Vandenberg Air Force Base
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Part of Air Force Space Command (AFSPC)
Located near: Lompoc, California
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Titan IV rocket launch from Space Launch Complex-4 East, Vandenberg AFB, 19 October 2005
Coordinates34°43′57″N 120°34′05″W / 34.73250°N 120.56806°W / 34.73250; -120.56806
Site information
Controlled by United States Air Force
Site history
In use1957–present
Garrison information
Garrison30th Space Wing.png 30th Space Wing
Airfield information
Elevation AMSL369 ft / 112 m
Coordinates34°43′58″N 120°34′05″W / 34.73278°N 120.56806°W / 34.73278; -120.56806Coordinates: 34°43′58″N 120°34′05″W / 34.73278°N 120.56806°W / 34.73278; -120.56806
KVBG is located in California
Location of Vandenberg Air Force Base
Direction Length Surface
ft m
12/30 15,000 4,572 Concrete
Source: Official website[1] and FAA[2]
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Vandenberg Air Force Base (IATA: VBG, ICAO: KVBG, FAA LID: VBG) is a United States Air Force Base 9.2 miles (14.8 km) northwest of Lompoc, California. It is under the jurisdiction of the 30th Space Wing, Air Force Space Command (AFSPC).

Vandenberg AFB is a Department of Defense space and missile testing base, with a mission of placing satellites into polar orbit from the West Coast using expendable boosters (Pegasus, Taurus, Minotaur, Atlas V, and Delta IV) and reusable boosters (SpaceX's Falcon 9). Wing personnel also support the Service's LGM-30G Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Force Development Evaluation program.

In addition to its military mission, the base also leases launch pad facilities to SpaceX (SLC-4E), as well as 100 acres (40 ha) leased to the California Spaceport in 1995.

Established in 1941, the base is named in honor of former Air Force Chief of Staff General Hoyt Vandenberg.


The host unit at Vandenberg AFB is the 30th Space Wing. The 30th SW is home to the Western Range, manages Department of Defense space and missile testing, and places satellites into near-polar orbits from the West Coast. Wing personnel also support the Air Force's Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Force Development Test and Evaluation program. The Western Range begins at the coastal boundaries of Vandenberg and extends westward from the California coast to the Western Pacific, including sites in Hawaii. Operations involve dozens of federal and commercial interests.

The wing is organized into operations, launch, mission support and medical groups, along with several directly assigned staff agencies.

The 30th Operations Group provides the core capability for West Coast spacelift and range operations. Operations professionals are responsible for operating and maintaining the Western Range for spacelift, missile test launch, aeronautical and space surveillance missions.
  • 30th Mission Support Group
The 30th Mission Support Group supports the third largest Air Force Base in the United States. It is also responsible for quality-of-life needs, housing, personnel, services, civil engineering, contracting and security.
  • 30th Medical Group
The 30th Medical Group provides medical, dental, bio-environmental and public health services for people assigned to Vandenberg Air Force Base, their families and retirees.

Tenant organizations assigned to Vandenberg are: