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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

Update your Force Development Plan

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December 12, 2013 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

Don't forget to update your Officer/Enlisted Force Development Plan at: https://gum-crm.csd.disa.mil/app/login/redirect/home.
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Airman’s Council sends holiday spirit to deployed troops

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

The 482nd Fighter Wing Airman's Council helped deliver holiday spirit to deployed members of the 482nd Maintenance Group.

The council worked to put together and mail care packages in time for members to enjoy over the holidays. Family members and friends of deployed troops helped to cover the cost of the care packages, including shipping expenses.

Included in the holiday packages were:
Christmas stocking
Santa hat
Candy
Beef jerky
Sunflower seeds
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Communications squadron garners command level awards

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December 10, 2013 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

The 482nd Communications Squadron garnered multiple awards, including Air Force Reserve Command Communications Squadron of the Year and Air Force Lt. Gen. Harold W. Grant Award, along with four individual awards.

Individual Air Force Information Dominance Award winners include:
- Outstanding Civilian Specialist: Mr. John Bosco
- Outstanding Cyber Systems Operations Airman: Senior Airman Jason Millican
- Outstanding Cyber Surety Airman: Senior Airman Dustin Besch
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Chief’s Christmas Tree Challenge winners

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

Each year the 482nd Fighter Wing's Chiefs Group challenges wing units to decorate a Christmas Tree and to solicit inexpensive toys in a contest judged by the 482nd FW leadership.  Toys are donated to needy military families and the Chapman Homestead Homeless Assistance Center.

Congratulations to the winners of this year's Christmas Tree Challenge:

1st Place: 482nd Security Forces Squadron
2nd Place: 482nd Logistics Readiness Squadron
3rd Place: 70th Aerial Port Squadron
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Congratulations to Homestead ARB’s recent promotees

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

Congratulations to the following Airmen who were recently promoted:

Senior Master Sergeant Charly Beriocruz, 482nd Logistics Readiness Squadron
Senior Master Sergeant Anil Apana, 482nd Maintenance Squadron
Master Sergeant Yesenia Castro Vazquez, 482nd Force Support Squadron
Master Sergeant Danielle Ardis, 482nd Maintenance Squadron
Master Sergeant Jean Thomas, 482nd Maintenance Squadron
Technical Sergeant Paul Genes, 482nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
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Airman’s Council turns shoes into clean water

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December 8, 2013 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

Members of the 482nd Airman's Council gathered together on base for Air Force reservist and active duty members to collect shoes for more than just feet, Nov.7.

The WaterStep Training and Technology to Heal a Thirsty World shoe drive helps provide impoverished countries with clean water.

Senior Airman Keyace Sims, treasurer for Airman's Council, said the mission for the shoe drive is "cleaner water overseas," Each pair of shoes donated equates to money that can be used toward clean water."
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Commander discusses freedom of action, Unit Climate Assessment

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December 8, 2013 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

We've kept the skies above Homestead busy in preparation for the December Unit Training Assembly. In fact, eight F-16s recently deployed to Naval Air Station Fallon in Nevada for a live fire exercise. Thanks to the 482nd Maintenance and Logistics Squadrons support, 87,000 pounds of cargo and 150 personnel were ready for this exercise.

I hope that everyone had a good Thanksgiving holiday. Spending time with friends and family is a blessing that I will always cherish. Many of you have spent the holidays separated from friends and family - I've been down that road too and understand the pain of missing loved ones. The Troop Feeding Facility was open on Thanksgiving and I encourage you to bring your families out next time so you don't have to wash dishes!
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Welsh: Budget Woes Force Cuts to Some Base Facilities

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

In this time of sequestration, the Air Force must focus on its primary mission of being able to fight and win the nation's wars, Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, the Air Force chief of staff, said here yesterday.

Family programs that support that mission will receive funding, but "nice-to-have" facilities will be dropped, Welsh said during an interview.

"We have added a lot of family programs over the last 10 years because we could afford to," Welsh said. But the budget situation has changed, he said, and the Air Force needs to invest all possible money into its warfighting mission.
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Chief’s Christmas Tree Challenge

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

Once again the 482nd FW Chief's Group is having their annual Christmas Tree Challenge. They are challenging squadrons to see who will have the BEST decorated tree and the MOST toys under the tree; toy donations should be unwrapped. Judges will be the Wing Commander, Vice Commander and Command Chief. The judging will commence at 1300 on 8 Dec with the winners announced later that day.

Toy donations will be made to our military family members and also to the Homestead Chapman Homeless Assistance Center.
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Congratulations to recent civilian of the quarter award winners

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December 2, 2013 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

Congratulations to the following 482nd Fighter Wing civilians for recently receiving the civilian of the quarter award for the months of July through September.

- Category I: Ms. Patricia D. Hall - 482nd Communications Squadron

- Category II: Mr. Mark Van Brunt - 93rd Fighter Squadron

- Category III: Mr. Clancy C. Corwin - 482nd Communications Squadron

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Commander sends holiday season greetings to Citizen Airmen

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December 2, 2013 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

As we finish this year and look forward to the next, I want to thank you for your outstanding commitment and professionalism. You and your fellow Citizen Airmen clearly displayed a "service before self" attitude.

From sequestration to the government shutdown, the budget challenges were numerous. I appreciate your dedication to the mission, the Air Force and our country during this time.

The Air Force Reserve has much to be proud of this year. From serving in Afghanistan, fighting wildfires in Colorado and performing operations here at home, you answered our nation's call. Every day, in air, space and cyberspace, you contributed greatly to our nation's defense and the Air Force's ability to fly, fight and win.
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Join us for Thanksgiving

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

If you don't have plans for Thanksgiving, the new Troop Feeding Facility and Community Activity Center will be open from 1200-1500. Military in the grades of E-1-E4 will just sign in, and E-5 and above will pay $10 per meal. It's sure to be an AWESOME spread, a lot of fun and you don't have to the clean dishes. Afterwards head to the base chapel for a post Thanksgiving bash; free food, movies and games.

Happy Thanksgiving!
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Homestead ARB hosts car show Nov. 22

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November 19, 2013 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

All Homestead ARB personnel are invited to attend a rare and exotic car show on the base flightline adjacent to base operations Nov. 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The free car show will feature dozens of exotic and rare cars, from a Ferrari FXX and a Ferrari 458 to a Ford GT and a NASCAR championship winning Penske Dodge. An F-16 static display will also be on hand. For more information, call the 482nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs office at (786) 415-7330.
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Local youth treated to a visit

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

Twenty six youth from the Little Havana and Homestead Career Centers were treated to a base visit on Nov. 15. The youth were given briefings by an F-16 pilot, aircrew flight equipment personnel and jet engine shop personnel.  They were also brought to the the flightline to look at an F-16 up close and lastly to watch a group of jets take-off. 

The career centers, managed by Youth Co-Op Inc., assist young people ages 16 - 21 who have either dropped out of school or have graduated from high school but need help to find a job. They also provide training to prepare them for the workplace and to explore career paths.
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Reserve Advisory Council looking for innovative ideas

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November 15, 2013 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

Got a great idea that can improve things for your fellow reservists?

The Air Force Reserve wants your input and has tasked the Reserve Advisory Council to represent all categories of Citizen Airmen and to bring their ideas to the attention of Air Force senior leaders.

Scheduled to meet on Nov. 18, the council has 13 members representing Air Reserve Technicians, Traditional Reservists, Individual Mobilization Augmentees and Active Guard and Reserve members.

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