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Access to Vandenberg AFB limited starting Friday

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Posted at 5:56 PM, Mar 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-19 20:58:39-04

Vandenberg Air Force Base has announced limited access due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As of Friday at noon, base officials say only essential personnel will be allowed on base and only essential services available.

"The health and safety of the men and women of Vandenberg remains our top priority," said Col. Anthony Mastalir, 30th Space Wing commander, in a press release. "We are remaining proactive in our efforts to safeguard our service members and their families. Make no mistake, our mission remains unaffected. Preserving our ability to carry out our national security mission is crucial as we continue to work with our local and federal counterparts to actively combat the spread of COVID-19."

The pharmacy on base, along with the commissary and base exchange services will remain available.

Base officials say as of Thursday evening, there are no confirmed COVID-19 cases on base.