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Patrick AFB, Cape Canaveral Redesignated as Space Force Bases; Gen. John Raymond Quoted

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Gen. John Raymond
Gen. John Raymond U.S. Space Force

Patrick Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral AF Station have been respectively renamed as Patrick Space Force Base and Cape Canaveral Space Force Station during a recent ceremony in Florida.

The redesignation ceremony took place at Cape Canaveral and saw Vice President Mike Pence unveil the two U.S. Air Force bases’ new names in line with their operational transition to the U.S. Space Force.

“Today their titles will reflect the space missions that the 45th Space Wing and its mission partners execute with precision, passion, and pride every day,” said Gen. John Raymond, chief of space operations and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, during the ceremony.

Also in attendance are David Norquist, deputy secretary of the Department of Defense (DoD) and fellow 2020 Wash100 Award winner, Gen. Charles "C.Q." Brown, the Air Force’s chief of staff, Gen. John Hyten, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a two-time Wash100 Awardee and USAF Secretary Barbara Barrett.

The ceremony comes shortly after the Space Force surpassed one year of operations.

"Today 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,” Pence said.