Gen. Brown visits 576th FLTS during first visit to VAFB as CSAF

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.

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. 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. briefs Airmen during an all-call Oct. 27, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. During the all-call, Brown talked about the necessity of change and how it is critical to protect National Security. During Brown’s time at Vandenberg AFB, he visited different squadrons across the installation to include the 576th Flight Test Squadron Missile Processing Facility and 532nd Training Squadron training bay and met with base leadership and addressed Vandenberg personnel during an all-call. (U.S. Space Force photo by Senior Airman Hanah Abercrombie)

U.S Air Force Chief of Staff General Charles Q. Brown Jr. briefs Airmen during an all-call Oct. 27, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. During the all-call, Brown talked about the necessity of change and how it is critical to protect National Security. During Brown’s time at Vandenberg AFB, he visited different squadrons across the installation to include the 576th Flight Test Squadron Missile Processing Facility and 532nd Training Squadron training bay and met with base leadership and addressed Vandenberg personnel during an all-call. (U.S. Space Force photo by Senior Airman Hanah Abercrombie)

U.S Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr., speaks with Capt. Adrian Catarius, 2nd Range Operations Squadron director of engineering, while touring the Western Range Operations Control Center Oct. 27, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

U.S Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr., speaks with Capt. Adrian Catarius, 2nd Range Operations Squadron director of engineering, while touring the Western Range Operations Control Center Oct. 27, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. While at 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)

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.

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. 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)

U.S Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr., speaks with Col. Anthony Mastalir, 30th Space Wing commander, and Lt. Col. Sean Ianacone, 2nd Range Operations Squadron commander, during a tour of the Western Range Operations Control Center Oct. 27, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

U.S Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr., speaks with Col. Anthony Mastalir, 30th Space Wing commander, and Lt. Col. Sean Ianacone, 2nd Range Operations Squadron commander, during a tour of 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)

U.S Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr., visits the 576th Flight Test Squadron Oct. 27, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

U.S Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr., visits the 576th Flight Test Squadron Oct. 27, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. While at the squadron, members demonstrated how the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile 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 Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr., receives a briefing from Col. Omar Colbert, 576th Flight Test Squadron commander, and Capt. Morgan Pack, 576th FLTS intercontinental ballistic missile test operator, during a tour Oct. 27, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

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

U.S Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr., receives a briefing from Col. Omar Colbert, 576th Flight Test Squadron commander, and Capt. Morgan Pack, 576th FLTS 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 Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr., receives a mission overview brief from members of the 576th Flight Test Squadron about the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile test launch during a base visit Oct. 27, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

U.S Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr., receives a mission overview brief from members of the 576th Flight Test Squadron about the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile test launch during a base visit Oct. 27, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. While touring 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 Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr., receives a mission overview brief from members of the 576th Flight Test Squadron about the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile test launch during a base visit Oct. 27, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
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U.S Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr., receives a mission overview brief from members of the 576th Flight Test Squadron about the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile test launch during a base visit Oct. 27, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. While touring 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 Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr. meets with members of the 576th Flight Test Squadron Oct. 27, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
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U.S Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr. meets with members of the 576th Flight Test Squadron Oct. 27, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. While at the squadron, Brown received a mission overview briefing of the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile test launch and watched as 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 576th Flight Test SuadronMissile Processing Facility Oct. 27, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. As one of two U.S. Space Force operational ranges, the base-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 Department of Defense, NASA and commercial space launches. (U.S. Space Force photo by Senior Airman Hanah Abercrombie)
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U.S Air Force Chief of Staff General Charles Q. Brown Jr. visits the 576th Flight Test SuadronMissile Processing Facility Oct. 27, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. As one of two U.S. Space Force operational ranges, the base-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 Department of Defense, NASA and commercial space launches. (U.S. Space Force photo by Senior Airman Hanah Abercrombie)

U.S Air Force Chief of Staff General Charles Q. Brown Jr. visits the 576th Flight Test SuadronMissile Processing Facility Oct. 27, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. As one of two U.S. Space Force operational ranges, the base-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 Department of Defense, NASA and commercial space launches. (U.S. Space Force photo by Senior Airman Hanah Abercrombie)
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U.S Air Force Chief of Staff General Charles Q. Brown Jr. visits the 576th Flight Test SuadronMissile Processing Facility Oct. 27, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. As one of two U.S. Space Force operational ranges, the base-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 Department of Defense, NASA and commercial space launches. (U.S. Space Force photo by Senior Airman Hanah Abercrombie)

U.S Air Force Chief of Staff General Charles Q. Brown Jr. visits the 576th Flight Test SuadronMissile Processing Facility Oct. 27, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. As one of two U.S. Space Force operational ranges, the base-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 Department of Defense, NASA and commercial space launches. (U.S. Space Force photo by Senior Airman Hanah Abercrombie)
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U.S Air Force Chief of Staff General Charles Q. Brown Jr. visits the 576th Flight Test SuadronMissile Processing Facility Oct. 27, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. As one of two U.S. Space Force operational ranges, the base-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 Department of Defense, NASA and commercial space launches. (U.S. Space Force photo by Senior Airman Hanah Abercrombie)

U.S Air Force Chief of Staff General Charles Q. Brown Jr. visits the 576th Flight Test SuadronMissile Processing Facility Oct. 27, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. As one of two U.S. Space Force operational ranges, the base-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 Department of Defense, NASA and commercial space launches. (U.S. Space Force photo by Senior Airman Hanah Abercrombie)
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U.S Air Force Chief of Staff General Charles Q. Brown Jr. visits the 576th Flight Test SuadronMissile Processing Facility Oct. 27, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. As one of two U.S. Space Force operational ranges, the base-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 Department of Defense, NASA and commercial space launches. (U.S. Space Force photo by Senior Airman Hanah Abercrombie)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --

After recently taking over his new position, U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr., made his first visit to Vandenberg Air Force Base Oct. 26-28, 2020.

During his visit, 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 first-hand 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,” said Brown.

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. He also 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.

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 intercontinental ballistic missile and commercial launch operations on the West Coast.

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