Vandenberg Air Force Base, located north of Lompoc and south of Santa Maria on California’s Central Coast, is 155 square miles of pristine sacred land that, for thousands of years, was home to the Chumash tribe of native peoples. In 1941 the U.S. Army appropriated this land and opened a training center. In 1957 it transferred to the U.S. Air Force, one year later it became Vandenberg and home to the 30th Space Wing, its Western Missile Range (Nuclear-capable Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) testing), and Space Launch Complexes (satellite placement into earth’s polar orbit). In addition, four silos at the Base’s north end house actively deployed interceptor missiles for the National Missile Defense program. Vandenberg also is home to the Joint Space Operations Center, a component of the Air Force Space Command, which coordinates data from satellites to support Vandenberg in its stated mission of “Air and Space Superiority, Global Attack, Rapid Global Mobility, Precision Engagement, Information Superiority and Agile Combat Support.”
The purpose of Vandenberg Witness is to expose the Vandenberg Air Force Base mission as a key installation for U.S. imperial war-making, global dominance and space supremacy, and highlight current and ongoing efforts in resistance to that mission. Included in this resistance are efforts to:
- End over 25 years of I.C.B.M. testing and preparation for nuclear war;
- Stop the U.S. Government’s drive to militarize and weaponize space;
- Abolish nuclear weapons;
- End U.S. hegemony and imperial war-making;
- Restore stolen lands to natives of both California and Marshall Islands, which lie at both ends of the Western Missile Range;
- Encourage airmen to give up their service to the corruption, and often illegal imperial pursuits, of the U.S. Government.
Monthly vigils are held at the Main Gate of Vandenberg Air Force Base, on Hwy 1, the first Wednesday of each month. Vigil times are from 4:00 to 5:00 pm during Pacific Daylight Time, and from 3:00 to 4:00 pm during Pacific Standard Time.
Contact Dennis Apel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 805-343-6322 for further information.