|30th Operations Group|
|Founded||20 November 1940 -  26 May 2021|
|Branch||United States Space Force|
|Part of||30th Space Wing|
|Headquarters||Vandenberg AFB, California, U.S.|
|Engagements|| Antisubmarine, American Theater|
Air Offensive, Japan
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
|John W. Raymond|
The 30th Operations Group (30 OG) is a group of the United States Space Force. It is assigned to the 30th Space Wing, stationed at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. It is responsible for all space launch operations from the West Coast of the United States, including all polar launches. It operates the Western Range, which conducts launches for the Space Force, other parts of the Department of Defense, NASA, and private space corporations.
Patrolled west coast, 1942–1943, while training crews for other units.
Began operations in the Pacific in November 1943. Attacked enemy installations on the Gilbert Islands in support of U.S. invasion; raided enemy airfields in the Marshalls to prevent Japanese airplanes launching against Tarawa. From January–March 1944, bombed installations in the Marshalls in preparation for their occupation. During April–Jul, raided airfields and navy facilities in the Truk Islands to keep them neutralized during the U.S. attack on the Marianas; also bombed Wake, Guam, and Saipan. From August 1944 until the U.S. took Iwo Jima in early 1945, the group attacked airfields and shipping in the Bonin and Volcano Islands and hit bypassed islands in the Carolines and Marianas until March 1945, when group returned to Hawaii for routine patrols and training until inactivated.
Search, rescue, and recovery missions in area of Vandenberg AFB, CA, 1993–. Launched meteorological and surveillance satellites into polar earth orbit, 1990–. Launched first interceptor missile in Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) program, September 2006. Deployed airmen worldwide to meet national commitments, 2005–.