PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE
Originally developed as a Long Range Proving Ground in 1950, the base is now dedicated to launching missiles. The 45 SW controls and operates Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) and the Eastern Range. Patrick AFB was named in honor of Major General Mason Patrick, a U.S. Army general and air power advocate.
There are approximately 3,000 active duty, guard and reservists, 4,000 contractors (includes mission partners), and nearly 10,000 civilians (includes mission partners) assigned to Patrick Air Force Base.
Newly arriving military members are welcomed during normal duty hours by the base INTRO manager, located in the MPS Customer Service section of the 45th Force Support Squadron, Bldg. 537, North Side. Those arriving after normal duty hours must report to the 24-hour arrival point, the Space Coast Inn, located in Bldg. 1332, for lodging assignments. Please call 321-494-2073 for lodging information.
All military members must first in-process through their squadron commander support staff section before doing any other in-processing. All hand-carried records and documents should be available for the base INTRO manager to begin in-processing.
Upon arrival at Patrick AFB, contact your sponsor. They will accompany you through the in-processing process. If you haven’t been assigned, or have been in contact with your sponsor, contact Patrick’s INTRO manager before arriving and a sponsor will be assigned. Please contact the Airman and Family Readiness Center at 321-494-5676 if you still do not have a sponsor AFTER you arrive at Patrick AFB for assistance.
Relocation counseling, sponsorship assistance as well as information of personal finances are available at the Airman and Family Readiness Center at (321) 494-5676.
The Orlando International Airport (MCO) is about 60 miles from Patrick AFB, which is about a 1-hour drive with tolls.
The Orlando Melbourne International Airport (MLB) is just 15 miles from the base, or about a 30-minute drive by car depending on traffic.
Space Coast Area Transit offers bus service in the area.
TRICARE Information and News
For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.
Check the US News Health directory online at https://health.usnews.com/doctors/search to find the best doctor for your family.
The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website https://findadentist.ada.org/.
FOR THE CHILDREN
To be enrolled in a Florida school, a child must be five years old on or by September 1st of the school year. Check with the local school district for specific requirements.
In 2010, the majority of states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit http://www.corestandards.org/.
There are no schools located at Patrick AFB. Students attend schools within Brevard County.
Brevard County District Schools (321) 633-1000 ext. 500
Brevard County does also offer the Brevard Virtual eSchool. You can learn more about this program by calling 1-877-485-8283.
If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.
FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER
Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition. Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program. Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.
If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.
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When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.
Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit. There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.
Florida Department of Health (850) 245-4444
Helps Floridians live safe, healthy and successful lives. It fulfills this mission by providing children, youth, families and adults care, services and treatment to thrive in their homes and communities.
Florida Department of Children and Families (800) 478-4444
Strives to create communities where children grow up safe from abuse, neglect and dependency, where adults are protected from domestic violence and where parents can be strengthened in their capacity to keep their family safe.
Base Operator (321) 494-1110
Airman and Family Readiness Center (321) 494-5675
Chapel (321) 494-4073
Child Development Center (321) 494-7028
Commissary (321) 494-5841
Dental Clinic (321) 494-6366
Education Center (321) 494-2071/2072
Exchange (321) 799-1300
Housing Management Office (321) 494-2594
Housing (On-Base) (321) 613-3810
Housing (Pelican Coast) (321) 779-9785
Legal Services/JAG (321) 494-7357
Library (321) 494-6881
Medical Clinic (321) 494-8241
Military Clothing Sales (321) 494-2045
Pass & ID/CAC Cards (321) 494-6144/6147
Pediatrics (321) 494-8241
Pharmacy (321) 494-8739
Pharmacy (Satellite) (321) 494-8241
Space Coast Inn (321) 494-6590
School Liaison Office (321) 494-5675
Veterinary Services (321) 494-6080
Visitor Center (321) 494-1796
Military housing on Patrick AFB is privatized. Housing consists of two, three, and four bedroom homes located near base services in two unique neighborhoods. It is managed by Hunt Military Communities. You can contact them directly at (321) 613-3810. If you choose to live off base, there are several great communities in the area.
15.1 miles from base
Rockledge is a family-friendly community northwest of the base with plenty of shopping nearby.
12.8 miles from base
Located across the Indian River from base, this area offers housing for sale and for rent.
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Based on the tourism score, the best times of year to visit Satellite Beach for warm-weather activities are from late February to mid May and from late October to mid December.
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