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  • AFSPC commander sends holiday safety message

    To the Air Force Space Command Family,Each November, the Thanksgiving holiday provides the Air Force Space Command family with the opportunity to count our many blessings and to celebrate those blessings with family and friends.  Thanksgiving is traditionally the busiest travel period of the year,

  • Drug Abuse in the Military: Illicit and Prescription Drugs

    Just 2.3 percent of military personnel were past-month users of an illicit drug, compared with 12 percent of civilians, according to the 2008 Department of Defense (DoD) Survey of Health Related Behaviors among active duty military personnel. Among those age 18¬-25, who are most likely to use drugs,

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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