The two Air Force installations in Brevard County are now Patrick Space Force Base and Cape Canaveral Space Force Station as they become the first to carry the name of the U.S. Space Force.
“It is my honor as your vice president and as chairman of the National Space Council on behalf of President Donald Trump to announce that Cape Canaveral Air Force Station will now become Cape Canaveral Space Force Station,” Vice President Mike Pence said during an appearance today at the Air Force Station. “And, just down the road, I’m also pleased to announce that an Air Force base named for another pioneering general who actually founded the Army Air Corps, as of today at the direction of the commander in chief Patrick Air Force Base becomes Patrick Space Force Base.”
Patrick Air Force Base was named in 1950 after Maj. Gen. Mason Patrick, the creator of the U.S. Army Air Corps. Patrick is the home to the 45th Space Wing.
President Trump called for the creation of the Space Force in June 2018.
Pence told the men and women of the base that they are pioneers who will be setting the pace in the new branch of the military.
“Today we make history with the first two installations on the history of the Space Force to bare the name of this new branch of the military,” Pence said.