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United States Air Force
706 Washington Ave.
Vandenberg AFB, CA 93437-6223
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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.
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.
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