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The 482nd Fighter Wing, Air Force Reserve Command, maintains and operates Homestead Air Reserve Base, located near the southern end of the Florida peninsula, about 25 miles south of Miami. It is a fully combat-ready unit capable of providing F-16C multi-purpose fighter aircraft, along with mission ready pilots and support personnel, for short-notice worldwide deployment. The wing has approximately 1,600 members, including more than 1,200 reservists, of which 260 are full-time reservists, in addition to 325 full-time civilians.

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Homestead Air Force Base News

Former safety chief heads sexual assault prevention efforts

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June 11, 2013 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

Senior officials announced June 6 that they have appointed a two-star general to lead the Air Force's effort to reduce sexual assault within the ranks, and provide victims the support they need.

Maj. Gen. Margaret Woodward was appointed the new director of the reorganized Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office. In addition to appointing a more senior officer to the position, the Air Force raised the stature of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office by linking it directly to the office of the Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force.
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AFRC’s new command chief discusses philosophies, time at Homestead ARB

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June 7, 2013 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

As the previous command chief master sergeant of Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla., Cameron Kirksey is preparing to assume his new role as the command chief of Air Force Reserve Command.

Kirksey said he's very humbled, honored and excited to be selected by Lt. Gen. James Jackson, chief of Air Force Reserve and AFRC commander.

"Homestead has a bright future and I hope to bring that excitement to AFRC to help the entire command grow and improve," said Kirksey.

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Homestead to welcome new wing commander

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June 6, 2013 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla., will welcome Col. Christian G. Funk as the new 482nd Fighter Wing commander during a change of command ceremony here July 14.

Funk, previously the 476th Fighter Group commander out of Moody Air Force Base, Ga., replaces Col. Donald R. Lindberg, who will assume his new role as the 10th Air Force vice commander at Naval Air Station, Joint Reserve Base, Texas.

Funk comes to Homestead ARB with 28 years of service in the Air Force. He received his commission through the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1985. He began his career as an F-16 pilot in 1987 and has served as an operational test and evaluation pilot, fighter squadron director of operations and training, operations group chief of standardization and evaluation, fighter wing weapons and tactics officer, and an operations group commander. He has deployed in support of Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Southern Watch, Desert Fox, Allied Force, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring F
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UPDATE – Homestead ARB gears up for commissary case lot sale June 28 – 30

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June 6, 2013 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

There has been a change to the scheduled dates of Homestead Air Reserve Base's commissary case lot sale.

The new dates are June 28 through 30. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The previous dates of July 12 through 14 are cancelled.

The sale, held in conjunction with the Jacksonville, Fla. commissary, is offering online ordering, available May 23 through June 16. For those who placed an order online previously with the July dates, that order has been cancelled. New items for this period will be on the website. A new order will have to be accomplished.
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Vice Chief of Staff highlights Homestead ARB, thanks Airmen for successful Every Dollar Counts campaign

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June 5, 2013 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

Throughout the month of May, Airmen submitted more than 11,000 cost-reducing ideas during the "Every Dollar Counts" campaign, an initiative that empowered Airmen to find and recommend areas of savings that may be used to support more urgent readiness needs.

In a letter to all Airmen, June 5, Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Larry Spencer highlighted the great ideas Airmen submitted and also encouraged Airmen to continue looking for innovative ways to save Air Force resources.

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June issue of Citizen Airman is available online

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May 31, 2013 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

The June issue of Citizen Airman is now available on the web at http://www.citamn.afrc.af.mil/.

Contents include feature articles on a new program that uses technology to provide aircraft maintainers easier access to technical orders.

Also featured in this issue is the first of a four-part series from a Texas Reservist who provides a first-hand account of a sexual assault she suffered in 1990; a training center at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., that teaches Reservists how to sniff out land mines; a woman in Florida who was inspired by the memory of her son to try out and be selected for the Tops in Blue entertainment group; and a new management tool that is helping units figure out which self-assessment checklists to use to prepare for an inspection.
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Reservist recalls ‘lucky’ motorcycle accident

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May 30, 2013 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

"Lucky" ... That's what the doctor told me as I was being pushed through a set of double doors at the hospital. "Boy, you sure are lucky."

I was a little mad at him for saying that at the moment because I didn't understand what he meant at the time. I remember thinking to myself, I don't know what planet you're from, but here on earth, lucky people win the lottery; they don't have a head-on crash with a 2,000 pound car.

The accident

It was midnight when I left work and I was excited get on my bike and make that ride home. The weather was perfect and the roads were dry. I put my riding gear and safety equipment on and started up my motorcycle like I've done so many times in the past with not a care in the world.
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Homestead ARB hosts ESGR briefing June 1

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May 30, 2013 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

Homestead Air Reserve Base will host an ESGR briefing June 1, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., in the Heritage Hall Conference Center (building 404).

Among the topics of discussion:

- Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act
- Nominate your employer for the Patriot Award
- Heroes to Hired
- Family Leave Act: www.dol.gov/whd/fmla
 

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Free pizza party, flag football during UTA June 1

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May 30, 2013 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

The base Airman's Council will host a free pizza social at the fitness center field June 1 from 4 p.m. to 4:40 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend. Click the "Download HiRes" link at right beneath the photo for more information. For more information, call Senior Master Sgt. Antonio Romero at (786) 415-6692.

The base Unit Advisory Council and the Airman's Council will hold an Airmen vs. NCOs 7 on 7 flag football challenge at the fitness center field June 1 at 4:15 p.m. Click over to the next photo, then click the "Download HiRes" link beneath the photo for more information. For more information, call Master Sgt. Earlvine Fort at (786) 415-8304.
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Det. 93 hosts barbecue June 1

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May 30, 2013 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

Homestead Air Reserve Base's Detachment 93, 495th Fighter Group, will host a barbecue June 1, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the parking lot of building 194.

All Homestead ARB personnel are invited to attend.

The menu will feature hamburgers, bratwurst, chips and soda.

- 1 sandwich plate for $5 includes hamburger or bratwurst with chips and soda.
- 2 sandwich plate for $8 includes hamburger or bratwurst or combo for total of 2 with chips and soda.

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Reservist recognized for Air Force Reserve Citizen Airman and Employer of the Year award

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May 30, 2013 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

Master Sgt. Jessie Barcala of the 482nd Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal flight was recently recognized by Col. Elwin Rozyskie, 482nd Mission Support Group commander, during a coining ceremony at Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla. Barcala received the coin from Rozyskie as a result of being awarded the 2013 Air Force Reserve Citizen Airman and Employer of the Year award. The award recognizes servicemembers who deployed between Jan. 1, 2012 and Dec. 31, 2012 as well as their respective employer who illustrated strong support for their employee during their deployment.
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SecAF: Sequestration hits AF readiness, modernization

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May 28, 2013 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

Sequestration has hit the Air Force particularly hard, impacting its force structure, readiness and modernization, senior Air Force leaders said here today.

Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley and Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, the chief of staff, said Congress must provide a solid budget number so the Air Force can ground its planning in reality.

The Air Force understands it must do its part to work through the debt and deficit reduction problem, Welsh said.

"We just want to get to the bottom line or the new top-line budget ... and get on with preparing our Air Force to remain the best in the world," he said.
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Homestead Military Appreciation Day, Saturday, May 25th

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May 24, 2013 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

The second annual Military Appreciation Day in Homestead will offer Military ID holders free vouchers to redeem for food at the event, free raffle tickets for a $500-value prize to those wearing their Military uniform, and family fun with live music, food trucks, military displays and bounce houses.

The free event will take place on Memorial Weekend on Saturday, May 25th from 3 to 8 pm at Losner Park in Historic Downtown Homestead, 104 North Krome Avenue.

The event is a community effort organized by the City of Homestead along with the Homestead Reserve Air Base, the Military Affairs Committee and the Greater Homestead/Florida City Chamber of Commerce.
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Homestead ARB’s command chief selected as new AFRC command chief

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May 23, 2013 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

A reservist with 25 years of military service has been selected as the next command chief master sergeant for Air Force Reserve Command.

Chief Master Sgt. Cameron B. Kirksey, currently the command chief for the 482nd Fighter Wing, Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla., replaces Chief Master Sgt. Kathleen Buckner at Headquarters AFRC.

Lt. Gen. James F. Jackson, chief of Air Force Reserve and AFRC commander, selected Kirksey for the top enlisted spot in the command.

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Air Force leaders send Memorial Day message

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May 23, 2013 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III send the following Memorial Day message to Airmen of the U.S. Air Force and their families:

Memorial Day provides an opportunity to reflect upon the sacrifices of our nation's uniformed service members, particularly the more than one million Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen who gave their "last full measure of devotion" to preserve the freedoms we cherish. Many of us can envision a specific individual -- a relative, friend, or coworker -- who has paid the ultimate price in defense of America. Take a moment -- right now -- and think of that person and their family ... thank them for giving their all.
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