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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

Air Force Personnel Center announces this year’s Club Scholarship winners

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

Congratulations to Vinkyra Ellison, daughter of Karasia Ellison, of Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla., was recently selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship, a laptop, and a portable printer through the Air Force Club Membership Scholarship Program.

Only 25 individuals were selected for the scholarship program.

To be considered eligible for this scholarship, Air Force Club members and their families had to submit a 500-word essay about what inspired them to be successful and why. A total of 156 entries were submitted to the Air Force Personnel Center's Directorate of Services Food and Beverage Branch, at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.
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Humanitarian Service Medal approved for Task Force Hurricane Sandy Response

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

The Joint Staff approved the Humanitarian Service Medal (HSM) for service members of the Task Force Hurricane Sandy Response who were physically present and provided humanitarian assistance to the people of New York and New Jersey following the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy during the period of Oct. 29, 2012, to Nov. 25, 2012.

The HSM is awarded to personnel who distinguished themselves by meritorious direct participation in a significant military act or operation of a humanitarian nature. Please have supporting documents to support the request for the HSM added to your records.
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Congratulations to recent civilian of the quarter award winners

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

Congratulations the following 482nd Fighter Wing civilians for recently receiveing the civilian of the quarter award for the months of April through June.

- Category I: Joyce Quinn, 482nd Operations Group

- Category II: John Bosco, 482nd Communications Squadron

- Category III: Christopher (Kyle) Collins, 482nd OG
 

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Commander discusses future of Air Force Reserve

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

Discussing the future of the Air Force, senior military and industry leaders gathered at the Air Force Association's 2013 Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center at National Harbor, Md., Sept. 16-18.

More than 5,000 U.S. and allied-nation Airmen along with corporate and media representatives attended the annual event to discuss challenges and financial austerity facing the Air Force and aerospace community.

"The most important thing we have is our Airmen," said Lt. Gen. James F. Jackson, chief of Air Force Reserve at the Pentagon and commander of Air Force Reserve Command at Robins Air Force Base, Ga.
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New Air Force app helps Airmen ‘Be Ready’ for emergencies

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September 20, 2013 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

When a natural or man-made disaster strikes, would you be prepared?

Air Force officials are highlighting a mobile application to help Airmen prepare and plan for emergencies as part of September's National Preparedness Month.

The Air Force Civil Engineer Center produced a Be Ready app to help Airmen prepare for and respond to all types of emergencies, including natural or man-made disasters.

"Over the past several years, we've seen natural disasters, ranging from hurricanes, earthquakes, other severe storms to tornadoes and flooding that disrupt or even destroy homes and entire communities," said David Epstein, the Air Force emergency management policy chief. "These events usually happen without warning, changing lives in an instant. No matter what time of year it is, being safe and ready is always the right approach and responsible choice."
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Senior leaders send Airmen, families birthday best

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September 18, 2013 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody issued the following message to the Airmen of the United States Air Force:

On the 66th birthday of the United States Air Force, we salute the dedicated Airmen who provide airpower for America.

From 1947 to today, Airmen have accomplished our Service's core missions - air and space superiority; intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; rapid global mobility; global strike; and command and control. We have evolved into a Service that carries out missions through air, space and cyberspace, but our core missions have remained constant. Advances in technology now allow us to fly faster, farther and higher than ever before. We use aircraft and spacecraft that no one could have imagined at our Service's creation, and we continue to provide an asymmetric advantage for America.
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Military bus tour to Key West for Reservists’ civilian employers

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September 17, 2013 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

Reservists of all stripes are encouraged to nominate their civilian employers for a military bus tour from Homestead Air Reserve Base to Key West, Fla., Oct. 29-30 to view military operations there.

The trip features in-depth briefings with Homestead ARB, Key West Naval Air Station, the Navy Dive Team, Coast Guard, and the Joint Interagency Task Force.

Overnight quarters are arranged at the Navy lodging facility and will cost $60. All other activities are courtesy of Air Force Reserve and Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve with the exception of a Dutch treat dinner at a local restaurant.
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Tickets on sale now for Air Force Ball

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September 17, 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, with only a few remaining. 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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Sign up now for kickball throwdown on Oct. 5

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September 17, 2013 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

A kickball throwdown is scheduled for Oct. 5. at 4:30 p.m. at the base softball field. All Homestead Air Reserve Base personnel are invited to participate. For more information or to sign up, call Master Sgt. Earlvine Fort at (786) 415-7135 or Tech. Sgt. Denise Dunnam at (786) 415-7656 or Senior Airman Rodane Williams at (786) 415-7244. The event is sponsored by the 482nd Force Support Squadron.
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Running to remember

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

In remembrance of those lost during the tragedy of 9/11, Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors and Marines assigned to the Special Operations Command South participated in a 140-mile relay run, Sept. 11.

SOCSOUTH personnel began their run at the famed southernmost point buoy in Key West, Fla., starting on Sept. 10 at 4 p.m. and concluded at Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla., Sept. 11 at 2 p.m. The returning runners were escorted by members from the 482nd Fighter Wing Security Forces Squadron.

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Commentary — Qualities of a dedicated first sergeant

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

At 3 a.m. my wife nudges me when my cell phone begins to ring. I get out of bed thinking this better be important. Sure enough, it was one of my Airmen needing help.

This is the beginning of one of the many scenarios I've had to face as a first sergeant. Being a first sergeant in the Air Force is one of the most demanding jobs, especially as a traditional reservist. Because of the many responsibilities and sacrifices the position requires, few Airmen step up to the plate and undertake this critical position. Despite the challenges the position may present, it's one of the most rewarding jobs I've ever held in my Air Force career.
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Free anti-virus software available on AF Portal

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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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