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The Pit: Securing Vandenberg during the Holidays

Airman 1st Class Alexis Abeyata, Space Launch Delta 30 installation entry controller, checks the under carriage of a vehicle during a routine inspection. Abeyata does an all-around commercial vehicle check with a mirror at Vandenberg Space Force Base, Calif., Dec. 7, 2021. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rocio Romo)

Airman 1st Class Alexis Abeyata, Space Launch Delta 30 installation entry controller, checks the under carriage of a vehicle during a routine inspection. Abeyata does an all-around commercial vehicle check with a mirror at Vandenberg Space Force Base, Calif., Dec. 7, 2021. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rocio Romo)

Senior Airman Jason Williams, 30th Security Forces Squadron response force leader, checks the engine of a commercial vehicle during a routine inspection inside the pit at Vandenberg Space Force Base, Calif., Dec. 7, 2021. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rocio Romo)

Senior Airman Jason Williams, 30th Security Forces Squadron response force leader, checks the engine of a commercial vehicle during a routine inspection inside the pit at Vandenberg Space Force Base, Calif., Dec. 7, 2021. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rocio Romo)

Senior Airman Jason Williams, 30th Security Forces Squadron response force leader, checks the inside of a commercial vehicle during a routine inspection inside the pit at Vandenberg Space Force Base, Calif., Dec. 7, 2021. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rocio Romo)

Senior Airman Jason Williams, 30th Security Forces Squadron response force leader, checks the inside of a commercial vehicle during a routine inspection inside the pit at Vandenberg Space Force Base, Calif., Dec. 7, 2021. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rocio Romo)

Airman 1st Class Alexis Abeyata, 30th Security Forces Squadron installation entry controller, checks the undercarriage of a vehicle during a routine inspection inside the pit at Vandenberg Space Force Base, Calif., Dec. 7, 2021. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rocio Romo)

Airman 1st Class Alexis Abeyata, 30th Security Forces Squadron installation entry controller, checks the undercarriage of a vehicle during a routine inspection inside the pit at Vandenberg Space Force Base, Calif., Dec. 7, 2021. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rocio Romo)

A commercial truck driver closes up his vehicle after being inspected by 30th Security Forces defenders at the pit on Vandenberg Space Force Base, Calif., Dec. 7, 2021. 30th SFS, secure the highly trafficked area for commercial delivery visitors throughout the holiday season. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rocio Romo)

A commercial truck driver closes up his vehicle after being inspected by 30th Security Forces defenders at the pit on Vandenberg Space Force Base, Calif., Dec. 7, 2021. 30th SFS, secure the highly trafficked area for commercial delivery visitors throughout the holiday season. (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 working the Lompoc gate search pit is to provide security to Vandenberg Space Force Base year-round.

The Lompoc gate becomes a highly trafficked area for commercial visitors delivering packages and goods on base during the holidays.

“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.”

The airmen working the pit can search any compartment of the vehicle, including the bed or trailer, the main cabin, and undercarriage. In order to check underneath and on top of trucks, airmen utilize mirrors on top of the covering that vehicles drive up to and stop underneath, along with an angled handheld mirror used to skim the underside. Military working dogs also aid in the search process, to keep VSFB safe.

On Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, the Lompoc gate will be open during designated hours, and will be handing out passes for those trying to gain base access with an approved sponsor. Even with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, the 30th SFS always remains thorough and vigilant.