See the Getting To & Around Santa Barbara County chapter on Page 19 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. Transportation is not provided to the base.
Contact your sponsor with your estimated arrival time and flight information if applicable before your arrival at Vandenberg AFB.
Sponsorship is vital to the relocation process. Don’t PCS without talking to your sponsor before departing for Vandenberg AFB. 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 be there to 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 is nearing, contact your gaining unit or call the Airman & Family Readiness Center 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
Room C-114 805-606-2276
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 Building 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): 14 AF/614 AF; 30 CES; 30 SFS; 30 OG; 30 MDG; 381 TRS (only inprocessing students); 381/533/532 TRS 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/mpf-customersupport and click on “Resources forms” to print out the forms you need.
Building 13001, Oregon Ave. 805-606-1844
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.
Pet-friendly rooms are available; contact the lodging office directly for reservations with pets or with children. Lodge amenities include Wi-Fi, DVD and board game rentals, sundries, a playground and more. Check the website for current room rates.