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SecAF gains 'inside look' into eastern range launch mission

Second Lt. Heath Curtis, 5th Space Launch Squadron, gives Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James a Delta rocket booster processing briefing, during a tour of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Oct. 15, 2014.  The daylong visit included tours of Air Force Eastern Range launch assets as well as a windshield tour of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Matthew Jurgens)

Second Lt. Heath Curtis, 5th Space Launch Squadron, gives Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James a Delta rocket booster processing briefing, during a tour of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Oct. 15, 2014. The daylong visit included tours of Air Force Eastern Range launch assets as well as a windshield tour of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. (U.S. Air Force photo/Matthew Jurgens)

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James receives the wing mission briefing from Brig. Gen. Nina Armagno, 45th Space Wing commander, and Col. Shawn Fairhurst, 45th Space Wing vice commander, during a visit to Patrick Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Oct. 15, 2014. The daylong visit included tours of Air Force Eastern Range launch assets as well as a windshield tour of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. (U.S. Air Force photo/Matthew Jurgens)

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James receives the wing mission briefing from Brig. Gen. Nina Armagno, 45th Space Wing commander, and Col. Shawn Fairhurst, 45th Space Wing vice commander, during a visit to Patrick Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Oct. 15, 2014. The daylong visit included tours of Air Force Eastern Range launch assets as well as a windshield tour of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. (U.S. Air Force photo/Matthew Jurgens)

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Team Patrick-Cape members pose for a photo outside of the Morrell Operations Center during a visit to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Oct. 15, 2014.  The daylong visit included tours of Air Force Eastern Range launch assets as well as a windshield tour of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. (U.S. Air Force photo/Matthew Jurgens)

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Team Patrick-Cape members pose for a photo outside of the Morrell Operations Center during a visit to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Oct. 15, 2014. The daylong visit included tours of Air Force Eastern Range launch assets as well as a windshield tour of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. (U.S. Air Force photo/Matthew Jurgens)

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Team Patrick-Cape members pose for a photo outside of Space Launch Complex 37 during a visit to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Oct. 15, 2014.  The daylong visit included all Air Force launch assets on the Eastern Range and concluded with a windshield tour of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. (U.S. Air Force photo/Matthew Jurgens)

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Team Patrick-Cape members pose for a photo outside of Space Launch Complex 37 during a visit to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Oct. 15, 2014. The daylong visit included all Air Force launch assets on the Eastern Range and concluded with a windshield tour of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. (U.S. Air Force photo/Matthew Jurgens)

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Chief Master Sgt. Matthew Brown, Air Force Technical Applications Center Command Chief, present a ‘Below the Zone’ promotion award to Airman 1st Class Benjamin McTernan, of AFTAC, at Patrick Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Oct. 15, 2014.  The Secretary’s daylong visit included meeting Airmen assigned to the two installations as well as tours of Air Force Eastern Range launch assets and a windshield tour of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. (U.S. Air Force photo/Matthew Jurgens)

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Chief Master Sgt. Matthew Brown, Air Force Technical Applications Center Command Chief, present a ‘Below the Zone’ promotion award to Airman 1st Class Benjamin McTernan, of AFTAC, at Patrick Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Oct. 15, 2014. The Secretary’s daylong visit included meeting Airmen assigned to the two installations as well as tours of Air Force Eastern Range launch assets and a windshield tour of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. (U.S. Air Force photo/Matthew Jurgens)

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE & CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. -- Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, and her husband, Mr. Frank Beatty, visited the 45th Space Wing's Patrick Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Oct. 15, 2014.

The Secretary's visit included a wing mission brief, unit mission briefs, tours of Air Force Eastern Range launch assets as well as a windshield tour of NASA's Kennedy Space Center.

James also met with Airmen and senior leaders to include those from the Air Force Technical Applications Center and the 920th Rescue Wing.