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AFS&MHC to be renamed Sands Space History Center
« on: 10/13/2016 07:23 PM »
U.S. Air Force
45th Space Wing Public Affairs Office

October 13, 2016

MEDIA ADVISORY RELEASE #101316

AFS&MHC to be renamed Sands Space History Center

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - The Air Force Space & Missile History Center near the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station South Gate will be renamed the Sands Space History Center during an official ceremony October 14 at 11 a.m. in the history centerís main hall.

The 45th Space Wing and the Air Force Space & Missile Museum Foundation will host the ceremony in honor of retired Air Force Maj. General Harry James Sands Jr, whose work and perseverance laid the groundwork for the history center. Sands was the founding chairman of the Air Force Space and Missile Museum Foundation before his death in 1993.

The center, an extension of the Air Force Space & Missile Museum, contains historic information and displays for each Launch Complex at the Air Force Station.

Sandsí vision took root in 1961 when he first proposed the idea of creating a space museum at Cape Canaveral AFS. He envisioned a facility accessible to the public that would provide them the opportunity to learn our space history. The Air Force Space & Missile History Center opened Aug. 13, 2010 and a year later, won the U.S. Space Command Space Command Heritage Award and an Air Force Heritage Award for outstanding accomplishments in fostering a better understanding and appreciation of the Air Force, its missions, its people and its accomplishments.

Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith, 45th Space Wing commander, will be the main guest speaker at the renaming ceremony.

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