Vandenberg Air Force Base to be renamed Space Force Base

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The United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket at Space Launch Complex 2 at California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base in 2017. (Photo: NASA)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, CA (AP) — California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base will be renamed as a U.S. Space Force Base.

The name will be changed to Vandenberg Space Force Base during a Friday afternoon ceremony on the base’s parade field.

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The sprawling base on the state’s Central Coast tests ballistic missiles and conducts orbital launches for defense, science and commercial purposes.

The Space Force was created as the sixth uniformed military branch in 2019 during the Trump administration. Personnel assigned to the Air Force Space Command were reassigned to the Space Force, ending the base’s Air Force lineage.

Vandenberg’s host unit is the 30th Space Wing and will be redesignated Space Launch Delta 30.