VANDENBERG SPACE FORCE BASE, Calif. --
Col. Anthony Mastalir, Space Launch Delta 30 commander, and Chief MSgt. Jason DeLucy, Space Launch Delta 30 command chief, hosted Mastalir's last commander's call May 25 at the Pacific Coast Club to address the future of space and local priorities.
Members from SLD 30 gathered to listen as Mastalir discussed information about the changes across the installation, leadership, and how this impacts all assigned members.
Mastalir spoke to Airmen and Guardians about the new SLD 30 senior leadership chain of command. The new chain of command reintroduced previous group level commanders as vice commanders under the new SLD 30.
"This streamlines our processes and is unlike anything we've ever done before," said Mastalir.
Space deltas are designed to execute complex missions to empower rapid decision-making as an integral part of joint operations. The structure is leaner, flatter, and more agile to help our service members.
Mastalir alluded to the opportunity that existed amid change, "Vandenberg is breaking down walls and building something different.” He introduced the new mission and priorities model to keep SLD 30 ready to "launch and test above the rest."
"Our new priorities are to promote, provide, and protect," said DeLucy. "We promote a culture of success by investing in our Airmen and Guardians. We provide capabilities to our mission partners by fulfilling our roles to the range. And we protect our community, our members, and our environment as they are all uniquely relevant to the work we do here at Vandenberg."
When it came to COVID and the vaccine, Col. Jessica Spitler, 30th Medical Group commander, stated that "Vandenberg Space Force Base is close to reaching their 75 percent vaccination goal." Airmen and Guardians were encouraged to research their options regarding the COVID vaccine and stay healthy during the pandemic.
Many changes and transitions are happening at Vandenberg Space Force Base, but something that has not changed is the commitment to its mission partners. Vandenberg Space Force Base is planning to expand their mission by allowing small business and companies to pitch ideas to improve the way the installation operates.
"An example of this is the virtual pitch day, where 40-50 proposals will be made from small businesses and companies to provide industry solutions to military problems," said Col. Michael Hunsberger, vice commander of support.
Mastalir reminded everyone in attendance that no matter if someone is an Airmen, Guardian, or Civilian, it takes everyone to continue the mission of Vandenberg Space Force Base. Col. Mastalir will relinquish command next month and concluded his final commander's call with encouraging words for SLD 30:
"We are all one team here, and I don't want anyone to forget that," said Mastalir, "Aim High and Sempra Supra!"