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The 30th Space Wing, Vandenberg’s host unit, supports West Coast launch activities for the Air Force, Department of Defense, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, national programs and various private industry contractors. The wing supports the processing and launch of expendable vehicles including the Atlas V, Delta IV, Delta II, Pegasus, Minotaur and Taurus. The wing also supports the Minuteman III and Peacekeeper intercontinental ballistic missile force development evaluation program. The wing is over the 30th Space Wing Staff Offices, Operations Group, Mission Support Group, Medical Group and Launch Group.

Major tenant units at Vandenberg Air Force Base include the Joint Functional Component Command for Space; the 14th Air Force; the 21st Space Operations Squadron; the 576th Flight Test Squadron; the Missile Defense Agency; the 381st Training Group; the Air Force Office of Special Investigations; and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

30th Operations Group

The 30th Operations Group commands and controls the Western Range and directs range resources to support space and missile test launches and aeronautical and space surveillance operations. The 30th OG also operates and maintains base communication systems and provides direct support for range operations, maintenance and modernization and sustainment efforts.

30th Mission Support Group

The 30th Mission Support Group provides critical infrastructure support, security and disaster response to the base, tenant units and mission partners.

30th Launch Group

The 30th Launch Group processes, tests and launches boosters and satellites. It provides mission assurance, protects critical launch resources, performs launch operations, oversees mission integration and develops future launch leaders. The group’s acknowledged spacelift experts are shaping the future of responsive launch operations through partnerships with launch and satellite program offices.

30th Medical Group

The 30th Medical Group provides medical, dental, bioenvironmental and public health services for those assigned to Vandenberg Air Force Base, their families and retirees.


14th Air Force

The 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic) is responsible for the organization, training, equipping, command and control, and employment of Air Force space forces to support operational plans and missions for U.S. combatant commanders and their subordinate components, and is the Air Force Component to U.S. Strategic Command for space operations.

JFCC Space

JFCC Space detects, tracks and identifies all artificial objects in Earth orbit.

381st Training Group

The 381st Training Group provides qualification training for intercontinental ballistic missiles, space surveillance, missile warning, spacelift and satellite command and control operators. It also performs initial and advanced maintenance training on air-launched missiles and ICBMs, and conducts training on joint space fundamentals and associated computer maintenance. The group also conducts qualification and orientation training for Air Force Space Command staff and senior-level personnel, as well as instructor enhancement to support operational units.

576th Flight Test Squadron

The mission of the 576th Flight Test Squadron is to execute Air Force Space Command’s Force Development Evaluation program for America’s Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Force and serve as the command’s experts for missile systems capabilities and Air Force application demonstrations.

21st Space Operations Squadron

21 SOPS is a unit of the 50th Network Operations Group, 50th Space Wing, Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, hosted as a tenant organization at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Civil Air Patrol

The Civil Air Patrol is the official civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force that assists with emergency services, which include search and rescue (by air and ground) and disaster relief operations; aerospace education for youth and the public; and cadet programs for teenagers. In addition, CAP has been tasked with homeland security and courier service missions.

Area Defense Counsel

The counsel provides legal advice for those advised of their rights under Article 31, UCMJ, and also represents clients in courts-martial, Article 15 proceedings, discharge boards, Letters of Reprimand, reports of survey, line of duty investigations, Officer Performance Report and Enlisted Performance Report referrals, and promotion or demotion actions.


The Air Force Office of Special Investigations combats terrorism and crime across the U.S. and worldwide.


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