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  • 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
  • Challenge, innovation, leadership

    These are challenging times for the U.S. Air Force and the United States. The mission is more difficult than ever, the Air Force is getting smaller, and we have fewer resources than any time in recent memory.  As Airmen, our response should be step up and lead in the same way Americans have been doing for over 200 years. In times like this,
  • On your mark, get set, LAUNCH!

    Let me begin by giving a heartfelt thanks to all of Team Patrick-Cape and our first-class mission partners for executing a picture-perfect launch Wednesday afternoon of a ULA Atlas V rocket carrying the Air Force's eighth Block IIF navigation satellite for the Global Positioning System from Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station,
  • A passion for excellence in all we do

    "If a [person] is called to be a street sweeper, [they] should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.  [They] should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did [their] job well." - Martin Luther King,
  • Denim Day: Tackling sexual assault one leg at a time

    They walk among us; yet, many of us have no idea who they are.  They work beside us in silence, never letting on what they've been through.They are the victims of sexual assault. When we consider that nearly 1 in 5 women and 1 in 33 men in the military are victims of sexual assault, we can only wonder how many of our Team Patrick-Cape Wingmen; with
  • Senior NCOs: Guardian, enforcer, role model, advisor, coach, leader

    The oath they take as they get promoted really does say it all about our senior NCOs, their professionalism and the future of our Air Force.Here is just a part of it..."In the United States Air Force, a master sergeant joins a unique group, the Senior Noncommissioned Officer Corps.... "This promotion denotes that you are transitioning from being a
  • Performance, professionalism, pride, highlight SECAF visit to Team Patrick-Cape

    As I've said many times in the past, there are few things more rewarding for a leader at any level than having the opportunity to open their doors and let others take an "inside look" into the quality of people who make up their organization.Well, that's exactly what happened when The Honorable Deborah Lee James, Secretary of the Air Force, and her
  • Sharks--'Thanks for a job well done'

    As we welcome the cooling weather on the Space Coast, we here, at Patrick AFB and Cape Canaveral AFS welcome another annual milestone, the end of Fiscal Year 2014. What a year it was, full of success that highlighted our wing's priorities.At every opportunity we delivered "100 percent mission success." We demonstrated our Nation's assured access to