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Vol. 51 No. 18

MLII 551

k 1 Launch Support Squadron part of coast-to-coast

Are you in the


Angels of Mercy



U system

By Staff Sgt.
Raymond Hoy
Air Force News Sen
For the troops on
ground in hot zone:
around the world, tJ
are nany Items il i. v
ont that are vital in t
day to day operate
their weapons, I
wingrlen. Iheir I
armor. But what al
their space assets?
At Cape Canavera
Force Station. Fla..
45th Launch Sup
Squadron acts as
flight line for these
space assets head
orbit. "We are the
ones to touch the sp
craft before it Is set
the pad and turned
to one of the lau
squadrons to be pli
into the proper or
said Mission Sup
Flight Commander
Robert Russell. "Du
that time the space
undergo vigorous
ing under the wa
ful eyes of our mis
assurance personnt
ensure all systems
functioning one
titte prior to space
encapsulation and i

maintaining the warfighter's eye
vide a focal point for the
operaltonal emhployrrent
vice of worldwide joint space
forces. These are the
the people who enable the
s all conunmader of the Joint
here Functional Comitplnent
n Iv Colnmand for Space to
heir Integrate space power
ons: into global military
heir operations.
body "We provide opera
bout Ilonal cournand awld
a control for the space
l Air forces that are assigned
the .'," to the Joint Functional
port ,ii 111,,1, III Conlland
the for Space in (U.S.
uew kZStrategic Cnullanld),"
d to said Col. Richard Boltz.
last the JSpOC director.
ace- "We provide the overall
it to guidance. direction and
over execullon of lie space
inch mission II ..r li, the
iced Joint Space Operations
bit Lcthoed Ia 0rAce b r mct tnOn Center.,
port Members of the 45th Launch Support Squadron, And while many of
Maf. along with the 45th Range Management Squadron those requests come
,ring GPS team pause in front of GPS IIR-20 atop its Delta from STRATCOM. many
Craft II booster prior to its launch from SLC 17A at Cape actually come ir, l. I1
test- Canaveral AFS on March 24. from commanders in
tch- to the booster." a busy mix of U.S. ser- the field,
sion At Vandenberg AFB, vineremlbers from the 'I work with the dff
l to Calif.. the Joint Space Air Force. Navy. Army [erent geographic co tn
are Operations Center. or and Marines: foreign meanders and their
final JSpOC. is the control servicetnemlbers: and a space liaisons alid make
craft tower to the Squadron's select group of civlian sure thai they receive
nate Illdlluin The JSpOC Is cotunterparls, who pro- whatever 'ln v need in

in the sky
regards to space." said
Tech. Sgt. Jonathan
Drayer, a space opera-
tions duty officer. "We
will take whai we do
and tinker it to fit the
need that thie com
mnander may have for
any particular mission.
Whether it's GPS or
cotituniltl icationis sat
ellltes. Instead of just
making sure It's up and
running, we try to mlax
imtze the potential of
those assets.'
"The 45th LCSS
played a major role
In providing two new
space assets lo tie field
this year. starting with
GPS IIR-20 in March
and the second wide-
band global SATCOM
(WOS) mission in April."
said Operations Officer
Lt. Col. 4. I :, Wood. The
squadron is poised to
prepare the WGS-3 and
the final GPS IR mis
slors lor launch this
summer with the first of
the GPS 1IF spacecraft
launching this winner,
"Our mission assur-
ance role for each mis
sion actually begins
a few years prior to
See LCSS, page 7

SAir Force Space Command: delivering space and missile

S capabilities to America and its warfighting commands

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Patrick Air Force Base/Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.

May 8, 2009

2 May 8, 2009 Missileer


We owe them love, gratitude and respect

By Brig. Gen.
Edward L. Bolton Jr.
45th SW conunandier
While all DOD observances are
inxportant, I can think of none more
filling ard more justified than
the one we celebrate today. Today we
will join with other services and nmill
tary installations around the world
to celebrate Military Spouse Day,
It would lxb ilnixssible for me to
pul into words how much our mill
lary s]xouses mean t Its. Theirs is
nlot an especially easy life. and Ihey
did not raise their right hands and
swear to "proklet and defend thie
constitution." However, their corn
mnilment is no less real, their zeal no
less enthusiastic and their contribu-
tions are no less vital,
In the military, we like to talk
about .il i- i ..eiev planning, but we
have .IIhIi ii, on our spouses when
it comes to adaptation. They are
proven experts at dealing with every

ihlllli thai coutes tleir way. whether
It be rapid deployments, a seemingly
last-minute ICS move to who-knows
where, or a half dozen unexpected
guess at the dinner table.
In imtany ways. nilllary spouses
have the toughest mission of all.
While we are deployed and free to
concentrate on the tasks at hand,
more often than not they are Ihe
ones left behind to keep the home
fires burning, while at the same time
making sure the flames never get
out of control, They are professional
jugglers, even when they run out of

They can keep a honte, balance
the checkbook. coach a T Ball game,
dry a fallen tear, help with the home-
work and work a full lime job. Many
are Airmen as well. These duald nili
(ary couples do double duty for their
country. II is louglh Io be an Airman
and a s]louse at lhe same litite,
Make no mistake alxout i: military
spouses stand behind no service
remrber. They slandi alongside each
of tus. making our jobs and our per
sonal lives more fulfilling. They prove
on a daily basis one does niot need to
wear a uniform either it serve or to
They do both exceedingly well,
We owe our military spouses so
much more than one day in their
honor, We owe themni our daily irrau
tude and love. Even more. we owe
then our respect,
Thanks again for all you AND
YOUR SPOUSE do. Haply Mother's

Alcohol and the Air Force don't mix

By Maj. Patrick White
451h Force Support SqurltnrI corn
As the start of the "101 Critical
D.iv\s of Summer" nears. I would
like lo remind everyone to he sale in
their recreational ard leisure time
activities, not only while using 45tll
Force Support Squadron facilities,
but off-base as well.
Here in Florida, we spend a lot
of leisure time on ard around the
water. Our Outdoor Recreation
staff offers a Learn to Swim pro
gram for ages 6 months Iliriil h
adult. They also administer a safe
1 ,aui.l course to help keep you
and your fanlily safe on the water.
This course, or the Florida Boater
AEducation Course, is rectuired
to rent motorized watercraft at
Patrick AF3. Also, the marina offers
free arunial vessel safely checks
performed by the Coast Guard
Auxiliary. Please take advantage of
these programs. don't forget to wear
life jackets, use sunscreen. and

Commander's Corner

keep an eye on severe weather while
engaging in outdoor activities.
As the temperatures soar, It's
imporltart to stay hydrated wlien
(-r. i-i i;, at our fitness centers, Jog
going tracks, and off-base. Heatstroke
is a top concern, Drtik plenty of l]u
Ids. Our fitness center posts a color
coded heat index chart to keep you
aware of the outside teiriperalure,
and amount of water recommended
to stay hydrated, The staff can also
advise you of safely precautions In
your personal exercise routines to
help avoid other sports related 1inju
ties and ailments,
I i ri.milv the most important
safely concern is the responsible use
of alcohol. If you drink don't drive.
It's that simple. Irresponsible drink-
ing is incompatible with Air Force
Core Values. It alfects the mission,
morale, discipline, health and safety
of you, your family and others. And
it can be devastating to your military

career! Be smart use a wirngmni,
be a wingman The Airmen Against
Drtuk Driving program is a good
example of the wingman concept. If
you need a ride home on a lFr-l.iy
or Saturday evening, call 494 RIDE.
The service is free,
,A hi. i it we promote responsible
drinking at our MWR & AAFES faclii
ties on base that sell ard serve alco
hol ilir.inli designated driver ard
alcohol education programs, and
by refusing service to anyone who
appears to be intoxicated, the choic-
es yon make In your life are ulti
imately your own. Making the right
decisions in lile coincides with the
Air Force's guidance on " rli-iiin
a Cltlure of Responsible Choices
(CORC)." The CORC philosophy pro
miotes personal accountability, and
a change from a "work hard/play
hard" mentality to a "work hard/play
smart" attitude.
It all Ixils down to this: people are
our most valuable resource. Buckle
up, enjoy your recreational activities
aid be safe tn everything you do,




Missileer staff

Brig. Gen. Edward L. Bolton, Jr.
451h Space Wing Commander
Mr. Brad Swezey
Chiel of Public Alfairs

2nd Lt. Karl Wiest
Deputy Chief of Public Affairs
2nd Lt. Ttlsha Gulllebeau
Chlel of Inlernal Information

Master Sgt. Robert Burgess

Airman 1st Class David Dobrydney
Mr. John Connell

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Air Force basketball team returns to Patrick

By Tech. Sgt. Lisa Luse
45th SW Public Affairs
The Patrick Air Force
Base Fitness Center is the
base camp for 15 female
Airmen who arc in training
for the 2009 Armed Forces
Basketball Championship.
These players are from
bases lii ...'illj.. Ill the courn
try and the world, Includ-
ing one Airman assigned to
Misawa Air Base, Japan.
The Armed Forces
Championship consists of
six games to determine the
overall basketball chamnpi-
ons from all branches of the
Armed Forces.
The championship will be
held later this month at the
Naval Station It Millington.
"We have very talented
individuals from all across
the country. six to seven
different Air Force bases."
said Head Coach Tech.
Sgt. Darryl Carpenter, from
Travis AFB, Calif. The team
has a very competitive spir-

2nd LI Andrea Taylor tries to gel past Senior Airman Richere
Harrison during practice for the Air Force Women's Basketball
Team at the Patrick Fitness Center April 30.
it. in addition to deternlna toddlers. hi addition, some
lion, drive and love of the had attended i. 11, to"' with
game to be very successful, full basketball scholarships.
he added. "I was on a full basket
Some of these basketball ball scholarship at Rutgers
players have been honing College. New Jersey,"
their skills since Ihey were said Senior Alrman Tish

Johnson, from the 9th
Security Forces Squadron at
Beale AFB, Calif. She chose
to join tlie Air Force In
hopes of being on the has
ketball team that is crowned
the champions of the corn
blned forces, 'al l .. III. lo.
"It is an honor to be
here, not everyone made
the team," said Airman
Johnsoni, "There have been
two cuts In the team so far.
We started out with 23 can-
didates and we are down to
15 recruits.
"Everyone Is hungry to
be in the competition and
wants to represent our ser-
Airman Johnson was
hand picked among her fel-
low basketball players to be
one of two team captains.
The Louisiana native was
chosen to lead the women
among other players who
vary In levels of leader
ship. There are two officers
that are on the team and
then remaining are enlisted

"It just goes to show that
there is a shared respect
for each other. We have
different backgrounds
and experience levels and
have put aside our egos to
cote together to win," said
Air man Joinson.
"I feel Iriv\lli ,I to be
here." said 2nd Lt. Monica
Mason. front the 325th
Maintenance Squadron at
'yndall AFB. Fla. "There is
a lot of energy generated
during our workouts. We
have the suane goal which
creates the perfect chem
istry to accomplish what
we're here to do." Both
Johnson and Mason are
Iteatn captains.
"There is a lot of humor
and fun along with the
intense work-outs," said
Lieutenant Mason. This Is
a great group of girls and 1
have no doubt we will meet
the challenge during the
games. Everyone ot tilds
team has great talent."

AF officials primed for officer qualifying test revamp
By Tech. Sgt. Amaani Lyle tutional versus occupational competencles." may Involve measuring abilities that we haven't
'wri -i.itf (,IIl, Air Fornl Publke Affiirs said Dr. Lisa Mills, Air Force Personnel T 1( lini measured before on the .\Fi )i and even abillt
Program manager. "The:re are abilities thal every ties that are not acquired hi formal >, Il(,,liI ."
WASHINGTON (AFNS) Force Managemend officer needs. and there are needs for specific Psychologists with expertie I n military per
officials will fuher reine the Air Force Officer Air Force specialties. We are planning a more sonnel selection and test development worked
Qu.idllllM'ITe- l.l\ I1 nlii I i iiln i \-, 111.11 .imire extensive revision to reflect Ihe demands placed with focus groups comprising active-duty offl-
the test content measures the Imost critical abill on officers In the context 0o today's operations cers at several Air Force bases over the past few
ties and aptit udes loniorrow's officers need. tempo. emerging missions. new weapons sysleins months to develop the surveys.
Officials in the Air Staff Force ManagemenIt and other evolving re Policy Division said the results of two Air Force- The Al,\Fi l' has blee n a integral part of the encourage participation froni any active dcluty
wide officer stirvtes will be used to revise Ilie officer commissioning and alrcrew training quall Reserve, (Guard 0-6, and even .1. it. 11 I officers.
AFOQT,. used by all accession sources, and for fiction process since 1951. The AFO)T enables Tie additional input will be categorized by officer
potential new officer classification nlsltruments All- Force officials lo select high quality officer demographics and used in the analysis.
hi iiigli I. li career fields such as cyber, space, candidates and predict success in Iraining pro- Officers who are nol selected to paillcipale
Intelligence and meteorology. Both smuveys will grams. r -lliiii In substantial cost savings. The in either of the surveys or would like to partlcl
Ib c ni in mid-May andl continue for one month AFOIQT has been revised 18 (ime's over its nearly pale In both may do so by accessing lhe survey
One survey focuses on technical abilities 60-yeaar history. The current AFOQT dcvelopmenti online during its respective 30-day admhilstra-
required for success in specific Air Force spe- cycle Is aboul ,-lihi years to ensure its content Is lion period.
dalties for which Air Education and 1i Iuillii current and to ilninlmize potenllal compromise. If selected to participate. officers will be nol-
Colnnlantd instrluclors conduct technical Irain Test developers are preparing to undertake its fled of survey details via their official Ahi Force
Big. while the other survey focuses on broad next revision. e mail accounts. Dr. MIlls said the survey results
officership abilities required for success across "To keep up with the evi' i l. III.u l i Air Force are critical in helping to identify the most inpor-
all line officer specialties, mission, the required officer skills necessary lant officer technical abilities and determinihing
"Tils approach distinguishes between Lnslt for success and the changing officer candidate the content of the next version of the AFOQT
recruiting pool. we are undertaking a broad in "T'he siuvey will identify both the broad and
Stative in search of very specific lmetrics." Dr. Mills technical requirements of Air Force officers and
said. This is a very technically savvy and net- It will -1 t1u i +lv those reqllluirements so we under
centric 'llrl.ii-.i, and we must be able to Ldenti stand how pervasive and important they arc
fy talent and match people to the tight jobs. This across the service." Dr. Mills said.

45th Space Wing selected as test base for

new communications

By Shelley Valliere
45th Space
Air Force Space
Command has select
ed the 45th Space

Con mmunical lon s
Squadron as a lest
sile for Itie Work
Order Management
S\ '11 iI (WOMS). This
new web based sys
leit will replace the

requirements system
tl'rI, I. Workflow, unit Telephone Control
Requirements and Officer (TCO). TCOs
Resource Management are the focal point for
system i Iiiriirl li in reviewing all unit corn-
use to process admini- iunications require-
Istrative communlca- ments before they are
lions requirements for submitted to the corn-
voice. data and video at munications squadron
Patrick AFB and Cape for processing.
Canaveral AFS. The 45th SCS will be
Once the test is providingtrainingto all
completed. AFSPC will TCOs as thbe ba tran-
likely adopt WOMS as sitions to WOMS this
the command stanl summer. WOMS will
dard. This new sys- be Iilplemenled first at
tern complies with Air Patrick AFPB and then
Force Instruction 33 Cape Canaveral AFS to
111. Voice .Sijiu rnei be completed no later
Anbmiilitn'. r, which than August 31.
places more response For additional Itnor-
bllty and control on the mation call 494-0390.

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May 8, 2009 Missileer 5

Getting in

the KNOW
The first "Families in the KNOW"
meeting was held Tuesday night
at the Airman & Family Readiness
Center. Hosted by Mrs. Patricia
Bolton (upper left), wife of 45th Space
Wing Commander Gen. Edward L.
Bolton Jr., the meeting was an infor-
mal, fun opportunity for all spouses
of servicemembers to connect with
one another, make new friends, and
stay on top of all the great activities
going on at Patrick Air Force Base.

Saying thanks to those who help heal

17- .-777N


May 6th to May 12th is National Nurses Week. This week is an opportunity
to say thank you to dedicated nurses and technicians like (clockwise from
left) Ms. Keona Green; Mal. Michael Garcia and Tech. Sgt. Tiffanie Clarke;
Airman 1st Class Gerrett Cook and Tobias Watkins: Col. Florence Valley;
and Maj Mary Ann Kahana, Nola Coughlan and Senior Airman Derek McGee
of the 45th Medical Group Nurses bring a lot of caring professionalism into
patients' lives making it easier to stay healthy A multitude of activities at the
Medical Group are planned this week to show how much nurses are valued.

6 May 8, 2009 Missileer

May 8, 2009 Missileer 7

Supporting the eye

LCS. from page 1
launch," said Major
Russell. Squadron miss
sion assurance person
nel work closely with
the spacecraft pro
gram offices to review
all spacecraft process-
ing procedures, attend
program management
reviews, and become
intimately familiar with

the spacecraft subsys-
teans. In some cases
with new spacecraft
that have not launched
before, the squadron
will simulate processing
operations onsite with
a full size mock up. or
trailblazer, to iron out
any unforeseen prob-
lems in the spacecraft
processing flow. The

in the sky

squadron conducted
trailblazer operations
for the Space Based
Infrared System space-
craft two years ago and
plans to conduct similar
operations for GPS HF
beginning next week.
The squadron is also
responsible for main-
taiing 128 facilities
valued at $800 million.

These facilities are used
for storing ordnance
required for launch
and storing and pro-
cessing the spacecraft,
along with its exten
sive ground support
equipment required to
prepare it for launch.
Approximately $30 mil-
lion in infrastructure
upgrades has been
Invested to keep these
critical facilities state of
the art for current and
future spacecraft cus
One of the most con]
mon requests to the
JSpOC has to do with
GPS. Most nen)le think

they can simply turn
on their GPS unit and
everything will he fine.
However. GPS systems
are sensitive to things
like the number of GPS
satellites in view. And,
while many people
wouldn't notice or could
simply wait out a prob-
lent. the military GPS
units are much more
relied on and need to
Ie extremely accurate
when called upton.
The 45 LCSS Is proud
of the role it plays in
getting these nallonal
gems into orbit for our
warfighters. "If these
assets don't work the

first time, we can't
send a repair crew
up to fix them." said
Squadron Commander
Lt. Col. Erik Bowman.
"Any problems have to
be discovered on the
ground prior to launch,
and our mission assur
ance personnel working
in our world class pro-
cessing facilities are the
last line of defense to
ensure these problems
do not happen."
(Additional rinfor
rution provided by
Airman 1st Class Dfkid
Dobrydney. 45th SW
Public Arfairs.1

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Events Calendar

Wednesday Thursday
6 7


Peddle, Paddle & Pant
8 a.m.
Warfit Track

Parent Snack Day
2:15 p.m.
Child Development

Kids' Night Out
6-11 p.m.
cI'oth Fiogramni

"Grindin' Gears" Car &
Motorcycle Show
10 a.m 3 p.m
The Tides (South
Parking Lot)

Bowling special
1-7 p.m.
Rocket Lanes

10 11 12 13 14 15 i | Mna[Tc, | 16
Mother's Day buffet STS-125 Launch 1st Term Airman Bingo Applying for Air Force Armed Forces Adult & Youth Triathlon
Serving times: noon, Pad 39A Financial Management 6:15 p.m, Jobs Appreciation Day bowl- 7 a.m
12:30, 3, 3:30 p.m, Kennedy Space 8 am. -4:30 p.m. The Tides 9-11 a.m. ing special Patrick Fitness Center
The Tides Center Three-day TAP work- A&FRC Rocket Lanes
shop starts Framing class
Mother's Day ::- .lhng Pre-Separation 8 am. 4:30 p.m, Newborn care Intro to Fishing class 9 a.m. 4 p.m.
special 9-10:30 a.m. Airman & Family 6-8 p.m. 5-6 p.m, Watercolor class
Rocket Lanes Fundamentals of Readiness Center A&FRC Outdoor Recreation 10 a.m, 2 p.m.
Resume Arts & Crafts
1-3 p,m. Novelist Plus Class een NigIiT
A&FRC Noon and 6 p,m, 7-11 p.m. Sailing class
Base Library Youth Center 2-3:30 p m.
Outdoor Recreation
17 18 19 20 21 22 -r.r..r.., 23
Sunday Brunch Safe Boater Course Newcomers' Orientation Airman Leadership Sponsorship -r aining Just for Girls Night Safe Boater Course
10 a.m 1:30 p,m. 9:30-11:30 p.m. 7:30 a.m. -noon School Class 09-05 10-11 a.m, 6:30-9:30 p.m. 9'30-11:30 p.m.
The Tides Outdoor Recreation A&FRC graduates Helping children with Youth Center Outdoor Recreation
Post-deployment issues
Story Time Monthly 5K Run/1.5 Career Change 11 a.m. noon Farmily Day bowling Bowling special
10 a.m. Mile Walk 10-11 a.m. Healthy Cooking special 1-7 p.m,
Base Library 7 a.m, (Patrick Fitness How to Become a Mil- 11:30 a.m. 1 p.m. 11 a.m. 7 p.m. Rocket Lanes
Center)/7:30 a.m, lionaire A&FRC Rocket Lanes
(Cape) 11 a.m. 12:30 p.m. .,iiiing class
Spouse Orientation Pajama Story Time 2-3:30 p.m.
1-3 p.m. 6:15 p.m. Outdoor Recreation
A&FRC Base Library

24 25 26 27 28 29 30
Sunday Brunch MEMORIAL DAY DepIl-. d F ii ril-e: Airman Leadership Unlimited E.:.-lirlng 3-Tank Advanced Open Saturday Bowling
10 a.m. 1:30 p.m. Dinner School Class 09-06 special Water & Nitrox dive special
The Tides Greenskeeper's 6-7 p.m. starts 2-9 p.m. Outdoor Recreation 1-7 p.m.
Revenge Golf A&FRC Rocket Lanes Rocket Lanes
Tournament E Eligo Rock 'it Glow Bowl
8 a.m. r 15 p: m 7-10 p.m.
Golf Course The Tides Rocket Lanes

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89 years young '
Mary Estes (right) goes to the Patrick
Fitness Center five days a week, and
today celebrates her 89th birthday. On
Wednesday the Fitness Center staff sur-
prised her with a birthday cake.
"I think the fitness center here is just
fabulous and that we are very fortunate
to have something like this here at
Patrick," said Mrs. Estes. "The facility,
equipment and the staff are just excel-
lent...couldn't be better, and they (the
staff) are very dedicated. I gave up my
golf for this."

The wife of retired Army Master Sergeant
Raleigh Estes, Mrs. Estes has been been
exercising since her husband passed
away 12 years ago. "I do low impact aer-
obics here on Mondays, Wednesdays
and Fridays, and plates on Tuesdays
and Thursdays" she said. "The only
time I do not come is if I am ill or out
of town, otherwise I'm here." Her hus-
band is buried at Arlington National R, i Ca
Cemetery. "I go once a year to visit his
grave. I drive by myself" Her secret for a long life? "I try to live by the
Golden Rule 'Do unto others as they would do unto you."'

FRIDAY MotLsters as. Aliens (Reese Wtllherspoo. Hugh Laurle) When
(Californlra girl Susan Murphy is unexpectedly clobbered by a nmeteorlle,
she mysteriously ttrns into a I.,:u i and is ii -I.In1 1 labeled a monstere"
named Gtionrmlica. The military captures amid holds Ginornilca Iin a secret
government compollnd with other monsters. Their connrlement time
Is citi short when a mysterious alien robol lands on earth and begins
stornling thie couiltry. As a last resort, the l,,.II, v crew or monsters is
called into action to combat the aliens and save the world front ituni
nent destruction. Rated PG (set f1 action, cnide hunior, mild language)
94 min

SATURDAY Fast and iFurous (Vin Diesel. Paul Walker) Wheni a crime
brings them back to LA. fugitive ex coan Dom Toretto reignites his fettd
with agent Brian O'Conner, But as Il, \ are forced to confront a shared
entcnly, Doin and Brian must chi IiI to an uncertain new trist if they
hope to outmuanuver hind. And from convoy heists to precision Ltr-ttel
crawls across international lnes. (he two mcen will find the best way to
get revenge: push the lhlits of what's possible behltnd the whetl. Rated
P 13 (drug references, language. intense sequences of violence, intense
sequences of action, sexual content,) 107 minl

Adults 12 & older 84, children 6- 11 $2, children 5 & under are frce.
Doors open at 7 p.m. Shows begin at 7:30 p.m.

Where once there was only a lighthouse...

By Mark Cleary
45th SWl Hstony Qffce
On May 9. 1950.
contractors began
pouring concrete for
the first permanent
launching pad on
Cape Canaveral. The
site was Complex
3. Together with
Complex 4. 11 was



built to support the
Bomare intercep-
tor missile program.
The two complexes
were conneeled to a
single blockhouse.

which became known
as Blockhouse 3/4.
The 'brick and mor
tar' cost for both pads
and their blockhouse
was approximately
$1,366.000, Ground
equipment and control
systems cost extra. of
course, but the gov-
ernment really knew
the value of a dollar in
those days.
Work on Complex
4 got underway
September 5. and the
Air Force accepted
Complexes 3 and 4 in
November 1951 and
early 1952. Complex
3 supported the
Cape's first launch.
Bumper 8. July 24.
1950. Bumper was
not Bomarc, and the
launch happened
almost before the con
create on the pad had
cured. This became
somewhat typical of
the Cape's complexes
- one pad might sup-
port many different
programs over the
Complex 3 support
ed Redstone, Jason.
X- 17 and Polaris
launches Including the
very first Polaris ballls-
lti missile launch April
13, 1957, Complexes
1 and 2 were built for
the Snark winged mis
sile program, but the
sites may have sup
ported Matador com-
bat training launches
in the late 1950s. They
definitely supported
tethered aerostat (bal-
loon) programs In the
The Cape expert-
enced Its biggest build-

Complex 4 underconstruction, circa 1950-51. Note the unfinished blockhouse
in the background.

Ing boom from the
mid-1950s through the
early 1960s. To put
the level of activity In
perspective, consider
the following facts: of
all the major launches
In the range's his-
tory, more than a
third of them 1.225
- were completed
hetwrten January
1957 and January
1965. Two hundred
and six launches were
recorded In 1960
alone. Leading the
construction parade
was Complex 17,
which was built for
about q7 million (brick
and mortar only) in
1956. It supported the
Thor missile program
Initially, but its main
claim to fame was its
support of Delta and
Delta II space missions
through the end of the
20th century.
In the meantime
"Missile Row" was

sown along the edge
of Ihe Cape in the
late 1950s and early
1960s. Complexes I 1
Through 14 were built
for the Atlas missile
program. Complexes
15, 16, 19 and 20
were built for I he
mighty Titan ICBM
program. Complexes
40 and 41 with their
colossal assembly
buildings and railroad
links were built tn the
early lo mid-1960s
for the Titan IIIC pro
gram. The latter pro-
vided yeoman service
for the Titan 34D and
Titan IV programs in
later years. United
launch Alliance (UllA)
currently launches
Atlas V missions from
Complex 41.
By the early 1960s
more than a dozen
major missile and
space vehicle pro-
grams were underway
at the Cape. included

Project Mercury. All
of Amerlca's Mercury
and Gcmlni manned
missions were
launched from Cape
Canaveral's old missile
pads under NASA's
direction. NASA also
sponsored Complexes
36. 34 and 37 at the
Cape in the 1960s for
the agency's Atlas/
Centaur and Saturn
programs. Complex
36 supported Atlas/
Centaur launches
until It was deactlvat
ed In 2005. Complex
37 currently sup
ports United Launch
Alliance's Delta IV
lamuich operations.
So Cape
Canaveral's launch
pads supported a wide
variety of programs
and got a lot of use
over the years. It all
began when cont rac
tors finished pouring
concrete on Complex


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May 8, 2009 Missileer 11

Manatee Cove's new teaching pro tees off

By Chris Eraus
45thl Fowe Support SqluirTd
You could say thai i' I i s in Steve Waggoner's
DNA. Ills father, an avid 111 r first put a golf
clui In his son's halds when he was 8 years old,
He was hooked in ililllt. That was 412 years ago.
and the Manatee Cove Golf Course's new teach
ing pro laslnt looked back.
fThe outdoors is my office, and I've got the
most leautlifl office in tlhe world." Mr. Waggoner
said will a big smile.
Since his arrival. Mr. Waggoner's leaching clin
ies have Ibecollle a htllg success.
"Steve has started clilies for nien. women and
viI ll.I," said lody Clor, general manager of the
course. "The clinics are becoming very popular.
Since January, li-v have grown by nearly S0
percent in attendance. In May. Steve and 1 will
also be oj1iii:, free 10 minute lessons as part
of the PGA's Free Lesson Program. If you have
been w.l IIll lor the perfect time to get a tune tip
now's the time!"
Mr. Waggoner's next round of clinics begins
this month. ie will also hold a Saturday morn-
ing clinic for both men and women. Cost is $20
per 90-minute session and the series of clinics
cover every aspect of the game.
Another teaching program offered is Link
Up to Golf. It is designed for beginning golfers
and those who have been away from the game
for awhile. Cost is $109. $99 for active duty.

Students get 10 hours of instniction, which
includes two hours on I lie course,
For the youngsters. Mr. W~V1&I. iin.-v will hold ithe
Golf 4 Kids program In Ju ly. Pr-el lr Ii iia slarled
May 1. tie also lias (th Junior Golf program com-
ing 1 hls sununer. II is slill i Ihhe planning stages
and more Informallon will be released soon,
For those who desire onie on one instrite
tion. Mr. Waggoner also livess prlvale instruction.
Lessons are $40 per half hour and $70 for a full
hour. Or, you can get a series of flou half hour
lessons for $140. or four one hour lessons for
$240. Also. if you want a playing lesson on the
course, cost is $120 for nine holes.
After Mr, Waggoner helps you with your game,
you will be ready to compete in (ournamnelts.
"We would like to get more full tournametils
for the local and annual pass holders out here."
Mr. Waggoner said. "I'd like to try different
varieties, like couples tournaments with dil
ferent formats. For example, we r,-"',-nil had
a Mixed 2-Person No Scotch Tournament and
everybody just loved it. We have tournaments
scheduled every month thru the rest of the year.
Coming June 13 is the 2009 McGladrey Team
Championship Incal Qualifier. Golfers form 14
3 person teams. The top two winning teams
will then be paired with a PGA Professional and
advance to the McGladrey Section Championship.
Winning teams from that championship will
advance to the McGladrey Team Championship

Pfl ,

National Finals, held October 26-28 at Phinelnrst
Norlh Carolina. I'd also like to see some large
outside tournamentis held here. like comply and
state amllateur lournamienls. and perhaps large
military tournaments too."
Does improving your game andi playing in
lolurinai ents soun d appI)aling to you? A lil l
Mr. \\ i...- ir can't promise that you will become
Ihe nexl 'fi.ii Woods, lie delini(ely can Improve
Ihe I' Illl\ and experience ol' your game. For
more infoniialion. call Mr. \ ii.goiii I al 494-



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Senior Airman Michelle Armour
45th Security Forces Squadron

Reason for nomination
"Airman Armour showed superior command and
control as Security Forces controller during an
Ocean Breeze exercise involving a M.|[ .i Vehicle
Accident with injuries and IIAZMAT leak. Iler calm
and professional demeanor ensured minimal stress
for participants during an anxious scenario."
s11t11 S.p- WUllam Shankles, 45th SFS

How long have you been at this duty station?
Three years and live months

What is your hometown?
Wareham. Mass.

What's your favorite motto or words you live/
work by?
"Always do to the best of 'x'i ,ianlii\ "

What inspired you to go beyond the call of
"I like to be I h dl'-iig. d and try to do my best."

Why do you serve?
"To serve my country."

Your mother and my mother are both mothers

By Chaplain (Lt.
Col.) Christopher
45th SW Chapel
Mothers 1 hr.iltiel ....i
history have expe-
rienced great Joy In
seeing their children
successful in iltf by
:i.ildln f-inllR rom col
lege, getting married.
and being success
ifu in their careers.
Likewise. mothers
have also borne the

pain of loss when their
children have died Iby
violence or disease.

A mother knows that
when she brings forth
a boy he could go off
to war. A ,I'iilI i i ll%
most likely be a moth-
er herself one day, A
son may leave home to
find a job or to seek a
wife. Children neces-
-al Il\' become Indepen
dent from their mother
and at the same time
never forget the bond
that exists through
conception and birth.
When it Is Dos

slble children keep
a relationship with
their mother. Mother's
Day Is the third most
popular day in the
year to send cards
(after Christnas and
Valentine's Day). It
is the day when res-
taurants are busiest.
Phone lines are often
overloaded due to the
number of calls. It is
a day for flowers and
for visits to cemeteries.
We know that there Is
s.iiil. iIliL Instinctlve
within us to honor and
remember our molh
Mother's Day as
a national holiday
is only about a cen
tury old, btl honor-
ing women who werev
mothers Is as old as
humanity. I suspect
that within each of
us is the knowledge
that we couldn't be
here wllhoul a mother
carrying us for nine
months and then i'ji
Ing birth. A mother
nursed us and cared
for us long before we

could care for our
selves. Mothers often
teach their children
manners and etiquette,
respect for others, and
lead us to God. Yes.
there Is much to be
thankful for.
Yet, not everyone
has a mother that was
noble, loving, and kind.
Some mothers aban
don their children.
Others can be alcoholic
or I1112: dIIIliLiLl and
out of anger or tmma-
turity treat their chil-
dren badly. It has been
my experience thai
the pain of a negative
relallonship with a
mother is harder than
most other hurts that
we endure. liven chil-
dren who are adopted
often will go to greal
1, 1l,11.i to find their
birth mothers know
Ing that they gave thal
child up.
No matter the
type of relationship.
the bond that exists
between mother and
child is very powerful.
For those of us who

still have a mother
we will ell her how
much she is loved,
give a card. maybe
a gift. and go out to
dinner. For those who
have gone before us
we offer a prayer or
think warm thoughts
of mother and grand-
mother. For those
who have not had a
good relationship, we
remember all that
they did well and are
thankful and resolve
lo hold no bitterness
for those things i, ti
did poorly. Mothers
want their children
to become loving
adults. They want
them to be safe and
happy, I'. iii i on
this Mother's Day we
can resolve to be more
caring to those around
us by oill i -int a kind
word or by helping a
stranger, Maylbe we
can be more polite
with our language
and more alientive
to those that we love.
I know that would
please Mom best.

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May 8, 2009 Missileer 13

Launch Viewing
Take advantage of the Blockhouscone to view
the launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis, scheduled
for Monday at 2:01 p.m. (aunch window is
1:41 2:44 p.m.). Doors open al noon. Watch 1he
launch on the big-screen TV and enjoy a Super
Salad Bar [includes soup and iced teal, served
from noon until 2 p.m. Cost is 85.95 for members
and $6.95 for nonl members. For more inforna
tlon, call 494 4012.

Firing Range off limits
The 451h Security Forces Squadron/Combat
Arms firing range located at the end of Rescue
Road. building 1657. is closed to the public.
Trespassing is illegal and dangerous because of
gunfire. Please contact the range at 494-0252 for
more information.

"Grindin' Gears"
Don't miss the "Grindin' Gears" Car &
Motorcycle Show Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3
p.m. This family-friendly event, sponsored by
Advance Auto Parts In Indian Harbour Beach.
Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront, Red Bull, and
High Beams Headlight Restoration of Florida.
will be held at the south parking lot of The Tides
Collocated Club, located on Hwy A1A adjacent
to the base. There will be live entertainment,
food & beverages available for purchase. activi-
ties for children and more. The show is open to
the general public and free for participants and
spectators. Official "Grndin' Gears" T shirts will
be available for purchase at the show. For more
Information, call 494-2537. (No federal enadorse-
menl of sponsors intended.)

Teen Night
Youth Programs will host aTeen Night May 15,
from 7 to 11 p.m. It's "Dinner and a Movie Night"
and all participants will pay their own expenses.
Sign up required by Wednesday. Teen Nights are
for teens in grades 7-12. For more Information.
call 494-4747.

Introduction to Fishing Class
Outdoor Recreation will hold an Introduction
to Fishing class May 15, from 5 to 6 p.a. The
class is geared to leach you the basics of fishing
in the Banana River. Topics include rod selec
tion, line, bait & tackle, seasons, bag limits, and
the most popular places to fish. Cost Is 810 per
person, and there Is no charge for youth ages 12
17 attending with a parent. For more Information
and to register, call 494-2042.

Office closures
The following 45th Force Support Squadron

offices will be closed for an official function May
15 from 11 a.m. until the end of the duty day:
Civilian Personnel. Airman Family Readiness
Center. Ed Center (unless testing is scheduled).
Military Personnel will be mintmally manned
durtig 1his time. Phone numbers will be posted
at applicable entrances for emergency contact

Red Cross Youth Volunteer Program
High school age (14 18) students, dependents
of active or retired military members and DOD
civilian employees can earn community service
hours by volunteering with the Red Cross this
summer at Patrick Air Force Base. Orientation
will be held at 10 a.m. May 16 in the Dental Clinic
conference room, Contact the Red Cross at 494
8318 to register for the session.

Watercolor Class
The Arts & Crafts Center will hold a walercolor
class May 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. "Lighthouses"
is the theme for this month's class. The class is
open to experienced painters. bul the novice is
welcome to attend. Cost is 840 and includes all
supplies. Registration is required by Wednesday.
For more information, call 494-4270.

Adult & Youth Triathlon
The Patrick AFB Fitness Center will host an
Adult & Youth Triathlon May 16. starting at 7
a.m. (safely briefing at 6:30 a.m.). The event will
consist of a swim in the lap pool, followed by a
bicycle ride and ending with a run, The distances
for each event will vary depending on age groups.
Children Interested in participating can use the
lap pool for practice prior to the event. Children
ages 15 and younger must be accompanied by
a parent or legal guardian who will maintain
interactive supervision while the child is utilizing
the pool. Registration Is required by Wednesday.
All participants must provide their own swim
wear, towels, bicycle. bicycle helmet, and run-
ning shoes. For more Information on age groups.
guidelines, and eligibility requirements, call 494

Stamping Workshop
The Arts & Crafts Center will hold a "Girls'
Night Out" stamping workshop May 21 from 5
to 7 p.m. Cost is only 815 and Includes all sup-
plies necessary to make four completed products.
Refreshments will be served. Registration is
required by May 18. For more Infonnation. call

Top-3 Enlisted Scholarship Award
The Space Coast Top' 3 Enlisted Scholarship

is open to enlisted personnel, E-l through E-5.
assigned to Patrick AFB and Cape Canaveral AFS
who are in pursuing continued education. The
application. which is available through your First
Sergeant or Superintendent, must be typed and
submitted to Master Sgt. Richard Allen, richard., by May 18. The Scholarslip
Committee will rate each submission based on
content, sentence structure and impact. One
winner of a 8300 scholarship will be announced
at the June Top 3 meeting. Please ensure each
application is signed by the candidate's supervi-
sor and First Sergeant in the space provided.

Bowling Center Specials
The Rocket Lanes Bowling Center will feature
the following specials in May:
* Mother's Day Special Sunday. you pay 81
per game and Mom bowls for free. Mom can also
register to win a special gift a round of golf with
cart for two people at tie Manatee Cove Golf
* Armed Forces Appreciation Day Special May
15 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., all games arejust .95
cents per game (plus shoe rental)
* AFSPC Family Day Special -May 22. from 11
a.m. to 7 p.m., bowl for Just .95 per game
* Unlimited Thursday Special every Thursday
in May, from 2 to 9 p.m., bowl all the games you
want for only $6 per person (plus shoe rental)
* Saturday Special every Saturday In May, from
1 to 7 p.m., bowl for only .95 cents per game
(except during the Saturday afternoon Rock'lt
Bowl program May 2, 16 & 30 from 2-4 p.m.)
* Snack Bar Specials Monday & May 18. you
can get a barbecue sandwich, steak fries &
fountain drink for $5.95 in honor of National
Barbecue Month: Thursday, you can get a panzit.
egg roll & fountain drink for 85,95 In honor of
Asian Paciflc Heritage Month.

Auto Hobby Shop Special
If your birthday Is in May, you will receive V'
off on stall fees at the Auto Hobby Shop (regu
larly 83 per /2 hour), to include flat and lift, every
Thursday in May, from I a.m. to 8:15 p.m. For
more information, call 494 2537.

Post-9/11 GI Bill Information
The Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA) began
accepting applications for the Post 9/11 GI
Bill Friday. All members should refer to the VA
welsite at or contact the VA
at 1-888-442-4551, for more Information and
guidance on applying for the Post 9/11 GI Bill.
Transferability of the Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits
will not be available until June 1 through the VA

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