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Explorer 1 veterans (from left) Ike Rigell, Terry Greenfield, Norm Perry and John Meisenheimer Sr. reminisce recently inside the original blockhouse at Launch Complex 26 at Cape Canaveral AFS.  All four played critical roles in launching America’s first satellite and believe the mission vaulted America firmly into the Space Age.  (USAF Photo by Ken Warren) Fantastic four remember Explorer 1/Jupiter-C launch on 50th Anniversary of vital mission
When George Bernard Shaw said, "Youth is wasted on the young...," he obviously hadn't met or envisioned twenty-somethings and thirty-somethings like Norm Perry, Terry Greenfield, Ike Rigell and John Meisenheimer. All four were youthful contributors to the dynamic launch team, which on Jan. 31, 1958 launched Explorer 1 -- America's first
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Bettye Krieter in front of the headquarters building at Patrick AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Chris Calkins) 60 years.... and counting
The U.S. Air Force was less than a year old. Gas cost 26 cents a gallon. Minimum wage was a whopping forty cents per hour. It cost three pennies to mail a letter.World War II was a three-year-look-back in the rear-view window, Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier the year before, Ed Sullivan made his television debut and Harry Truman beat
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2008
Air Force and contractor personnel observe as GPS satellite IIR-M 20, safely housed in its shipping container, is offloaded Jan. 10 at Cape Canaveral AFS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tony Gray) Last GPS IIR-M satellites being readied for launch
Last Thursday, the second to last Global Positioning System block IIR-M satellites to be launched arrived at Cape Canaveral AFS.GPS satellite IIR-M20 is one of two currently being processed for launch by the 45th Launch Support Squadron.The satellites travel on a C-17 aircraft the 1,000 miles from the Lockheed Martin factory in Valley Forge, Pa. to
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2008
45th Operations Group Commander Col. Bernard Gruber presents Donald Williams with a piece of Patrick AFB runway as a token of thanks for speaking at the 45th Space Wing’s Martin Luther King Jr. memorial luncheon Tuesday at The Tides. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jim Laviska) Luncheon speaker recalls civil rights era
The 45th Space Wing honored the work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Tuesday with a luncheon at The Tides.1st Lt. Janice Davis from the 45th Medical Group served as master of ceremonies. "Dr. King would have been 79 years old this year. We commemorate the timeless values he taught us through his example--the values of courage, truth,
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2008
45th Space Wing Commander Brig. Gen. Susan Helms and Command Chief Master Sgt. Dennis Vannorsdall pin on Staff Sgt. Josee Fortin’s new rank at the Patrick AFB Clinic. On Sunday she was a Senior Airman, but on Monday she was immediately promoted to Staff Sergeant under the Air Force’s Stripes for Exceptional Performers (STEP) program. “She has been outstanding since her first assignment,” said Lt. Col. Judith Hughes, deputy commander of the 45th Medical Group. “Her work is always of the highest caliber. Our Physical Therapy Flight is blessed to have her working on our team.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman David Dobrydney) Punching in Monday morning

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Tech. Sgt. Ed Winslow (left) and Staff Sgt. Robert Chrum (right), Maintenance Engineering Personnel from the 45th Launch Support Squadron process GPS satellite IIR-19 recently in the processing facility at Cape Canaveral AFS. It’s set to be launched in March on a Delta II booster. (USAF photo). Upcoming launch year to be a blast
With scheduled missions to the sun and the moon and the inaugural launches of Falcon 9 vehicles from Cape Canaveral AFS, 2008 looks to be an exciting year of Eastern Range operations. Although a fluid document that's always subject to change, the Eastern Range manifest is currently loaded with about 20 missions - an exciting mix of national
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2008
Master Sgt. Phuoc Phan and Senior Airman Harmony Cook carry armloads of toys to waiting cars. Patrick’s 1st Sergeants Association made the holiday season brighter for more than 300 foster children throughout Brevard County. “Over the course of the past six years, they have donated more than 6,000 gifts," said Dr. Patricia Nellius-Guthrie, CEO of Community Based Care of Brevard. “We are honored by their dedication and commitment to the community." (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman David Dobrydney)
1st Sergeants Association donates armfuls of joy

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2007
Default Air Force Logo 1st SLS home of workhorse Delta II
Tech Sgt. Will McCormick of the 1st Space Launch Squadron is a veteran 35 launches. When he became a member of the 45th Space Wing, the current Atlas V and Delta IV vehicles weren't operational. "We had the Titan IV and Delta II. I was selected for the Delta II program," he said.On launch day he typically works in the Launch Control Center,
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2007
Default Air Force Logo NSPS pay pools in process of reconciliation
Patrick's National Security Personnel Service (NSPS) pay pool panels are in the process of reconciliation, and those employees under the new pay system can expect to receive their appraisals in the first few weeks of the new year, according to Darlene Berger, the 45th Space Wing's program manager."We are working to ensure each pay pool applies a
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2007
(l to r) 1st Lt. Georgene Hilb, Maj. Eric Amissah, Capt. Davina Fallaw, Capt. Bai Zhu and Stephen Anstey work on console at the Technical Support Facility during Atlas V pre-launch operations Dec. 10. (Courtesy photo) Atlas V launch scores major milestones
Shortly after the Atlas V rumbled off the pad late Monday afternoon, Maj. Dewitt Morgan "high-fived" Rick Day in the Morrell Operations Center's mission control room and said, "Great launch! Way to turn the Range."The two members of the 1st Range Operations Squadron were in celebratory moods as the Atlas V carried a National Reconnaissance Office
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2007
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