Installation Info: Zip Code: 32925, Area Code: 321, DSN: 854
If the Department of Defense launches a missile from the East Coast of the United States, it lifts off from Patrick Air Force Base near Cocoa Beach, Fla. Built as a long-range proving ground for the Navy, the base is now dedicated to launching missiles and gathering data on spacecraft.
The base also manages launch operations for all Department of Defense space programs.
Area schools are in the Brevard County School District.
The 45th Medical Group hospital provides a number of services including dental care, but not emergency room care. There are three community hospitals within 25 minutes of the base that do provide medical care. Recreation and exercise can be found at the bases bowling lanes; theater; hobby shops; gyms; youth center; golf course; pools; tennis and racquetball courts; ocean beach; boat marina; picnic area; and yacht club.