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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

Wing flagship receives new paint job with bite

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July 22, 2013 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

The 482nd Fighter Wing's flagship F-16 recently received a new paint job.

The artwork for the paint job, running almost nose to tail on the jet, features the likeness of a Mako shark.

Members of the 482nd Maintenance Squadron's structural repair shop combined their artistic ideas and developed the paint scheme.

"Everyone from our shop, phase dock, and flightline put in ideas to fine tune and help make this vision a reality," said Tech. Sgt. Adam Colaprete, 482nd MXS structural repair specialist.
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AFRC command chief takes to skies in F-16 familiarization flight

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

Chief Master Sgt. Cameron B. Kirksey, Air Force Reserve Command command chief master sergeant, climbed in the back seat of an F-16 for a familiarization flight with Col. Donald R. Lindberg, 10th Air Force vice commander, here July 12.

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Base helps cadets dress for success

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

The Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps program at Booker T. Washington Senior High School in Miami has partnered with Homestead Air Reserve Base for an Airman Battle Uniform clothing drive.

Due to lack of funding, the cadets are attempting to raise enough donated ABU's for the entire unit through the clothing drive.

"The are hard working and dedicated," said Senior Master Sgt. Karen Spencer,  event organizer. "They're excited to be able to participate in special community service projects scheduled for next year."
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Homestead ARB holds Load Crew Competition – Slideshow

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

The 482nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron held its quarterly Load Crew Competition here July 13. The load crews were evaluated in four areas to determine the winner: dress and appearance, tool kit inspection, a general knowledge test, and actual munitions loading to include speed and proficiency. The winners of this quarter's competition were Staff Sgt. Danessa Gali, Senior Airman Stephen Hoffler, and Airman 1st Class William Ford, all of the 495th Fighter Group, Detachment 93. (U.S. Air Force photos/Senior Airman Nicholas Caceres)
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Homestead welcomes new wing commander

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

Col. Christian G. Funk assumed command of the 482nd Fighter Wing from Col. Donald R. Lindberg during the 482nd Fighter Wing change of command ceremony here July 14.

Maj. Gen. William B. Binger, 10th Air Force commander, presided over the ceremony and transferred the 482nd FW guidon from Lindberg to Funk.

During the ceremony, Binger shared his excitement for the 482nd FW and his confidence in Funk's abilities to take the wing to new heights.

"Colonel Funk has left a legacy from Moody that has followed him here; a legacy of excellence," said Binger. "He's been a highly successful commander at Moody. We're expecting great things from him, and I know he won't let us down.
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Homestead ARB teams up with Job Corps for another roadside cleanup

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

Airmen from Homestead Air Reserve Base teamed up with the Homestead Job Corps for a roadside cleanup July 9. The two groups got together to pick up trash along Southwest 288th Street, in front of the base and Homestead Job Corps. Homestead ARB and Homestead Job Corps have teamed up on numerous roadside cleanups. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tim Norton)
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Through Airmen’s Eyes: Airman reflects on journey from load toad to viper pilot

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

"I remember the first time I climbed into an F-16 and the canopy closed. I had my mask on and it was so quiet. I was amazed at how quiet and peaceful it was. At that moment, I knew the cockpit was where I was meant to be."

To get into that cockpit, Maj. Robin Lytle had to navigate a long path.

Lytle, an F-16 pilot with the 93rd Fighter Squadron here, was born in Laredo, Texas. He spent the better part of his youth moving around with his family in true military fashion. His father was a pilot, but Lytle had no intentions of becoming a pilot in the beginning.
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Homestead ARB celebrates Independence Day with annual celebration

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

Homestead Air Reserve Base held its fourth annual Fourth of July Independence Day Celebration.

The celebration included a fireworks show, live music, amusement and carnival rides, and food and beverages.

The event was free to all Department of Defense employees and their guests in celebration of the United States of America's 238th Independence Day.
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Shoppers cash in on case lot sale savings

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

Shoppers recently took advantage of Homestead Air Reserve Base's commissary case lot sale at the Base Exchange Shoppette. The sale, held in conjunction with the Jacksonville, Fla., commissary, featured online pre-ordering and truckloads of merchandise available for purchase on site. The sale brings groceries to service members and their dependents at an extremely low cost. The sale generated more than $140,000 in sales.
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Homestead ARB hosts 4th of July celebration

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

Homestead Air Reserve Base will host a free 4th of July celebration from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The free celebration features a fireworks show (scheduled for 9 p.m.), live music, amusement rides, and food and beverages available for purchase.

The celebration is open to all Department of Defense and federal identification card holders, as well as their families and guests. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawnchairs, sunscreen and bug spray. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed to be brought on base.
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Wingman Toolkit promotes healthy, balanced lifestyle

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

As members of the military family we all deal with stress. Work, relationships, and money are just a few examples of the things that are on our minds every day. Reservists have the additional responsibility of balancing civilian and military careers. Everyone deals with it differently though. Sometimes people need help dealing with events and don't know where to turn. The Air Force Reserve has created a way to help yourself and others with the Wingman Toolkit.

The Wingman Toolkit is an Air Force Reserve initiative to empower Airmen and their families to sustain healthy, balanced lifestyles using the four pillars of Comprehensive Airman Fitness.
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Security Forces sharpens aim at Patriot Defender

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

The experience of combat and the rush of adrenaline from dodging bullets came to life for 29 Airmen from the 482nd Fighter Wing Security Forces Squadron who attended the Patriot Defender combat training exercise at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base, Fort Worth, Texas, June 8-23.

Patriot Defender is an exercise that refreshes combat skills and fulfills a training requirement security forces Airmen must complete every three years. One hundred and forty Airmen participated in the exercise led by the 610th Security Forces at NAS Fort Worth JRB.
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Pilots, combat systems officers may be eligible for retention incentives

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

Eligible active duty aviators have until Sept. 30 to apply for the 2013 Aviator Retention Pay Program, Air Force officials said today.

The purpose of the program is to retain highly-qualified aircrew members at a fraction of the cost incurred to train new rated officers, said Lt. Col. Stuart Rubio, Air Force Rated Force Policy-Mobility Forces Chief.

"In addition, we preserve a fully-ready cadre of aircrew officers, eliminating years of necessary tempering and experience," he said.
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Base hosts commissary case lot sale, June 28-30

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

In order to bring substantial savings on groceries to local servicemembers, Homestead Air Reserve base is hosting it's third case lot sale, sponsored by the Defense Commissary Agency, June 28-30.

The event, which brings truck loads of groceries to servicemembers at a low cost, is located behind the Base Exchange Shopette across the street from the base's Coral Sea Gate and is open to all servicemembers and dependants with a valid Department of Defense identification card and runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Fanning becomes acting Air Force secretary

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

Under Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning became the acting secretary of the Air Force June 21, succeeding Michael Donley, who departed the position after more than five years.

Fanning was confirmed under secretary by the Senate April 18 and, under federal law, automatically assumes the job of acting secretary until the president nominates and the Senate confirms a replacement. Fanning will continue to serve as under secretary during this time.

Donley was confirmed as the 22nd secretary of the Air Force Oct. 2, 2008. He served as the acting secretary since June of that year, as well as for seven months in 1993, making him the longest serving secretary in the history of the Air Force.
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