30th Operations Group


30th Operations Group
Shield of the 30th Operations Group
Founded20 November 1940 - [1] 26 May 2021[2]
Country United States
Branch United States Space Force
TypeOperations group
RoleSpace launch
Part of30th Space Wing.png 30th Space Wing
HeadquartersVandenberg AFB, California, U.S.
EngagementsWorld War II - American Campaign Streamer (Plain).png Antisubmarine, American Theater
Streamer APC.PNG Central Pacific
Air Offensive, Japan
Eastern Mandates
Western Pacific[3]
DecorationsUS Air Force Outstanding Unit Award - Stremer.jpg
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award[4]
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.


  • 2d Range Operations Squadron (2 ROPS)
Controls and operates the Western Range for spacelift, ballistic missile test launch, aeronautical test, air defense exercise, missile defense test launch and space surveillance operations. 2 ROPS directs over 1,000 Air Force and contractor personnel at four geographically separated locations spanning more than 450 miles. The squadron ensures optimum configuration and performance of tracking, telemetry, communications, data analysis and meteorological assets valued at over $1.5 billion.
  • 30th Operations Support Squadron (30th OSS)
The squadron leads the wing spacelift operations training program, operates a $3.5 billion airfield complex, develops weapon system tactics for the 30th OG and provides intelligence services for the wing and tenant units. The 30th OSS operates the Air Force's only space Training Device Design and Engineering Center, producing most of the space and missile training devices used throughout AFSPC and Air Education and Training Command.
  • 30th Space Communications Squadron (30th SCS)
Is a key partner in the successful launching of satellites for combatant commanders' requirements and other test range activities. The squadron is focused on the operation and maintenance of the Western Range network segment enabling Wight test, spacelift and ballistic missions. The 30th SCS manages the budget for optical tracking, land mobile radio, airfield systems, RF spectrum management, missile silo communications, base secure and non-secure voice/video/data network operations, network defense, computer systems support, personal wireless communications systems, base-level services, information management, small computers, visual information and communications security for AFSPC, the 14th Air Force, 30th SW, Western Range and tenant units. Additionally, the 30th SCS provides support for telephone services and infrastructure management/upgrades.
  • 30th Range Management Squadron (30th RMS) Now part of 2 ROPS
As of July 2017, 30th RMS has merged with 2 ROPS. Manages day-to-day contractor operations and maintenance of the range, launch complexes and payload facilities. The unit provides acquisition program management and quality assurance expertise on all 30th SW and Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) mission support contracts and space programs. Additionally, the 30th RMS provides technical requirements development, systems integration, operational acceptance testing and sustainment services for 30th SW range systems. The squadron interfaces with SMC for all range sustainment, integration and development efforts.
  • 30th Weather Flight (30th WF)
Provides 30th Space Wing and tenant units a full range of weather services supporting launch, air and ground operations. Major services include daily weather forecasting, toxic hazard zone forecasting, surface and upper-air observing, technical support and around-the-clock resource protection from severe weather. The 30th WS provides planning and day-of-launch on-console weather support to the Western Range Control Center for all Western Range launch operations.


30th Bombardment Group B-24 Liberators at Kwajalein Airfield, Kwajalein, Marshall Islands, 1944
Crest of the 30th Bombardment Group.

Patrolled west coast, 1942–1943, while training crews for other units.[5]

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–.


  • Established as the 30th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 20 November 1940
Activated on 15 January 1941
Redesignated as: 30th Bombardment Group, Heavy on 20 August 1943
Inactivated on 25 June 1946
  • Redesignated 30th Operations Group on 1 November 1991
Activated on 19 November 1991[5]
Inactivated on 26 May 2021




Aircraft and Missiles

List of commanders

  • Col Stephen C. Sherwood, 19 Nov 1991
  • Col John R. Niederhauser, 11 Aug 1992
  • Col Erik C. Anderson, 7 Jul 1993
  • Col William E. Caffall, 26 Jun 1995
  • Col Ronald J. Haeckel, 22 Jul 1996
  • Col Robert E. Wood, 18 Jan 1997
  • Col Kenneth A. Cinal, 14 Apr 1998
  • Col Mark H. Owen, 15 May 2000
  • Col Edward L. Bolton Jr., 14 May 2002
  • Col Stephen M. Tanous, 8 Jul 2003
  • Col John W. Raymond, 24 Jun 2005
  • Lt Col Scott D. Peel (acting), 20 Sep 2006
  • Col John W. Raymond, 29 Jan 2007
  • Col Andre L. Lovett, 22 Jun 2007
  • Col Todd W. Gossett, 29 May 2009
  • Col David E. Hook, 15 Jun 2011
  • Col Marcelino E. DelRosario Jr., 25 Jun 2013
  • Col Jennifer L. Grant, July 2015
  • Col Curtis Hernandez, 2017
  • Col Kris E. Barcomb, Jan 19 - May 21[7]


  1. ^ https://www.afhra.af.mil/About-Us/Fact-Sheets/Display/Article/433620/30-operations-group-afspc/
  2. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nv9JYQO_vFE
  3. ^ https://www.afhra.af.mil/About-Us/Fact-Sheets/Display/Article/433620/30-operations-group-afspc/
  4. ^ https://www.afhra.af.mil/About-Us/Fact-Sheets/Display/Article/433620/30-operations-group-afspc/
  5. ^ a b Robertson, Patsy (27 June 2017). "Factsheet 30 Operations Group (AFSPC)". Air Force Historical Research Agency. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  6. ^ Lineage, including assignments and stations, through August 2005 in Haulman, Factsheet, 76 Helicopter Flight; Research Division, Air Force Historical Research Agency, Air Force Organization Change Status Report, August 2007, Maxwell AFB, AL.
  7. ^ https://www.vandenberg.spaceforce.mil/About-Us/Biographies/Display/Article/2678422/


Public Domain This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

  • Maurer, Maurer, ed. (1983) [1961]. Air Force Combat Units of World War II (PDF) (reprint ed.). Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-912799-02-1. LCCN 61060979. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  • Maurer, Maurer, ed. (1982) [1969]. Combat Squadrons of the Air Force, World War II (PDF) (reprint ed.). Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-405-12194-6. LCCN 70605402. OCLC 72556. Retrieved 17 December 2016.

External links

  • Vandenberg AFB factsheet, 30th Operations Group