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  • 2014: ‘The year that was … fabulous’

    With 2014 coming to a close, I wanted to look back over the year at our successes and the challenges we have faced as a team.No one was sure what to expect this year, especially with the turbulence - and uncertainty - caused with the government shutdown, employee furloughs and sequestration issues of 2013.Toss all that in the mix with the impending
  • Wishing you a happy, healthy and SAFE holiday season; Please take time to 'un-plug, rest, and re-charge batteries'

    Happy Holidays Team Patrick-Cape!It seems like every December, Eddie and I sit back and wonder (just like many of you) "where did the year go?"Well, in our minds, it's not so much where it went, but rather, what we did with it.And let's make no mistake about it, Team Patrick-Cape hit it out of the park all year long with 18 successful launches to
  • Are you ‘In?’

    The college football season is on the home stretch and it's been exciting.As the inaugural year of the national championship playoff system, the country was infused with a spirit of optimism ... maybe your team could make it into the playoff.  Maybe, with a great deal of effort and some luck, they would be "in."We all know that being lucky isn't
  • EFT-1: A launch legacy we’ll proudly carry forever

    It seems every time I think I can't be more proud to be your commander, you go and do something else to make me realize (once again) that there is no limit to the greatness this team can achieve when we all come together.That was certainly the case in the early morning hours of Dec. 5, when we fully supported and successfully launched a United
  • Remembering, honoring Pearl Harbor and Pacific Theater Veterans

    This Saturday will mark the 73rd anniversary of "A Day That Will Live in Infamy" - the Imperial Japanese Navy bombings at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, that commenced just before 8 a.m. on Dec. 7, 1941.As you may know, more than 2,000 Americans were killed and more than 1,000 were injured, in the sneak attack that propelled the United States into World War
  • It takes a whole lot of 'You' to make a Team

    Where did this year go?Seriously ... it seems like just yesterday, we were gearing up for a Falcon 9  (THAICOM 6) launch on Jan. 6, 2014, and now we're heading into the final stretch of the year with just  two missions left.On Dec. 4, a United Launch Alliance Delta IV-Heavy rocket will launch NASA's Orion multi-purpose crew vehicle on Exploration
  • When to seek help

    We all have breaking points.Imagine you are wearing a backpack that is being filled with weights.Some of us might collapse at 50 pounds, some of us at 150 pounds, and some of us might make it to 500 pounds, but at some point we will all collapse, no matter how much we would like to stand upright. The same is true for our mental wellbeing.If you
  • Lots to be thankful for around here; So stay safe!

    First off, I want to offer my congratulations to all the Airmen who were nominated for the 2014 Military Affairs Council Community Service Awards held Wednesday evening in Cocoa Beach.You are all winners in my mind; giving back to a community that gives us so much is a wonderful thing to do.It's awesome to know we not only had 19 Airmen who were
  • Innovate Now: Winning with change

    "Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek." -President Barack ObamaAs members and supporters of the DOD, the one thing that we all know is: change is consistent. Whether we are assigned to a permanent change of station, or have a permanent change
  • Veteran's Day: A time to 'remember and honor' all who served

    On Tuesday, we will celebrate Veteran's Day - for the 60th time since President Dwight Eisenhower signed the bill that changed the name from Armistice Day!  Veteran's Day is a time to remember and honor all who served.It's the very least we can do, because they really deserve such honors each and every day.We are very fortunate to have veterans