See the Getting To & Around in Santa Barbara County chapter on Page 21 for information about local airports, train service and public transportation. The closest commercial flights land at Santa Maria Airport in Santa Maria, about 15 miles from the base. The base does not provide transportation to or from the airport.
Contact your sponsor with your estimated arrival time and flight information, if applicable, prior to arriving at Vandenberg Air Force Base.
Sponsorship is vital to the relocation process, so don’t PCS without talking to your sponsor before departing for Vandenberg. Your sponsor will answer any questions you have about the base and the local area, make lodging or dorm arrangements and meet you upon arrival. Your sponsor will help you and your family until you are settled into your new community.
If you have not been in touch with a sponsor and your departure date is nearing, contact your gaining unit or call the Airman & Family Readiness Center, which can be reached at 805-606-0039.
Cellphone use by the driver of a moving motor vehicle is prohibited on all Department of Defense installations, unless the cellphone is used with a hands-free device.
From Santa Maria Airport
As you leave the airport, turn right onto Skyway Drive. Take Skyway Drive to Highway 135, also called South Broadway, and then turn right. Stay on Highway 135 until it merges into Highway 1 and follow the signs to Vandenberg Air Force Base.
From Santa Barbara Airport
Exiting the airport, head east onto Fowler Road and follow the signs to Highway 101 North. Turn onto Highway 246 west toward Lompoc (about 17 miles). Just before reaching Lompoc, take the right turn onto Purisima Road (sign says Purisima Road and Vandenberg Village). Purisima Road will merge with Highway 1 just north of town. Follow Highway 1 north past Vandenberg Village for about 5 miles to the Vandenberg Air Force Base Santa Maria Gate. Don’t take any other turnoffs; Highway 1 will take you to the gate.
From the North
Travel 101 South to the Clark Street exit (ignore the exit onto Betteravia). Proceed west to Highway 135, which merges onto Highway 1 southbound and follow the signs to Vandenberg Air Force Base.
From the South
Take Highway 101 North to Buellton. Turn onto Highway 246 West toward Lompoc (about 17 miles). Just before reaching Lompoc, take the right turn onto Purisima Road (sign says Purisima Road and Vandenberg Village). Purisima Road will merge with Highway 1 just north of town. Follow Highway 1 north past Vandenberg Village for about 5 miles to the Vandenberg Air Force Base Santa Maria Gate. Don’t take any other turnoffs; Highway 1 will take you to the gate.
Military Personnel Section
Bldg. 11777, Room C-114
When you arrive at the base, you must inprocess with the Military Personnel Section within 24 hours or the next duty day. Those arriving on a Friday must inprocess the following Monday. Report in uniform with your sponsor to Bldg. 11777, Room C-114 with a copy of your orders and your sealed documentation from your outprocessing appointment at your previous duty station. First-term Airmen must also provide a copy of their tech school certificates and Basic Military Training, or BMT, paperwork; new 2nd lieutenants must provide a copy of their travel voucher. Those assigned to the following units must see their commander’s support staff for inprocessing (not the MPS): 14th Air Force/614th Air and Space Communications Squadron; 30th Civil Engineering Squadron; 30th Security Forces Squadron; 30th Operations Group; 30th Medical Group; 381st Training Squadron (only inprocessing students); 381st, 533rd and 532nd Training Squadrons and permanent party (must visit Customer Support). Those with Service Members’ Group Life Insurance and Family Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance must print and complete SGLV 8286 or SGLV 8286A and take them to the MPS Customer Support Section for processing. Go to www.30fss.com/mps-customersupport and click on “Resources forms” to print out the forms you need.
If you arrive during nonduty hours, on a weekend or holiday and need assistance, call the Vandenberg Lodge at 805-606-1844.
Newcomers Orientation Event
Vandenberg AFB’s one-stop inprocessing is completed at Newcomers Orientation Events, held twice monthly at the Airman & Family Readiness Center, 706 Washington Ave., Bldg. 10122. At orientation, newcomers are greeted by base leadership, meet local community representatives and receive all mandatory inprocessing briefings, including medical. The event is required for military members, but spouses and new civilian employees are also encouraged to attend. For information about event schedules, visit the center or call 805-606-0039.
189 Oregon St.
The Vandenberg Lodge office is the first point of contact for most people arriving on temporary duty or permanent change of station orders. Military and civilian TDY and military PCS members can make reservations up to one year prior to their arrival date. Military PCS incoming members can make reservations for up to 30 days, and PCS outgoing military can make reservations for up to 10 days. Lodging guests must provide a credit card number when making a reservation.
Once you arrive, you must check in to the lodge by 6 p.m. or call if your arrival will be later than 6 p.m. If you haven’t arrived by midnight of your projected arrival date, your reservation will be automatically canceled. If you believe you will need more than the authorized 30 days, see the lodging office to fill out a BAH extension waiver request before the 30th day.
Some units can accommodate pets with their owners; contact the lodging office directly for reservations with pets or with children. The Vandenberg Lodge offers high-speed Wi-Fi access in the reception area and all lodging rooms. Call 888-235-6343 or check the website for current room rates.