launch Complex-4, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022, at 12:27 p.m. Pacific Time. (U.S. Space Force video by Airman 1st Class Tiarra Sibley)
  • CFSCC Spotlight: 55th Combat Training Squadron ensures space operations center readiness

    The Combined Force Space Component Command’s Combined Space Operations Center (CSpOC) works 24-hours a day, seven days a week, to provide tailored space effects that support combatant commanders and accomplish national security objectives.  Even those executing this important mission on a daily basis need to sharpen their skills and strive for continuous improvement, and the 55th Combat Training Squadron (CTS), also based at Vandenberg SFB, is charged with doing just that.
  • Behind the Scenes of Launch Operations Support

    One primary aspect of launches is safety. To help avoid possible injuries or dangerous situations, routines are set in place to protect the base and the community before every launch. The mastermind behind it all is Tech Sgt. Andrew McKenzie, non-commissioned officer in charge of Launch Operations Support.
  • NROL-87 Launched From Vandenberg Wednesday

    Team Vandenberg launched the National Reconnaissance Office mission (NROL-87) from Space Launch Complex-4 here Wednesday, Feb. 2, at 12:27 p.m. Pacific Time. Col. Rob Long, Space Launch Delta 30 commander, was the launch decision authority. “The Western Range has a storied history of success alongside the National Reconnaissance Office.  I’m proud of the team’s dedication and focus in conducting safe launch and range operations to ensure this vital national security program succeeded,” said Col. Rob Long, Space Launch Delta 30 commander. “We are proud to achieve another first together with the NRO and SpaceX, and demonstrate once again how our strong and lasting partnerships lead to mission success.”

    Team Vandenberg is scheduled to launch a National Reconnaissance Office mission (NROL-87) aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg’s Space Launch Complex-4 Wednesday, Feb. 2, with a launch window targeting 12:18 p.m. Pacific Time.
  • The chief gets his flowers: Fire Chief Mark Farias to retire after 40 years of service

    After 40 years of continuous service to the United States, Vandenberg Space Force Base fire chief Mark Farias, has finally decided to hang up his boots and call it a career.