30th Operations Group [30th OG]
The 30th Operations Group is the heart of the West Coast Spacelift and Range Operations. Its professionals are responsible for launching satellites and operating the Western Range for spacelift, missile test launch, aeronautical, and space surveillance operations.
The 30th OG oversees the preparation and launch of U.S. polar orbiting satellites in support of the warfighting commanders in chief.
The 30th Operation Group's Standardization and Evaluation Division administers evaluations of Mission Ready operators and leads the standardization of Western Range operations, training, and spacelift maintenance. They validate unit training and ensure compliance with HQ AFSPC guidance.
The 30th Range Squadron controls and operates the Western Range for spacelift, ballistic missile test launch, aeronautical test, air defense exercise and space surveillance operations. 30th RANS directs over 1,000 Air Force and contractor personnel at five geographically separated locations spanning more than 2,500 miles. The squadron ensures optimum configuration and performance of tracking, telemetry, communications, data analysis and meteorological assets.
The 30th Weather Squadron provides the base, wing and tenant units a full range of weather services supporting launch, air and ground operations. Major services include forecasting, surface and upper-air observing, round-the-clock resource protection from severe weather and toxic hazards, and technical support. The squadron operates a Weather Operations Centers (24-hours), Upper-Air Observatory, an airfield observatory that provides on-console support to the Western Range Control site, and center for launch operations.
The 76th Helicopter Flight conducts flight operations with five UH-1N helicopters providing safety and security operations for range operations, aerial photography, wildfire fighting, search and rescue, medical evacuation, and flight hardware recovery for Vandenberg AFB and the local area. The flight also maintains security and search and rescue support for NASA Space Shuttle operations at Edwards AFB.
The 30th Operations Support Squadron is the most diversified OSS in AFSPC. The squadron manages 30th Space Wing spacelift operations training programs, air-field operations, 30th Operations Group current operations issues, and provides intelligence services for the wing and tenant units. The unit operates the Training Device Design and Engineering Center that produces many of the space and missile training devices used throughout AFSPC and AETC. The squadron also prepares and executes all host base support for AFSPC's annual Guardian Challenge competition as well as the Guardian Tiger and Guardian Sword readiness programs for space and missile forces.
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