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For the third straight year, the 45th Space Wing Force Support Squadron is a finalist to compete for the prestigious Major General Eugene L. Eubank award for best small installation FSS.

Help us wish them the best of luck!

http://www.patrick.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1503543/fss-looking-to-three-peat-eubank-award/

Many of us grew up during some of the world's first and most amazing space moments. From landing on the moon, to seeing live footage from Mars, we have accomplished some incredible feats.

On this #ThrowbackThursday, let's take a trip though time and see some of the events that brought us to where we are today. We look forward to adding more to the pages of history -- and we hope you'll join us.

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Space History

Let there be no doubt, as the service responsible for 90 percent of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)'s space architecture and the professional force with the sacred duty to defend it, we must and we will embrace space superiority with the same passion and sense of ownership as we apply to air superiority today. The nation demands it. And, we will deliver. We must always be the predator and never the prey.Air Force Space Command

Posted by United States Air Force on Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Today we recognize and celebrate what is known as 'Denim Day.'

Denim Day was created with the objective of educating the public about the destructive effects of sexual assault.

There is zero tolerance for this type of behavior, in the Air Force or anywhere. Survivors of sexual assault deserve support and an environment where they feel safe -- and so do you. Take the time to educate yourself about this issue and please report any suspicious activity to Security Forces or OSI.

For more information about Denim Day, click on the link below. If you have any questions about how you can help prevent sexual assault here on Patrick Air Force Base, call the SAPR office at (321) 494-4017.

"Space enables everything the Joint Force does, and space capabilities are not only vital to success on the battlefield, but are also essential to the American way of life."

The 34th Space Symposium took place last week and provided a glimpse of what the future holds for not only the 45th Space Wing, but United States as a whole. Click on the story below to learn more!

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One of the most rewarding aspects of serving in today's military is witnessing the respect and support our community shows to our veterans. Once a month, we have the honor to partner with our community to help send off 25 veterans on a trip that they will never forget, a trip that thanks them for their service and encourages them to share their stories.

Each of their stories is 1 among 16.1 million who served in WWII, 8.7 million in Vietnam, and 5.7 million in the Korean War that should never be forgotten. Each made incredible sacrifices and took risks to protect the freedoms and shape our world into what it is today. Each wears the black hat from the war they served in proudly. Today, and everyday, you are our heroes!

P.S. If you haven't been to an Honor Flight yet, please join us for the next one on May 26 at Wickham Park. We promise you it will be an unforgettable experience.

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Despite the weather, there was no raining on the 45th Space Wing’s parade as we held Cape Family Day 2018.

Families were able to visit locations like the Morrell Operations Center, Launch Complex 34, Hangar C and the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse.

Stay tuned this upcoming week for more about this year’s Cape Family Day — and if you toughed it out through the rain with us today, we thank you for coming!

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Last week the University of Miami ROTC Detachment 155 visited us at Patrick AFB for a Total Force immersion into our exceptional mission.

They took part in the unique traditions with the 920th Rescue Wing, met our Military Working Dogs, trained in the Virtual Response Simulator with our Defenders and suited up into MOPP 4 with the EM team.

They learned about our unique heritage at the Cape by visiting Blockhouse-14 and saw firsthand the Atlas V rolling to the pad just 24 hours prior to launch. I think it is safe to say more than a few were bitten by the space bug while they were here!

#Driveto48 #SpacePowerBeginsHere

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If you compared what we have on the Eastern Range now to where we were just two years ago, you wouldn’t recognize it. We are moving at the speed of business and launching on readiness...because moving at the pace of government isn’t fast enough.

Two years ago, we launched twice in 72 hours and had to physically stand down our range because we were short on personnel. This year on March 1st we were prepared to launch twice in 14.5 hours, a truly remarkable leap forward!

We have changed the way we look at safety and conduct operations. In 2008, we launched seven times. Fast forward to 2016, we accomplished the same manifest in only 48 days with 20% fewer people…remarkable coincidence as we #Driveto48?

We have eliminated ineffective and inefficient processes. We are using rapid prototyping and more importantly, rapid deployment of new systems. We are making data-driven decisions and don’t rely on 'gut feelings' or 'the way we have always done business.' We are even combining organizations to eliminate seams and increase decision velocity, and by June 1st we will have stood down three squadrons and one entire group.

I’d like to thank #SpaceSymposium for allowing me to share the 45th Space Wing’s story. It is our honor and privilege to deliver on our promise of enabling agile space launch for the future.

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Air Force Space Command United States Air Force Gen. David L. Goldfein

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"We have accelerated our effort to deter, defend and protect against anyone who seeks to deny our ability to freely operate in space." - Dr. Heather Wilson, Secretary of the Air Force

Our capabilities in space are more important than ever, and yesterday's thinking will not defeat tomorrow's challenges. We are proud and excited to be at the forefront of space. With our exceptional Airmen and incredible mission partners, we look forward to a future of continued success and exploration -- we hope you do too.

#AssuredAccesstoSpace

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Space Superiority--a joint fight

Commander Air Force Space Command Gen. Jay Raymond debuted the command’s new Space Superiority video at #34SS! “Space superiority is not just a space officer’s task, it’s a joint warfighter’s task" - Gen. Raymond - 34th Space Symposium #34SS #SpaceSymposium

Posted by Air Force Space Command on Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Yesterday, we at the 45th Space Wing had the privilege of supporting yet another amazing launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Here's an amazing shot from yesterday's launch by our very own Airman 1st Class Dalton Williams. Seeing these rockets fly into orbit and supporting amazing space missions like #TESS will never get old.

Did you get any snapshots of the launch yesterday? Feel free to post them in the comments below!

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This was our second successful mission in just 4 days and our ninth launch of the year. We congratulate SpaceX and NASA on today's TESS mission. Out of the millions and millions of known stars, TESS will monitor and develop a catalog on approximately 200,000 to explore the atmosphere of exoplanets and look for Earth-sized planets or smaller planets that revolve around a star. Also making a return appearance is SpaceX's OctaGrabber, which secures the booster post-landing on the autonomous drone ship Of Course I still Love You! It is amazing work we see happening and we are glad to be a part of the team. We are enabling a quicker launch tempo, have reduced our day of launch crew compliment and have become more agile while reducing costs - this is the way of the future as we #Driveto48 launches a year.

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This was our second successful mission in just 4 days and our ninth launch of the year. We congratulate SpaceX and NASA on today's TESS mission. Out of the millions and millions of known stars, TESS will monitor and develop a catalog on approximately 200,000 to explore the atmosphere of exoplanets and look for Earth-sized planets or smaller planets that revolve around a star. Also making a return appearance is SpaceX's OctaGrabber, which secures the booster post-landing on the autonomous drone ship Of Course I still Love You! It is amazing work we see happening and we are glad to be a part of the team. We are enabling a quicker launch tempo, have reduced our day of launch crew compliment and have become more agile while reducing costs - this is the way of the future as we #Driveto48 launches a year.-Shark 1

Posted by 45th Space Wing at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. on Wednesday, April 18, 2018

T-9 minutes until the #TESS marks the 9th launch of the year from CCAFS aboard a Falcon 9-- it's 9's all the way today.

If you want to learn a little bit more about the TESS before we have liftoff, check out the link below!

Anatomy of the SpaceCraft:
https://tess.gsfc.nasa.gov/tess_observatory.html

T-20 minutes! If you're not on the Space Coast for the launch but want to tune in, we'll be live streaming the event or you can check out the SpaceX webcast at www.spacex.com/webcast

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T-60 minutes until the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) takes off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station!

The TESS will look to the stars (more than 200,000 in fact) to detect small planets with bright stars nearby.

Keep an eye out for when we go live for the launch!

(Photo credit: SpaceX)

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The next launch from CCAFS is only ONE day away! The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, is slated to launch into orbit aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

To learn more about this INCREDIBLE mission, visit the official NASA website below!

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Last night, the 45th Space Wing had the honor of visiting the Vietnam Veteran's Traveling Wall prior to the 31st Annual Florida Vietnam and All Veterans Reunion.

The event, which begins April 19, will be held at Wickham Park in Melbourne and is open through April 22nd. Admission is FREE and in addition to the moving wall, there will be music, static displays and food available.

Click on the photo link below to see photos from last night's great ceremony. We hope to see you there!

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Teams are standing down for today to allow for additional GNC (Guidance Navigation and Control) analysis. TESS is now targeted for an April 18th launch date.

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Our next rocket launch is only one day away!

The Transitioning Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, will be covering a sky area 400 times larger than what even the Keplar Satellite detected.

TESS will be detecting exoplanets by looking for dips in the visible light of distant stars. Repetitive dips can reveal a planet or planets orbiting a star.

If the TESS and its mission doesn't get you excited then you need to check your pulse!

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"Innovation is a team sport and this mission demonstrates how much is involved in delivering assets to the warfighter. From scientists to engineers, to our Air Force units developing and tracking the payloads and our mission partners putting the payload into orbit - it takes a dedicated team of experts to make it happen. It never ceases to amaze me how the Air Force continues to stretch what is possible in Space and continue pushing the bar forward to what's next. Go United Launch Alliance, Go United States Air Force Go Air Force Space Command, Go SMC, and Go Sharks!"

- Shark 1

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(U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Stoltz)

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Did you capture that LIFTOFF of #AFSPC11? Share it in the comments.

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3... 2... 1... LIFTOFF!

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Posted by 45th Space Wing at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. on Saturday, April 14, 2018

Get those cameras ready!
#AFSPC11 will mark the 77th launch of the Atlas V rocket since its inaugural launch in 2002 and the eighth in the 551 configuration, which produces more than 2.5 million pounds of thrust off the launch pad. This mission will be ULA’s 127th since the company was founded in December 2006.
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Follow the LIVE #AtlasV AFSPC-11 launch broadcast at http://bit.ly/av_afspc11

T-30 minutes. Have you found the clues about tonight's launch in it's logo?

The launch logo consists of an Atlas V 551 launch vehicle departing #CCAFS. The dial is turned to 11 to capture the spirit of the United States Air Force AFSPC-11 government launch team and its mission: maximizing efforts to meet Department of Defense requirements to support our senior leaders and combatant commanders with war-winning space capabilities, on time and on schedule.
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