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  • A look back at '13; A look ahead to '14

    Dear Team Patrick-Cape,I want to be among the fi rst to welcome you back from what I hope was a wonderful, restful holiday season. No matter where you went or what you did, I hope you were able to recharge your batteries and get ready for what promises to be another exciting year on the Space Coast.What a great way to kick off 2013, with yet
  • Wishing you a very ‘Happy Holiday’ season

    First off, let me say thanks for all the hard work you did in getting ready for the Unit Effectiveness Inspection we just completed with the Inspector General Team from Air Force Space Command.In my mind, I see an OUTSTANDING team of professionals who comprise all of Team Patrick-Cape, and I could not be more proud of your achievements, both before
  • No Bad Wingmen

    In too many mishap investigations we find out there were other Airmen present. Some were in a position to physically intervene or at least say, "knock it off," andpotentially prevent the mishap person from dying or sustaining severe injuries; but for some reason they chose not to. Law enforcement calls these negligent bystanders witnesses. I call
  • What Is Your Testimony?

    I grew up in a religious family and had to go to church every Sunday whether I wanted to or not. On Sunday evenings we would have testimony service where people would get up and talk about some of the challenges they overcame and / or gave thanks for some good things that happened in their life. Either way, in order to have a testimony, each person
  • Let’s show them what we’re made of!

    Team Patrick-Cape,Before I get going on the upcoming inspection, let me start by offering our congratulations to Space X for successfully launching SES-8 from Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station late Tuesday afternoon.We were proud to once again display the expertise and flexibility of the Eastern Range, and especially applaud the
  • Giving Thanks for Atlas V and MAVEN Mission Success

    Just over a week ago, the 45th Space Wing and our mission partners sent the MAVEN spacecraft into a heliocentric transfer orbit on the way to Mars. We basically lifted and accelerated a 5,410-pound chunk containing some of the most precise and sensitive science instruments ever built and hurtled it away from the earth really, really fast in a very
  • Be Thankful; Be 'Extra' Safe This Weekend

    Team Patrick-Cape,I don't have to tell you this has been a very troubling and trying year for many of you, for our "Civilian Airmen" who had to deal with a lot of things they had no control over ... and more recently, for our civilian and uniformed members who are grieving the loss of teammates in 3 of our units.Still, in the face of it all, you
  • Honoring Veterans, Half a world away!

    In America, Veterans Day is a time to remember those who took a noble calling to defend and protect the United States. On Ascension Island, 45th Operations Group, Detachment 2, plays an important role in the annual "Remembrance Day" ceremony honoring veterans of both the United States and England. In preparation for this event there were two
  • Wing CC: So proud to be your commander

    Congrats to "Team Patrick-Cape" for once again answering the bell this week and coming out swinging. Like I predicted last week, you hit the home-run we were looking for.Not only did we successfully launch NASA's MAVEN mission from Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Monday afternoon, we also did a tremendous job during Air Force
  • The Rearview; A Leadership Perspective

    How effective is leadership without a vision? Vision is a main pillar of leadership, so great leaders must also be visionaries. A visionary is described as a person with keen foresight who thinks about the future or advancements in creative and imaginative ways.One of my most infl uential leaders said, "In order to have great ideas, you must have