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United States Air Force
706 Washington Ave.
Vandenberg AFB, CA 93437-6223
Santa Barbara County is considered a high cost area. Compared to the rest of the country, Santa Barbara County's cost of living is 68% higher than the U.S. average. Santa Barbara County housing marketing is quite high. The average home is currently selling for $375,000. The average rental cost for a one bedroom apartment is $1,400.
Unexploded ammunition may be found on the base. It is important to inform family members and guests to not touch anything that looks suspicious and to report it to Explosive Ordinance Disposal at 805-605-1374, during duty hours, or 805-606-9961 during non-duty hours. This information is briefed at the Newcomer's Orientation, and spouses are encouraged to attend.
Paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) is a concern. There is a state-wide quarantine on the harvesting of some shellfish (especially mussels, clams, and oysters) from all California beaches, including those at VAFB, from at least May 1st to Oct 31st each year. This quarantine is in effect because small ocean micro-organisms (dinoflagellates) produce a toxin, especially during the warmer summer months. This nerve toxin is not destroyed by cooking. Eating shellfish containing the poison (even a single shellfish) can result in fatal illness.
Passports and Visas
Ensure member and/or dependents have the required passports and/or visa prior to final out-processing. Member and/or dependents are not allowed to final out-process without the required passports/visas in hand for themselves (if applicable) and/or dependents. Members electing the accompanied tour will not be permitted to out-process without having the required passports/visas in hand for themselves (if applicable) and/or dependents.
These actions are necessary to prevent unforeseen hardships to the military members and their families. Therefore, as a last reiteration, it is essential, members do not out-process without having the appropriate passports/visas for themselves (if applicable) and/or dependents.
Snowy Plover nesting season
Vandenberg beaches close Mar. 1 to Sept. 30 as nesting season begins for the western snowy plover. To aid the species' recovery, portions of Vandenberg's beaches are closed and access is restricted during the bird's nesting season.
Beach rules include:
Vandenberg Air Force Base has closed the restricted sections of Surf, Wall and Minuteman Beaches on March 1 in observance of the Western Snowy Plover breeding season. Certain areas of each beach will remain open for recreational access, however it is imperative beachgoers know the boundaries and ensure they do not violate the restricted areas.
It is extremely important to understand that restricted area boundaries extend from the posted signs all the way down to the waterline and beyond. These beach restrictions are enforced annually on all three beaches from March 1 through Sept. 30 to protect the western snowy plover, listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act, and its nesting habitat.
Defense Service Network (DSN) Dialing Instructions
The DSN is the provider of long-distance communications service for the Department of Defense (DoD). Every installation has a special DSN number and the numbers vary by world-wide location. In order to place a call using DSN, the caller must be using a military phone on an installation. Cell phones cannot dial DSN numbers. When dialing a DSN number from a United States installation to another United States installation, it is unnecessary to dial the DSN 312 area code. When dialing a DSN number to/from overseas locations, the DSN area code must be included. The operator can be reached at commercial (719) 567-1110. Please note that long distance charges may be incurred.
The mission of the 30th Space Wing is enable space superiority through assured access to space by providing robust, relevant, and efficient spaceport and range capabilities for the Nation. The 30th Space Wing manages Department of Defense space and missile testing, and the placing of satellites into polar orbit from the West Coast, using expendable boosters. The 381 TRG, Air Education and Training Command, provides quality training to produce the finest space and missile operators and maintainers for our AF and our nation's defense.
Vandenberg AFB is named in honor of the late General Hoyt S. Vandenberg, second Air Force Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force and chief architect of today's modern Air Force. In honor of his service to the nation, the aerospace base, formerly Camp Cooke, was renamed Vandenberg AFB on October 4, 1958. For more information visit Vandenberg's Website at https://www.vandenberg.af.mil/
Lompoc: 43,232; Santa Maria: 107,353; Santa Barbara County: 447,218
There are 2600 Air Force personnel assigned, 3800 family members, 1500 DoD civilians/NAF, 2800 contractors and approximately 8,000 retirees.
Vandenberg AFB (VAFB) is located on the central coast of California, near Lompoc and Santa Maria. Lompoc, 8 miles from base, is the closest city. The small town of Vandenberg Village is located 5 miles from (VAFB). Santa Barbara County is considered a high cost area. The base encompasses over 98,000 acres, with 35 miles of pristine coastline stretching along the Pacific Ocean. It is truly a military installation in a national park setting. The zip code for the base is 93437.
Driving to the Installation from Santa Maria Airport
Exiting the airport, turn right onto Skyway Dr. Take Skyway Dr to Hwy 135, also called South Broadway, and turn right. Take Hwy 135 until it merges into Hwy 1 and follow the signs to Vandenberg AFB.
Driving to the Installation from Santa Barbara Airport
Exiting the airport head east onto Fowler Rd, and follow the signs to Hwy 101 Northbound. Turn onto Hwy 246 West towards 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 Hwy 1 (just north of town). Follow Hwy 1 North past Vandenberg Village for about 5 miles to the VAFB Santa Maria Gate--main gate. Don't take any other turn-offs, Hwy 1 will take you to the gate.
Central Coast Shuttle provides services to and from Santa Maria, Buellton, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Airport and Ventura to Los Angeles International Airport. Visit Central Coast Shuttle and CCLAX or call 1-800-470-8818.
Arriving from the North
Travel 101 South to exit 166 Union Valley Pkwy.(ignore the exit onto Betteravia) turn right onto E Union Valley Pkwy proceed to 2nd stop light, make a left on CA-1S/CA- 135S continue for about 3 miles than use the right two lanes to merge onto CA-1 towards Vandenberg, continuew about 6.5 miles to front gate entry to VAFB.
Arriving from the South
Take Hwy 101 North to Buellton. Turn onto Hwy 246 West towards Lompoc (about 17 miles). Just before reaching Lompoc, there will be a "round about" with a first exit onto Purisima Road (sign says Purisima Road and Vandenberg Village). Purisima Road will merge with Hwy 1 (just north of town). Follow Hwy 1 North past Vandenberg Village for about 5 miles to the VAFB Santa Maria Gate--main gate. Don't take any other turn-offs, Hwy 1 will take you to the gate.
Alternate Route for Arriving from the South
Travel Hwy 101 until you get to Hwy 1 north turn off (right after the tunnel). Follow Hwy 1 for approximately 21 miles to Lompoc (this is a winding 2 and 4 lane road). Follow Hwy 1 road signs through Lompoc (H Street) to Vandenberg AFB.
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