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Patrick Air Force Base


Patrick Air Force Base lies on the east coast of central Florida, 3 miles south of Cocoa Beach, in Brevard County, in a region known as the Space Coast for its proximity to the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. In terms of driving, Patrick Air Force Base is about 190 miles north of Miami via Interstate 95; 855 miles southeast of Nashville, Tennessee, via I-24, I-16 and I-95; 1,220 miles southeast of Chicago via I-65, I-24, I-16 and I-95; 1,150 miles east of Dallas via I-20, I-55, I-12, I-10 and I-95; 700 miles east of New Orleans via I-10 and I-95; and 1,320 miles southeast of Oklahoma City via I-40, I-55, I-12, I-10 and I-95.


The base has 14,326 personnel, according to Patrick’s FY13 Economic Impact Analysis. That includes 3,822 active-duty and reservist ­personnel, 5,699 civilian and contractor employees and 4,805 family members who work on and around the base. More than 71,000 veterans live in Brevard County, according to the 2013 U.S Census.

Base Size

The base encompasses 3,134 square miles and includes a rocket launch complex.

About Patrick Air Force Base

Patrick Air Force Base opened in 1940 as Naval Air Station Banana River, a U.S. Navy airfield. It was deactivated in 1947 and placed in caretaker status until 1948, when it was transferred to the Air Force and became Patrick Air Force Base.

Patrick is home to the 45th Space Wing and the world’s premier gateway to space. The wing’s 9,521 personnel are responsible for delivering assured space launch, range and combat capabilities for the nation.

As the Department of Defense’s East Coast spaceport and providers of launch support ­services, the 45th Space Wing is a far-reaching organization. It is responsible for operating three airfields and maintaining $20 billion in instrumentation and infrastructure for the 15-million-square-mile Eastern Range. The base serves a varied population, which includes Air Force, Navy, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, active-duty and reserve personnel, DOD civilians, retirees and their eligible family members.

Patrick Air Force Base is nestled between the white-sand shores of the Atlantic Ocean and the beautiful Banana River, south of Cocoa Beach and 12 miles north of Melbourne, Florida. Cape Canaveral Air Force Station lies just north of Port Canaveral, with the Banana River to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east.

Economic impact

Patrick Air Force Base’s total impact on the local economy totaled $956.7 million in fiscal year 2013, creating 4,314 indirect jobs in Florida.


Creation of the 45th Space Wing is entwined with the Banana River Naval Air Station, and its selection as home base for the Joint Long Range Proving Ground. The Hepburn Board, created by the Naval Expansion Act of 1938, authorized construction of the Banana River Naval Air Station as an auxiliary operating base for the Navy’s installation in Jacksonville, Florida. Both stations were designed to reinforce the Atlantic Coast Defense System. In June 1939, Cmdr. W.M. Angus met with civilians from Cocoa, Melbourne and Eau Gallie to pick the site for the naval air station, where work began in December 1939. The station was commissioned Oct. 1, 1940.

The Banana River Naval Air Station continued to operate as a Navy support base for two years after World War II but then was inactivated and placed in caretaker status in August 1947. The Navy normally would have returned the ­property to the local community, but efforts were under way to give the station a new lease on life.

In October 1946, the Joint Research and Development Board established the Committee on the Long Range Proving Ground to study locations for a Joint Long Range Proving Ground. After weighing many options, the committee selected El Centro, California, as its first choice, and Cape Canaveral, Florida, as its second choice. The sites were approved in September 1947, and the Joint Long Range Proving Ground Group was created to carry out the committee’s recommendations.

The range in California would have been convenient for U.S. aerospace contractors, but that potential location was abandoned after Mexico’s president refused to allow missile flights over Baja California. However, the British were willing to allow missile flights near the Bahamas. As a potential hub for ­missile launching operations, the Cape was remote enough from heavily populated areas but was still accessible and supported by road, water and railway. Aside from bouts of wet weather and thunderstorms, the climate was generally sunny and warm.

While negotiations with the British ­continued, legislation for the Joint Long Range Proving Ground was approved by the 81st Congress and signed by President Harry Truman on May 11, 1949; the Navy had transferred the Banana River Naval Air Station to the Air Force on Sept. 1, 1948. The station remained in standby status but was renamed the Joint Long Range Proving Ground Base on June 10, 1949. On Oct. 1, 1949, the Advance Headquarters, Joint Long Range Proving Ground and the Air Force Division, Joint Long Range Proving Ground, were established. The base was ­activated on that same date.

In spring 1950, the Defense Department announced the redelegation of guided missile test centers from joint service commands to separate branches of the military service. As a result, the Air Force Division, Joint Long Range Proving Ground was redesignated the Long Range Proving Ground Division on May 16, 1950. One day later, on May 17, the base was renamed the Long Range Proving Ground Base, but that designation was also brief, less than three months. In August, the base was renamed Patrick Air Force Base, in honor of Maj. Gen. Mason M. Patrick, chief of the ­American Expeditionary Forces Air ­Services during World War I and chief of the Air Service/U.S. Army Air Corps from October 1921 until his retirement in December 1927.

On May 9, 1950, work began under a contract with the Duval Engineering Co. (­Jacksonville, Florida) to build the Cape’s first paved access road and first permanent launch site. In May 1951, the Long Range Proving Ground ­Division was relieved as a separate operating agency under Air Force headquarters and was assigned to the newly created Air Research and Develop­ment Command. As such, the division was equivalent to a numbered air force. The ­division was redesignated the Air Force ­Missile Test Center on June 30, 1951.

Though there were many organizational changes in the years that followed, the center’s functional role as planner and coordinator and the Air Base Group’s role as base support agency were firmly established. Pan Am and RCA ­operated the Eastern Range under contract to the Air Force for 34 years, until October 1988. In 1988, the old Range Contract was divided into Range Technical Services and Launch Base ­Services contracts. The RTS Contract was awarded to Computer Sciences Raytheon in June 1988, and the LBS Contract went to Pan Am World Services (later known as Johnson ­Controls) in August 1988.

On Oct. 1, 1990, the Eastern Space and ­Missile Center was transferred from Air Force Systems Command to Air Force Space ­Command in a ceremony at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. In 1991, ESMC, the 9th Space Division, Air Force Space Command and U.S. Air Force headquarters worked out the details of ESMC’s transformation into an operational wing. After resolution of loose ends, the new wing organization was approved and was activated as the 45th Space Wing on Nov. 12, 1991.

To handle space operations more effectively, senior officials at Air Force Space Command, 14th Air Force, the 30th Space Wing and the 45th Space Wing agreed to fine-tune the new ­standard wing organization in 2003. With Air Force approval, the reorganization went into effect on Dec. 1, 2003. The final Atlas IIIB/Centaur and Titan IVB missions were launched from Cape Canaveral in February and April 2005, respectively. Consequently, the 3rd Space Squadron — responsible for ­managing both launch programs — was inactivated on June 30, 2005. On that same date, the 45th Launch Support Squadron was activated and placed under the 45th Launch Group. The ceremony for both organizational changes was held at the Cape on July 6, 2005.



The host unit of Patrick Air Force Base, the 45th Space Wing, has four primary mission areas: providing Eastern Range operations with resources for flight safety, range instrumentation, infrastructure, and scheduling for space and ballistic launches; taking responsibility for launch operations and support; supporting expeditionary and contingency readiness; and maintaining base and people support. The wing is organized into four groups to accomplish its ­mission: the launch group, the ­operations group, the mission support group and the medical group. The wing’s motto is “One team … delivering assured space launch, range and combat capabilities for the nation.”

Located at Patrick Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the 45th Space Wing staff agencies strive to be a top command and control organization in Air Force Space Command to provide incomparable service to their customers and to maintain up-to-date knowledge of space launch operations and maintenance.

45th Space Wing Staff Agencies:

Air Force Space and Missile Museum

Cape Canaveral Spaceport
Management Office


Command Chief Master Sergeant

Equal Opportunity

Financial Management
(45th Comptroller Squadron)

History Office

Inspector General

Legal Office

Manpower & Organization


Public Affairs

Reserve Affairs

Retiree Activities Office


45th Launch Group

The 45th Launch Group at Cape Canaveral pursues mission success through partnership with launch and satellite systems wings to meet national, civil and combatant commander requirements for space access. The group has two squadrons: 45th Launch Support and 5th Space Launch.

45th Operations Group

Located at Cape Canaveral Air Force ­Station, the 45th Operations Group operates the Eastern Range and launches space vehicles for the Department of Defense, NASA, the United States and international commercial customers. The group’s squadrons are 1st Range Operations, 45th Operations Support, 45th Range Management, 45th Space Communications and 45th Weather. The 45th Operations Group has three detachments: Detachment 1 at Antigua Air Station, Detachment 2 at Ascension ­Auxiliary Air Field and Detachment 3 at Patrick Air Force Base.

45th Mission Support Group

The 45th Mission Support Group, with units at Patrick Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, provides mission support to assure success of the wing’s launch, range and expeditionary operations, and comprehensive support to the wing’s mission partners.

The 45th Mission Support Group’s ­squadrons are 45th Contracting, 45th Civil Engineer, 45th Force Support, 45th Logistics Readiness and 45th Security Forces. Its Detachment 1 is at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

45th Medical Group

The 45th Medical Group’s mission is to ensure a fit force, healthy community and medics ready to support global operations. The group provides ambulatory medical service to active-duty personnel and their enrolled members. It provides dental medical service to active-duty personnel only.

The 45th Medical Group’s squadrons are 45th Aeromedical-Dental, 45th Medical ­Operations and 45th Medical Support.


See the Getting To & Around in Brevard County chapter on Page 20 for information about local airports, train service and public transportation. The closest commercial flights land at ­Melbourne International Airport, which is about 15 miles from the base. A passenger shuttle service to Patrick Air Force Base is available on ground level adjacent to the baggage claim. Make reservations by calling 800-826-4544 at least 24 hours in advance, if possible. Call for rate information.


Contact your sponsor with your estimated arrival time and flight information, if applicable, prior to your arrival at Patrick Air Force Base.

Sponsorship is vital to the relocation process. Don’t PCS without talking to your sponsor before departing for Patrick Air Force Base. Your sponsor will answer any questions you have about the base and the local area, make lodging/dorm arrangements and meet you upon arrival. Your sponsor will be there to help you and your family until you are settled into your new community.

If you have not been in touch with a sponsor and your departure is nearing, contact your gaining unit or call the Airman & Family ­Readiness Center at 321-494-5676.


BE AWARE: Cellphone use by the driver of a moving motor vehicle is prohibited on all Department of Defense installations, unless the cellphone is used with a hands-free device.

From Interstate 95

Take Interstate 95 South to Exit 205 (State Route 528) east toward Cape Canaveral. State Route 528 will become State Route A1A. The base will be about 20 miles south on the right side. Or take Interstate 95 South to Exit 191 (Wickham Road). Turn left at the light and continue approximately 5 miles to Pineda Causeway. Turn left and follow the signs to Patrick Air Force Base.

From Interstate 75

If you are headed south on Interstate 75 take the Florida Turnpike. From the turnpike, exit in Orlando at State Route 528 East. Follow the above directions for State Route 528 to State Route A1A to Patrick Air Force Base.

From Melbourne International Airport

The closest airport is Melbourne Inter­national Airport, about 15 miles from Patrick Air Force Base.

From Interstate 1

Upon leaving the airport, turn left onto NASA Boulevard. Continue to U.S. Route 1. Take U.S. 1 North to Pineda Causeway (State Road 404). Go east on Pineda Causeway to State Road A1A. Turn left onto State Route A1A and proceed approximately 4 miles to the main gate of Patrick Air Force Base.

From Orlando International Airport

Orlando International Airport is about 58 miles northwest of Patrick Air Force Base. When leaving the airport, stay to the right and take State Road 528 east toward Port Canaveral (a tollbooth will require a fee). Go south at State Route A1A. The base will be on the right side in approximately 20 miles.

Patrick Air Force Base has two gates. The Main Gate is open 24 hours a day and is on Highway A1A. The South Gate is on South Patrick Drive and is accessible from Pineda Causeway. Pass and registration is at the Main Gate. Visitor passes are available at both gates.


Military Personnel Section

Building 537............................ 321-494-6144

Newly arriving military members are welcomed during normal duty hours by the base INTRO manager, located in the MPS ­Customer Service section of the 45th Force Support Squadron, Building 537. Those arriving after normal duty hours must report to the 24-hour arrival point, the Space Coast Inn, in Building 720, for lodging assignments. Please call 321-494-5428/6590/6591 for temporary lodging information.

Upon arrival at Patrick Air Force Base, contact your sponsor, who will accompany you through inprocessing. If you haven’t been assigned a sponsor or haven’t been in contact with your sponsor, contact Patrick’s INTRO manager before arriving and a sponsor will be assigned. Please contact the Airman & Family Readiness Center at 321-494-5676 if you do not have a sponsor after you arrive at Patrick Air Force Base.

Relocation counseling, sponsorship assistance and information on personal finances are available at the Airman & Family Readiness Center.

Contact the TMO at 321-494-5083 for any move-related questions regarding household goods, hold baggage or other household move issues.

All military members must first in-process through their squadron command support staff section before taking their records to INTRO. All hand-carried records and documents should be available for the base INTRO manager to begin inprocessing.


Space Coast Inn

Building 720

840 Falcon Ave....................... 321-494-6591

Open 24 hours daily

The Space Coast Inn provides safe, comfortable and clean accommodations for active-duty members and their families who are being assigned to Patrick Air Force Base as well as retired military personnel traveling in Florida. Because of seasonal high-occupancy rates, you are urged to contact lodging well in advance to secure your reservation. New arrivals have ­priority but it is advised that you or your sponsor take care of your billeting arrangements as soon as possible. Reservations can be made by your sponsor or by calling the inn. Check-in is at 2 p.m. The inn accepts cash, check or credit card, and payment must be made in advance. All lodging facilities are nonsmoking.

Because of the limited number of temporary lodging facility family units available during active-duty permanent change of station season — March 1 to Sept. 30 — only one unit can be reserved per family. Amenities include full kitchens with full-size refrigerator, full-size stove, full-size dishwasher, and a stackable washer/dryer. Housekeeping services are provided daily. A few family units are pet-friendly and will require an additional daily pet service fee. Shot records and pet identification are required at check-in. Rottweilers, pit bull terriers, snakes and other exotic pets are not permitted.

Check the website for current room rates.

The Space Coast Inn is open 24 hours a day year-round and is pet-friendly.

Getting Settled


45th Medical Group

Primary Care: 1381 S. Patrick Drive

................................................ 321-494-8241

Dental: 1389 S. Patrick Drive... 321-494-6366

7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; the clinic is closed the third Friday of each month for training

The 45th Medical Group provides the ­following patient care services: pediatrics, limited gynecological services, immunization, general dentistry, physical therapy, optometry, mental health, substance abuse, family advocacy, ­laboratory and pharmacy. Clinics include Dental, Flight, Medicine, Immunizations, Lab, Mental Health, PHAs, Physical Therapy, ­Orthopedics, Radiology, Women’s Health, ­Primary Care, Family Health and Pediatrics. Those services not offered are provided through the TRICARE network. Patients requiring general care at the base clinic should call the appointment phone line to schedule treatment. Emergency medical care is not available at Patrick Air Force Base. Call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room with life-threatening injuries or illnesses. Use urgent care instead of emergency care for an injury or illness that requires professional ­attention within 24 hours but is not a true life-threatening emergency. Contact your PCM before or within one day of being seen in an urgent care center or emergency room.

To obtain authorization for non-emergency after-hours care or for out-of-area care, call 888-PAT-CURE.

In addition, these ancillary and administrative services are available through the medical group: diabetes education, chapel services, family advocacy program, bioenvironmental engineering, weight management, physical therapy and public health.


TRICARE is the health care program for active-duty personnel and retirees of the ­uniformed services, their families and survivors. TRICARE’s primary objectives are to optimize the delivery of health care services in the military’s direct care system for all military health system (MHS) beneficiaries and attain the highest level of patient satisfaction through the delivery of a world-class health care benefit.

TRICARE coverage is completely portable so it moves with you when you relocate. The TRICARE Prime options include TRICARE Prime and TRICARE Prime Remote in the United States, and TRICARE Prime Overseas and TRICARE Global Remote Overseas in regions outside the United States.

Follow these simple steps to ensure you have no break in coverage when you move:

Do not cancel your TRICARE Prime enrollment option before you move.

Update your personal information in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) immediately when you arrive at your new location.

Select a new primary care manager (PCM), when moving within the same region or submit a new Prime enrollment form within 30 days if you’re moving to a new region.

Where you are moving will determine which Prime option you will enroll in. If you move to a new Prime service area, transfer your enrollment by submitting a TRICARE Prime Enrollment and PCM Change Form to your regional ­contractor. Be sure to include all family ­members who wish to use Prime on the form.

TRICARE Standard and Extra are available to family members only. Active-duty service ­members are required to enroll in one of the Prime options described above. TRICARE Standard and Extra are available throughout the United States, and enrollment is not required. Any active-duty family member who is ­registered in DEERS may use these programs by seeing any network or non-network provider that is authorized by TRICARE.

If you’re already using TRICARE Standard and Extra, moving is easy. When you arrive at your new location, update your personal information in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) immediately. Then find TRICARE-authorized providers in your new area.

Here are a few things to remember about using TRICARE Standard and Extra in a new region:

In the U.S., visit your new regional contractor’s website for a list of providers. Remember, if you see network providers, you’ll be using the Extra option and pay lower copayments.

If you move to a new region, you’ll have a new claims address for submitting your TRICARE claims.

Learn your new region’s prior authorization requirements because these requirements may differ by region.

For a complete description of the different types of coverage programs and regions, please visit


Housing Management Office

1060 S. Patrick Drive............... 321-494-2594

8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

The Patrick Air Force Base Housing Manage­ment Office is ready to support you in the ­transition to your new home and community. Use the resources provided to become familiar with the housing options and support services available to you. When you arrive, visit the HMO to receive invaluable information, ­counseling and guidance before entering into a lease or sales agreement for housing.

Unaccompanied Housing

668 Falcon Ave....................... 321-494-3647

7:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Monday through Friday

Unaccompanied housing is provided for ­unaccompanied Airmen in the ranks of E-1 to E-3 and E-4 with less than three years of ­service. Each Airman is provided a private sleeping room with shared bathroom, furnishings, bed linens and supplies required for comfortable living. Permanent party unaccompanied housing consists of two dorms with private rooms, the majority of which are room-bathroom-room configuration. Amenities include a full-size bed, microwave, and refrigerator. Common areas include kitchen, laundry and storage facilities.

Unaccompanied Airmen in the rank of E-4 with more than 3 years of service will move into housing in the local community.

Patrick Family Housing

1060 S. Patrick Drive............... 321-613-3810

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

At Patrick Air Force Base, military family housing is privatized. In addition to your option to purchase and rent housing in the local community, you may now choose to live in privatized housing by signing a tenant lease agreement with Hunt Military Communities, which owns the family housing and is responsible for maintaining, repairing, constructing and managing the community.

For comprehensive information about homes and amenities available in the Patrick privatized housing community, visit the Patrick Family Housing website.


Post Office

424 Falcon Ave....................... 321-784-0394

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday

The full-service Post Office on base provides window service weekdays, and the lockbox lobby is always open.


Veterinary Services

Building 1385.......................... 321-494-6080

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday

Personnel residing on Patrick Air Force Base must register their pets with the Veterinary Treatment Facility upon arrival. On-base housing may limit the number and breed of pets that can live in on-base housing. Personnel living off base in Brevard County must have pets licensed.

The Patrick Air Force Base Veterinary Treatment Facility offers services such as microchipping, vaccinations, blood testing, dental cleanings and skin treatments.


Patrick Air Force Base Seaside Chapel

357 Titan Road........................ 321-494-4073

The Seaside Chapel, Patrick’s main chapel, and the South Chapel offer religious programs and services. Chaplains provide confidential counseling and assist in marital, premarital, job-related, family, grief and spiritual guidance. The local community offers many worship opportunities for a variety of religions.

Catholic Services

Daily Mass, 11:30 a.m. at Seaside Chapel

Saturday Mass, 5 p.m. at South Patrick Chapel

Sunday Mass, 8:30 a.m. at South Patrick Chapel and 11:30 a.m. at Seaside Chapel

Reconciliation, 4 p.m. at South Chapel (Saturday or anytime upon request)

Protestant Services

Sunday, 9 a.m., traditional service at Seaside Chapel

Sunday, 11 a.m., contemporary service at South Patrick Chapel


There is no longer a requirement to register your vehicles with Patrick Air Force Base. All privately owned vehicles on base must be insured, and a current license plate is required. Florida state traffic laws apply on base; see the Getting To & Around Brevard County chapter on Page 20 for more information. All vehicles entering or leaving base are subject to search.

Serving You


For hours of operation, menus and special event information, visit www.gopatrickfl.comand click on selections under the “Dining” tab.

The Beach House

Building 236............................ 321-494-4011

Fairways (at Manatee Cove Golf Course)

Building 1500.......................... 321-494-3000

Riverside Dining

Building 350............................ 321-494-4248

Ten Pin Cafe

Building 832............................ 321-494-2957

Alley Cafe (at The Alley Bowling Center)

Building 732............................ 321-494-2958

The Tides Collocated Club

Building 967............................ 321-494-4012


There are no public schools on Patrick Air Force Base. Children living in Patrick housing attend public schools in the Brevard County School District or may attend the private or parochial schools of their family’s choice.

Education & Training

Building 998............................ 321-494-2071

All education and training services are conducted by appointment. Education center ­personnel can assist potential students with tuition assistance, scholarship opportunities and grants. The center also offers classes such as ­customer ­services courses, professional supervisor courses, suicide prevention awareness and more.


Airman & Family Readiness Center

Building 722B......................... 321-494-5676

7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

The Airman & Family Readiness Center provides a multitude of services, helping make the transition to life at Patrick Air Force Base easier for all. The center provides individuals, families and leadership with services that strengthen skill sets, creating a better-prepared and better-equipped airman. Services include the Airman’s Attic, which provides free household items to E-5 and below; the Loan Locker, which allows new arrivals to borrow household items free of charge; and the Coupon Corner, a service to help lower grocery bills. The Airman & Family Readiness Center should be one of your first stops upon arriving at an installation; its programs and services will be an important resource for you and your family.

Child Development Center

Building 1000.......................... 321-494-7028

6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, closed federal holidays

The development center provides care to children 6 weeks to 5 years old of active-duty military and DOD/NAF civilians, reservists on active duty and DOD contractors. The center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Programs include weekly, full-day, hourly and special needs care. The center participates in the USDA Food Program, and children receive a nutritious breakfast, lunch and snacks throughout the day. Limited spots are available, and fees are based on a sliding scale based on annual income. Check with the center for availability.

To enroll children, parents must:

Complete AF Form 1181, Air Force Youth Flight Program Patron Registration.

Complete DD Form 2652, Application for DOD Child Care Fees.

Complete AF Form 357, Family Care Plan (single and dual military families).

Complete the USDA Food Program form.

Submit copy of current LES and pay stub.

Sign CDC contract.

Family Child Care

Building 1000.......................... 321-494-8381

7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

Rest assured knowing your children are in safe keeping in this professional, DOD-certified program for child care in homes. Special payment programs help parents pay what they would if their child attended the Child Development Center. Assistance is available for expanded child care during extended work shifts. The Family Child Care staff also trains individuals to provide responsible, safe, in-home care for children 2 weeks to 12 years of age in their ­government house or affiliated off-base home.

To use Family Child Care, complete the ­following forms:

AF Form 1181, Air Force Youth Flight ­Program Patron Registration

DD Form 2652, Application for DOD Child Care Fees

AF Form 357, Family Care Plan (single and dual military families)

DD Form 2606, DOD Child Development Program Request for Care Record

School Liaison Office

Building 722............................ 321-494-5675

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, closed federal holidays

This service supports families with many resources and information to ease the impact of the Air Force and military’s mobile lifestyle. The school liaison officer helps with registration in the local school system, giving points of ­contact within the school district and ­community and providing information about each school so the parent can choose the best fit for their child. The officer also helps home-schooled families.

Youth Programs

Building 3656.......................... 321-494-4747

2:30 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday; School Age Program: 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

Youth and teens ages 5 to 18 will find plenty to challenge their developing minds and bodies at this popular hangout. Whether it’s seasonal festivals, lock-in parties, field trips, karaoke or dance classes, there’s a full range of activities for youngsters to try. Sports programs include youth basketball, baseball, soccer, taekwondo and cheerleading. Other activities include ­homework assistance, arts programs, 4-H and Boys & Girls Clubs activities, leadership clubs and more.

To enroll your child at the center, complete the following forms:

AF Form 1181, Air Force Youth Flight ­Program Patron Registration

DD Form 2652, Application for DOD Child Care Fees

AF Form 357, Family Care Plan (single and dual military families)

DD Form 2606, DOD Child Development Program Request for Care Record


Space Coast Credit Union

1303 Edward B. White III, Building 402

Patrick AFB............................. 321-752-2222

8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday


Legal Office

Building 562............................ 321-494-7357

7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

Legal assistance, wills and advance ­medical directives (living wills) are available by appointment. Notary assistance and powers of attorney may be obtained on a walk-in basis. Power of attorney and other legal worksheets may be filled out in advance by visiting the U.S. Air Force Legal Assistance website at Deployment-related legal assistance services are also provided.


Building 722............................ 321-494-6881

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday and Monday

The Patrick Air Force Base Library’s collection consists of best-sellers in print and on audio and downloadable formats, high-speed Internet access (Wi-Fi access) workstations with ­Microsoft Office software, movies on DVD and Blu-ray, games of Xbox, Wii and ­PlayStation, a Spanish language collection and children’s and young adult sections.


For detailed information about the recreational programs at Patrick Air Force Base, visit the 45th Force Support Squadron at

Auto Services

Building 331............................ 321-494-2537

Base Library

Building 722............................ 321-494-6881

Beach Cottages

Building 345............................ 321-494-2042

Located beachside off SR A1A, beach cottages are available for three-day, four-day or seven-day rentals. Reservations are accepted up to one year in advance. The high season is March through September; the low season is October through February. Each house sleeps 10 and includes high-speed Internet, TVs with basic cable, washer and dryer, stove and oven, two queen beds and two twin beds, one queen sofa/sleeper, refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, coffee maker, charcoal grill and central air. No smoking is allowed inside the houses; no pets are allowed on the property.

The Beach House

Building 236............................ 321-494-4011

The Beach House, at 259 Highway A1A, offers water recreation equipment rentals from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and ­provides food and beverage service from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The deck is available to rent; call the Outdoor Recreation director at 321-494-2042 for information. Equipment rentals include kayaks, surf boards, boogie boards, beach chairs and umbrellas, surf rods and reels and beach bikes.

The Commons

(Bistro, Sports Bar, Ten Pin Cafe and Bowling)

Building 732............................ 321-494-2958


Building 345................... 321-494-2042/2054

Campground Office................. 321-494-4787

The Campground Office is in the newly ­renovated campground community center. Campground business will no longer be ­conducted from the Outdoor Recreation rental facility. Outdoor Recreation offers a 137-site FAMCAMP on the historic Banana River. Forty-six of its sites have water/electric/sewer and 34 sites have water/electric; there are 47 overflow sites and 10 primitive campsites. Reservations are accepted from active-duty members only. All other guests are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Call the FAMCAMP office before travel to get more information and campground rules. Hosts are available for check-in when the office is closed, until 10 nightly. Guests checking in after 10 p.m. are asked to park in the Chevron Park parking area at the campground entrance and to check in the following morning.

Family Pool

Building 917............................ 321-494-2042

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and ­holidays until Labor Day

Admission is free to all DOD ID cardholders. Pool party rentals are available for Friday and Saturday evenings. Swim lessons are taught by nationally certified instructors and include introduction to water skills, fundamentals and stroke development.

Fitness & Sports Center

Building 545............................ 321-494-6697

5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. holidays

The center offers a running track, lap pool, massage therapy, equipment orientation, fitness assessments, personal trainers and a ­running club.

Information, Tickets & Travel

Building 415................... 321-494-4156/5158

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday

Find information on military discount tickets for area attractions, including Disney World theme parks and SeaWorld’s Antarctica. Whatever travel destinations you seek, the ITT staff can also help you plan your trips by assisting with airline tickets, hotels, rental cars and even cruises.

Manatee Cove Golf Center

Building 1500............ 321-494-GOLF (4653)

7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily

Manatee Cove is a scenic 18-hole golf course, par 72, located between the Banana River and the Atlantic Ocean. The course covers 260 acres and is shared by many wild animal species. Golf lessons are available upon request.

Outdoor Recreation

Building 345............................ 321-494-2042

8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Tuesday, closed Wednesday

Outdoor Recreation offers equipment rentals such as camping and fishing gear, bicycles and outdoor games as well as scuba classes, drive trips, and boat rentals. To see the abundance of outdoor opportunities that await you, download the Outdoor Recreation Rental Guide at

Picnic Areas

Building 917............................ 321-494-2042

Outdoor Recreation has three picnic areas available for use at no charge for authorized ID card holders. The North Beach picnic area is beachside on SR A1A north of the main gate. Chevron Park is on the Banana River off Rescue Road just north of FAMCAMP. The Dockside picnic area is on the waterfront across from ­Outdoor Recreation and has a deck on the Banana River. In-person reservations are required during normal business hours and are accepted up to 90 days in advance. A picnic area reservation form can be downloaded at



1225 S. Patrick Drive............... 321-494-5841

8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday through Monday, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday

Save an average of 30 percent of your hard-earned dollars when shopping for groceries at the Patrick Commissary. In-store services and specialties include plants, a bakery, a deli, fresh sandwiches to go and sushi. Check the store’s Savings Aisle for even deeper discounts on a changing selection. Guests and visitors are allowed in the commissary, but only authorized purchasers with ID are allowed to shop.


Building 1364.......................... 321-799-1300

9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

The Patrick Air Force Base Exchange wants to be your first choice for shopping. It offers a price-match program that guarantees the lowest prices in town. Hours of operation for services outside of the Main Exchange vary so call or visit the website for detailed information.

Main Exchange........................... 321-799-1300

Exchange Restaurants................. 321-494-4646

Anthony’s Pizza

Charley’s Grilled Subs

Taco Bell


Beauty Shop............................ 321-784-5432

Dry Cleaners............................ 321-610-7940

Dunkin Donuts........................ 321-868-7096

Exchange Mobile Center.......... 321-784-2832

Flower Shop............................ 321-784-0508

GNC........................................ 321-783-0344

Optical Shop............................ 321-783-5580

Optometry Clinic..................... 321-783-8820

H&R Block (seasonal).............. 321-868-0286

Other Facilities

Burger King, Bldg. 1369......... 321-494-6158

Barber Shop, Bldg. 415........... 321-784-1286

Blimpie, Bldg. 415................... 321-191-3223

Dry Cleaners, Bldg. 415........... 321-613-3912

Military Clothing Store,
Bldg. 415.............................. 321-494-2045

North Express, Bldg. 415......... 321-494-4555

Express/Gas, Bldg. 1360.......... 321-494-6686

Hertz Car Rental, Bldg. 720.. 321-783-7771