Patrick Air Force Base, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station get new names

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — Vice President Mike Pence announced Wednesday that Patrick Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station have been designated as Space Force bases during a visit to the Kennedy Space Center.

They will now be known as Patrick Space Force Base and Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

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Patrick Space Force Base is one of six locations named as a finalist for the U.S. Space Command headquarters. A final decision is expected early next year.

President Donald Trump formed the United States Space Force as a sixth branch of the military last December.

Pence met with the National Space Council on Wednesday to discuss the Artemis Program, which seeks to land the first woman and the next man on the Moon by 2024.

During the meeting, he revealed the pool of 18 astronauts who have been selected for the program’s future lunar missions.

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“I just want to assure all of you (who) will be carrying America’s aspirations and ideals into the great unknown that you go with the confidence of the American people,” Pence said. “You will have the support of people all across this country as you inspire the world.”

Click here to watch reporter Melonie Holt’s live update on the program on Channel 9 Eyewitness News at 6.

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Jason Kelly, WFTV.com

Jason Kelly joined WFTV in 2014.