Patrick Air Force Base is located off Highway A1A in the middle of Brevard County. The base is home to the Eastern Space Range and the United States Air Force 45th Space Wing, which is a space and ballistic vehicle flight range with precision tracking and control equipment. Just north of Patrick Air Force Base is Canaveral Air Station, which serves as the processing and launch area for the Eastern Range.
In 1940, the base was originally commissioned as the Banana River Naval Station, but was renamed in 1950.
More than 2,000 people are housed at Patrick Air Force Base. On-base amenities include restaurants, a duty-free marketplace, and a movie theater, plus family activities and support such as youth activities, Child Development Center, day care and Family Support Center. Active and retired military personnel regularly visit the base to take advantage of medical services and to shop at the commissary.
Residents also have access to the Atlantic Ocean and Brevard’s beautiful beaches through a nearly beachside park.
The military dominates life for this young, mobile population. Nearly 30 percent of the residents are in the armed forces while others work in civilian jobs for the military. Half are married couples with pre-schoolers; others are single-parent families. Most residents live in barracks or military housing. They enjoy exercise, fast food, and traveling to theme parks.
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