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Vandenberg Colonel delivers state of Air Force Base address

VANDENBERG AFB, Calif. – The State of Vandenberg Air Force Base Address was delivered Thursday virtually due to the pandemic.

Officials are calling 2020 a difficult year, partially due to COVID-19.

Just five of seven planned rocket launches happened, including one from Space X, which was the slowest they’ve seen in decades.

Back in November, the first space operation command was officially established. 

Focusing exclusively on generating, resenting and sustaining combat ready space forces.

For 2021, the number of launches planned, has doubled, to a total of 13.

“2000th launch from Vandenberg will occur sometime this fall," said Col. David Rickards. “2000 launches from this part of the Central Coast of California.”

Officials plan to establish two more space field commands, in the future that will be focused on technology, research, and acquisition.

The Lompoc and Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce invited their members and public to attend the informative online meeting.

To view the entire meeting, click here.

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Karen Cruz-Orduña

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