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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 intercontinental ballistic missile force development evaluation program. The wing is over the 30th Space Wing Staff Offices, Operations Group, Mission Support Group and Medical Group.

Associate units at Vandenberg Air Force Base include the 14th Air Force, the Combined Space Operations Center, the 381st Training Group, the 576th Flight Test Squadron, the 21st Space Operations Squadron, Civil Air Patrol, Area Defense Counsel and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations.

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 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 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.

Combined Space Operations Center

The Combined Space Operations Center reports to the Joint Force Space Component Commander and executes the operational command and control of space forces to achieve theater and global objectives.

381st Training Group

The 381st Training Group is the gateway into the U.S. Air Force for airmen entering the space, missile or missile maintenance career fields. The 381 TRG provides initial operations and maintenance training for the nation’s space and missile forces.

576th Flight Test Squadron

The 576th Flight Test Squadron is America’s only dedicated Intercontinental Ballistic Missile test squadron professionally executing tests that accurately measure the current and future capability of the ICBM force.

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 provides professional investigative service to commanders of all Air Force activities. Its primary responsibilities are criminal investigations and counterintelligence services.


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