Gen. Brown makes first visit to Vandenberg AFB as CSAF

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr., visited Vandenberg Air Force Base Oct. 26-28.

During his first visit as CSAF, Brown toured different units across the installation to observe how Vandenberg AFB and the 30th Space Wing manage Department of Defense space and missile testing, place satellites into polar orbit from the West Coast, as well as support the Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Force Development Evaluation Program.

While touring the installation, Brown interacted with base members from the 532nd Training Squadron and the 576th Flight Test Squadron, where he witnessed firsthand how the use of space has greatly expanded the military’s capability and capacity to anticipate threats, respond rapidly to crises, and project power globally, at substantially less cost in lives and resources than in the past. The work that these members do daily directly supports one of Brown’s main priorities, which is to ensure space superiority.

“Space is critical to national security, and the Airmen I met at Vandenberg Air Force Base are essential to maintaining assured access to space while protecting public safety and utilizing those space capabilities to support the Air Force down range,” Brown said.

Brown also hosted an all-call during his visit, to speak directly to a wide variety of base members despite time constraints and busy base operations. To comply with COVID-19 standards, and to speak with and answer questions for as many members as possible, Brown hosted the all-call virtually, with a small audience physically in attendance.

Brown noted his ABCD priorities, “Airmen, Addressing Bureaucracy, Competition and Design Implementation,” and recognized personnel who personified those priorities during a coining recognition during the all-call.

Additionally, he highlighted accomplishments such as Genesis, the new electronic health record for the Military Health System, emphasized why Enterprise IT is so important and acknowledged the support of the 30th Space Wing firefighters who responded to the California wildfires, making sure the area was safe.

“I appreciate the work that the Wing has done, it’s been a busy year,” Brown said. “I appreciate the outstanding work and positive attitudes.”

Brown reiterated his dedication to Airmen development and quality of life, his priority to building leaders and commitment to retention, stating that we want quality people in our Air Force and we want them to stay.

The question and answer session included questions from the online viewers, in addition to questions from in-audience personnel. Topics such as looking at the way the Department of the Air Force does business and planning for change; the COVID-19 vaccine, modernization; Air Force and Space Force mission and roles; acquisitions, industry partners’ research and development; international collaborations and readiness, were discussed.

Continuing his visit, Brown toured the Western Range Operations Control Center and the Missile Alert Facility to see the integration between the 576th FLTS, 30th Space Wing and other units across the Air Force and how they accomplish Minuteman III ICBM and commercial launch operations on the West Coast.

Spacelift operations at Vandenberg AFB provide services, facilities and range safety control for the conduct of Department of Defense, NASA and other commercial space launches. Through the command and control of all DoD satellites, satellite operators provide force-multiplying effects, continuous global coverage, low vulnerability and autonomous operations. These satellites not only provide essential in-theater secure communications, but also weather and navigational data for ground, air and fleet operations and threat warning.

By the end of the visit, Brown was able to observe how mission critical members prepared for a real-world Minuteman III ICBM test launch from Vandenberg AFB.

U.S Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr., receives a briefing from Capt. Morgan Pack, 576th Flight Test Squadron intercontinental ballistic missile test operator, during a tour Oct. 27, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr., receives a briefing from Capt. Morgan Pack, 576th Flight Test Squadron intercontinental ballistic missile test operator, during a tour Oct. 27, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. While at the 576th FLTS, members demonstrated how the Minuteman III ICBM test launch countdown, command, and control process is accomplished prior to launch. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brittany E. N. Murphy)

U.S Air Force Chief of Staff General Charles Q. Brown Jr. visits the 532th Training Squadron training bay Oct. 27, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Vandenberg AFB hosts the only space technical schools, as well as being one of two U.S. Space Force operational ranges. The base's unique units are critical to the nation's security, economic prosperity and scientific knowledge. Spacelift operations at the West Coast launch base provide services, facilities and range safety control for the conduct of DOD, NASA and commercial space launches.  (U.S. Space Force photo by Senior Airman Hanah Abercrombie)

Air Force Chief of Staff General Charles Q. Brown Jr. visits the 532nd Training Squadron training bay Oct. 27, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Vandenberg AFB, which hosts the only space technical schools, is one of two U.S. Space Force operational ranges. The base’s unique units are critical to the nation’s security, economic prosperity and scientific knowledge. Spacelift operations at the West Coast launch base provide services, facilities and range safety control for the conduct of DOD, NASA and commercial space launches. (U.S. Space Force photo by Senior Airman Hanah Abercrombie)

U.S Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr., speaks with Lt. Col. Sean Ianacone, 2nd Range Operations Squadron commander, while visiting the Western Range Operations Control Center Oct. 27, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr., speaks with Lt. Col. Sean Ianacone, 2nd Range Operations Squadron commander, while visiting the Western Range Operations Control Center Oct. 27, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. While touring the WROCC, Brown saw the integration between the 576th Flight Test Squadron, 30th Space Wing and how they accomplish Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile and commercial launch operations on the West Coast. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brittany E. N. Murphy)

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