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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

Free anti-virus software available on AF Portal

This post was originally published by Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla. - Homestead ARB Top Stories

September 9, 2013 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

Members of Homestead Air Reserve Base can take advantage of free anti-virus software being offered on the Air Force Portal.

"Anti-virus protection is crucial for everyone's computer safety," said Staff Sgt. Emir Goenaga, 482nd Communications Squadron lead client systems technician.

Not only is the anti-virus software available to Homestead Airmen, it's available to all Airmen throughout the Air Force. Homestead ARB has recently made it easier to access the software with a link on the Air Force Portal. Service members log in to the Air Force Portal and click on the tab labeled "home software use" on the left. In this area, there will be a listing of Air force partners who have agreed to provide software or hardware for free or at a discounted price. Among them is the McAfee Internet Security anti-virus. This is the same anti-virus available and in use throughout the Air Force.
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Security forces Airmen return from recent deployment

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

Airmen assigned to the 482nd Security Forces Squadron are greeted by their squadron leadership here upon their return from a recent deployment to Transit Center at Manas, Krygyzstan, Sept. 4. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ross Tweten)
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Homestead ARB Airman returns from deployment, surprises his little girl at school in West Palm Beach

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

Tech. Sgt. Ryan Lowry, 482nd Security Forces Squadron, hugs his daughter after surprising her in her classroom at St. Juliana Catholic School in West Palm Beach, Fla., after his half-year deployment Sept. 4. (courtesy photo/Taylor Jones/The Palm Beach Post)
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2013 Combined Federal Campaign underway

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

The Homestead Air Reserve Base 2013 Combined Federal Campaign is currently underway.

This year, Homestead ARB's drive runs until Dec. 10, with a goal of raising $36,000.

This year marks the 52nd year of the CFC. The theme for the 2013 CFC is "Give today, change tomorrow." The CFC is the only authorized solicitation of federal employees in their workplaces on behalf of approved charitable organizations. The mission of the CFC is to support and promote philanthropy through a voluntary program that is employee focused, cost efficient and effective in providing all federal employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all.
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AF tuition assistance application window delayed for FY14

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

Airmen applying for tuition assistance in fiscal 2014 will see several changes in both eligibility for and administration of the program.

Due to these changes, the application window for classes beginning on or after Oct. 1 will not open until Sept. 9 to allow for system updates.

This program is applicable to Guard and Reserve only when they are activated.

The cornerstone of the Air Force's FY14 program will be supervisor involvement. Airmen who apply for TA will be required to obtain supervisor approval for all requests. Supervisors may deny requests for Airmen in any level of upgrade training, if the Airman will be TDY or will be PCSing during the academic term, if the Airman is enrolled in PME or for any other factors the supervisor determines would impede the Airman's ability to complete the course.
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Detonating of explosives on base Sept. 8

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September 3, 2013 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

Residents living near Homestead Air Reserve Base are advised that the base will be conducting Explosive Ordnance Disposal training Sunday, Sept. 8, from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. A maximum of seven explosive detonations will occur which residents living near or adjacent to the base may hear. For more information, call the Homestead ARB Public Affairs office at (786) 415-7330.
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Homestead Airmen maintain battle readiness during Green Flag

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September 3, 2013 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

One hundred and sixty two Airmen from Homestead Air Reserve Base participated in Operation Green Flag at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Aug. 12 through 31.

"Operation Green Flag is a battle field scenario used primarily to train the Army on battleground scenarios," said Lt. Col. Brett Waring, Detachment 1, 548th Combat Training Squadron Commander. "The Air Force offers aerial support in various forms ranging from armed over-watch to close air support."

In a large-scale simulated battle field, the 3rd Brigade of the Army 82nd Airborne arranged upwards of 5,000 Soldiers on the ground at Fort Polk, La. During the exercise, ground operations sent requests for aerial support from the 93rd Fighter Squadron F-16's located at Barksdale AFB.
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Congratulations to Homestead ARB’s recent PEP selectees

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September 3, 2013 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

Congratulations to the following Airmen who were recently selected in this year's Air Force Reserve Command Promotion Enhancement Program:

- Master Sgt. Richard Petty, 482nd Communications Squadron

- Tech. Sgt. Harold Martinez, 482nd CS

- Tech. Sgt. Patrick McCarthy, 482nd CS

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Share your accomplishment with your local newspaper, TV or radio station

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August 29, 2013 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

The Joint Hometown News Service brings service members and their friends and families closer together by composing and publishing the service member's personal career accomplishments in their hometown newspaper and online.

The Joint Hometown News Service produces a variety of print and electronic news products highlighting the accomplishments and worldwide activities of individual members of the U.S. armed forces. It doesn't matter what branch of the military you serve, or even if you are a civilian government employee.
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Tickets now on sale for Air Force ball

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

Tickets are now on sale for the 2013 Air Force Ball, scheduled for Sept. 28 at 6 p.m. at The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Fla.

Tickets are $75 per person. To purchase a ticket or for more information, call Senior Master Sgt. Terry Ellington at (786) 415-6398.

The ball features guest speaker, retired Col. Leo Thorsness, a former prisoner of war and Medal of Honor recipient. The military uniform requirement is mess dress, semi-formal dress, or service equivalent. The civilian attire requirement is black tie, cocktail or evening gown.
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Airman’s Council holds shoe donation drive

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

The 482nd Fighter Wing Airman's Council is taking part in "Shoes for Water" - a shoe drive led by Water Step.

Water Step is an international organization that protects the lives of nearly 400,000 people each year by providing equipment and training to individuals seeking to address water quality and sanitation issues in developing countries and post-disaster environments.

The Airman's Council will be collecting pairs of shoes throughout the wing from September to November. Collection bins will be set up around the base. Any and all donations of shoes are welcome: boots, athletic, running, dress, sandals, pumps, heels, cleats, dance, flip-flops, etc.
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National Commission reviews ‘life-cycle’ manpower costs

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

Members of the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force interviewed current and former senior defense leaders Aug. 27 about one of the service's major expenses.

The commission sought information about the "fully-burdened life-cycle manpower costs" of active duty, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Airmen. Shrinking defense dollars coupled with raising manpower costs could determine how much Air Force the country can afford. The manpower costs for each component could affect the commission's recommendations about the force.
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Command chief: combating sexual assault takes team effort

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August 27, 2013 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

Eight weeks into his new job, the Air Force Reserve Command's top enlisted leader said combating sexual assault is his top priority and challenged Airmen to serve with integrity.

"I am asking you to be a wingman," Chief Master Sgt. Cameron B. Kirksey told 240 enlisted Airmen during a meeting Aug. 22 at the Museum Of Aviation adjacent to Robins Air Force Base. "Can we prevent it? Stop it? It affects good order and discipline."

The AFRC command chief echoed recent statements from leaders in Washington, D.C., indicating a united front to combat sexual assault in the military. In June, the Air Force appointed Maj. Gen. Margaret H. Woodward as director of its reorganized Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program, which develops policies and programs that address the service's sexual assault prevention, education, accountability, victim assistance and assessment efforts.
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Acting command chief pledges support to enlisted force

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August 21, 2013 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

Homestead Warriors,

As the acting command chief master sergeant for the 482nd Fighter Wing, I'll be ensuring established programs succeed, providing trusted advice to the commander, and overseeing professional development and enlisted recognition programs.

I have been an enlisted member of the Air Force since 1987, serving on active duty for the first four years. In 1990, I arrived at Homestead and transferred to the 482nd FW as an Air Reserve Technician in 1991 assigned to the 482nd Maintenance Group and deployed in support of Operation's Northern Watch, Enduring Freedom, Iraq Freedom, Kunsan Air Force Base, and supported the alert mission. During my time here, I have seen many changes, and those changes continue to showcase the professionalism and commitment of the dedicated Airmen of the 482nd FW.
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AF announces PT test enhancements to start Oct. 1

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August 21, 2013 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

Air Force senior leadership announced enhancements to the Air Force's Physical Fitness Assessment program, to be implemented Oct. 1.

In a letter to Airmen Aug. 20, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III explained the results of the comprehensive review, highlighting the strength of the program and the need for slight improvements.

"We have a tremendous program that has fundamentally changed the Air Force's overall fitness level over the past few years," Welsh said. "The PFT itself is not going to change. But even the best program can be improved upon, so we are making changes in four different areas to enhance the overall program."
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