Patrick Air Force Base

The World’s Premier Gateway to Space

The Patrick Air Force Base is considered a community by itself. It consists of two areas: the 45th Space Wing and the 920th Rescue Wing. The 45th Space Wing is known as the world’s premier gateway to space. It provides support for such groups as NASA, the U.S. Air Force and more. Services range from vehicle and spacecraft processing through the launch process to airfield operations including weather and communication assistance.

The 920th Rescue Wing trains and equips 2,100 citizen airmen to locate and recover U.S. armed forces and coalition personnel who may go astray during military operations. It additionally supplies civic search and rescue for those who are lost or in distress, especially during natural disasters. The wing furthermore provides safety and security surveillance during all rocket launches from the Space Coast.

Three squadrons of paramedics skilled in mountaineering, parachuting, scuba diving, survival and evasion techniques, and special weapons and tactics are ready to deploy at a moment’s notice.