HomeNewsArticle Display

Securing Vandenberg during the Holidays

Senior Airman Elijah Lewis, 30th Security Forces Squadron defense operations controller, checks a common access card at the Lompoc Gate at Vandenberg Space Force Base, Calif., Dec. 6, 2021. Lewis checks identification cards of individuals, as well as commercial vehicles, to verify authorized access to the installation during the holidays. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rocio Romo)

Senior Airman Elijah Lewis, 30th Security Forces Squadron defense operations controller, checks a common access card at the Lompoc Gate at Vandenberg Space Force Base, Calif., Dec. 6, 2021. Lewis checks identification cards of individuals, as well as commercial vehicles, to verify authorized access to the installation during the holidays. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rocio Romo)

Senior Airman Oscar Rodriguez, 30th Security Forces Squadron patrolman, guards and secures the base perimeter at Vandenberg Space Force Base, Calif., Dec. 2, 2021. Rodriguez patrols and protects the base against foreign and domestic threats during the holidays. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rocio Romo)

Senior Airman Oscar Rodriguez, 30th Security Forces Squadron patrolman, guards and secures the base perimeter at Vandenberg Space Force Base, Calif., Dec. 2, 2021. Rodriguez patrols and protects the base against foreign and domestic threats during the holidays. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rocio Romo)

Aiman 1st Class Jyana Heath, 30th Security Forces Squadron visitor center technician, runs background checks for individuals accessing Vandenberg Space Force Base, Calif., Dec. 2, 2021. Heath writes passes for military family members and civilian contractors trying to access the base during the holidays. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rocio Romo)

Aiman 1st Class Jyana Heath, 30th Security Forces Squadron visitor center technician, runs background checks for individuals accessing Vandenberg Space Force Base, Calif., Dec. 2, 2021. Heath writes passes for military family members and civilian contractors trying to access the base during the holidays. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rocio Romo)

Staff Sgt. Aaren Catchings, 30th Security Forces Squadron defense operations controller, checks a common access card at the Santa Maria Gate at Vandenberg Space Force Base, Calif., Dec. 2, 2021. Catchings checks identification cards to verify individuals are authorized to access the base installation during the holidays. (Courtesy photo by Space Launch Delta 30 Public Affairs)

Staff Sgt. Aaren Catchings, 30th Security Forces Squadron defense operations controller, checks a common access card at the Santa Maria Gate at Vandenberg Space Force Base, Calif., Dec. 2, 2021. Catchings checks identification cards to verify individuals are authorized to access the base installation during the holidays. (Courtesy photo by Space Launch Delta 30 Public Affairs)

Staff Sgt. Anna Barry, 30th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, with MWD Csipisz, and Staff Sgt. Andrew Lord, 30th SFS military working dog handler, with MWD Hugo, guard and secure the base perimeter at Vandenberg Space Force Base, Calif., Dec. 2, 2021. Barry and Lord, patrol the base alongside their military working dogs and defend the base against potential suspects during the holidays. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rocio Romo)

Staff Sgt. Anna Barry, 30th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, with MWD Csipisz, and Staff Sgt. Andrew Lord, 30th SFS military working dog handler, with MWD Hugo, guard and secure the base perimeter at Vandenberg Space Force Base, Calif., Dec. 2, 2021. Barry and Lord, patrol the base alongside their military working dogs and defend the base against potential suspects during the holidays. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rocio Romo)

VANDENBERG SPACE FORCE BASE, Calif. --

The top priority of the Space Launch Delta 30th Security Forces Squadron is to provide security to Vandenberg Space Force Base year-round, but especially during the holidays.

The 30th SFS uses the visitors center, gate security, patrolmen, military working dogs, the conservation unit, and the small unmanned aircraft system unit to maintain safety all around the base perimeter by checking identification cards, providing base surveillance and protection.

“Most of our base traffic comes through the main gate, but during the holidays we use all of our resources to the fullest,” said Senior Airman Oscar Rodriguez, 30th SFS patrolman. “Our patrols and base personnel are highly vigilant to bring safety to Vandenberg.”

The main gate, the Santa Maria gate, has constant traffic coming through. During the busy holiday season, it is no different with the increase of base passes.

“At the Santa Maria gate, we’re charged with making sure that we are properly letting people on base,” said Staff Sgt. Aaren Catchings, 30th SFS defense operations controller. “We’re also writing passes when the visitors center is closed so military members’ families can come on base and bring morale to those living on base during the holiday season.”

The Lompoc gate becomes a high trafficked area for commercial visitors delivering packages and goods on base.

“During the holidays, the Lompoc gate becomes a busy gate for those who drive commercial vehicles but also for those that drive RVs on base,” said Airman 1st Class Elijah Basil, 30th SFS response force leader. “Our job is to inspect every commercial vehicle, check their authorization to enter the base and ensure the security of the base.”

On Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, the visitors center will be closed. The Lompoc gate will be open on designated hours and the Santa Maria gate will be open 24 hours. Both gates will be handing out passes for those trying to gain base access with an approved sponsor, and all the while the 30th SFS will remain highly vigilant securing the base.