Air Force and Space Force Spouse Professional License Transfer Policy

Air Force Space Force

Members of the Air Force and Space Force who get permanent change of station (PCS) orders have to pack up their professional and personal spaces, move to the new assignment, and start their life in the new location.

Married couples face an additional challenge–how does the military spouse pack up their career and move it across the country?

Air Force and Space Force spouses with professional licenses for state-regulated occupations may have the option to transfer their licenses to the new state and be compensated by the DoD for doing so.

Federal laws passed in 2022 make it easier to perform these transfers thanks to legislation requiring the states to accept military spouse licenses (all branches of the U.S. military) from other states.

This is, more or less, a federal enhancement of state reciprocity programs active prior to the new law; Air Force and Space Force spouses may have it easier when trying to transfer a professional license–but the transfer must be due to a permanent change of station move.

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Air Force/Space Force Spouse Licensure Reimbursement Policy

Spouses of service members “of any rank” may be eligible to apply, and typically such transfers qualify when they are for the same type of license or its equivalent and the license travels across state lines.

Air Force and Space Force define their “qualified relicensing costs” as “any required exam costs or registration fees set by the new state so the spouse can keep working in their current profession”.

Up to $1,000 in reimbursement is offered per move.

Documents You Need To Apply For An Air Force or Space Force Spouse License Transfer

  • Copy of PCS orders or equivalent
  • Copy of spouse’s previous state occupational license or certification
  • Paid receipt showing the new state fees

Apply for reimbursement after the new state license or certification arrives.

How To Apply For An Air Force or Space Force Spouse License Transfer

Gather the documentation listed above and make an appointment with your gaining base’s Finance Office.

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Costs Not Covered by the Spouse Professional License Transfer Policy

Air Force policy for this program includes a list of expenses that cannot be repaid under this program They include, but may not be limited to:

  • Costs not associated with PCS moves;
  • Expenses related to failed attempts to obtain or transfer licensure;
  • License transfer costs associated with separation or retirement orders;
  • Reimbursement is not authorized for “moves upon accession” or the Career Intermission Program.

Things to Know About Transferring Licenses From State to State

There is a time limit. You generally have 24 months to apply for the reimbursement once you have been reassigned.

This benefit is a reimbursement. The government will not pay you or the appropriate agency in advance. You will be expected to pay for the transfer upfront and apply to be reimbursed.

Remember that your gaining or losing state may have different license transfer guidelines than others. The “gaining state” may require more credentialing for the same type of license, or it may not have as many requirements depending on circumstances.

Vandenberg Space Force Base Guide

Vandenberg Space Force Base is located on the Central Coast of California. Formerly Vandenberg Air Force Base, the mission here may sound quite unique compared to other bases. Named for the late General Hoyt Vandenberg, the mission here is to “provide robust, relevant, and efficient range and spaceport capabilities” for the United States.

Vandenberg Space Force Base, California

Vandenberg Space Force Base History

Long before it was redesignated as a Space Force base, this area was known as Camp Cooke in 1941 and later as Vandenberg Air Force Base. Camp Cooke began operations in October of 1941. The camp wasn’t even fully constructed before the 5th Armored Division arrived there to train and deploy for World War Two.

Camp Cooke’s role in the war included serving as a POW camp as well as a military disciplinary facility for Americans who were sentenced by a military court to do time in a correctional environment. Camp Cooke wasn’t meant to last, apparently.

It closed shortly after the war in 1946. Just a few years later, the Korean War began and the camp reopened to serve yet again as a training facility. It ran between 1950 and 1953, and by 1956 parts of the installation were being placed under Air Force control. Cooke Air Force Base would be officially recognized in 1957.

That same year, the Department of Defense authorized the base as a launch site for ICBMs. Missile crews began training at Cooke AFB, the Cold War began ramping up, and in 1958 Cooke AFB was redesignated Vandenberg AFB, named after the service’s second Chief Of Staff.

In the 1970s, Vandenberg AFB began supporting NASA space shuttle operations as an alternative landing site. It was never needed, but as a fallback the site was a valuable part of the space program. In the 1990s, Vandenberg was put under Air Force Space Command. That would turn out to be an indicator of things to come.

On 20 December 2019, the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act was passed; in part, it established the sixth uniformed military branch of the Department of Defense, the United States Space Force.

As the Vandenberg Space Force official site notes, “All mission sets and personnel assigned to the previous Air Force Space Command were reassigned to the United States Space Force” including Vandenberg. Today, the base operates under the jurisdiction of Space Operations Command.

Surrounding Area

Vandenberg SFB is located on California’s central coast in Santa Barbara county, some nine miles away from Lompoc. There is plenty of wilderness in the area including San Rafael Wilderness and Los Padres National Forest. The small town known as Vandenberg Village is a five-minute drive from Vandenberg SFBis a small town roughly five miles from the base.

Nearby Lompoc has plenty to offer in terms of sand and surf. You can visit Ocean Beach Park, Beattie Park, and Riverbend Park; all feature family-friendly fun in the sun.

Lompoc is a destination for those who love wine and golf; there are two facilities to choose from here; The Mission Club or La Purisima Golf Course, and you can also visit nearby Montemar Winery, or Transcendence Winery after hitting the links.

Newcomers will be tempted to make the one-hour drive to Santa Barbara for its art studios, culture, whale watching, and shopping options. Paseo Nuevo and State Street Shopping are both retail destination sites you won’t want to miss.


Vandenberg Space Force Base is the home of Space Launch Delta 30, which is responsible for managing Department of Defense space and missile testing, and satellites, plus providing support for the Minuteman III program. Important Vandenberg Space Force Base units and missions include, but may not be limited to:

  • Combined Force Space Component Command
  • Space Operations Command
  • Combined Space Operations Center (CSpOC) / Space Delta 5
  • Space Training and Readiness Command (STARCOM) / Space Delta 1
  • 576th Flight Test Squadron
  • 21st Space Operations Squadron
  • Office of Special Investigations Detachment 804
  • 30th Comptroller Squadron (30 CPTS)
  • 30th Civil Engineer Squadron (30 CES)
  • 30th Contracting Squadron (30 CONS)
  • 30th Force Support Squadron (30 FSS)
  • 30th Logistics Readiness Squadron (30 LRS)
  • 30th Security Forces Squadron (30 SFS)
  • 30th Operations Support Squadron (30 OSS)
  • 30th Space Communications Squadron (30 SCS)
  • 2nd Range Operations Squadron (2 ROPS)
  • 2nd Space Launch Squadron (2 SLS)
  • Emergency Management
  • History Office
  • Inspector General
  • Public Affairs Office
  • Small Business Office
  • Space & Missile Heritage Museum
  • Staff Judge Advocate

Vandenberg Space Force Base In-Processing and Check-In

If you are PCSing to Vandeberg, report to your unit commander section. You should be given unit information by your sponsor before you arrive, and once you have checked in with your gaining unit you can request up to eight days of permissive TDY for house hunting. If you arrive during normal duty hours, you can check in same day, but if you arrive in the area after normal duty hours, check in the following day.

Vandenberg Space Force Base Child Care

Child care options at Vandenberg are offered via the Child Development Center, providing care for children ages six weeks to five years old. Options include weekly, full time and part-time day pre-school, hourly and special needs care.

Family Child Care is also available here. This is child care offered in private homes on base or in military housing. This care is offered by those who have been certified; these are inspected on-base child care providers who must meet DoD requirements in order to participate in the program. To arrange CDC care, get on waiting lists, or learn where you are on a child care waiting list, call 805-606-1555. To sign up for FCC services, call 805-606-4639.


Vandenberg Space Force Base housing is privatized and operated by Balfour Beatty Communities. Contact the housing office as soon as you have PCS orders to learn about waiting lists and other issues. You should make an appointment with the housing office before entering ANY legally binding agreement for housing. California is a state with a high cost of living and you will want to know your options ahead of time to budget and prepare for this assignment.

Single and unaccompanied service members between the ranks of E-1 to E-4 may be offered on-base housing. Those who are single and above the pay grade of E4 will be required to live in the local community.

PCS and TDY Lodging

Those who need temporary lodging at Vandenberg Space Force Base should call for reservations as soon as orders are available–high demand means temporary lodging may be limited or unavailable on base.

Call 805-606-1844 to make a reservation but know if the system is full you will be offered a Certificate of Non-Availability, which authorizes you to stay off base at the government’s expense. If you are traveling on PCS orders you may be permitted to book farther in advance.


When arriving in the local area, the usual ride-sharing and commercially available transportation is available at area airports. But in this part of the state, it’s critical to discuss your arrival with your sponsor. Local traffic issues may complicate your arrival if you don’t anticipate them. The nearest airport to the base is Santa Maria Public Airport, roughly 18 miles away. Taxi service to the main gate is possible depending on time of day, demand, and other variables.

Vehicle Registration And Driver’s License

State residents must carry a California driver’s license. Non-resident active duty members must carry either a current California driver’s license or a valid driver’s license issued by the service member’s state of residence.

All privately owned vehicles (POVs) on Vandenberg AFB must be in compliance with California state law regarding insurance, emissions, and registration.

While you are not required to carry base decals on your vehicle, you will be subject to 100% ID checks at any time. Motorcycle operators are required to pass safety training courses to operate any two-wheeled vehicle on Vandenberg SFB.


For military families living on-base, school-age children may be eligible to attend the Lompoc Unified School District which includes one on-base elementary school (main base) and a middle school and a charter school (in the East Housing Area). High school for on-base students is located in Vandenberg Village.

Military families who live off-base should expect their children to attend school based on zip code. California state law requires children to be five years old before December 2 of the school year in order to enroll in kindergarten, and there are required immunizations which include but may not be limited to Polio, MMR, DTP, Hep B, and Varicella.

Get assistance with school choice issues–call the Vandenberg SFB School Liaison Officer at 805-606-0039.

Colleges and Universities

The Vandenberg Base Education Center offers on-base college programs, advice, and information. At press time, the following institutions are represented at the Education Center

  • Allan Hancock College
  • University of La Verne

Representatives from both institutions have regular office hours and are available by appointment. Other area schools (distance may vary) include:

  • The University of Santa Barbara (1 hour away)
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Cooperative Extension-University Of California

Vandenberg SFB Contacts

Main Base Address And Phone Number

Vandenberg Space Force Base
6 California Blvd
Vandenberg SFB, CA 93437-6223

  • 805-606-0039
  • DSN 312-276-0039

Important Vandenberg SFB Phone Numbers

  • Area Defense Counsel 606‐3627
  • Assignments (Inbound/Outbound) 605‐0289
  • Billeting‐Lodging 606‐1844
  • Civil Eng: Customer Service 606‐0010
  • Civil Eng: Damage Control Center 606‐1856
  • Child Development Center 606‐1555
  • AF Civilian Personnel Customer Svc 606‐3641
  • Clothing Sales, Military 606‐5111
  • Commissary 734‐3354
  • Community Center 606‐7976
  • Community Support Center 606‐0039
  • DSN Operator 312‐560‐1110
  • Education Office 605‐5900
  • Family Practice Appoint (Sick Call) 606‐2273
  • Fire Dispatch 606‐5380
  • Health Benefits Advisor 606‐6785
  • Healthwise Nurse 888‐252‐3299
  • Housing Maintenance 734‐1488
  • Housing Customer Service(Recording) 606‐1840
  • Infection Control 606‐1846
  • Launch Update Recording 12000/30 SW/PA 606‐8263
  • Law Enforcement (LE Desk) (Admin) 606‐3911
  • Legal Assistance Appointments 605‐6207
  • Locator, Military 411
  • Military Pay 606‐4606
  • MPF Cust Svc‐ID Card Application 606‐2276
  • Office of Special Invest‐Duty Hours 606‐1852
  • Office of Special Invest‐After Hour 606‐3911
  • Pharmacy Assistance 606‐7440
  • Pharmacy Refill (Recording) 605‐0200
  • Poison Control Center (1‐800) 800‐222‐1222
  • Post Office (US) BX Area 734‐2336
  • Postal Service Center (PSC) 606‐1841
  • Public Affairs 606‐3595
  • School: Cabrillo High School 742‐2900
  • School: Chestnut 742‐3131
  • School: Crestview Elementary 742‐2050
  • School: Manzanita Charter 734‐5600
  • School: Maple High 742‐3150
  • School: Martha Negas Orthopedic 734‐3528
  • School: Vandenberg Middle 742‐2700
  • Shoppette 734‐2250
  • Shoppette 605‐8269
  • Skills Development Center 606‐6438
  • Substance Abuse Office 606‐8217
  • Tax Assistance 606‐3650
  • Taxi, Base (Military) 606‐1843
  • TMO (Inbound) 606‐2249
  • TMO (Outbound) 606‐0902
  • Travel (Official) 606‐0350
  • Travel Pay 606‐4606
  • TRIWEST 888‐874‐9378
  • Visitor Center 606‐7662


Military Base Guide: Los Angeles AFB, California

Los Angeles Air Force Base in Los Angeles, California is home to Headquarters, Air Force Space Systems Command (SSC), which is a subordinate unit of the United States Space Force. The base hosts the Space and Missile Systems Center and serves as a center of technical excellence “for developing, acquiring, fielding and sustaining military space systems” according to the DoD. SSC also manages space launch sites under the control of the United States.

Los Angeles Air Force Base (LA AFB)

Los Angeles Air Force Base History

Los Angeles Air Force Base began in 1954. It was known then as Air Research and Development Command’s Western Development Division. The command’s Space Systems Division moved to El Segundo Boulevard in the earliest days of the 1960s, and that facility was designated Los Angeles Air Force Station on April 10, 1964.

The Air Force would take many steps to consolidate operations in the Space Systems Division and the Research and Development Center in 1961–the first of multiple efforts in the 1960s.  These helped to form the entity that would eventually become known as the Space and Missile Systems Center.

The Air Force would buy more land in the area and eventually begin construction of Los Angeles Air Force Station in El Segundo. The station ran until it was redesignated as Los Angeles Air Force Base in 1987. The Space Systems Division operating during the tenure of LA Air Force Station would be redesignated as the Space and Missile Systems Center and it operates as such in the present day. The center employs more than 6000 military members, civilian employees, and contractors.

Los Angeles AFB Surrounding Area

Do you want to discover fine dining, Hollywood, Cali beaches, and U.S. history? The Los Angeles area provides all this and much more, but living here requires more financial resources. Los Angeles AFB welcome documents include reminders about this saying that housing and transportation can be major expenses in ways you may be unfamiliar with if you aren’t a California native.

Operating a motor vehicle in the state requires compliance with strict emissions standards, and owning a home means being subject to uniquely Californian property tax issues you may not have experienced elsewhere. Ask your sponsor about Proposition 13 to get an earful about California taxes.

California is typically expensive as a high-demand housing market and you should assume monthly rent and mortgages will be between 15% to a whopping 40% higher than the national average here.

To offset these costs, the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) for LA AFB is higher than usual but even this may not be sufficient to completely offset your housing costs. Being assigned to LA AFB will require additional thinking time about your monthly budget and living expenses.

Los Angeles AFB Units

Important missions and units at Los Angeles Air Force Base include but are not limited to:

  • 61st Air Base Group
  • 61st Civil Engineering & Logistics Squadron
  • 61st Communications Squadron
  • 61st Force Support Squadron
  • 61st Medical Squadron
  • 61st Security Forces Squadron
  • Range and Network Division
  • Space Superiority SPO

LA AFB In-processing Procedures

Some military bases require you to check in upon arrival at a 24-hour center or office. Los Angeles Air Force Base does not operate a 24-hour check-in, so those who arrive after duty hours or over a weekend should discuss arrival options with their sponsor.

You may be required to check in and/or begin in-processing the next duty day after arrival. If you plan to use permissive TDY for house hunting, you may need to check in with your gaining unit and/or the housing office to get started.

Child Care at Los Angeles AFB

The Los Angeles AFB Child Development Center at El Segundo provides child care services for LA AFB for children ages six weeks to five years old. This base features high demand for child care and you should expect waiting lists. It is best to contact the CDC as soon as you know you have orders to Los Angeles AFB.

Do not expect full availability of part-time care or drop-in care due to demand. If you need such services, discuss your options with your sponsor in advance. As soon as you know you are PCSing to Los Angeles AFB, it is strongly encouraged that parents visit, create a user profile, and sign up for the Child Development Center waiting list.

Los Angeles AFB Housing

Military housing for LA AFB is privatized and offered at Fort MacArthur in San Pedro. This installation is roughly 20 miles from Los Angeles AFB and is offered to all ranks. The off-base housing market in California is expensive; you may need to discuss your housing options with your sponsor before arriving in the local area.

Contact the Housing Management Office at 310-653-8460 or phone Tierra-Vista Communities at 310-241-6184 for information on current waiting lists, availability of housing off-base, etc. Depending on your housing needs, waiting lists may apply and you can visit sites like In My Area to get an idea of utility costs in the area.

This high-cost housing market features rents and purchase prices above what you might be used to from other military assignments, be ready to run the numbers on your housing budget and make adjustments.

Los Angeles AFB Transportation

If you are traveling to LA Air Force Base, it is very important to make prior arrangements with your sponsor or gaining unit. If you are unfamiliar with the area, don’t try to navigate the Los Angeles airport and highway without discussing your plans with your sponsor.

Rush hour, peak travel times, weather, and other variables may all affect your ability to get to the base. The Los Angeles highway system can be challenging for newcomers, don’t expect a typical commute in this area.

Los Angeles AFB Vehicle Policies

When entering or leaving Los Angeles AFB, all vehicles must have valid state registration, all drivers must have a current driver’s license, and proof of liability insurance as required under California law.

Base decals are not required and drivers are not required to register their privately owned vehicles on base at LAAFB. All non-California resident military are required to submit form REG 5045, side A and submit to the State of California following instructions on the form.

Spouses who are registered in the same state as the active duty member must complete REG 5045, side B. and California state law adds that military spouses not registered in the same state must obtain a California Driver’s License.

Overnight parking is allowed at LAAFB but you will be required to get approval from the base parking manager.

PCS and TDY Lodging at LA AFB

If you have orders to LA AFB, contact the Temporary Living Facility (TLF) located on Fort MacArthur in San Pedro.

If you need reservations while traveling on PCS orders, you have priority booking. If space is not available in TLF, the Lodging Office will provide commercial contract lodging and you may be required to obtain a statement of non-availability or equivalent. Call 888-AF-LODGE.

Los Angeles AFB Schools

There are no Department of Defense schools on LA AFB. Children will attend school based on the location of housing on or off base. If you plan to live in base housing (in San Pedro) your school-age children will attend Leland Street Elementary School in Fort MacArthur and White Point Elementary School for those living in the Crest or the Heights.

Other options include Dana Middle School and San Pedro High School, These are part of the Los Angeles Unified School District.

If you are assigned to Los Angeles AFB you have the option of applying for an inter-district transfer if there is another school district you prefer, but these are considered on a first-come, first-served basis and there are no guarantees.

Learn more by calling the LA AFB School Liaison Office, at 310-653-8631.

Los Angeles AFB On-Base College and Universities

For adults, there are on-base university options provided by Webster University, offering degrees including:

  • MBA in Management and Leadership
  • MA in Management & Leadership
  • MA in Business & Organizational Security Management
  • MA in Procurement & Acquisitions Management
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management
  • Certificate in Government Contracting

Los Angeles Air Force Base Contacts

Los Angeles Air Force Base
483 N. Aviation Boulevard
El Segundo, CA 90245-2808

  • 310-653-5428
  • DSN: 312-633-5428
  • Airman and Family Readiness Center (310) 653-5428
  • Base Operator (310) 653-1110
  • Child Development Center (310) 653-6800
  • Emergency 911
  • Family Child Care (FCC) (310) 653-6802
  • ID and CAC Card Processing (310) 653-6556
  • Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (310) 653-5789
  • Suicide Prevention Hotline (800) 273-8255
  • Dental Clinic (310) 653-6844
  • Fort MacArthur Clinic (310) 653-2873
  • Health and Wellness Center (310) 653-6640
  • TRICARE (310) 653-6866
  • Housing Office (310) 241-6184
  • Tierra Vista Communities (888) 658-4630
  • Education Office (310) 653-5105
  • School Liaison Officer (310) 653-8631




Space Force Birthday: The U.S. Space Force Turns 2

The U.S. Space Force: Two Years After Launch

The 6th Dimension of Warfare

On December 20, 2019, the National Defense Authorization Act established the U.S. Space Force (USSF), America’s 6th military service branch. This was the first time in 73 years that a new military branch was created.

The U.S. Space Force Mission

“The USSF is responsible for organizing, training, and equipping Guardians to conduct global space operations that enhance the way our joint and coalition forces fight, while also offering decision makers military options to achieve national objectives.”

The purpose behind the creation of the USSF was to create a military branch that would focus solely on the space domain, which is the fastest growing area of conflict among developed nations. Everything we do every day runs through space. From our cell phones, GPS navigation systems, financial markets and economic information, all depend on the capabilities of our space-borne infrastructure.

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Space Force Organization

The USSF is headquartered at the Pentagon along with its sister services. As a new military service, the Space Force “will leverage the Department of the Air Force for more than 75% of its enabling functions.” This reduces costs associated with standing up a new service.

Currently, General John W. Raymond serves as the Chief of Space Operations and reports directly to the Secretary of the Air Force.

As of now, personnel from the other services are in the process of transferring over to the Space Force. The process is highly selective and takes a lot of time to complete. The snags that current service members are running into while transferring to the Space Force were expected, and hopefully they can be ironed out as more service members apply for future openings.

Space Force Locations

So far, there are a few locations around the country where the Space Force can operate. In addition to their headquarters at the Pentagon, the Space Force maintains bases in Colorado, California, and Florida.

It is unknown at this time where the Space Force will expand next, if at all. What we do know is that they already have a training base for new Guardians in Colorado. Additionally, the Space Force has taken over what used to be Patrick Air Force Base in Satellite Beach, Florida. Renamed to Patrick Space Force Base, this location gives the Space Force access to the launch pad at Cape Canaveral, which seems fitting for this new service.

Symbols & Symbolism of the Space Force

Despite popular belief, the Space Force symbol is not a knock-off of the Star Trek symbol. The Delta symbol was first used in 1961 and pays homage to the US Air Force and its Space Command.

The Space Force motto, Semper Supra, means “Always Above”. It signifies their mission and the importance it plays to the success of every other warfighting capability in the US military.

The solid silver border of the Delta represents defense and protection from threats in the space domain.

The four beveled elements signify the support the Space Force receives from the Air Force, Army, Navy, and Marine Corps.

The two spires inside the Delta signify the action of a rocket launch and the role the Space Force has in the space domain.

Polaris is the star in the center of the Delta which represents the core values and how they guide the mission of the Space Force.

To Infinity, and Beyond…Eventually

While it’s easy for us to imagine the Space Force expanding into things like Star Trek, Star Wars, StarGate, or Toy Story, the reality is much different than our expectations during the first few years.

Yes, the USSF is focused specifically on warfare in the space domain. However, they still need to get their personnel numbers up. They need to establish their lessons-learned and best practices to bridge the gap between where they are and where they need to be.

Most importantly, the Space Force needs to do all this at warp speed to maintain the tactical advantage necessary to our National Security.

Happy Birthday, Space Force!

It is a great honor to wish the United States Space Force a Happy 2nd Birthday. These Guardians have accomplished so much in just their first 24 months of service.

We look forward to watching and reporting all future accomplishments and discoveries that will surely come from this new service branch.

Happy Birthday, Guardians!

(Images courtesy of U.S. Space Force)





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