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  • AFSPC commander sends Memorial Day message

    To the women and men of Air Force Space Command --Memorial Day was established in 1868 to honor all soldiers who died during the Civil War. In 1971, it was declared a national holiday by an act of Congress, and expanded to honor those who have died in all American wars.This holiday also marks the start of the summer vacation season where many of us
  • Greatest privilege of my command here so far

    Created early in the Civil War, the Medal of Honor is awarded to those who distinguished themselves "conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity" in combat with an enemy of the United States. Last Thursday evening at Riverfront Park in Cocoa, I was watching first-hand as one of our own was recognized for doing just that for his country. And then
  • Team Patrick-Cape: It’s all about ‘Pride and Commitment’

    Join me in giving a large 45th Space Wing kudos to SpaceX and all mission partners involved in last week's successful Pad Abort Test mission.As you know, this is just one of the many steps we'll continue to do with our mission partners as we lean forward in creating the "Spaceport of the Future" here at the Eastern Range. That was a great beginning
  • The Military Spouse: We owe them love, gratitude, respect

    While all military observances carry great importance, I can't think of any more fitting - and more justified - than the one we will officially celebrate May 8.That's when we'll join hands with military installations all around the world celebrating Military Spouse Appreciation Day here at Team Patrick-Cape.It would be practically impossible to put
  • Local launch expertise; world-wide attention

    Team, to use a baseball analogy, we are batting cleanup on a major league team. And we just hit one out of the park. Again.What I'm referring to is the performance I watched -- our 45th Space Wing vice commander, Col.  Shawn Fairhurst, who served as the Launch Decision Authority -- for the  unbelievable hard work and team work demonstrated by Team
  • Know your part; Do your part

    As many of you are aware, this month marks the 14th observance of Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month and the 2015 DOD SAAPM theme could not be any clearer:  "Eliminate Sexual Assault, Know Your Part, Do Your Part."Last week, many of us were in the base theater for a 90-minute briefing  and training session hosted by our Wing SARC, Patricia
  • SharkU: New site enhances professional development

    The Professional Development Center recently introduced a new tool to assist Team Patrick-Cape with professional development for active duty and DOD civilians.Shark University, or SharkU, is a SharePoint site that offers easy navigation and a broad array of resources that support professional development.The one-stop-shop allows members to sign-up
  • Anonymous gift hammers home the message

    Sometimes it just takes something so unexpected -- and so unbelievably appreciated -- for us to remember how lucky we are to be stationed here and be serving in the Armed Forces at this time in our nation's history.Let me tell you a little story that will help explain what I'm talking about.Last week, a bunch of us were at a local restaurant having
  • SAPR: Respect the red line

    April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. Attending training is mandatory for active duty, reservist, and civilians, to include NAF employees. Contractors may attend with permission of their company.Presentations will be in the base theater on alternate Tuesdays: 8:30-10 a.m. and Thursdays: 1:30-3 p.m., now through the month of May.
  • Stay CONNECTED -- but be aware what you're sharing!

    Let me begin by congratulating Team Patrick-Cape, United Launch Alliance and all of our mission partners for yet another "100 percent Mission Success" launch of a Delta IV rocket carrying the Air Force's IIF-09 navigation satellite for the Global Positioning System from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station last week.Another fabulous performance and the