Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith: 45th Space Wing At Patrick AFB Has Roared Back To Life!
By Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith, 45th Space Wing Commander // October 10, 2016
RECON IV for Patrick AFB, base now open
BREVARD COUNTY • PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, FLORIDA – The 45th Space Wing has roared back to life! Our tremendous team continues to work hard to bring everything back on line, and the results are impressive.
At noon today, I declared RECON IV for Patrick AFB and the base is now open!
We continue to make great progress in our recovery efforts to get facilities back up and running. I’m happy to report that as of noon today, the Commissary, Base Exchange, AAFES Express and gas station are all open.
Please keep in mind that these facilities may not be fully stocked yet and you may have a hard time finding your favorite breakfast cereal, but the great folks at AAFES and DECA are working fast and furious to get the shelves fulling loaded. And remember, the Beach House is open today until 6 p.m. with food and beverages available. The South Gate is open to everyone with base access and the North Gate will re-open at 6 a.m. October 11.
While we have made tremendous strides getting the base cleaned up and facilities open, there are still some hazardous areas around base. Safety is of utmost importance to me, so I urge each of you to not enter any areas that have been roped off or marked off-limits due to existing hazards.
We can’t afford to have people get hurt doing stupid things by crossing established barriers. Also, while our roadways are clear, please keep in mind we still have some fallen trees and debris to clear around base, so be extra cautious as you move around base.
We have people working 24/7 to get all our facilities and services open as soon as safely possible. As you saw from my morning update, the Medical Clinic suffered lots of damage to its roof which allowed water to intrude into the facility.
Our Sharks are working hard to get the facility and limited medical services up and running as quickly as possible. For now though, the Medical Clinic, Dental Clinic and Refill Pharmacy remain closed so please plan accordingly.
As a reminder, the Marina (except for Marina residents), FAMCAMP, Outdoor Rec, the youth center, golf course facility and chipping green area, car wash, and The Tides and Hangar beaches on State Road A1A all remain closed for the foreseeable future. These areas are still hazardous, so we ask for your patience as we make these areas safe.
This afternoon, my team will provide an extensive update of all facilities and services that will be scheduled to open tomorrow. Thank you again for your support and tremendous patience as our team continues to work hard to provide a safe living and working environment for everyone.
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