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  • Small island, big mission – Ascension Island supports 45 SW

    Ascension Island is an important piece of real estate. And like real estate, one thing remains true, and that is: location, location, location. More than 5,000 miles away from Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, sits a 35 square-mile dormant volcano, and atop of that sits an Air Force base that is fueled by hard work and relationships. The 45th Mission Support Group, Detachment 2, is home to Air Force personnel and a population of less than 800 people who support the 45th Space Wing and other organizations around the world through two primary missions.
  • 45 SW hosts F-15s, F-16s, C-130 training

    The residents near Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, may notice increased noise from military aircraft as the base will be host to F-15, F-16 and C-130 training missions.
  • Are you storm ready? – Learning the hard way to stay storm safe

    Whipping wind cuts through the crops, searing across your cheeks. The frame of a home lies solitary on the dusty grounds of an Iowa farm. Trying to keep calm while nestled within the four walls in your innermost room of your home, fright chills you, because only four walls are what’s left of your home – sound a lot like the plot to Twister or an
  • Did You Know that January is Human Trafficking Awareness/Prevention Month?

    Human trafficking, also known as trafficking in persons (TIP) is a form of modern day slavery.  It is defined as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring, or receipt of persons by means of threat, use of force, coercion, abduction, fraud, deception, abuse or exploitation.   The Air Force has established a “zero tolerance” for TIP due to
  • 45 OG Det 3 prepares for human spaceflight return

    When space shuttle Atlantis’ STS-135 mission lifted off from Kennedy Space Center on July 8, 2011, emotions were high. A history book, penned by NASA, spanning 30-years of manned space shuttles was now closed. Few were certain when the United States would send an astronaut into space again, if ever. Years have passed and American astronauts have
  • 45th SW Airman becomes first enlisted in DoD to win award

    A 45th Space Wing Airman became the first enlisted service member in the Department of Defense to win the Excellence in Partnership Acquisitions Savings Award in October of this year.Tech. Sgt. James Sempter, a 45th Mission Support Group Detachment 1 contract manager, accepted this award in Falls Church, Virginia, on Nov. 7, 2018. Each year, the
  • 45 SW National Day of Mourning for President George H. W. Bush--Additional Facility Hours

    In honor of the passing of President George H. W. Bush, Wednesday, 5 December 2018 is a national day of mourning per Executive Order 11582. In observance of this day, the 45th Space Wing will only be open for mission essential operations and reporting is limited to only mission essential personnel. Additionally, the following modified operating