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Patrick Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station are the home of the 45th Space Wing and the world’s premier gateway to space. The wing’s approximately 15,000 personnel are tasked with 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 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, Fla. 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.

This guide features important information to help you quickly settle in — on-base facilities, housing, dining, shopping, child care and entertainment — and enjoy your new home, the base and the local community. Welcome!