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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

Base salutes veterans

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

The 482nd Fighter Wing Honor Guard passes in review during the 2013 Homestead Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 11. Sponsored by the Homestead Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4127, the parade is the oldest and largest Veterans Day celebration in Miami-Dade County. (U.S. Air Force picture/Tim Norton)
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Service chiefs testify on risks of sequestration

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

As they face the prospect of another year of deep cuts to their budgets, the military's service chiefs testified today before the Senate Armed Services Committee on the impact sequestration is having on the ability to organize, train and equip their service members.

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, and Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James F. Amos told lawmakers sequestration portends a hollow force, greater risk of coercion and fewer options to handle global adversaries.
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ESGR accepting nominations for Freedom Award

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

The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve is accepting nominations for the 2014 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.

The Freedom Award is the Department of Defense's top award for civilian employers who support their employees in the National Guard and Reserve.

ESGR encourages guardsmen and reservists, or family members acting on their behalf, to nominate employers by going to www.FreedomAward.mil by Jan. 20.

Members of the Guard and Reserve comprise nearly one-half of the nation's military force. They provide essential services to national security and humanitarian efforts at home and abroad.
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482nd commander addresses Airmen, shares news on upcoming events

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November 4, 2013 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

Makos,

As we usher in the upcoming holiday season, I wanted to take a couple minutes to share some news and thank yous and let you know about some upcoming wing events.

It's no surprise that October has been a busy month, full of milestones and accomplishments in the wake of some relatively daunting and unprecedented circumstances. From the close out of the fiscal year, and the government shutdown, to the prepping of our jets for deployment, responding to a real-world alert requirement, and a no-notice inspection from higher headquarters, we've all been tested and I couldn't be prouder with how you've responded to and performed amidst all these challenges.
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Detonating of explosives on base Nov. 4 & 6

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November 4, 2013 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

Residents living near Homestead Air Reserve Base are advised that the base will be conducting Explosive Ordnance Disposal training Nov. 4 from 3-5 p.m. and on Nov. 6 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Explosive detonations will occur on these days which residents living near or adjacent to the base may hear. For more information, call the Homestead ARB Public Affairs office at (786) 415-7330.
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Hauntfest 2013

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November 1, 2013 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

Team Homestead members participated in the 6th annual Halloween Hauntfest here Oct. 31. If you have pictures of the event, share them with the 'Homestead Air Reserve Base' Facebook fan page: http://www.facebook.com/HomesteadARB ... We'd love to see them!

The Hauntfest featured a large-scale haunted house, hayrides, trick or treating, carnival games, and many other activities.

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Base holds free Halloween Hauntfest Oct. 31

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October 31, 2013 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

Homestead Air Reserve Base will hold its 6th annual Hauntfest Oct. 31 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the base fitness center next to the Shoppette Express.

The Hauntfest is free admission and features a large-scale haunted house, hayrides, trick or treating, carnival games, and many other fun activities for all ages.

The event is presented by the 482nd Force Support Squadron. For more information about the event, call (786) 415-6784 or (305) 772-4910.
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AF leaders describe future force under sequestration

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October 29, 2013 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

Two senior Air Force leaders testified before Congress Oct. 23, along with their Army and Navy counterparts on the impact of the continuing resolution and sequestration on the service's acquisition and modernization programs.

Dr. William LaPlante, the principal deputy to the secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, and Lt. Gen. Michael Moeller, the Air Force deputy chief of staff for strategic plans and programs, both testified on the significant impacts of the continuing resolution and sequestration to the House Armed Services Committee's Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces.
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Homestead holds groundbreaking for new AAFES Express

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

Homestead Air Reserve Base held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new Army and Air Force Exchange Service 'Express with Gas' Oct. 24.

The Express, scheduled to be completed in July of 2014, features eight gas pumps, a military clothing sales, a dry cleaners, a GNC, and all the items traditionally found in an Express facility.

For more information on the new Express, or our current Express located across the street from the Coral Sea Gate, call (305) 258-3881.
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Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen staffers hold Constituent Service Day on base Oct. 23

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

Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen's congressional aides and district chief of staff will be on hand at Homestead ARB Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Heritage Hall Conference Center (bldg 404) to meet with constituents regarding issues such as social security, immigration, Veteran's Administration, Medicare, housing, U.S. Academy nominations, tours of the U.S. Capitol, and any other issue related to the federal government. For more information, call the 482nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs office at (786) 415-7330.
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Base focuses on drug awareness, prevention during Red Ribbon Week Oct. 23 – 31

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October 21, 2013 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

Red Ribbon Week, Oct. 23 - 31, is a national observance that focuses attention on the destructive effects drugs have on our nation. It was launched in 1988 by the National Family Partnership as a grassroots campaign to encourage kids and communities to stay drug free.

To highlight this year's Red Ribbon celebration, the Homestead Drug Demand Reduction Program staff will be distributing drug awareness and prevention information and promotional items at the 482nd Medical Squadron, room 107, and at the Red Ribbon booth during the Halloween Hauntfest at the base fitness center next to the Shoppette Express Oct. 31. All Homestead members are encouraged to participate in the Red Ribbon Week events.
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AF implements changes to PT assessment

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October 21, 2013 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

The Air Force has released further guidance on the implementation of several changes to the physical assessment test, which will take place Oct. 21.

The new guidance includes additions to the body composition component of the fitness assessment, delegation of appeal authority for fitness assessments and changes to the walk test.

According to the new policy, those taking only the abdominal circumference component of the fitness assessment will pass with the component minimum score as opposed to the composite 75 score as was previously required. Males must now achieve an abdominal circumference of 39 inches, which is also the component minimum. Females must now achieve an abdominal circumference of 35.5 inches, which is also their component minimum.
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Flag football showdown Nov. 2, sign up now

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

A flag football game is scheduled for Nov. 2 at 4:15 p.m.

The matchup is the 482nd Mission Support Group, teamed up with the 482nd Medical Squadron, versus the 482nd Maintenance Group, teamed up with the 482nd Operations Group.

To sign up, contact Tech. Sgt. Ortiz at (954) 682-6566. The game is sponsored by the 482nd Force Support Squadron. There will also be pre- and post-game tailgating.
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Congress passes bill reopening federal government

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

President Barack Obama signed legislation late yesterday night bringing federal employees back to work after Congress finally resolved the budget logjam which led to a 16-day shutdown.

Senate leaders championed bipartisan legislation to reopen the government and remove the threat of government default on its debts. All federal government employees - including some 4,000 Defense Department employees - will report to work tomorrow.

The legislation is a continuing resolution that will provide federal government spending at fiscal year 2013 levels. This keeps the sequester-level budget in effect.
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CFC suspended as shutdown continues

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

As a result of the government shutdown, the Department of Defense has indefinitely suspended the Combined Federal Campaign.

The campaign was slated to start its official solicitation period Sept. 1 and run through Dec. 15.

According to a memorandum released Oct. 9, CFC campaign activities are not excepted from furlough, nor are they appropriate activities under the Pay Our Military Act. The suspension will remain in place until there is a continuing resolution or a congressionally approved appropriation. This suspension includes all CFC events, training and fund raising.
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