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Vandenberg AFB History

Vandenberg AFB History

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Categories:Types, Research, History
Published by: CAP History Library on Mar 29, 2012
Copyright:Public Domain


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For 30 CES/CEVPVandenberg Air Force BaseUnited States Air Force
US Army Engineer Research and Development Center Construction Engineering Research LaboratoryChampaign, IL 61826 AndNational Park ServiceMidwest Regional OfficeOmaha, NE 68102
January 2002
Space Launch Complex 10 (SLC-10) is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and isconsidered a National Historic Landmark (NHL). SLC-10 was identified by the National Park Service (NPS) as one of the most endangered NHL in the United States. Emergency repairs andmaintenance have been implemented and monitored by Mr. Donald J. Prichard, Director andCurator of the Vandenberg Air Force Base Space and Missile Heritage Center at SLC-10. Thesemaintenance actions, separately and collectively, were considered "undertakings" which requiredState Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) consultation. The SHPO consultation, conducted in1995, included a long list of required repairs and maintenance actions that are still in process.The following report contains historical, architectural, and photographic documentation toHistoric American Engineering Record (HAER) Level II standards of Space Launch Complex 10at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. Although selected as a NHL in 1986, SLC-10 has notyet been the subject of thorough documentation. By providing historical, architectural, and photographic documentation of SLC-10, this report will serve as a valuable tool to assistVandenberg Air Force Base in the management of one of its most important cultural resources.This project was coordinated with Dr. James Carucci (30CES/CEVP), Architectural Historian /Cold War Specialist at Vandenberg Air Force Base. Mr. Donald J. Prichard (30SW/MU),Director and Curator of the Vandenberg Air Force Base Space and Missile Heritage Center, provided invaluable assistance by sharing his knowledge of SLC-10 activities and assisting in thecollection of research materials. 2Lt. Brian Barnes and Mr. Aaron Frost also provided assistancein the collection of research materials.United States Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Construction EngineeringResearch Laboratory (ERDC-CERL) and the National Park Service, Midwest Regional Office(NPS-MRWO) personnel documented the complex during several field research trips in 2000-2001. Ms. Julie Webster, ERDC-CERL, served as Project Manager. Mr. Roy McCullough andMr. Patrick Nowlan, Project Historians, researched and prepared the historical overview of Vandenberg Air Force Base and the history of Space Launch Complex 10. Ms. Sheila McCarthy, NPS-MWRO Project Manager and Architect, prepared the architectural description of thecomplex. Mr. Martin Stupich produced the current condition large format archival photographs.
Historical Documentation
Historical research focused on the acquisition and interpretation of primary documents relating tothe Air Force’s mission, as well as the mission and construction history of SLC-10. Research anddocumentation procedures followed the standards established in the National Park ServiceHAER Guidelines “Preparing Written Historical and Descriptive Data” (May 1985).Sources consulted and referenced include Real Property Records, engineering drawings, andreports located at Vandenberg Air Force Base, as well as historic records, newspaper clippings,and historic photographs from the Vandenberg Air Force Base Space and Missile HeritageCenter  and other archives.
Photographic Documentation
Photographic documentation for this project included representative current condition exterior and interior large-format (4” x 5”) archival photographs of the individual facilities at SLC-10 aswell as archival quality photographs of existing engineering drawings.

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