Vandenberg Named as Potential Home to STARCOM Permanent Base

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The Department of the Air Force selected six candidate locations for U.S. Space Force’s Space Training and Readiness Command Headquarters (STARCOM), including Vandenberg Space Force Base.

STARCOM, one of three U.S. Space Force field commands, is responsible for the deliberate development, education, and training of space professionals; development of space warfighting doctrine, tactics, techniques, and procedures; and the operational test and evaluation of USSF systems.

Vandenberg joins the list along with the Los Angeles Air Force Base (which will be renamed a Space Force Base in the future), Buckley SFB in Colorado, Schriever SFB in Colorado, Peterson SFB in Colorado, and Patrick SFB in Florida.

The Department of the Air Force will begin site surveys in late April or early May 2022 to determine which location is best suited to host STARCOM HQ. The assessment will be based on factors related to mission, infrastructure capacity, community support, environmental considerations and cost, according to the Air Force.

In the meantime, STARCOM HQ is operating out of a transitional location in Colorado Springs, Colorado, until a permanent location is selected.

Santa Barbara County Rep. Salud Carbajal applauded the inclusion of Vandenberg in the list. He has urged the Department of the Air Force to consider the Lompoc Space Force Base due to its merit as an existing training and operations base, proximity to key research, and aerospace industries.

“As I’ve made repeatedly clear to the Pentagon, the Central Coast is already home to the premiere west coast launch site for military, civil, and commercial space operations, and currently is a cornerstone of our nation’s space training and operations,” said Rep. Carbajal. “In the search for a permanent location for Space Training and Readiness Command, Vandenberg has already demonstrated its ability to train space operators and serve a critical testing site. And in addition, its proximity to some of our country’s finest research institutions and aerospace industry make it the best candidate for STARCOM. I’ve advocated for Vandenberg both because of the innovation it will foster in our own backyard, but also for the jobs and economic opportunities it will create for our communities. I am pleased to see it is under consideration for selection, and look forward to continuing to engage with the Department as they begin the next phase of their assessments.”

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Harbor_Seal Apr 06, 2022 11:51 AM
Vandenberg Named as Potential Home to STARCOM Permanent Base

Salud seems to forget 5 minutes after a first strike VAFB is off the map and the price index for California is too high to be seriously considered (even with a billion dollar incentive package). Colorado Springs currently has too many HQs in one place. I won’t be surprised if this is a preliminary list and new sites are considered; Huntsville would be a good addition.

LCP112233 Apr 06, 2022 10:55 AM
Vandenberg Named as Potential Home to STARCOM Permanent Base

I predict the potential jobs available with this new Starcom program will be substantial. The base provides a very large number of civilian jobs and has done so for as long as it has been around. I have several family members (civilians) and friends who have worked until retirement, and are still working out there.

sacjon Apr 06, 2022 10:18 AM
Vandenberg Named as Potential Home to STARCOM Permanent Base

MP805 - Not many permanent jobs I would think. Perhaps some temporary construction jobs for any building/infrastructure, etc they would do, but I don't think they will be hiring many civilians. I'm sure there will be a few civilian jobs running the base, but I really see this and other military bases as not employing the local civilians too much.

a-1649263017 Apr 06, 2022 09:36 AM
Vandenberg Named as Potential Home to STARCOM Permanent Base

My god "space force" is such an embarrassment and oh so representative of how screwed up and out of touch our government is. I'm generally against what-about-ism, but in this case, wtf are politicians thinking? Our politicians are bought and sold by exorbitantly wealthy individuals and companies while the lower and middle classes suffer, this much is obvious. 1000 lacking areas in our society that desperately need funding, and what do they choose? To fund SPACE WARFIGHTING. What a sad farce our capitalistic reality has become.

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