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September 01, 2016
With operational acceptance complete, Western Range is ready for launch
Vandenberg AFB CA (SPX) Sep 01, 2016
The Western Range is back in the launch business following an operational acceptance decision held by the Operations Acceptance Board at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Aug. 18, 2016. "It is exciting," said Col. Jennifer Grant, 30th Operations Group commander and OAB chair. "The team has invested a lot of time, energy and copious amounts of planning, coordination, and vested interest in ensuring a successful outcome." Much of the coordination and teamwork was required due to the large scale of the proj ... read more

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