On Wednesday, January 25th, the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Lompoc Valley Chamber of Commerce will once again combine their General Membership Luncheons at Vandenberg Air Force Base. The guest speaker will be Colonel Nina Amagno who will give a review of the past year in terms of budget, rocket launches, achievements and community relations. She will also give a projection of what is to come in 2012.

This is a unique opportunity to learn more about the current operations at the base and to interact with many of the dedicated men and women who defend our country.

Vandenberg’s forces conduct spacelift and range operations and support operational and developmental missile system testing for the Department of defense from the West Coast of the United States. Vandenberg AFB is the only U.S. Platform for polar orbit launches and the only location to conduct intercontinental ballistic missile testing without over-flying populated areas. The VIP wing’s also has primary responsibility for Air Force Space – Command’s war fighting readiness competition, Guardian Challenge.

Col. Nina Amagno is the incoming commander of the 30th Space Wing and the Western Range at Vandenberg Air Force Base, assuming command from Col. Richard Boltz on January 23rd.

If you wish to attend, you must register and provide the following information no later than January 18:

-Driver’s licence number
-Date of birth

If this information is not received by Jan. 18, you will NOT be guaranteed base access for the event
Those who already have basewill still need to make a luncheon reservation by January 18.
Cost is $18.00. The event will take place at the Pacific Coast Club on base. (gate attendant can direct you). Registration begins at 11:30 a.m, luncheon starts at 12:00 noon.

Register online now: click here.

For more information contact Marcy Lariz at the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce at marcy@santamaria.com or by calling (805) 925-2403 x 816.