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  • Six secrets to UEI success

    With the Unit Evaluation Inspection creeping up on the 45th Space Wing in less than two months, this is a perfect time to share a bit of insider information.There are six secrets to UEI success that I learned when I volunteered to go behind the scenes as a member of an Inspector General team who evaluated Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, in August.The
  • When to seek help

    Anyone can experience feeling low, down, sad, or depressed, but at what point do we recognize the feelings we experience are temporary and not allow them to overwhelm us?First, I recommend taking the time to engage in enjoyable activities, or do the things you used to enjoy. Those who get over-stressed may tell themselves there is not enough time
  • Defenders keep legacies alive

    She was an Airman 1st Class who recently celebrated her 21st birthday during her first deployment when she made the ultimate sacrifice. That could be me.This startling thought would not leave my mind as I stood at attention at the 10th anniversary of the memorial for Airman 1st Class Elizabeth Jacobson in Pompano Beach, Florida, Sept. 27, 2015.It
  • Team Patrick-Cape tributes POW/MIA and U.S. Air Force

    Today is a day of remembrance and celebration as we pay tribute to two important events that define our heritage--Prisoner Of War/Missing-In-Action Recognition Day and the Air Force Birthday.The President has declared the third Friday in September as National POW/MIA Recognition Day to honor and recognize the sacrifices of America's POWs and MIAs,
  • Wing CC: 'Some good things must come to an end!'

    As the old saying goes, "some good things must come to an end," and that's exactly what's on my mind as I get ready to turn over the keys to Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith, who will assume command of the greatest Space Wing in the world on the morning of Aug. 4 in the base theater.I'll soon be headed back to Air Force Space Command where I'll serve as
  • You can't keep a good TEAM down

    As I write this, we are about 24 hours away from launching a United Launch Alliance-built Delta IV the evening of July 22 from Space Launch Complex 37, carrying the seventh Wideband Global Satcom (WGS) satellite -- and less than two weeks removed from my relinquishing command to Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith on Aug. 4.This attempt comes just seven days
  • A 'Four-Star' Visit Hosted by a 'First Class' Team

    What a thrill it was to be able to host General John E. Hyten, Commander, Air Force Space Command, his wife, Laura, and Chief Master Sgt. Douglas McIntyre, the AFSPC Command Chief, to "Team Patrick-Cape" earlier this week as we prepared for the GPS IIF-10 launch mission.From a breakfast with a wide variety of civilian, enlisted and commissioned
  • Team Patrick-Cape needs to maintain current FPCON level -- and mindset!

    As most of you are well aware, Admiral William Gortney, commander, U.S. Northern Command, ordered the elevation for force protection for all Defense Department facilities in the continental United States to BRAVO on May 8, 2015.Bravo applies when an increased or more predictable threat of terrorist activity exists.Although we do not anticipate an
  • In the face of Sunday's tragedy, the launch team was excellent

    I'm sure you've all seen or heard about the SpaceX launch mishap that occurred Sunday morning, just over two minutes into flight.  This is a shocking event for the 45th Space Wing and for the Space Coast, and certainly a setback for SpaceX. No one was injured and no launch infrastructure property was damaged.  In the difficult and dangerous
  • Happy Independence Day: Keep up the good 'Safety Stats!'

    Greetings to all members of Team Patrick-Cape,In just a few days, millions of Americans will pause to celebrate America's 239th Birthday!It is a time - hopefully - for us to look back, reflect and thank all those who paved the way for all of us to enjoy living in a country filled with life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.Unfortunately, one of