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45th Space Wing, Patrick Air Force Base

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Location

Patrick Air Force Base (AFB) lies on the east coast of Central Florida, three 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 (CCAFS). In terms of driving, Patrick Air Force Base is about 190 miles north of Miami via Interstate 95; 855 miles southeast of Nashville, Tennessee; 1,220 miles southeast of Chicago, 1,150 miles east of Dallas; 700 miles east of New Orleans and 1,320 miles southeast of Oklahoma City.

Population

The 45th Space Wing has 15,537 personnel, according to its FY16 Economic Impact Analysis. That includes 3,951 active-duty and reservist/Air National Guard personnel, 5,391 civilian and contractor employees, and 6,195 family members who work on and around the base. More than 66,534 veterans live in Brevard County, according to the 2015 U.S.Census.

Base Size

The 45th Space Wing has more than 30 major mission partners and tenants at Patrick AFB andCCAFS.

About Patrick Air Force Base

Patrick AFB opened in 1940 as Banana River Naval Air Station, 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 personnel are responsible for delivering assured space launch, range and combat capabilities for the nation.

The wing is organized into four groups to accomplish its mission. The 45th Mission Support Group, with units at Patrick AFB and CCAFS, provides quality mission support to assure success of the wing’s launch, range and expeditionary operations and provides comprehensive support to the wing’s mission partners. 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.

The 45th Operations Group operates the Eastern Range, located at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, and launches space vehicles for the Department of Defense, NASA, the United States and international commercial customers.

The 45th Launch Group conducts mission assurance on launch vehicle and spacecraft processing from flight hardware arrival throughlaunch.

The 45th Medical Group provides ambulatory medical service to active duty and their enrolled members. It also provides dental medical service to active duty only.

Economic Impact

Patrick AFB’s total impact on the local economy totaled about $1 billion in fiscal year 2016, creating 4,229 indirect jobs in Florida.

History

Patrick AFB Our Military History

The 45th Space Wing’s evolution into the World’s Premier Gateway to Space and the Spaceport of the Future on Florida’s Space Coast began in the 1940s when what’s now known as the Eastern Range was used as a home for Army missile testing.

The 45th Bombardment Group (Light) was activated in January 1941 to conduct patrols and search missions off the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts until its deactivation in December 1942. The group’s four squadrons went on to serve with the 26th Antisubmarine Wing and other bombardment groups later in World War II. During the same time period, nearby Banana River Naval Air Station, commissionedOct. 1, 1940, supported seaplane patrols until the installation was inactivatedAug. 1,1947.

The Navy transferred Banana River Naval Air Station to the Air Force on Sept. 1, 1948. The base was renamed the Joint Long Range Proving Ground and became home to Advance Headquarters, JLRPG, and the Air Force Division when it was establishedOct. 1, 1949. The base was renamed the Long Range Proving Ground Base for three months After a Department of Defense re-delegation of guided missile test centers from joint service commands to separate branches of the military service.

OnAug. 26, 1950, the Air Force’s long-range proving ground base in Cocoa Beach, Florida., was named Patrick Air Force Base in honor of the late Maj. Gen. Mason M. Patrick, who retired as chief of the Air Corps,Dec. 12, 1927. During his six-year tenure as chief of Air Service, Patrick approved the first flight around the world by Army pilots in 1924, and the Pan-American goodwill flight to every capital in Central and South America. He initiated the experimental flying organization at Wright Field, Ohio, and recommended legislation for the Air Service to become the Air Corps in 1926 under the Secretary of War, but apart from the War Department, which eventually led to the U.S. Air Force as an independent branch.

Permanent launch complexes were built in the 1950s and 1960s on the range. The earliest launch vehicles used by the Air Force were the Thor and Atlas missiles, modified by the Air Force Ballistic Missile Division and Space Systems Division. The modified missiles constituted the backbone of the U.S. space program. They were complemented by the Titan III, a powerful booster capable of launching large, heavy payloads. These three launch vehicles provided the needed thrust to place heavier and more complicated military satellites into orbit for the Air Force from the 1960s to the1980s.

First launched in 1959, the Titan family of boosters served for nearly 50 years putting satellites and astronauts into orbit. Titan III vehicles performed well in a variety of configurations including the Titan III (34) D, which was used during the 1980s as a backup and alternative to the manned Space Shuttle. The Titan IVB, which flew from 1997 to 2005 with 17 successful launches, was the Air Force’s largest and most powerful expendable single-use rocket. It was a space launch vehicle used to place satellites into orbit. Titan IVB rockets boosted payloads into low earth orbit, polar orbit, or geosynchronous (stationary) orbit from either Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, or Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

Since the 1960’s the Eastern Range also supported the Navy’s launches of sea-based deterrent missile systems from the Atlantic Ocean. Created in 1950, the Naval Ordnance Test Unit (NOTU), headquartered at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, supports the Navy’s Fleet Ballistic Missile (FBM) weapon system which consists of time-proven, operational, nuclear-powered submarines, each capable of carrying nuclear tipped ballistic missiles. Operational FBM and Strategic Weapon System (SWS) submarines are under the control of the Commander, U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM), who exercises authority through the Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet (SUBLANT), and the Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (SUBPAC).

OnOct. 1, 1979, Patrick Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station were consolidated under the Eastern Space and Missile Center (ESMC) to assume responsibility over all activities at the range. The Eastern Test Range and affiliated facilities continued to support Department of Defense, National Air and Space Administration, Air Force, and other test and evaluation agencies, including the operation of “down-range” facilities at Antigua and Ascension Islands.

In the 1980s, Air Force Space Command was formed and, within a decade, assumed launch responsibility for all Atlas E, Atlas II, Delta II, Titan II and Titan IV assets and missions, as well as gaining the range and both installations. Air Force Launch Vehicles at the time included the Titan IV, first launched in June 1989. It could be used with either an Inertial Upper Stage or a newly developed version of the Centaur Upper Stage. It could place 10,000 pounds into geosynchronous orbit using the Centaur, and its performance was further improved by upgraded solid rocket motors, which completed their final test firing in September1993.

OnOct. 1, 1990, the Eastern Space and Missile Center and control of all operational space lift vehicles was transferred from Air Force Systems Command to Air Force Space Command, with the goal of establishing a new operational wing to oversee Eastern Test Range operations. The new operational wing was established as the 45th Space Wing onNov. 12,1991.

Also on that date, Headquarters, 45th Bombardment Group (Medium) was redesignated Headquarters, 45th Operations Group, and assigned to Air Force Space Command, then further assigned to the 45th Space Wing and activated at Patrick Air Force Base. Chief of Staff of the Air Force General Merrill A. McPeak selected the designation of the “45th” as the wing’s unit number based on the lineage and honors of inactivated units with the same number at Patrick Air ForceBase.

Under the new designation, the 45th Space Wing’s first launch was NASA’s Space Shuttle Atlantis onNov. 24, 1991. Atlantis carried a Defense Support Program satellite intoorbit.

Following that launch, the 45th Space Wing supported the commercial launch of an Atlas II-Centaur onDec. 7, 1991, which delivered a European television satellite into orbit. The satellite was designed to route telephone signals across Europe for the European Telecommunication Satellite Organization – EUTELSAT, which the wing continues to launch from the range today. Since its activation in 1991, the wing has supported more than 550 launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station involving numerous space launch vehicles to include the Atlas II-Centaur, Atlas IIIA, Atlas V, Delta II, Delta III, Delta IV, Falcon 9, Space Shuttle and Titan IVB.

In 1992, Air Force Space Command issued a special order which struck the name “Force” from all Air Force stations under its command. This was done in an effort to standardize installation names within Air Force Space Command. As a result, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station was redesignated Cape Canaveral Air Station. OnFeb. 4, 2000, Air Force Space Command reversed its 1992 decision with a special order reinstating the word “Force” to all Air Station names under its command. The decision was made to counter criticism within the Air Force community that “Air Stations” by name did not distinguish Air Force Air Stations from Air Stations in other branches of service, such as Naval Air Stations. The decision was also intended to give named credit to Air Force personnel involved in the day-to-day operations on each Air Station. As a result, Cape Canaveral Air Station was redesignated Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the name it was originally given in1974.

OnMarch 1, 1995, the 45th Space Wing declared the new Range Operations Control Center (ROCC) operational, decentralizing and consolidating range operations into a single location for each active launch pad and increasing safety and efficiency for the wing. The ROCC was later renamed the Morrell Operations Center (MOC) in a ceremony onNov. 2, 2007. The name change was to honor the late Maj. Gen. Jimmey R. Morrell, who served as the first commander of the 45th Space Wing fromNov. 12, 1991, toJune 23, 1993. He was a driving force not only for the range’s redesignation but also for facility and process changes. Decentralizing and consolidating range operations into a single location for each active launch pad increased safety and efficiency for the wing. A dedication wall with a plaque and a likeness of General Morrell is on display just inside the main entrance of the MOC.

OnMarch 28, 1996, the first launch of the Global Positioning System replenishment satellite, Navigation System Timing and Ranging II-25, lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air force Station. This system changed the way members travel from point A to point B, while increasing the accuracy and efficiency of daily operations. Their design life is 7.5 years for Block IIA, IIR, and IIR-M (but many are lasting longer than 10 - 12 years) and 12 years for Block IIF. An Airmen-led processing team at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station has processed every satellite of the series since GPS IIF-1 launched in May 2010. In total, Generation II GPS launches will have spanned over 28 years comprised of 61 space vehicles amongst five different blocks: II, IIA, IIR, IIR-M, and IIF.

The Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) is used to launch GPS satellites from Cape Canaveral Air Station, Fla., into nearly 11,000-mile circular orbits. The EELVs are the Air Force’s latest launch vehicles and include the Delta IV and the Atlas V, which were designed to improve U.S. access to space by making Standard Launch Vehicles more affordable and reliable. These launch vehicles provide critical spacelift capability to support Department of Defense and other National Security missions. With multiple launch vehicle configurations and launch sites on both coasts of the U.S., EELV has a proven track record of success, demonstrating unprecedented reliability with more than 50 successful launches since 2002. Of those launches, more than 30 have been EELV National Security Space launches in support of the Navy, National Reconnaissance Office and the AirForce.

The EELVs program’s Delta IV andAtlas V launch vehicles are produced by United Launch Alliance (a joint venture of Boeing and Lockheed Martin formed in 2006). The inaugural flight of the Atlas V took place onAug. 21, 2002, from Space Launch Complex 4, and the first successful flight of the Delta IV took placeNov. 20, 2002, from Launch Complex 37B. OnMarch 10, 2003, the first Delta IV (Medium) EELVs military launch occurred from Cape Canaveral. The Delta IV placed a Defense Satellite Communications System (DSCS) III intoorbit.

OnMay 22, 2012, the 45th Space Wing supported the first SpaceX Falcon 9 launch on its NASA commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station. SpaceX’s Dragon became the first private spacecraft in history to visit the station. The resupply mission successfully delivered 1,200 pounds of cargo for the station’s crew and experiments designed by students. The Air Force awarded a GPS III launch services contract to SpaceX’s Falcon 9 on April, 27, 2016. This request for proposal marks a milestone in the Air Force’s ongoing efforts to reintroduce competition into the EELV program.

The combination of evolutionary changes, innovative thinking, increased technology and strong partnership on the Eastern Range allowed history to be made, yet again, onDec. 21, 2015, with the first successful return landing of a Falcon 9 rocket first-stage booster at Landing Zone 1 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Prior to that, the wing supported a series of SpaceX first-stage landing attempts on an autonomous spaceport droneship.

Today, the Eastern Range extends more than 10,000 miles from the Florida mainland through the South Atlantic and into the Indian Ocean. It includes the launch head at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and a network of instrumentation stations, including Malabar and Jonathan Dickinson tracking annexes and downrangesites.

The 45th Space Wing and its Eastern Range assets continue to provide a vast network of radar, telemetry and communications instrumentation support to facilitate the safe launch of all Department of Defense National Security Space, National Aeronautics Space Administration, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, commercial and Naval Ordnance Test Unit’s support to the Navy’s Strategic Systems Programs missions.

There are currently four active launch complexes on the Eastern Range; Launch Complex 37 for ULA Delta; Launch Complex 40 for SpaceX Falcon 9; Launch Complex 41 for ULA Atlas; Launch Complex 36 for Blue Origin, who is in a contract with Space Florida, and Launch Complex 18 is reserved for Moon Express. The Navy continues to launch Trident II (D5) Missiles underwater from the OHIO Class of nuclear-propelled TRIDENT submarines. The 45th Space Wing supported 23 successful major launches in 2016 and anticipates more than 30 launches in 2017 with a drive to achieve 48 launches in one year by2021.

Organizations

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45TH SPACE WING

The host unit of Patrick AFB, 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.”

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 MissileMuseum
Chaplain
Command Chief Master Sergeant
Equal Opportunity
Financial Management (45th Comptroller Squadron)
HistoryOffice
InspectorGeneral
LegalOffice
Manpower & Organization
Protocol
PublicAffairs
ReserveAffairs
Retiree ActivitiesOffice
Safety
Sexual Assault Response Coordinator
Small BusinessOffice
Wing Operations Center/Command Post
Wing Plans and Programs

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 SpaceLaunch.

45th Operations Group

The 45th Operations Group operates the Eastern Range and launches space vehicles for the Department of Defense, NASA, the U.S. 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 two detachments: Detachment 2 at Ascension Auxiliary Air Field and Detachment 3 at Patrick AFB.

45th Mission Support Group

The 45th Mission Support Group, with units at Patrick AFB and CCAFS, 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 ForceSupport, 45th Logistics Readiness and 45th Security Forces. Its Detachment 1 is atCCAFS.

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, retirees and their enrolled members. It provides dental services to active-duty personnel only.

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

Arrival

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See the Getting To & Around in Brevard County chapter on Page 21 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 AFB is available on ground level adjacent to the baggage claim. Make reservations by calling 800-826-4544at least 24 hours in advance, if possible. Call for rate information.

SPONSORSHIP

Contact your sponsor and advise them of your estimated arrival time and flight information if applicable prior to your arrival at Patrick AFB.

Sponsorship is vital to the relocation process. Don’t PCS without talking to your sponsor before departing for Patrick AFB. 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.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

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-freedevice.

From Interstate 95

Take Interstate 95 South to Exit 188 (State Route 404). State Route 404 will become the Pineda Causeway. Follow the Pineda Causeway east looking for signs for Patrick AFB, Patrick Drive exit ramp. Exit to Patrick Drive, then turn left. Drive north on Patrick Drive to the South Gate on S. Patrick Drive. The South Gate is only accessible from the Pineda Causeway eastbound. There is no exit to Patrick Drive from the Pineda Causeway westbound.

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 AFB.

From Melbourne International Airport

The closest airport is Melbourne International Airport, about 15 miles from Patrick AFB. Upon leaving the airport, turn left onto NASA Boulevard. Continue to U.S. Route 1. Take U.S. Route 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 East Gate of Patrick AFB.

From Orlando International Airport

Orlando International Airport is about 58 miles northwest of Patrick AFB. 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 20miles.

Patrick AFB has two gates. The East Gate is open 24/7 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 East Gate. Visitor passes are available at bothgates.

CHECK-IN PROCEDURES

Military Personnel Section

Building 537 321-494-6144

www.gopatrickfl.com/military-personnel.html

Newly arriving military members are welcomed during normal duty hours by the base INTRO manager 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 321-494-6591for temporary lodging information.

Upon arrival at Patrick AFB, 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 321-494-5676if you do not have a sponsor after you arrive at Patrick AFB.

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

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

All military members must first inprocess 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.

TEMPORARY LODGING

Space Coast Inn

Building 720
840 Falcon Ave. 321-494-6591
www.gopatrickfl.com/space-coast-inn.html
Open 24/7

The Space Coast Inn provides safe, comfortable and clean accommodations for active-duty members and their families who are being assigned to Patrick AFB 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 3:30 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 temporary lodging family units available during permanent change of station season — March 1 toSept. 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 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 roomrates.

Getting Settled

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HEALTH CARE

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 and Operational Medicine Flight, Immunizations, Lab, Mental Health, PHAs, Physical Therapy, Radiology, Women’s Health, 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 nonemergency after-hours care or for out-of-area care, call NURSE ADVICE LINE (NAL) 1-800-TRICARE(874-2273), Option 1.

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

Dental care services are available to active-duty military only. Family members of active-duty personnel are encouraged to use the TRICARE Dental Program. Information about the TRICARE Dental Program can be obtained by calling 855-638-8371or visitingwww.tricare.mil/CoveredServices/Dental/TDP.aspx.

TRICARE

TRICARE is the health care program for active duty 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 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 of 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. 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 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 newregion:

  • 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 as these requirements may differ by region.

For a complete description of the different types of coverage programs and regions, please visitwww.tricare.mil.

HOUSING

Housing Management Office

1060 S. Patrick Drive 321-494-2594
www.housing.af.mil/Units/Patrick
8 a.m.to 3:30 p.m.Monday throughFriday

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 at Patrick Air Force Base, visit the HMO to receive invaluable information, counseling and guidance prior to entering into a written lease or rental/sales contract for housing.

Unaccompanied Housing

668 Falcon Ave. 321-494-3647
www.housing.af.mil/Units/Patrick
7:30 a.m.to 4:15 p.m.Monday throughFriday

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 and bathroom, furnishings, bed linens and supplies required for comfortable living. 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 three years of service will move into housing in the local community.

Patrick Family Housing

1060 S. Patrick Drive 321-613-3810
www.patrick-family-housing.com
8 a.m.to4 p.m.Monday throughFriday

At Patrick AFB, 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.

MAIL

Post Office

424 Falcon Ave. 321-784-0394
9:45 a.m.to 12:15 p.m.Monday throughFriday

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

PETS

Veterinary Services

Building 1385 321-494-6080
8 a.m.to4 p.m.Monday throughFriday

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 vaccinations, heartworm testing for dogs, and feline leukemia testing for cats. Sick call examinations are seen for contagious diseases, and skin, eye and ear issues. We offer surgical and dental services. The clinic also carries a variety of products from flea and tick control to heartworm prevention.

RELIGIOUS GUIDANCE

Patrick Air Force Base Seaside Chapel

357 Titan Road 321-494-4073
www.patrick.af.mil/units/chapel

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 noon 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

VEHICLE REGISTRATION

There is no longer a requirement to register your vehicles with Patrick 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 theGetting To & Aroundin Brevard County chapter on Page 21 for more information. All vehicles entering or leaving base are subject tosearch.

Serving You

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DINING

For hours of operation, menus and special event information, visitwww.gopatrickfl.comand then selections under the “Patrick Life” or “Fitness and Recreation” tab.

Alley Cafe/Bistro (at The Alley Bowling Center)

Building 732 321-494-2957/2958

The Beach House

Building 236 321-494-4011

Fairways (at Manatee Cove Golf Course)

Building 1500 321-494-4422

Riverside Dining

Building 350 321-494-4248

The Tides Collocated Club

Building 967 321-494-4012
Catering 321-494-7493

EDUCATION

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

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 andmore.

FAMILY SUPPORT

Airman & Family Readiness Center

Building 722B 321-494-5676
www.gopatrickfl.com/airman-family-readiness.html

7:30 a.m.to 4:30 p.m.Monday through Friday; closed federal holidays, every third Friday for Wing Training Days and for AFSPC Family Days

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. Additional 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
www.gopatrickfl.com/child-development-center.html
6:30 a.m.to 5:30 p.m.Monday through Friday, closed federal holidays and the day after Thanksgiving

The Child 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 on a sliding scale based on annual income. Check with the center for availability.

To register children and/or to get on the waiting list, go towww.militarychildcare.comand:

  • Create an account.
  • Search and request care.
  • Manage my requests.
  • Update my profile.
  • EFMP-FS (Family Support) Coordinator

    Building 722 321-494-5675
    7:30 a.m.to 4:30 p.m.Monday through Friday, closed federal holidays

    The EFMP-FS Coordinator is the information and resource point of contact for EFMP families and assists them in managing the competing demands of the military mission and family. EFMP-FS provides local, state and federal information, guidance and services to support military and other personnel and their family members with special needs; improve family coping skills by fostering competencies; identify gaps in service; and partner with providers to meet the needs of these families. This office can also provide information on several respite care options for EFMP families.

    Family Child Care

    Building 1000 321-494-8381
    www.gopatrickfl.com/family-child-care.html
    7:30 a.m.to 4:30 p.m.Monday through Friday, Closed Federal Holidays and the day after Thanksgiving

    Rest assured knowing your children are in safe keeping in this professional, DOD-certified program for child care in homes. The AF Subsidy Program may 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, parents must go towww.militarychildcare.comand:

  • Create an account.
  • Search and request care.
  • Manage my requests.
  • Update my profile.
  • School Liaison Office

    Building 722 321-494-5675
    7:30 a.m.to 4:30 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 321-610-8880
    www.gopatrickfl.com/youth-programs.html
    2:30 to6 p.m.Monday through Friday,closed federal holidays and the day after Thanksgiving; School Age Care (SAC) Program: 6:30 a.m.to 5:30 p.m.Monday throughFriday

    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 register children and/or to get on the waiting list, go towww.militarychildcare.comand:

  • Create an account.
  • Search and request care.
  • Manage my requests.
  • Update my profile.
  • FINANCIAL SERVICES

    Space Coast Credit Union

    1221 Patrick Drive
    Patrick AFB
    321-752-2222
    www.sccu.com
    8 a.m.to5 p.m., Monday throughFriday

    LEGAL SERVICES

    Legal Office

    Building 562 321-494-7357
    7:30 a.m.to 4:30 p.m.Monday throughFriday

    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 athttps://aflegalassistance.law.af.mil.Deployment-related legal assistance services are also provided.

    LIBRARY

    Building 722 321-494-6881
    www.gopatrickfl.com/library.html
    10 a.m.to6 p.m.Tuesday through Thursday,10 a.m.to5 p.m.Friday, noon to5 p.m.Saturday, closed Sunday andMonday

    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) workstations with Microsoft Office software, movies on DVD and Blu-ray, Xbox, Wii and PlayStation games, a Spanish language collection, and children’s and young adult sections.

    RECREATION

    For information about the recreational programs at Patrick Air Force Base, visit the 45thForce Support Squadron atwww.gopatrickfl.com.

    Auto Services

    Building 331 321-494-2537

    Base Library

    Building 722 321-494-6881

    Beach Cottages

    Building 345 321-494-2042
    www.gopatrickfl.com/beach-houses.html

    Located beachside off state Route 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
    www.gopatrickfl.com/beach-house.html

    The Beach House, at 259 Highway A1A, offers water recreation equipment rentals and provides food and beverage service. The deck is available to rent; call the Outdoor Recreation director at 321-494-2042for more information. Equipment rentals include kayaks, surf boards, boogie boards, beach chairs and umbrellas, surf rods and reels, and beachbikes.

    The Commons

    (Bistro, Sports Bar, Ten Pin Cafe and Bowling)
    Building 732 321-494-2958

    Famcamp

    Building 345 321-494-2042/2054
    Campground Office 321-494-4787
    www.gopatrickfl.com/famcamp.html

    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 155-site Famcamp on the historic Banana River. All of the sites have full utility hookups. 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 after10 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
    www.gopatrickfl.com/pool-picnic-areas.html

    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 545 321-494-4947
    www.gopatrickfl.com/sports-and-fitness.html
    24/7 Access available for militarymembers

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

    Information, Tickets & Travel

    Building 415 321-494-5158
    www.gopatrickfl.com/tickets-and-travel.html

    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 321-494-7856
    www.gopatrickfl.com/golf-course.html

    Manatee Cove is a scenic 18-hole golf course, par 72, 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
    www.gopatrickfl.com/outdoor-recreation.html

    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 atwww.gopatrickfl.com/pdf/PriceGuide.pdf.

    Outdoor recreation has a complimentary 24-hour lawn equipment for active duty reservists who reside on Patrick AFB. There also complimentary Mobi chairs available at the riverfront rental facility and ocenafront Beach House facility with advance reservation required.

    Picnic Areas

    Building 917 321-494-2042
    www.gopatrickfl.com/pool-picnic-areas.html

    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 state Route 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 atwww.gopatrickfl.com/pdf/picnic-area.pdf.

    SHOPPING

    Commissary

    1225 S. Patrick Drive 321-494-5841
    www.commissaries.com
    8:30 a.m.to6 p.m.Saturday through Monday, 8:30 a.m.to7 p.m.Tuesday throughFriday

    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.

    Exchange

    Building 1364 321-799-1300
    www.shopmyexchange.com

    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 for services outside of the Main Exchange vary so call or visit the website for detailed information.

    Main Exchange 321-799-1300

    Exchange Restaurants

    Anthony’s Pizza 321-494-4646
    Charley’s Grilled Subs 321-494-4646
    Dunkin’ Donuts 321-868-7096
    Taco Bell 321-494-4646

    Concessions

    Barbershop 321-784-1061
    Dry Cleaners 321-610-7940
    Exchange Mobile Center 321-784-2832
    GNC 321-783-0344
    H&R Block (seasonal) 321-868-0286
    Optical Shop 321-783-5580
    Optometry Clinic 321-783-8820

    Other Facilities

    Barbershop, Bldg. 415 321-784-1286
    Blimpie, Bldg. 415 321-868-1061
    Budget Car Rental, Bldg. 720 321-784-0634
    BurgerKing, Bldg. 1369 321-494-6158
    Express/Gas, Bldg. 1360 321-494-6686
    Military ClothingStore, Bldg. 1364 321-799-1300


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