Cocoa High Grad, 45th Security Force Patrolman Jonathan Hardy Provides Protection to Space Launch Delta 45

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Space Launch Delta 45 at Patrick Space Force Base recently highlighted Cocoa High School graduate A1C Jonathan Hardy, a 45th Security Forces patrolman providing world-class law enforcement and force protection to Space Launch Delta 45 and its mission partners. (A1C Thomas Sjoberg/U.S. Space Force image)

BREVARD COUNTY • PATRICK SPACE FORCE, FLORIDA – Space Launch Delta 45 at Patrick Space Force Base recently highlighted Cocoa High School graduate A1C Jonathan Hardy, a 45th Security Forces patrolman providing world-class law enforcement and force protection to Space Launch Delta 45 and its mission partners.

Hardy said his inspiration to serve came from his grandfather and his uncle.

His grandfather served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and his uncle, who died while serving aboard the submarine USS Scorpion when it was lost in the Atlantic in May 1968.

As for his decision to be a defender, Hardy said his stepfather was his biggest motivator.

“I grew up just 30 minutes from here in Cocoa,” said Hardy.

“My stepdad is a Brevard County Sheriff’s deputy. I’ve been around law enforcement pretty much my whole life. So, when I went to the recruiter’s office, I knew I wanted to be in Security Forces.”

A1C Jonathan Hardy said his inspiration to serve came from his grandfather and his uncle. His grandfather served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and his uncle, who died while serving aboard the submarine USS Scorpion when it was lost in the Atlantic in May 1968. (A1C Thomas Sjoberg/U.S. Space Force image)

Hardy shared his passion for being a defender:

I love being in Security Forces. Sometimes, it can be tough being out there at the gate in the heat, but being able to see and talk to everyone as they come through makes it all worth it. Someone could be having a bad day and you can change that. Even something as simple as making someone smile can make my day.

Every day you come into work it’s different. You can be posted at the gate, working in the armory, or patrolling the base and its beaches. There’s a little bit of added significance for me because I’m from here. The people that come through that gate can be my family members or the people I grew up with, and now my job is to protect them.

Hardy’s future is looking bright. He got married on July 6 and is pursuing a degree in criminal justice. He also plans to commision as an officer in the Air Force in the near future.

Interested in pursuing a career in Security Forces? Learn more HERE.

“Every day you come into work it’s different,” said A1C Jonathan Hardy, above right. “You can be posted at the gate, working in the armory, or patrolling the base and its beaches. There’s a little bit of added significance for me because I’m from here. The people that come through that gate can be my family members or the people I grew up with, and now my job is to protect them.” (A1C Thomas Sjoberg/U.S. Space Force image)