Pentagon Redesignates Space Installations

Cape Canaveral and Patrick Air Force Base renamed to denote Space Force.

Last week, Vice President Mike Pence participated in the ceremony held by the Department of Defense redesignating two U.S. Air Force facilities in Florida to reflect their position in the Space Force.

The vice president said it was his honor “to announce that Cape Canaveral Air Force Station will now become Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.” He continued, “As of today, at the direction of the Commander-in-Chief, Patrick Air Force Base will become Patrick Space Force Base … we make history with the first two installations in the history of the United States Space Force to bear the name of this new branch of the service.”

The ceremony corresponded with the release of the president’s new national space policy which outlines U.S. space goals for exploration, growth, and security. The statement highlights the primary responsibility of the U.S. Space Force of defending the country’s interests in space. The U.S. space policy was last updated in 2010.

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Sources: AP, NPR


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