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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

Communicating the classified; the worlds of COMSEC

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April 25, 2013 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

While nefarious agencies worm their way across the planet, hunting military communications, it's a distinct possibility your message or mode of communication is the exact one being hunted.

Critical and sensitive information of multitudinous amounts is being shared over secure networks by the Department of Defense across the globe. But there's an infrastructure, an invisible shield, ensuring each mode of communication used by the DOD is locked up air tight.

It's arguably the most pervasive and integral component of military operations: Communications Security.
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Communicating the classified; the worlds of COMSEC

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

April 25, 2013 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

While nefarious agencies worm their way across the planet, hunting military communications, it's a distinct possibility your message or mode of communication is the exact one being hunted.

Critical and sensitive information of multitudinous amounts is being shared over secure networks by the Department of Defense across the globe. But there's an infrastructure, an invisible shield, ensuring each mode of communication used by the DOD is locked up air tight.

It's arguably the most pervasive and integral component of military operations: Communications Security.
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Homestead ARB holds naturalization ceremony, welcomes new U.S. citizens

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

Eight people from seven different countries took the Oath of Allegiance and were transformed into U.S. citizens during a naturalization ceremony here April 23.

The group of new U.S. citizens also consisted of current members of the U.S. armed forces as well as veterans.

Presiding over the ceremony, Col. Elwin A. Rozyskie, 482nd Mission Support Group commander, welcomed the newly minted citizens, their family members, and friends.

Rozyskie expressed the great honor it is for Homestead ARB to host the naturalization ceremony.
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Air Force restarts tuition assistance

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

The Air Force has officially restarted military tuition assistance, effective immediately.

The service restarted the program as a result of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2013, where Congress called for the MTA program to continue in the current fiscal year.

As a result of the restart, the program will resume the same benefits as before. Airmen are eligible for up to $4,500 per fiscal year and a maximum of $250 per semester hour or quarter hour equivalent to cover tuition and allowable fees. Military tuition assistance is not available retroactively to cover courses taken and paid for using any other funding source during the suspension of military tuition assistance.
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Base delivers static display jet back to its pedestal in city of Homestead

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

Airmen from the 482nd Fighter Wing here returned one of the city of Homestead, Fla.'s, storied landmarks back to its home April 12.

An F-4 Phantom - a twin-engine tactical fighter bomber jet - static display, recently underwent a large-scale maintenance and restoration overhaul at Homestead ARB and the end result came to fruition as the static display was returned to its pedestal on U.S. Highway 1.

Taking roughly five hours, the F-4 was transported by a flatbed trailer from the base, escorted by police through Homestead, then hoisted and lowered by crane back on top of its pedestal and fastened tight by Airmen from the base.
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If you have been sexually assaulted or think you may have been …

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

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Reserve, Guard leaders discuss FY14 budget

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

The top leaders from Army, Navy, Marine and Air Force Reserve and National Guard were on Capitol Hill here April 17 to provide statements and answer questions regarding their FY14 budget proposals.

Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., the chairwoman of the full U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., the chairman of the Subcommittee on Defense, and Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., the subcommittee's ranking member, led discussions and listened to testimony from Reserve and National Guard leaders.
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Club receives new manager

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

Homestead Air Reserve Base's club, the Falcon's Nest, recently welcomed its new manager, Mr. James Nichols.

Nichols has more than 30 years of experience and is a seasoned club manager. He comes to Homestead ARB from Tinker Air Force Base, Okla.

"I am excited to see what I can do to make the club a more enjoyable place for military members to come together," said Nichols.

Nichols has high hopes for the various club menus. He's looking into changes for the bar menu, catering menu, and lunch menu, to include a pasta bar during lunch and adding Mongolian barbeque to the menu.
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Special Operations Command South conducts Rotary-wing Airborne Operation

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

Soldiers assigned to Special Operations Command South conducted a rotary wing Airborne operation at Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla., April 16. SOCSOUTH is the special operations component for U.S. Southern Command. (U.S. Army photos by Army Sgt. 1st Class Alex Licea, SOCSOUTH Public Affairs/Released)


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‘Every dollar counts’ ushers in new savings culture

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April 16, 2013 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

With budgets shrinking, Air Force leaders are calling on Airmen to share their best money-saving ideas through the Every Dollar Counts campaign.

In the wake of sequestration, the initiative marks a cultural shift that empowers Airmen to find and recommend areas for savings that may be used to support readiness needs, said Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Larry Spencer.

Beginning May 1, Airmen can submit their cost-reducing ideas via the Airmen Powered by Innovation websites while at home, the office or on their smartphone. Links to those sites will be released soon.
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Army convoy rolls into Homestead’s bivouac site

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

Army soldiers from the 260th Military Intelligence Battalion Alpha Company in Miami, Fla., recently conducted a wide range of training tasks here April 6 and 7.

The soldiers set up camp at the Homestead Air Reserve Base bivouac site to conduct intelligence mission essential task list drills, tactical convoy operations training, enemy contact training, training for near and far ambushes, counter improvised explosive device training, generator training, vehicle recovery operations training, and driver lane training.
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Weather flight providing information to help commanders stay a step ahead

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

Weather affects the Air Force mission on a daily basis. Considerations are made, operations are adjusted ... and sometimes the weather forces more reconsiderations and readjustments.

Weather's mercurial nature requires those who analyze it to be deft at adjusting for the little idiosyncrasies weather often manifests in order to keep the Air Force flying, fighting and winning.

Homestead Air Reserve Base's weather flight remains dedicated to identifying those idiosyncrasies to help the Airmen of the 482nd Fighter Wing accomplish their mission.
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Homestead ARB’s 482nd Maintenance Group welcomes new commander

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

Col. Douglas Batson assumed command of the 482nd Maintenance Group during a change of command ceremony here April 7.

A three-time squadron commander, Batson previously served as the 476th Fighter Group, 476th Maintenance Squadron, commander at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. He replaces Col. Gerald Micheletti, who has been the 482nd MXG commander for the past 20 months.

According to Col. Donald Lindberg, 482nd Fighter Wing commander, Colonel Batson has the experience, knowledge and patience needed to lead the maintenance group.
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Col. Guy “Rudy” Moise bids the Air Force adieu

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

Col. Guy Rudolph Moise retired from the Air Force during a ceremony here April 7.

Moise, born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, moved to the United States when he was 17 years old. According to Moise, in America he believed he could benefit from a wide range of opportunities and dedicated himself to pursuing the American dream.

Moise went on to earn a doctorate degree in Osteopathic medicine from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, a Juris Doctor from the University Of Miami School Of Law, and a Flight Surgeon Degree from the United States Air Force School of Aerospace medicine.
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Load Toads square off in load crew competition

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

The 482nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron held their Quarterly Load Crew Competition here April 7.

The members of the winning load crew were Tech. Sgt. Valerie Carde, Senior Airman Jose Contreras, and Senior Airman Bryon Jay, all of the 482nd AMXS.

The load crews were evaluated in four areas to determine the winner: dress and personal appearance, tool kit inspection, a general knowledge test, and actual munitions loading to include speed and proficiency.

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