The Wikipedia page linked in @OrganicMarble's answer about the Air Force Space and Missile Museum contains the image below, of a (now retired) GPS monitoring station. To the right of the station itself is a sign that says

Monitor Station GPS Antenna 1984-2007

On Time, On Target

and shows three different emblems, each with a motto or other words on it.

Does anyone recognize these three symbols or can guess what organizations they are associated with?

Does the green-helmeted individual in the lower just coincidentally resemble Marvin the Martian? Read further about Marvin in this authoritative answer, and watch him in action.

Monitoring Station GPS Antenna sign

Marvin the Martian

Monitoring Station GPS Antenna

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    $\begingroup$ Maybe. In atr.samhsa.gov/Resources/2011_weekly/2011_12_29/…, NASA notes "Marvin the Martian became our mascot", but that was in 2008. nasa.gov/pdf/164449main_spinoff_06.pdf notes "Since 1948, [...], Marvin the Martian has been attempting to blow up the Earth with his Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator, since our Blue Planet blocks his view of Venus.", suggesting they at least know who he is. $\endgroup$
    – user7073
    Jul 14, 2018 at 16:34
  • $\begingroup$ Your first link is related to the US Department of Health and Human Services, but I don't see any connection to NASA there at all. $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    Jul 15, 2018 at 0:12

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The unit had one geographically separated unit, Detachment 1, at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. It was responsible for maintenance of a GPS Ground Antenna, Monitor Station, and various operational test assets. It is now discontinued, though contractors remained to perform the mission.

Whether Marvin was intended may remain a mystery - although it seems likely to me.


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