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Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty team arrives at Vandenberg

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Col. David Buck, 30th Space Wing commander, and Col. Steven Winters, 30th SW vice commander, welcome members from the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty team as they arrive at Vandenberg March 3. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher Hubenthal)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Col. David Buck, 30th Space Wing commander, Col. Steven Winters, 30th SW vice commander and Chief Master Sgt. Dan Phelps, 30th Medical Group superintendent, welcome members from the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty team as they arrive at Vandenberg March 3. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher Hubenthal)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Members from the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty team exit a KC-135 Stratotanker Cargo aircraft here March 3. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher Hubenthal)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Members from the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty team exit a KC-135 Stratotanker Cargo aircraft here March 3. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher Hubenthal)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Officials from the 30th Space Wing met an inspection team from the Russian Federation here March 3. The team is here to conduct an on-site verification of compliance with the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty. 

The United States sends similar teams to inspect former Soviet strategic weapon facilities. The reciprocal inspections are an element of the START I accord which was signed in 1991 and went into force in 1994. The current accord is first in a series, the only one ratified, with target arms reduction numbers tied to future calendar years.