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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 unit’s 9,477 personnel are tasked with delivering assured space launch, range and combat capabilities for the nation. 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.
As the Department of Defense’s East Coast Space Port and providers of launch support services, the 45th Space Wing is a far-reaching organization. Its Eastern Range covers more than 10,000 miles from the Florida mainland through the South Atlantic into the Indian Ocean. 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. 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!
YOUR HOST ASSOCIATE UNITS
45TH SPACE WING STAFF AGENCIES
Vision: Continue to be a top command and control (C2) organization in AFSPC, providing incomparable service and maintaining up-to-date knowledge of space launch operations and maintenance.
(45SW/PA) ............................... (321) 494-5933
The PA staff operates as the wing commander’s liaison with the internal Patrick Air Force Base/Cape Canaveral Air Force Station communities, the communities surrounding both installations and the media.
Military Equal Opportunity
(45 SW/EO) ............................... (321) 494-6333
The Equal Opportunity staff provides training, conducts informal inquiries, coordinates complaint investigations and conducts mediation of workplace disputes in the civilian workforce. They also provide human relations training, guidance in formal and informal equal opportunity and treatment complaints processing, conduct complaint clarifications, mediate complaints, perform wing climate assessments and provide awareness training on subjects relating to human relations (i.e., cultural diversity, sexual harassment and team building).
Retiree Activities Office
(45 SW/RAO) ............................ (321) 494-5463
The RAO serves retirees of all branches of the armed forces. The office’s military retiree volunteers work with retirees of all services and all ranks. The volunteers are trained to handle questions concerning pay issues, legal services, Social Security benefits, survivor benefits or any other issue affecting retirees.
Plans & Programs
(45 XP/JX) ................................(321) 494-4054
The Planning Office (XPE) hosts a wide variety of functions designed to synchronize wing activities. This office serves as the wing focal point for space and range policy, beddown of new activities/missions on 45th Space Wing property, mission agreements, wing operation plans (OPLANS), wing implementation plans (I-Plans), federal and state relationships, the 45th Space Wing launch forecast and the wing strategic plan.
45 SW/XPI provides plans, policy and guidance that allow the 45th Space Wing to establish, maintain and conduct effective liaison with foreign governments in support of the 45th Space Wing’s operations. Countries involved are Ascension, Antigua and Argentina. Additionally, this office is responsible for balancing protection of sensitive military information with international cooperative initiatives to ensure compliance with overall national policy and international agreements. This office also oversees the 45th Space Wing arms control treaty compliance plans, policy and funding.
The Program Requirements Office (XPR) is the front door to the Eastern Range for new customers, providing planning oversight for launch vehicle, spacecraft and test programs. The office is comprised of senior engineers who have intimate knowledge of the range, its policies and procedures.
Ground Safety Office
(45 SW/SEG) ........................... (321) 494-2202
The 45th SW Ground Safety Office provides safety oversight for Air Force personnel and expertise pertaining to Air Force Occupational Safety and Health. The Ground Safety office also oversees the Operational Risk Management (ORM) program and investigates ground mishaps.
Aircraft Flight Safety Office
(45 SW/SEF) ............................ (321) 494-2202
The mission of this office is to protect aircrews, personnel and Air Force assets at the three air fields and downrange locations operated by the 45th SW. This office also supports mishap preparedness for aviation and space mishaps.
Weapons/Explosive Safety Office
(45 SW/SEW) ............................ (321) 494-3268
The 45 SW/SEW coordinates weapons (explosives) safety and implements the explosive mishap prevention program for Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and Patrick Air Force Base. The office also coordinates and reviews all explosive siting and licensing of explosives storage areas and operating locations as well as explosives lesson plans, checklists and operating procedures. Additionally it monitors and performs periodic explosive safety inspections and ensures compliance with Department of Defense and Air Force explosives safety standards.
Range Safety Office
(45 SW/SEA and 45 SW/SEL) ...(321) 494-5101
Due to the unique 45th SW mission of space launch, the largest group in safety is concerned with protecting the general public, launch site personnel and government resources from the inherent hazards of rockets and space vehicles. Range Safety includes flight analysis, risk analysis, policy and requirement development, and system safety assessment.
Sexual Assault Response Coordinator
(45 SW/CVK) ........................... (321) 494-7272
Mission: To enhance combat readiness through prevention, education, deterrence and response to sexual assault for Patrick Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station military and DoD civilian personnel, as well as geographically separated units.
Wing Operations Center/Command Post
(45 SW/CP) .............................. (321) 494-7001 The Wing Operations Center/Command Post is the 45th Space Wing’s point of contact for space operations and emergency management. The Wing Operations Center/Command Post not only provides this service to the Wing’s senior leaders, but to all 45th Space Wing, Air Force and Department of Defense members and their families.
(45 SW/HC) ..............................(321) 494-4073
Mission: While serving as a visible reminder of the holy, the 45 Space Wing Chapel staff provide spiritual care and the opportunity for Air Force members and their families to exercise their constitutional right to freedom of religion.
45TH OPERATIONS GROUP
(45 LOG/CC) ........................ (321) 494-6204
The Operations Group is responsible for program management and operation office squadrons which perform all Eastern Range launch operations including Delta II, Delta III, Atlas II, Atlas III, Titan IV, Space Shuttle, Pegasus and Athena space launch vehicles. The Operations Group also provides support to Naval Ordnance Test Unit operations. In support of space launch operations, the Operations Group coordinates training for the wing, manages all wing spacecraft services systems and facilities and manages the Patrick Air Force Base air traffic complex, handling more than 24,000 aircraft operations annually.
1st Range Operations Squadron
(1st ROPS) ............................... (321) 853-8306
The 1st Range Operations Squadron is where the world’s _ nest spacelift and range operations professionals work as a team to ensure mission success of spacelift, ballistic and aeronautical test missions. The squadron provides worldwide customers with range operations, operations support management and scheduling services.
Det 1, Antigua Air Station, West Indies
The primary mission of Det 1, 45th Operations Group is to provide telemetry and radar tracking data to support space launches out of the Eastern Range. When not supporting its primary mission, the unit has the secondary mission of providing radar tracking data for locating and cataloging space objects in support of U.S. Space Command’s Space Surveillance Network.
Det 1 is on the island nation of Antigua, West Indies. Antigua is one of the northeastern most islands in the Leeward Island chain and is approximately 1,250 nautical miles southeast of Patrick Air Force Base.
Det 2, Ascension Auxiliary Air Field
The primary mission of Det 2, 45th Operations Group, is to provide telemetry and radar tracking data to support space launches out of the Eastern Range. When not supporting its primary mission, the unit has the secondary mission of providing radar tracking data for locating and cataloging space objects in support of the United States Space Command Space Surveillance Network.
Ascension Island is a British territory located in the South Atlantic more than 5,090 miles southeast of Patrick Air Force Base and about 500 miles south of the equator, halfway between South America and Africa.
Det 3, 45th Operations
Group ........................................ (321) 494-6142
Det 3 coordinates DoD nominal and contingency support for U.S. human space flight programs. The Commander of U.S. Strategic Command (CDRUSSTRATCOM) is the DoD Manager for Human Space Flight Support (HSFS) Operations and has responsibilities and authorities to validate operational support resources requested by NASA. As the DoD Manager’s primary staff, Det 3 is the principle DoD interface for NASA’s HSFS programs.
Det 3 coordinates astronaut rescue and recovery, landing site support, payload security, medical, airlift/sealift, and other support services as required. They develop plans for USSTRATCOM and coordinate with the military departments, combatant commands, DoD agencies and other USG agencies. During manned missions, Det 3 activates their Support Operations Center to maintain contact with NASA and the Joint Space Operations Center. Det 3 also has liaison officers at the Johnson Space Center in Houston and USSTRATCOM at Offutt Air Force Base.
Current Det 3 operations focus on the International Space Station and the three-man Russian Soyuz spacecraft used to transport U.S. astronauts to and from the ISS. When astronauts return via the Soyuz, NASA requires an aeromedical evacuation C-17. Det 3 personnel deploy for each Soyuz landing to coordinate with NASA, U.S. European Command, U.S. Central Command and the Kazakhstan Defense Attaché Office. If an astronaut aeromedical evacuation is required, Det 3 personnel become the command and control (C2) element for deployed forces.
Det 3 is fully engaged in supporting NASA’s future human space flight programs, such as the Orion Program that will take astronauts beyond low Earth orbit and NASA’s partnering with corporate entities developing vehicles to transport NASA astronauts to the ISS. Det 3 trains personnel worldwide to ensure DoD is “ready to support” NASA’s human space endeavors.
45th Operations Support Squadron
(45 OSS/CCA) ...........................(321) 853-1032
Promotes assured access to space to fulfill war fighting, CINC and national requirements by providing policy decisions, training and air- field operations for the 45th Operations Group, while managing all air field and air traffic control services for the 45th Space Wing.
The 45th Launch Operations Support Flight provides behind-the-scenes support for all launches. Acting as protocol, the launch operations support flight helps coordinate tours and launch viewing for distinguished visitors and coordinating launch critical briefings and conferences.
The 45th Air field Operations Flight manages the Patrick Air Force Base air field and provides air traffic c control services in support of the space range and the National Airspace System. The Patrick Air Force Base air traffic control tower is one of the newest in the Air Force. Base Operations provides transient and base-assigned aircraft ground services and has supported numerous multi-service deployments and humanitarian missions.
The Current Operations Flight coordinates and implements Wing-level policies and procedures which provide the structure for launch operations. As such, the squadron is the Wing’s interface to Air Force Space Command, 14th Air Force and other major air commands for long-term planning and resolving operational issues.
The Spacelift Operations Training Flight provides Wing training policy and guidance for more than 100 space launch operators. They coordinate launch operations and instructor training for all 45th Operations Group missionready personnel, as well as directly assisting the operations squadrons in improving their unit training programs. The Operations Training Flight serves as the Operations Group interface with higher headquarters on all new training requirements and procedures.
45th Range Management Squadron
(45RMS/CC) ............................ (321) 476-2898
The 45RMS/CC provides operations and maintenance services for all range instrumentation and critical launch facilities, and quality assurance support to wing and delegated contractual efforts essential to the success of the 45th Space Wing and its customers.
45th Space Communications Squadron
(45 SCS/CC) ..............................(321) 494-2179
This squadron maintains mission-ready C4I including closed-circuit television, air field facilities, wideband communications and client training; provides protected communications and information infrastructure including voice, video, network and customer services; and manages communications plans, programs and policies facilitating system integration, architecture and office automation.
45th OG Standardization & Evaluation
(45 OG/OGV) ...........................(321) 853-3385
The 45 OG/OGV guarantees assured access to space by ensuring sound procedures, effective training and personnel performance result in a successful launch.
45th Weather Squadron
(45 WS/DOR) ........................... (321) 853-8485
This squadron is responsible for exploiting the weather to assure access to air and space.
45TH LAUNCH GROUP
(45 LCG/C SA)....................... (321) 853-5624
Mission: Vigorously pursue mission success through seamless partnership with launch and satellite systems wings to satisfy national, civil and Combatant Commander requirements for space access.
45th Launch Support Squadron
(45 LCSS/CSA) ........................ (321) 853-9071
The 45th Launch Support Squadron delivers a broad array of organic launch and launchsupport capabilities. In partnership with the satellite system directorates, the LCSS provides launch-base mission assurance for satellites by overseeing spacecraft hardware arrival, launch preparations, testing and launch. In addition, the squadron contains a program management office which ensures delivery of mission-critical facilities, launch-support services such as training and ordnance management, and programmatic resources to Eastern Range customers. Finally, the LCSS provides a single interface for emerging DoD, civil and commercial launch providers to access 45th Space Wing services and successfully bring new launch capabilities to the United States.
5th Space Launch Squadron
(5 SLS/CC) ............................... (321) 853-9988
The 5th Space Launch Squadron (5 SLS) performs technical observations and develops risk assessments for mission assurance in the conduct of Atlas V and Delta IV launch operations from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
45TH MEDICAL GROUP
............................................. (321) 494-8241
Mission: Safely ensure a _ t force, healthy community and medics ready to support global operations.
45th Aeromedical-Dental Squadron
This squadron seeks to maximize the readiness and operating effectiveness through specialized medical care for all flying and special duty personnel, and provide comprehensive health promotional programs and dental, optometry and immunization services for 3,200 active and 35,000 non-active duty beneficiaries.
45th Medical Operations Squadron
The 45th Medical Operations Squadron provides comprehensive medical care to more than 3,200 military and Coast Guard active duty members, focusing on prevention to ensure a medically deployable and spacelift-capable force. It also provides space available care for more than 35,000 non-active duty beneficiaries.
45th Medical Support Squadron
This squadron supports the 45th Medical Group’s delivery of quality, customer-focused and cost-effective health care to 3,200 military and Coast Guard active duty members, keeping them medically ready for their operational mission at home or deployed. It also supports the delivery of medical care to 35,000 eligible nonactive duty members.
45TH MISSION SUPPORT GROUP
45th Civil Engineer
Squadron ..................................(321) 494-4041
The 45th CES is the largest squadron within the 45th Space Wing, overseeing more than 21,500 acres of land, at 14 operating locations — including three air fields, seven launch complexes and 1,500 homes.
Much like a public works department for a civilian city, the civil engineers assigned to the 45th CES maintain all utilities and facilities at Patrick Air Force Base, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Jonathan Dickinson Military Tracking Annex, Malabar Annex, Ramey Solar Observatory, Puerto Rico, Antigua Air Station, West Indies and Ascension Island.
Det 1, Cape Canaveral
Air Force Station ..................... (321) 494-5933
Det 1, 45th Mission Support Group, otherwise known as the Cape Commander’s office, is responsible for the day-to-day operations at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. These responsibilities include monitoring multiple space launch support contracts with an estimated value in excess of $100 million dollars, as well as the management of facility repair/ maintenance and utilization, and the security and environmental protection for the Cape.
The commander of Det 1 exercises operational control over Mission Support Group personnel supporting Cape Canaveral Air Force Station: security, civil engineering, contracting and services.
The Cape Commander and staff are also the stewards of the Cape, having responsibility for assets which include more than 16,000 acres, more than 1,500 facilities, 4.6 million square feet of office space and nearly $600 million in real estate with a work force of 10,000 people.
The Cape Commander and staff are stewards of the environment with responsibility for protecting the wildlife, both endangered and protected species, as well as the plant life.
Finally, the Cape Commander and his deputies serve as On-Scene Commander of Disaster Response Forces for all space launches and hazardous operations.
Services Squadron ...................(321) 494-2006
The 45th Force Services Squadron strives to develop and sustain the force to deliver world class battle field superiority — today and tomorrow.
Readiness Flight ...................... (321) 494-5324
The 45th Logistics Readiness Flight provides supply, fuel, transportation and deployment support to the 45th Space Wing as well as tenant organizations for Patrick Air Force, Cape Canaveral Air Station and down range sites (Antigua and Ascension Island). Its main mission is to provide support for combat capabilities through launch, range and expeditionary operations maintaining the highest possible state of logistic readiness.
The 45th Space Wing has more than 35 major mission partners and tenants at Patrick Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, including:
• Defense Equality Opportunity
Management Institute • Air Force Technical Applications Center
• National Aeronautics and Space Administration
• Naval Ordnance Test Unit
• 920th Rescue Wing
• Joint Stars Task Force
• Department of State
• Air Force Office of Special Investigations
• 333rd Recruiting Squadron
• American Red Cross
Prior to discussing the creation of the 45th Space Wing, one must mention the Banana River Naval Air Station and its selection as the home base for the Joint Long Range Proving Ground. The Hepburn Board, created by the Naval Expansion Act of 1938, authorized the construction of the Banana River Naval Air Station, which was planned as an auxiliary operating base for the Navy’s installation in Jacksonville, Fla. Both stations were designed to reinforce the Atlantic Coast Defense System. In June 1939, Commander W. M. Angus met with civilians from Cocoa, Melbourne and Eau Gallie to select the site for the naval air station. Work began on the site in December 1939, and the station was commissioned on Oct. 1, 1940.
The Banana River Naval Air Station continued to operate as a Navy support base for two years following the war, but the installation 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 the Joint Long Range Proving Ground. After weighing many options, the committee selected El Centro, Calif., as its first choice for the Joint Long Range Proving Ground. Cape Canaveral was the committee’s 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 location was abandoned as an option 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 it was accessible and supportable by road, waterway and railways. 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 passed by the 81st Congress and signed by President Truman on May 11, 1949. The Navy 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 (JLRPG) 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 the 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 of that decision, the Air Force Division, Joint Long Range Proving Ground was redesignated the Long Range Proving Ground Division on May 16, 1950. On May 17, the base was renamed the Long Range Proving Ground Base, but that designation lasted less than three months. On Aug. 1, the base was renamed Patrick Air Force Base, in honor of Maj. Gen. Mason M. Patrick, who had been Chief of the American Expeditionary Forces Air Services in 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 Company (Jacksonville, Fla.) to build the Cape’s first paved access road and its 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 (ARDC). As such, the Division was equivalent to a numbered air force. The Division was redesignated the Air Force Missile Test Center (AFMTC) on June 30, 1951.
The 6541st Missile Test Wing was activated with nine squadrons numbered consecutively 6541st through 6549th. Those squadrons were created to operate range tracking systems on the Eastern Range’s mainland and downrange stations. The 6548th and 6549th Missile Test Squadrons were discontinued on Nov. 25, 1951, but the remaining seven squadrons were deployed between the Cape and Grand Turk by the end of 1952. They were re-designated as operations squadrons when the 6541st Missile Test Wing became the 6541st Operations Group on March 1, 1953.
The Air Force Missile Test Center’s sixth wing was the 6555th Guided Missile Wing. The 6555th supervised missile launch contractor operations at the Cape, and the unit’s two guided missile squadrons (the 6555th and 6556th) participated in MATADOR and LARK test launches. For the next 20 years, the 6555th had a distinguished career launching and/or managing ballistic missiles, space launch vehicles and payloads for the Ballistic Systems Division, the Space Systems Division and the Space & Missile Systems Organization.
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 American and RCA operated the Eastern Range under contract to the Air Force for the next 34 years (until early October 1988). In 1988, the old Range Contract was divided into the Range Technical Services (RTS) and the Launch Base Services (LBS) contracts. The RTS Contract was awarded to Computer Sciences Raytheon (CSR) in June 1988, and the LBS Contract was awarded to Pan American World Services (later known as Johnson Controls) in August 1988. On Oct. 1, 1990, ESMC 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, AFSPC and USAF Headquarters worked out the details of ESMC’s transformation into an operational wing. Following the final resolution of loose ends, the new wing organization was approved. It was activated as the 45th Space Wing on Nov. 12, 1991.
In order 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 _ ne tune the new standard wing organization in 2003. Following approval at the highest levels of the Air Force, an organizational transformation was implemented 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 — which had been responsible for managing both launch programs — was inactivated June 30, 2005.
On the 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 the morning of July 6, 2005.
Melbourne International Airport
One Air Terminal Parkway
Melbourne, FL 32901 ............... (321) 723-6227
For those arriving by air, the closest airport to Patrick Air Force Base is the Melbourne International Airport, which is approximately 15 miles away.
Upon exiting 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 SR A1A and proceed approximately four miles to the main gate of Patrick Air Force Base.
A passenger shuttle service to Patrick Air Force Base is available on the ground level adjacent to the baggage claim. Make reservations by calling (800) 826-4544; it is recommended that reservations be made at least 24 hours in advance. The cost varies but is approximately $25 per person.
Orlando International Airport
1 Airport Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32827 ................... (407) 851-6400
The Orlando International Airport is 58 miles northwest of Patrick Air Force Base. When leaving the airport, stay to the right and take State Road 528 east toward Cape Canaveral (a tollbooth will require a $1.25 fee). Go south at SR A1A. The base will be on the right side in approximately 20 miles.
Several shuttles go to Patrick Air Force Base on an hourly basis. Pick-up is on ground level Space 18.
Reservations can be made by calling (888) 784-4144; it is recommended that reservations be made at least 24 hours in advance. The cost to Patrick Air Force Base varies but is approximately $40 per person, one way.
Take Interstate 95 South to Exit 205 (SR 528) east toward Cape Canaveral. SR 528 will become SR A1A. The base will be about 20 miles south on the right side. Or take 1-95 South to Exit 191 (Wickham Road). Turn left at the light and continue approximately six miles to Pineda Causeway. Turn left and follow the signs to Patrick Air Force Base. If you are headed south on Interstate 75 take the Florida Turnpike. From the turnpike exit in Orlando at SR 528 East. Follow the above directions for SR 528 to SR A1A to Patrick Air Force Base.
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.
Greyhound Lines ..................... (800) 231-2222
Greyhound has terminals in Orlando and at Melbourne International Airport. For detailed information, see the website. Special round-trip tours to area attractions are available.
Contact your Commander’s Support Staff, Military Personnel Flight or the Airman & Family Readiness Center at your current base to request a sponsor. This request should be part of every PCS move. 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.
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, north side. Those arriving after normal duty hours must report to the 24-hour arrival point, the Space Coast Inn, in Building 1332, for lodging assignments. Please call (321) 494-2073 for lodging information.
Upon arrival at Patrick Air Force Base, contact your sponsor. They will accompany you through in-processing. If you haven’t been assigned, or 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) 494-5675 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) 494-5964 for any move related questions, such as 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 in-processing.
The Space Coast Inn
Building 720 ............................. (321) 494-6591
Prior to arriving at Patrick, it is necessary to make reservations for temporary lodging. The Space Coast Inn provides lodging excellence in support of the 45th Space Wing readiness and peacetime mission. Due to 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 directly calling the inn.
Check-in is at 2 p.m., and room charges must be paid in advance with cash, check or credit card. Sundry items (snacks, beverages and microwave meals) are provided in some rooms.
They are “pay per usage” items and are inventoried daily. Any items used are posted to your room account. Amenities (mouthwash, lotion, etc.) are provided free upon check in. Coffee, tea, condiments and bath soap are provided and replenished daily, or as needed for all visiting officer and enlisted quarters.
The Space Coast Inn is open 24 hours a day, year round, and is pet-friendly.
Find the Florida DHSMV’s package of forms to assist active-duty military members to title and register a motor vehicle or vessel, such as Military Insurance Exemption Information and the Military Initial Registration Fee Exemption Affidavit, at www._ hsmv.gov/dmv/forms/ miltitle.html.
Base decals are no longer required on vehicles accessing Patrick AFB. Entry is gained only with valid military I.D. or contractor badge.
All motorcycles operated on Patrick Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station must be registered. In addition to a valid driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance, cyclists are required to complete the base motorcycle safety course to obtain permanent registration. Contact the 45th Space Wing Safety Office at (321) 494-2202 to register for the course. The Department of Defense mandates the wearing of all personal protective equipment on base and off base for all motorcycle operators.
Firearms are not permitted in any lodging facility or dormitory. Upon your arrival, you must contact the Security Forces Armory at (321) 494-3463 during duty hours or the Law Enforcement Desk after hours at (321) 494-2008 to store your weapons. Those living in base housing may retain their _ rearms and ammunition in their quarters by filling out an Air Force Form 1314 with your commander’s signature. Once signed, the form must be brought to the 45th Security Forces Squadron Pass & ID section for registration.
Government Housing Management Office (HMO)
1060 S. Patrick Drive
Patrick AFB, FL 32925 ............ (321) 494-2594
The Government Housing Office is available for referral services and information on the local community. All members are required to report to the Housing Office for an off-base briefing prior to entering into a lease or sales agreement.
There are 16 communities within one hour of Patrick Air Force Base. Average rent for oneand two-bedroom apartments is $600 to $900 and $900 to $2,000 for single homes, duplexes and town homes. Most of the rentals in the area require a seven- or 12-month agreement/lease.
To look for rentals in the Patrick Air Force Base area, log onto www.ahrn.com and select Patrick or visit www.brevardmls.com, a local multiplelisting service that allows public access.
Single Service Member Housing
Air Force policy provides bachelor personnel, E4 with three years service, the opportunity to reside in community housing with BAH entitlements — personnel arriving on station as E-4 within 60 days of training three years are also eligible.
Privatized housing may be available for bachelor personnel as an alternative to residing in the dorms — contact the Patrick Family Housing leasing office for details.
The dorms have upgraded facilities and each member has a private 10’ x 18’ room. Included are a full-size refrigerator, microwave and free basic cable. You will have a single bed, six drawer dresser, two night stands, table with two chairs, ceiling fan, wall lockers and a wall unit for TV/stereo/books, etc. Bathrooms are shared with one suite mate. Each person is authorized one storage locker for boxes, luggage, etc. In the common area of the dorm, there is a 50-inch TV, pool table, air hockey, foosball and vending machines. There are grills and picnic tables outside.
Patrick Family Housing
1060 S. Patrick Drive
Patrick AFB, FL 32925 ............. (321) 613-3810
On-base family housing at Patrick Air Force Base is privatized. Hunt Military Communities manages three housing areas at the base - Central and North housing are on-base and Pelican Coast is approximately one mile south in Satellite Beach. Patrick Family Housing offers two-, three- and four-bedroom homes.
Community is an important part of Patrick Family Housing. New residents enjoy pedestrianfriendly neighborhoods, as well as numerous community activities and events.
View floor plans, amenities and photos, or download an application at www.patrickfamilyhousing. com. As soon as you receive your orders you should contact Patrick Family Housing to apply for housing.
Leases (assignments) are made through Patrick Family Housing leasing offices. Depending on the housing area you are assigned to, your rental amount would be either your Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH), minus a utility allowance or the current market rental rate. Rent is paid by allotment. Housing residents are responsible for paying utilities directly to local utility company or third-party utility billing company.
PERSONAL PROPERTY SHIPMENTS
Upon your arrival, contact the Traffic
Management Office (TMO) at (321) 494-5962.
You will need to provide a telephone number where you can be reached as soon as your shipment arrives. When you call, you will be provided with the current status of your personal property shipment. As soon as you know your permanent address, call TMO and schedule a delivery date for your goods. A specific time for delivery cannot be promised, so plan to be at your residence between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to avoid attempted delivery charges. If you need to arrange for another shipment to Patrick Air Force Base, or if you made a do-it-yourself (DITY) move, bring your orders and all shipment documents to TMO for assistance. TMO is in the Mini Mall, Building 415, and provides customer service Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Military personnel in PCS status to Patrick Air Force Base who want to receive personal mail should go to the Postal Service Center, Building 424 or call (321) 494-8740 to inquire about getting a mail box. Personal mail cannot be delivered through the 45th Force Support Squadron.
For more information, call the Patrick Air Force Base official mail manager at (321) 494-4195.
Building 408 .............................(321) 494-6080
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.to 4 p.m. When Fido isn’t feeling like a top dog, bring your pet to the base veterinary clinic. Care is limited to pets of persons in the Defense Enrollment/Eligibility Reporting System and retired military persons on a space-available basis. Services include pet eye exams, health certificates, skin exams, checkups, ear exams, blood work (thyroid, diabetes, etc.), microchip implants and a variety of vaccines. Pets without current written proof of rabies vaccination must be vaccinated. Scheduling for appointments is done one to two weeks in advance, and due to the number of clients, pets that are more than 10 minutes late will have to reschedule their appointment. The onsite pharmacy offers a range of flea and tick treatments, heartworm medications, vitamins, shampoos and more.
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.
School Liaison Office
Building 722 ............................. (321) 494-5675 Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; closed Saturday, Sunday, holidays and training days This service supports families with many resources, information and partnership to help 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, providing information about each school so the parent can choose the best _ t for their child. The officer also helps home school families.
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 course, suicide prevention awareness of many more special classes.
The colleges and universities listed below have campuses on base. Depending on the college, a student might have to commute to Orlando for upper level courses. Some of the colleges in the area are not regionally accredited, therefore credits do not transfer. Call the college to verify accreditation.
1020 Central Ave. C-9
Patrick AFB, FL 32925 ........... (321) 783-5506
Columbia College is a private, nonprofit_ t, coeducational liberal arts and sciences college offering associate and bachelor’s degrees on campus and online. The college is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and has been a member of the North Central Association since 1918. The school serves working adults, including military personnel and their families, through evening and online classes. Amenities at the Patrick campus include modern education technology in classrooms; full Internet access to the college’s electronic library; free advising by appointment, phone, fax or email; and textbook purchases by phone, fax or Internet through an external vendor.
1020 Central Ave., I-Wing Patrick AFB, FL 32925 ............ (321) 783-5020
The Space Coast campus’ Patrick Air Force Base branch has been operational since 1982, offering undergraduate and graduate level degrees and certificates in areas such as Aviation Maintenance, Technical Management, Management, Aeronautical Science, Business Administration, Management, Project Management, and Safety. A variety of teaching formats are used including classroom lecture, EagleVision classroom or EagleVision home lectures, distance learning or blended learning — a combination of online activities associated with a classroom lecture.
1020 Central Ave., Suite C-15
Patrick AFB, FL 32925 ............ (321) 868-5194
Based in St. Louis, Webster University offers a branch campus on base. In addition to online programs, the Patrick location offers masters degrees in business administration, public administration, arts, human resources development, human resources management, information technology management and management and leadership. Nearby campuses in Merritt Island and Melbourne offer additional degrees and certificates.
45th Medical Clinic
1381 S. Patrick Drive
Appointments ............................ (321) 494-8241
Monday through Friday, 7:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; the clinic is closed the third Friday of each month for training Satellite pharmacy: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday, 8:30 a.m.to 4:30 p.m. The 45th Medical Clinic offers basic services in family practice, pediatrics, internal medicine, physical therapy and orthopedics. It provides medical, dental and optometry services to active-duty and retired military personnel and their families, with more than 3,200 active-duty and 35,000 non-active beneficiaries. A staff of 140 health care personnel makes it their mission to help maintain peak readiness by ensuring a _ t force, a healthy community and medics ready to support global operations.
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.
In addition, the following services are available through the medical group.
Clinical laboratory Bldg. 1381 ................................ (321) 494-8153 The clinical laboratory is open Monday through Friday, 7:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The facility performs general tests, with more specialized requests and results handled by a reference lab.
1361 S. Patrick Drive
Automatic re_ lls ....................... (800) 615-3354
Main pharmacy ..........................(321) 494-2141
Clinic pharmacy ....................... (321) 494-9313
Services include walk-in new prescription service, call-in and drive-up re_ ll pick-up plus individualized patient counseling and training.
............................................. (321) 494-8139 The department provides general radiography, mammography and ultrasound services.
The primary objectives of this health care program for active duty and retirees of the uniformed services, their families and survivors are to optimize the delivery of health care services and attain the highest level of patient satisfaction. In addition, the coverage is completely portable so it moves with you when you relocate. Follow these simple steps to ensure you have no break in coverage when you move:
• Continue your TRICARE Prime enrollment option.
• Immediately update your personal information in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System when you arrive at your new location.
• Select a new primary care manager when moving within the same region or submit a Prime enrollment form within 30 days if you’re moving to a new region.
• Location will determine your new Prime option. 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.
Your 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. TRICARE Standard and Extra are available to family members only. Active-duty service members are required to enroll in one of these Prime options. The Standard and Extra options, on the other hand, 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, immediately update your personal information in DEERS. 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. If you use network providers, your copayments will be lower.
• 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 visit www.tricare.mil.
Emergency Services and Urgent Care In the event of an emergency, that would result in loss of life, limb or sight, call 911 for ambulance service or rush to the nearest off-base emergency room. 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. For a listing of Melbourne area TRICARE network urgent care facilities, visit http://airforcemedicine.afms.mil/idc/groups/public/documents/afms/ctb_123207.pdf.
Airman & Family Readiness Center
Building 722B ........................... (321) 494-5676
Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 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, better-equipped all-around Airman. E5s and below must register with Family Services to receive items; all DoD cardholders are eligible to use family services. The following family services are available at Patrick:
Donated household goods are available to personnel E-5 and below from the south housing area in Building 3655.
PCS Loan Locker
New arrivals and temporary deployed personnel may borrow items such as pots and pans, dishes, utensils, sleeping mats, cribs, tables and chairs free of charge. Those with PCS orders may borrow items for 30 days; all others have a two-week limit.
This service is intended to help lower your grocery bills. Coupons are also collected and sent to bases worldwide for other military members to use.
The center is continually seeking volunteers, which the center depends on to provide daily services. Volunteer work counts as work on a resume, and volunteers receive up to 20 hours free child care. The opportunity is also perfect for teenagers age 15 and older who are looking to fulfill community work requirements.
Child Development Center
Bldg. 1000 ................................. (321) 494-7028
Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The development center provides care to children 6 weeks to 5 years old of active-duty military and DoD/NAF civilians, reservist on active duty and DoD contractors. The award-winning program believes that children learn through active, hands-on involvement with the environment, peers and caring adults. As such, it respects each child’s interests, experiences, abilities and needs. Children are valued as individuals, as well as part of the group, and the program respects and supports the ideals, cultures and values of families in their task of nurturing children.
Programs offered include full-day care/weekly care, hourly care and free Florida State Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Program.
Fees and charges are based on total family income and are adjusted annually. The center also participates in the USDA Food Program, and children receive a nutritious breakfast, lunch and snacks throughout the day. To enroll their 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 most current LES and/or pay stub
• Sign CDC contract
Family Child Care
Bldg. 1000 ................................. (321) 494-8381
Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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 center also trains individuals to provide responsible, safe, in-home care for children 2 weeks to 13 years in their government house or affiliated off-base home. To participate in the program, use 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
815 Harrier St. .......................... (321) 494-4747
Monday through Friday, 1:30 to 6 p.m.; SAP, Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Youth and teens ages 5 to 18 will find plenty to challenge their developing minds and bodies at this popular hangout spot. Whether it’s seasonal festivals, lock-in parties, adventure outings, science workshops, cultural celebrations or more, there’s a full range of activities for youngsters to try.
Sports programs include youth basketball, tae kwon do and cheerleading, and _ t factor activities include kickball, soccer, ping pong and more casual competitive games. Arts programs feature theater, painting and drawing and more. Academic pursuits include computer club and tutored assistance with homework.
The program is open to military families, DoD civilians and contractors. Additional fees apply to special programs. Meals are provided under the guidance of the USDA Food Program. To enroll your child at the center, request 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
The Seaside Chapel, Patrick’s main chapel, and the South Chapel, located in Patrick’s South Housing area, offer religious programs and services. Chaplains are also available at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station two days a week.
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. For more information, contact the Base Chapel at (321) 494-4073.
• Daily Mass Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m., Seaside Chapel
• Saturday Mass, 5 p.m., South Patrick Chapel
• Sunday Mass, 8:30 a.m., South Patrick Chapel and 11:30 a.m., Seaside Chapel
• Sunday, 9 a.m., Traditional Service in the Seaside Chapel
• Sunday, 11 a.m., Contemporary Service in the South Patrick Chapel
1225 S. Patrick Drive ................ (321) 494-5841
Tuesday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday through Monday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Save an average of 30 percent of your hard earned dollars when shopping for groceries at the Patrick Commissary. In-store 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 of items. Gift cards to the commissary are available for purchase in $25 and $50 denominations. Guests and visitors are allowed in the commissary, but only authorized purchasers with ID are allowed to shop.
Bldg. 1364 ................................. (321) 799-1300
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
From a haircut to hot subs, glasses to taxes, the Main Base Exchange provides all the services you need in a one-stop shopping location. The Exchange shop itself sells a wide range of items, including clothes, jewelry, home electronics, sporting goods, health care products and more.
Check-cashing and money orders are available, as well as fax and copy services. A food court and adjacent fast-food options make sure you don’t shop on an empty stomach. For more information, visit www.shopmyexchange.com/ExchangeLocations/ PatrickAFBStore.htm.
Bldg. 722 ................................... (321) 494-6881
Monday through Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed Sunday and federal holidays Today’s library isn’t limited to books to expand your mind. Beyond a wealth of non-fiction and fiction, the library offers bestsellers in print, audio or downloadable formats for adults and children; movies and other programs on DVD and Blu-ray; games for Wii, PlayStation and Xbox; a Spanish language collection; and so much more. Computer services include high-speed Internet access, Wi-Fi connection and workstations with Microsoft Office software. Make copies or send and receive faxes as well as tap into a variety of electronic databases, including Encyclopedia Britannica, online courses and periodicals, Rosetta Stone instruction and more. Staff members are eager to help with college and home-school support, interlibrary loan requests and many other needs.
Bldg. 431 ................................... (321) 494-2057
Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m.
Get your ticket to one of the best entertainment values around. The spacious, 700-seat theater, which includes a concessions bar, shows recently released movies on weekend evenings. Call the theater for _ lm details. In addition to showing movies, the theater is also used for commander’s calls, change of command ceremonies, base meetings and briefings and other blockbuster events.
Bldg. 350 ...................................(321) 494-4248
Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday and federal holidays, 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Breakfast: 6:30 to 9:30 a.m.; lunch, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; dinner, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m. on weekends; Grab-n-Go items available from open until close.
Delicious, healthy food and convenient meals are one in the same at the Riverside Dining facility. Open to all active-duty enlisted personnel and members who are on TDY orders, the dining hall has a panoramic view of the Banana River, making it a perfect spot to gather and relax. Though specific menu items change daily, Riverside always offers a large selection of breakfast, lunch and dinner entrees. Express salads, soup and potatoes complement burgers and sandwiches. Mediterranean options include a variety of pizzas, calzones, garlic bread and salads. Plus, the HotZone and evening spotlight always have a main course for all tastes. Whatever your meal, you can always choose a sweet ending with a variety of pies, cakes and other desserts.
Be sure to sign up for the Café Rewards club and receive emailed discounts, birthday treats and alerts about special promotions.
The Tides Collocated Club
Bldg. 967 ................................... (321) 494-4012
Office: Tuesday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Brunch: Sunday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; lunch: Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; dinner: Thursday, 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, 6 to 9 p.m. (bar is open during dinner hours); social hour: Monday through Friday, 4:30 to 6 p.m.; closed on federal holidays For a special dining and socializing experience, look no further than the Tides Club. The club’s beachfront deck and oceanview rooms make it the perfect spot for regular meals and special events. An officer’s club is inside the Blockhouse, while enlisted members have their own lounge, Sharkey’s Pub. A full catering service can provide anything from hamburgers to _ let mignon for groups of 25 to 250, making the facility and its large ballroom a great option for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, retirements, promotions or other celebrations. Added amenities include an outdoor tike bar, restrooms and showers, and entertainment programs including volleyball tournaments, live music, DJs and more.
Membership in the club is available to active-duty officers and enlisted, retired, DoD civilians and their family remembers. The club enforces a strict dress code for entry. Manatee Cove Golf Course Café Bldg. 1500 .............................. (321) 494-GOLF Daily: breakfast, 7 to 8:30 a.m.; lunch, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; bar service, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Whether you’re hitting the links or just plain hungry, the café at Manatee Cove Golf Course has a variety of selections to satisfy. Start the day with options including breakfast burritos, eggs and bacon, fruit cups, pancakes and more.
Lunchtime brings out the burgers, hot dogs, wings, wraps and stacked sandwiches. Dive into the café’s salads, soups or hearty chili. Lipsmacking sides include fries, homemade kettle chips and pretzels. Coffee, tea and fountain drinks make a perfect pair with any plate.
Rocket Lanes 10 Pin
Café Snack Bar
Bldg. 732 ................................... (321) 494-2957
Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 1 to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.; closed Monday; open federal holidays as posted Don’t roll gutter balls on an empty gut. Check out the alley’s snack bar for tasty options that can also be made as call-in orders. Appetizers include fries, onion rings, pulled pork nachos, spicy wings and more. Bowl over bigger hungers with the café’s selection of burgers, sandwiches and hot dogs with toppings. Coffee, tea and fountain drinks wash it all down so you can knock down extra pins.
Bldg. 1369 ................................. (321) 494-6158
Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; closed Sunday When you’re craving a Whopper or fries, this fast-food chain is close to the Base Exchange.
HERTZ CAR RENTAL
Bldg. 720 ....................................(321) 783-7771
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Whether you’re hitting the blacktop for an exciting road trip, want a minivan to take visitors for a spin or need a vehicle while yours is being repaired, Hertz provides convenient on-base service.
ARTS AND CRAFTS CENTER
Bldg. 415 ................................... (321) 494-4270 Monday and Tuesday, Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; closed Sunday and federal holidays Let your creative energies flow through a variety of outlets, including pottery, stained glass, picture framing, engraving and awards, T-shirts and mugs, and more. Classes help improve your skills in framing, stained glass, pottery, cake decorating and more; do-it-yourselfers are welcome during any hours when classes are not in session. Show off your finished work in the gallery showcase and participate in craft sales in July and November/December. For your convenience, the center can also make both plastic and dress military nametags, engrave awards and create unique shadowboxes for your personal mementos.
AUTO HOBBY SHOP
Bldg. 331 ................................... (321) 494-2537
Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; closed Sunday; cleanup 45 minutes prior to closing Get under your hood and get it done yourself in this state-of-the-art auto facility with 10 fully equipped indoor work stalls stocked with tools, three indoor bodywork stalls, a paint booth, welding area and more. A staff of ASE certified mechanics is available to assist or to handle your auto repair needs completely at economical prices. Services range from walk-in oil changes to alignments and full transmission flushes. The center also offers hazardous waste product oil drop-off and recycling for hobby shop patrons and base housing residents only. Check with the center for acceptance times. How-to workshops help novices and experts alike improve their skills. After your car is running smoothly, make it shine at the 45th FSS G5 LaserWash touch-free car wash next door to the AAFES gas station.
FITNESS & SPORTS CENTER
Bldg. 545 .......................... (321) 494-6697/4947
Monday through Friday, 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; federal holidays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., unless otherwise posted Lap pool ................................. (312) 494-5042 Monday through Friday, 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; closed Saturday, Sunday, and federal holidays Take the work out of your workouts with the fun fitness options at this facility, including a full-size gymnasium, outdoor basketball court, indoor racquetball courts, a heated outdoor lap pool, group fitness area, weight rooms, locker rooms and more. The main cardio area has more than 15 types of equipment to help you or your family to reach fitness goals. Group classes are taught by qualified instructors and include boot camp, low-impact, spinning, step, water aerobics, Pilates, yoga and more, each with different levels of intensity and designed to increase your flexibility and endurance. Personal training and massage therapy services are available. In addition, several outdoor jogging paths begin near the center. Check center schedules for a monthly 5K run and other fitness events.
INFORMATION, TICKETS AND TRAVEL
Tickets ....................................... (321) 494-5158
Travel ........................................ (321) 494-4156
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; closed Sunday Saving money through the ITT office makes it easier to enjoy more of the entertainment Florida has to offer. Buy discounted tickets to popular attractions, including Walt Disney parks, Sea- World and Busch Gardens, Universal Studios, the Kennedy Space Center, the Titanic Experience, the Florida Aquarium, plus water parks, adventure parks and dinner shows. The leisure travel office also helps plan and organize area excursions. Check with the office for suggestions and schedules.
MANATEE COVE GOLF CENTER
Bldg. 1500 .............................. (321) 494-GOLF
Course: daily, 6:30 a.m. to dusk; office: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; pro shop: daily, 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Enjoy a serene game of skill on Manatee Cove, 18 holes of well-engineered challenges throughout 260 acres of beautifully manicured land. The par 72 course lies between the Atlantic Ocean and the Banana River and is shared by an assortment of wildlife, including birds, alligators and even the endangered manatee. The facility features a café, full catering services and a PGA professional on staff for golf lessons at every level. Civilian customers of the course who are in possession of a base badge may not escort or sponsor additional personnel on base. All civilians desiring to play golf at Manatee Cove must be cleared by applying for civilian base access.
MANATEE COVE MARINA
AND YACHT CLUB
Bldg. 1493 ..................................(321) 494-7455
Office: Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; ship’s store: Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday and federal holidays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; bar service: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Make the marina your favorite place to push off or just to come in and catch up on sea stories. With so many social opportunities, you’re bound to net good times and good friends. You don’t even need to own a boat to sail into the clubhouse, located on the Banana River. Membership dues are just $10 a month for regular members; $5 for widows and enlisted E4 and below. Additional fees apply for dockage. Members enjoy a full range of benefits including access to the Tiki Bar, free play on pool tables and more, Friday Night socials with pizza and other snacks, holiday parties, quarterly appreciation days, use of boat ramps, laundry and shower facilities and rental of the nearby Picnic Point Pavilion. The ship’s store features a unique line of Manatee Cove clothing, perfect for casual wear or as a gift.
Bldg. 345 ................................... (321) 494-2042
Thursday through Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; closed Wednesday There’s no shortage of options when you’re longing for some personal free time, and Outdoor Recreation is your one-stop location for programs and gear perfectly suited to any activity. Organized excursions include canoeing, horseback riding, camping and more, and the program offers special instructional classes including fishing, SCUBA diving, sailing, boat safety and stand up paddling.
Don’t let a lack of equipment keep you indoors. Outdoor Recreation rents nearly every piece of gear you could want — or need — at the just the right time. For fun on the water, the center rents a deck boat, fishing boat, trailers, ocean kayaks and canoes. Fishing gear includes rods, reels and bait. Water sports gear includes SCUBA equipment (certification required) and surfboards, boogie boards, water skis and life jackets. Camping equipment includes everything from campers and a complete package of gear down to single lanterns, cots, chairs, binoculars, sleeping bags, mess kits and more. Party supply rentals are available, such as super cookers, tables, canopies, coolers, chair, dunk tanks, bubble machines, inflatable jumps and more. Other gear for rent includes bicycles, helmets, softball sets, horseshoe games, volleyball nets, tug-of-war ropes and more.
Bldg. 345 ................................... (321) 494-4787
May 1 through Oct. 30, Thursday through Monday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; closed Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 1 through April 30: daily, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Managed through the Outdoor Recreation center, FAMCAMP lets you get away from it all right in the base’s backyard. With its location right on the Banana River, FAMCAMP is a prime location for inshore fishing, kayaking and nature viewing, including dolphins and manatees. Take a quiet bicycle ride or walk along the river, or simply enjoy a magnificent Florida sunrise or sunset. The campground, available to active duty, reservists and retired military year-round, features 46 sites with water/electric/sewer, 34 sites with water/electric, 47 overflow spots and 10 primitive sites.
Only active-duty personnel may make reservations; all others are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis as space allows for periods of up to 30 days. See the camp office for rules about pets, quiet hours and safety requirements while operating recreational vehicles. The Outdoor Recreation staff hosts special events in the campground during the peak winter months of November through March. Pick up an events calendar in the campground office.
POOL AND PICNIC AREAS
Pool: Bldg. 917 .......................... (321) 494-2042
Picnic: Bldg. 345 ....................... (321) 494-2042
Pool: Open Memorial Day to Labor Day Splash the day away at the Patrick family pool, a great place for diving in and cooling off. The facility features a diving board, water slide, baby pool and shaded areas to escape the summer sun. Check with the facility to reserve it for a pool party.
Any time is a great time for a picnic, and there’s nearly no limit to the number of friends you can gather around the tablecloth at the base’s three large picnic areas. The areas are available at no charge for authorized ID card holders but must be reserved in person during Outdoor Recreation business hours. The North Beach site, which accommodates 72 people, features a covered pavilion, restrooms, a shower, volleyball pit and horseshoes game. The Chevron site, with room for 120 people, features two covered pavilions, restrooms, showers, a volleyball pit, horseshoes, playground and fishing pier. The Dockside site allows seating for 48 people at 12 patio tables and chairs and features and restrooms.
Reservations for all areas are accepted up to 90 days in advance of your event.
RECREATIONAL LODGING ON THE BEACH Bldg. 345 ................................... (321) 494-2042 Take a mini-vacation with a choice of three private, furnished, beachside houses that are like a home away from home. Each house sleeps 10 people with a variety of queen and twin beds. The houses, all with direct beach access, come with high-speed Internet, plus amenities such as TVs, basic cable, dinnerware, dishwashers, stove and ovens, microwaves, coffeemakers, central air and charcoal grills. Smoking is not allowed in the houses, and pets are not allowed on the property.
ROCKET LANES BOWLING CENTER
Bldg. 732 ................................... (321) 494-2958
Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 1 to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 6 p.m.; closed Monday Let the good times roll at this bowling alley that has amenities to spare. With 20 lanes and computerized scoring all you have to do it line up and release. Sign up for special leagues nearly every night of the week and enjoy plenty of daily open bowling as well. When hunger strikes, hit the 10 Pin Café and Snack Bar for burgers, dogs, sides and more to share and a variety of beverages to wash them down. A full-service pro shop sells the latest equipment and provides custom fitting and drilling of bowling balls. Saturday nights feature RockIt Glow Bowling with lights and music. Pick up a frequent bowler card and earn free games just for coming in. Kids will have a ball at birthday parties at the lanes, which can be booked for Saturdays from 1 to 9 p.m. Prices for all rentals and games vary according to times; call or visit the center for prices and specials.