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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

AF to mandate organizational, command climate on evaluation, feedback forms

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

The Air Force will reinforce its performance evaluation system by requiring evaluators to assess what Airmen did to ensure a healthy organizational climate.

Policy modifications, performance feedback, and officer and enlisted evaluation form changes will be implemented Jan. 1.

This increased focus is part of the overall Air Force effort to accentuate the emphasis on sexual assault prevention and response but encompasses a great deal more, according to Lt. Gen. Sam Cox, the deputy chief of staff for Manpower, Personnel and Services.
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Air Force’s newest leader takes charge

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

The Air Force's 23rd Secretary of the Air Force was formally sworn in, Dec. 20, in the Pentagon.

Deborah James assumed the position of the Air Force's highest ranking leader, making her the second female in Air Force history to serve in the role.

As James takes on her new duties, she said she knows there will be challenges, inheriting the service at a time filled with uncertainties, from the budget to management of the force.

"I think our Air Force is in great shape given that we've been living through some difficult times," James said during her first interview as secretary. "I'm enormously optimistic about the future of our Air Force. We have nothing but opportunities to face in the upcoming years."
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NORAD to track Santa’s global journey

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

On Christmas Eve, tens of thousands of children around the globe will gather around their family telephones and computers to track the path of Santa Claus as he makes his rounds delivering gifts on his sleigh led by tiny reindeer.

On the receiving end of the emails, phone calls, mobile "NORAD Santa" applications, website trackers, Facebook followers, Tweets and other social media inquiries into Santa's journey will stand a cadre of 1,250 volunteers to field children's questions at the North American Aerospace Defense Command at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo. NORAD has conducted the Santa tracking program for 58 years, said Navy Lt. Cmdr. Bill Lewis, a NORAD spokesman.
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Reserve course teaches leaders how to raise professional Airmen

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

Death by PowerPoint, standing up in the back of the class to stay awake, boring lectures...this is what Airmen might experience during military educational courses. That was not the case for the recent class attending the Noncommissioned Officer Leadership Development Course here Dec. 2-13. 

For this class, laughter could be heard through the halls. Students were excited to show up to class.

The two-week NCOLDC comes here twice a year, normally in April and December.
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Force Support Squadron excellence recognized with AFRC awards

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

The 482nd Force Support Squadron was recognized for excellence in marketing, outdoor recreation and food operations. The squadron was awarded the Air Force Reserve Command's Marketing, Outdoor Recreation and Food Operations Programs of the Year (Club and Base Restaurants) for 2013.

"Huge thanks to the dedicated members of the Force Support Squadron for all that they do supporting the base," said Col. Chris Funk, 482nd Fighter Wing commander. "It is through their efforts that we are able to enjoy events and opportunities that we wouldn't typically have at a base."
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Senate confirms James as next secretary of the Air Force

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December 13, 2013 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

Deborah Lee James will be the next secretary of the Air Force, according to a Senate confirmation vote Dec 13.

James provided testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee Sept. 19, before the full Senate voted on her confirmation. Now the president must appoint her before she can assume her new position.

"I view this opportunity as the privilege and an honor of a lifetime. I will work very hard to insure that I live up to what is an enormous amount of trust that may be placed in me," said James during her confirmation hearing. "My goal would be to leave our Air Force some years from now on a path toward greater capability and better affordability for our taxpayers, and with the people who underpin everything who are second to none."
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Homestead members conduct training in Nevada

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December 13, 2013 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

Members of the 482nd Maintenance Squadron and Detachment 93, 495th Fighter Group stand in front of an F-16 and F-18 at Naval Air Station Fallon, Nev., on Dec. 11. Over 150 Homestead ARB personnel deployed to NAS Fallon for two weeks of training.
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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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