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Cape Cod Air Force Station
Air Force Space Command.png
Part of Air Force Space Command (AFSPC)
Bourne, Massachusetts
PAVE PAWS Cape Cod AFS 1986.jpg
Aerial view of the Cape Cod PAVE PAWS c.1986.
Coordinates 41°45′12″N 70°32′19″W / 41.7532°N 70.5385°W / 41.7532; -70.5385
Type Long Range Radar Site
Height 100 Feet
Site information
Owner United States Air Force
Controlled by 21st Space Wing
Peterson Air Force Base, CO
Open to
the public
Site history
Built Oct. 26, 1976
construction began;
April 4, 1980,
operations began.
Built by U.S. Government
In use 1980-Present
Garrison information
Lt. Col. Max E. Lantz II
Occupants 6th Space Warning Squadron

Cape Cod Air Force Station is a US Air Force station located in the northwest corner of Joint Base Cape Cod, USA, on Flatrock Hill in Massachusetts. It consists of one PAVE PAWS radar station and is in continuous operation.

The facility became operational April 4, 1980 as Cape Cod Missile Early Warning Station, but was renamed Cape Cod Air Force Station on January 5, 1982.[1]

The facility became home to the 6th Space Warning Squadron after the closure of the North Truro Air Force Station in North Truro, Massachusetts.


PAVE PAWS and BMEWS coverage

Its main mission is to track space debris, intercontinental ballistic missiles, and submarine-launched ballistic missiles. It also tracked the spy satellite USA-193 before it was shot down. Its secondary mission is tracking Earth-orbiting objects such as the International Space Station, the Space Shuttle, any object that deviates from its known orbit, or any new orbiting objects.[citation needed]



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CapeCod.com News
Wed, 13 May 2015 02:45:03 -0700

Korean War Veterans Memorial Hyannis BARNSTABLE – The keynote speaker for the town of Barnstable's Memorial Day ceremony is 2nd Lieutenant Anamaria D. Gaitan, who is assigned to the 6th Space Warning Squadron at Cape Cod Air Force Station in ...

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Air Force Link
Fri, 26 Sep 2014 05:33:45 -0700

Steve Mellin, 6th Space Warning Squadron support officer, stands before two wind turbine power generators on Cape Cod Air Force Station, Mass., Sept. 11, 2014. The two wind turbines provide Cape Cod AFS with nearly 50 percent of their power needs and ...
Air Force Link
Tue, 22 Oct 2013 10:01:51 -0700

It's not just the leaves that are changing at Cape Cod Air Force Station. The Air Force station is also changing the way it gets electricity as two new giant wind turbines are being installed at the 6th Space Warning Squadron. The new wind turbines can ...
Pactrick Air Force Base
Tue, 09 Oct 2012 10:36:08 -0700

10/9/2012 - CAPE COD AIR FORCE STATION, Mass. -- Change is blowing into Cape Cod Air Force Station as two new wind turbines are installed at the 6th Space Warning Squadron, saving an estimated $1 million a year in energy costs. According to Steve ...

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Space News
Thu, 09 Oct 2014 09:01:40 -0700

The Solid State Phased Array Radar System, operated by BAE Systems Aerospace Services of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, includes facilities at Cape Cod Air Force Station, Massachusetts; Beale Air Force Base, California; Clear Air Force Station, Alaska; ...

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Air Force Link
Thu, 09 Oct 2014 11:57:28 -0700

“As we speak right now, up at Cape Cod Air Force Station, we've got a number of giant wind turbines cranking and powering about 50 percent of the operations at that location, including one of the largest, ground-based missile warning radars in the ...
Pactrick Air Force Base
Wed, 09 Feb 2011 08:21:51 -0800

General Shelton visits Cape Cod Air Force Station Posted 2/9/2011 Updated 2/9/2011 Email story Print story. 2/9/2011 - General William L. Shelton, Commander, Air Force Space Command, was greeted by local military commanders upon his arrival at Cape ...


Wed, 24 Apr 2013 07:06:24 -0700

A wind project at Cape Cod Air Force Station, Mass., is moving forward watchfully as endangered eastern box turtles nest in the area. The construction area has to be swept by qualified turtle biologists, posing some slow-down to contractors, but ...

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