No More Patrick Air Force Base. Name Change!

With the recent announcement of the sixth branch of the US military – the US Space Force – both Patrick Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station will be getting new names.

The Space Coast’s two Air Force bases will soon change names to reflect their connections to the military’s newly minted Space Force branch.

Patrick Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station will become Patrick Space Force Base and Cape Canaveral Space Force Station within 30 days, 45th Space Wing Commander Brig. Gen. Douglas Schiess said during his “State of the Installation” briefing early Friday.

“The names of the two bases will change,” Schiess said, adding that Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett and Space Force commander Gen. John Raymond will attend a local name change ceremony. “When that happens, we believe we’ll probably be one of the first, if not the first, bases to do that.”

Other than switching from “Air” to “Space,” Schiess said the designations will retain their historic references.

“We’re not going to change the Patrick part,” he said of the beachside installation, which is named after Gen. Mason Patrick, first chief of the Air Force’s predecessor. “And we would never think about changing the name of Cape Canaveral.”

Somehow “Patrick Air Space Base” seems odd given how long the name has included “Air Force Base,” but we suspect people will get over it.

As the Space Force includes installations such as:

Space Operations Command (SPOC), Vandenberg Air Force Base, California

21st Space Wing.png 21st Space Wing (21 SW), Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado
30th Space Wing.png 30th Space Wing (30 SW), Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
45th Space Wing.png 45th Space Wing (45 SW), Patrick Air Force Base, Florida
50th Space Wing.png 50th Space Wing (50 SW), Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado
460th Space Wing.png 460th Space Wing (460 SW), Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado
614th Air Operations Center (614 AOC), Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
61st Air Base Group.png 61st Air Base Group (61 ABG), Los Angeles Air Force Base, California

we would expect similar name changes at the other bases as well.

The Space Force is still developing distinct uniforms and rank structure at this time. (Please, no red shirts for uniforms.) For the time being, the service will use Air Force uniforms and service members retain their current ranks relative to the service in which they currently serve.

As an aside, there was much mockery of the Space Force logo when it was announced. It was seen as a copy of the Star Trek “United Federation of Planets” emblem. Of course President Trump was blamed for this as if he had personally designed the thing. However, the symbology of the logo goes way back.

Space Force officials, for their part, have laid out the exact meaning behind the new logo and its symbolism.

“The creation of the U.S. Space Force seal pays tribute to the newest Armed Service that organizes, trains, and equips space forces in order to protect U.S. and allied interests in space and to provide space capabilities to the joint force,” Space Force officials wrote in a Facebook post Friday.

“The U.S. Space Force seal honors the Department of the Air Force’s proud history and long-standing record of providing the best space capabilities in the world,” Space Force officials added. “The delta symbol, the central design element in the seal, was first used as early as 1942 by the U.S. Army Air Forces; and was used in early Air Force space organization emblems dating back to 1961. Since then, the delta symbol has been a prominent feature in military space community emblems.”

New name, new logo, new unis, new structure … the US moves forward.

2 Responses to “No More Patrick Air Force Base. Name Change!”

  1. Percy says:

    I don’t think I’ve kept it a secret that I’d like to see the beachside communities stay small beachside communities and I oppose any proposals that increase heights and densities in our beach towns. I’m all for redevelopment as long as it’s in concert with a small beachside community. That said, I’ve always worried about Patrick AFB closing, can you imagine the developers lining up licking their chops to build big condos on that property. The traffic would become unbearable. So I’m glad to see Patrick is staying relevant and becoming a space force base, should create more jobs for locals and hopefully keep the base going for many years to come.

    • AAfterwit says:


      Thanks for the comment.

      We agree with keeping Patrick as well as Cape Canaveral AFB not only relevant, but on the cutting edge. The loss of Patrick would be a disaster and change the character of the area which we don’t want to see either.

      Still, it is going to be odd calling the base “Patrick Space Force Base.”

      A. Afterwit.