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Patrick Air Force Base


Vision: The World’s Premier Gateway to Space

Mission: One Team...Delivering Assured Space Launch, Range and Combat Capabilities for the Nation


Wing Leadership: The 45th SW is commanded by Brig. Gen. Anthony Cotton. The Vice Commander is Col. Rory Welch. The Command Chief Master Sergeant is Chief Master Sgt. Herman Moyer.

Group Commanders: The wing is organized into four groups to accomplish its mission:

Launch Group: Led by Col. Matthew Skeen, supports launch vehicle and spacecraft processing from flight hardware arrival through launch.

Operations Group: Led by Col. Denette Sleeth, operates and maintains the Eastern Range assets and responsible for airfield operations, weather and communication support.

Mission Support Group: Led by Col. Loretta Kelemen, provides support through various functions to the people and mission.

Medical Group: Led by Col. Allison Bowden, provides medical, dental, environmental and public health services.


Commander: Brig. Gen. Anthony Cotton
Number of Personnel: 9,742 Annual
Payroll: $306.3 million
Number of Indirect Jobs Created: 4,556 $
Value of Jobs Created: $194.9 million
Annual Expenditures: $580.0 million
Total Economic Impact (FY 09): $1.1 billion
Number of Airmen Deployed: Approximately 100+

Fleet: Atlas V, Delta II, Delta IV, STS, Trident II Satellites Processed: GPS, WGS, MILSTAR Eastern Range Size: 15 million square miles Next Scheduled Launch:

Tenants/Mission Partners:
There are more than 35 major mission partners and tenants at Patrick, including: Defense Equality Opportunity Management Institute, Air Force Technical Applications Center, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Naval Ordinance Test Unit, 920th Rescue Wing, Joint Stars Task Force, Department of State, Air Force Office of Special Investigations, 333rd Recruiting Squadron, American Red Cross

Control of the Battlefield Begins Here!


Vision: The world’s premier combat search and rescue (CSAR) unit providing the nation with the finest CSAR forces any place, any time.

Mission: Conducts worldwide humanitarian and combat search and rescue operations for the nation; also provides safety and security of the Eastern Launch Range during all rocket launches from the Space Coast.

Wing Leadership: The 920th Rescue Wing is commanded by Col. Jeffrey L. Macrander; The Vice Commander is Col. Robert Ament and the Command Chief Master Sergeant is Chief Master Sgt. Timothy Bianchi.

Leadership/Organization Group Commanders: The wing is organized into four groups to accomplish its mission.

Operations Group: Led by Col. Mark Blalock, provides operational support ensuring the overall combat readiness of nearly 300 aircrew, Pararescue specialists and support personnel.

Maintenanace Group: Led by Col. Charlene Nelson, ensures worldwide rapid deployment and employment of combat-ready CSAR aircraft fleet of tankers and helicopters.

Mission Support Group: Led by Col. George Raeder, provides in-depth support through various functions for wing members and its mission to include security forces, civil engineering, personnel, logistics, communications, services and information management.

943rd Rescue Group – Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz: Led by Col. Harold Maxwell, directs the activities of the group’s geographically separate organizations, which include a flying squadron, two Guardian Angel Weapon System pararescue squadrons, one of which assigned to Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., and supporting subordinate units.


Commander: Col. Jeffrey L. Macrander
Number of Personnel: 1,696 Annual
Payroll: $60,329,941
Number of Indirect Jobs Created: 394 $
Value of Jobs Created: $17,689,418
Annual Expenditures: $20,207,334
Total Economic Impact (FY 11): $98,226,693
Number of Airmen Deployed: Approximately 100+

Fleet: 5 HC-130P/N King Tanker aircraft
1 WC-130 Hercules aircraft
9 HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters
3 squadrons of Guardian Angel Weapons

System Airmen - Pararescue Airmen are highly trained special operators who specialize in trauma medicine, mountaineering, SCUBA, skydiving, among other highly specialized areas to rescue wounded combatants during battlefield operations as well as Airmen who become isolated behind enemy lines.

Motto: “These Things We do…That Others May Live”

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