Vandenberg Air Force Base
Vandenberg Air Force Base is located northwest of Lompoc, California. The area was once the home of Camp Cooke. The camp was a training center created before the United States was engaged in World War II. Training units on the way to Korea, first stopped at Camp Cook in the early 1950’s. Cook was renamed Vandenberg AFB in 1958. After the name change, the base prepared for testing PGM-17 Thor missiles, SM-65 Atlas, HGM-25A Titan I, LGM-25C Titan II, LGM-30 Minteman, LGM-118 Peacekeeper and ground-based midcourse defense interceptors. The first polar orbiting satellite was launched in 1959. The base was chosen as the West Coast Space Shuttle launch and landing site in 1972.
Space exploration and development is the focal point for Vandenberg.The base places satellites in polar orbit from the West Coast. Vandenberg handles testing by the Department of Defense. The base also assists the LGM-30j Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Force Development Evaluation program.
After arriving at Vandenberg AFB, report to your Unit Commander’s Section. Inprocessing appointments will be arranged by your unit. Your sponsor will furnish unit information. Up to 8 days of permissive TDY for house hunting can be sought after reporting to your unit.
Appointments should be scheduled to meet with the commander, first sergeant, and section commander. The meetings will introduce you to unit polices and your commander’s philosophy. Speak with your sponsor for tour of the base.
There are nearly 19,000 military personnel, DoD civilians, contractors, retirees and family members assigned to Vandenberg Air Force Base.