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Vandenberg's 30th Weather Squadron to host inactivation ceremony

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – The 30th Weather Squadron here has been nicknamed the Fog Dogs due to the frequency of fog Vandenberg receives off of the Central Coast. (Courtesy graphic)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – The 30th Weather Squadron here has been nicknamed the Fog Dogs due to the frequency of fog Vandenberg receives off of the Central Coast. (Courtesy graphic)

(Courtesy photo)

(Courtesy photo)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – The 30th Weather Squadron has a history dating back to World War II. After more than 18 years of squadron-level operations at Vandenberg, the 30th WS is slated to inactivate (effective) June 1.  (Courtesy photo)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – The 30th Weather Squadron has a history dating back to World War II. After more than 18 years of squadron-level operations at Vandenberg, the 30th WS is slated to inactivate (effective) June 1. (Courtesy photo)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- After more than 18 years of squadron-level operations here, the 30th Weather Squadron is slated to inactivate (effective) June 1.

On June 3, the 30th WS is scheduled to host an inactivation ceremony, open to all persons with base access, at the 381st Training Group Auditorium (Building 8290) at 11 a.m.

"This event is to celebrate the history of the 30th WS," said Lt. Col. Diana Hajek, 30th WS Commander. The 30th WS has a long celebrated history. "Dating back to World War II, the 30th WS has accumulated 47 campaign streamers and decorations."

During the ceremony, the 30th WS will be re-designated as the 30th Operations Support Squadron Weather Flight.

Unbeknownst to many people outside of the Vandenberg weather community, the 30th WS outdates even the birth of the U.S. Air Force. The 30th WS was constituted on Aug. 29, 1945, at Harmon Field, Guam, two years prior to the Air Force becoming a separate entity from the U.S. Army Air Corps on Sept. 18, 1947.

After its fourth inactivation and more than 50 years of weather operations in Guam, Korea, Japan and Vietnam, the 30th WS was resurrected for the fifth time at Vandenberg, under the 30th Operations Group, Air Force Space Command.

Approximately 26 active-duty members, Department of Defense civilians and contractors make up the 30th WS. The 30th WS is inactivating as a squadron due to the unit's manpower; the unit requires 35 manpower authorizations to be eligible for squadron-level status.

The 30th WS finished off their final year with great success. They earned an "Excellent" rating during the 2010 AFSPC ORI and the Launch Weather Team was recognized as a "Professional Team". Additionally, they received an "Excellent" rating during their 2010 Air Force Weather Standardization and Evaluation inspection. Furthermore, the 30th WS received the 2010 AFSPC Outstanding Specialized Weather Support Unit Award and the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award. "Even though the 30th WS is inactivating, the new 30th OSS Weather Flight will continue to provide the same level of outstanding support that customers at the Western Range have become accustomed to," said Maj. John Roberts, the 30th WS operations officer.

The 30th WS inactivation ceremony will feature a reception at the close of the event. Attire will be duty uniform for military and daily attire for civilians. For more information, or to reserve a seat in the auditorium, call Tech. Sgt. John Moore at 606-2551.