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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 uniform policy update: welcome back morale t-shirts, badges and limitless athletic shoes

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January 21, 2014 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

The Air Force updated the policy governing uniform wear Jan. 17, with a goal of not financially burdening Airmen.

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark. A. Welsh III approved several updates to Air Force Instruction 36-2903, Air Force Dress and Appearance, with many of the changes coming directly from Airmen.

During the past year, Welsh prompted Airmen to make their voice heard through the Every Dollar Counts campaign, held last spring, and suggestions made directly to him during base visits or comments to the uniform survey board itself.
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Air Force leaders commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. birthday

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January 17, 2014 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody issued the following message to the Airmen of the U.S. Air Force:

As America commemorates the federal holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we call upon all Airmen to reflect on Dr. King's enduring legacy and on the importance of service in the cause of justice, equality, respect, and freedom.

At the height of the U.S. civil rights movement, Dr. King rallied our Nation to live up to the promise of full equality under the law, without regard to race, color, or creed. Striving to build on Dr. King's legacy today, we have a responsibility to ensure that all Americans enjoy their right to equal opportunity and constitutional protections.
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FW members promoted to Colonel

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January 16, 2014 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

Congratulations to the following five members assigned to the 482nd Fighter Wing who were recently selected for promotion to the rank of Colonel.

- Lt. Col. David Biggs, 482nd Logistics Readiness Squadron

- Lt. Col. Jeffrey Davies, 482nd Fighter Wing

- Lt. Col. Eliza Knutson, 482nd Fighter Wing

- Lt. Col. Mitchell Migliori, Detachment 1, 482nd Operations Group

- Lt. Col Robert Tofil, 482nd Operations Support Squadron

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Military OneSource offers free tax services

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January 16, 2014 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

If it hasn't arrived yet, your 2013 W-2 wage and tax statement likely is on its way, and with it the countdown toward the April 15 tax filing deadline.

As preparations begin for the upcoming tax season, military families are being offered a free service to ensure they can meet that deadline from anywhere they may be stationed around the world.

Military OneSource, partnering with H&R Block, is offering all active duty, Guard and reserve forces help in preparing their taxes and in filing their federal and state returns, in addition to the variety of other financial planning services it already provides free of charge.
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Congratulations to recent quarterly award winners

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January 15, 2014 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

Congratulations to the following 482nd Fighter Wing quarterly award winners for the months of October through December 2013:

- Company Grade Officer: Capt. Hendrikus S. Vanderveldt, 482nd Medical Squadron

- Senior non-commissioned officer: Master Sgt. Larry D. Bradley, 70th Aerial Port Squadron

- Non-commissioned officer: Staff Sgt. Serene Townsend, 482nd Logistics Readiness Squadron

- Airman: Senior Airman Enrique Lagunas Jr., 482nd Maintenance Squadron
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482nd Fighter Wing vice commander retires after 30 years of service

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January 14, 2014 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

After more than 30 years of military service, Col. David Davis, 482nd Fighter Wing vice commander, retired Jan. 11.

The ceremony was presided over by Col. Donald Lindberg, 10th Air Force vice commander, and Col. Chris Funk, 482nd FW commander. Many community leaders attended the ceremony, including Florida Congressman Joe Garcia, 26th District, and Dr. Larry Feldman, Board Member, District 9 for Miami-Dade County Schools. Davis' wife, Cindi, family, and many distinguished military members were also in attendance.
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New SecAF to Airmen: With change comes opportunity

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January 13, 2014 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

The Air Force's most senior leader gave insight into her life and shared career advice with Airmen across the Air Force during her first town hall Jan. 9.

Speaking from the Pentagon auditorium, Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James spoke about her 32 years of defense experience, passing on lessons she's learned, and encouraging Airmen to view challenges as opportunities.

James, who grew up along the New Jersey shore, originally came to Washington D.C. with her lifelong dream of becoming a diplomat for the State Department.
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Congratulations to Homestead ARB’s recent promotees

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January 12, 2014 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

Congratulations to the following Homestead Air Reserve Base Airmen who were recently promoted:

- Senior Master Sgt. Carmen Martinez, 482nd Operations Group
- Senior Master Sgt. Brian Brown, 482nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
- Senior Master Sgt. Ivan Suazo, 482nd Maintenance Group
- Tech. Sgt. Rietta Sydnor, 482nd Fighter Wing
- Tech. Sgt. Mathew Wilson, 482nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
- Tech. Sgt. Jorge Maldonado, 70th Aerial Port Squadron
- Tech. Sgt. Mark Richardson Morris, 482nd Maintenance Squadron
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Homestead Airman’s Council elections coming soon

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January 7, 2014 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

The Homestead Air Reserve Base Airman's Council has announced that elections for new officers shall take place on Jan. 12 at 11:15 a.m., in the wing conference room.

For more information on the program, please contact Senior Airman Rodane Williams at: rodane.williams@us.af.mil
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Enlisted quality force review board to be held in May

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January 6, 2014 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

A quality force review board will convene here May 5-16 to consider eligible Airmen for retention, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced recently.

The board is one of several fiscal 2014 force management programs that have been or will be implemented to help achieve manpower and force structure goals as the service focuses on 2015 and beyond, said Lt. Col. Rick Garcia, the AFPC retirements and separations branch chief.

The board will consider Airmen with fewer than 18 years, or with 20 years or more of service as of Sept. 30, 2014, who have specific negative reporting identifiers, reenlistment eligibility codes, assignment availability codes or grade status reasons.
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DOD announces recertification of imminent danger areas

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January 6, 2014 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

The Defense Department announced the recertification of some locations as imminent danger pay areas while discontinuing that designation for others.

A periodic review and recertification was conducted for Imminent Danger Pay (IDP) purposes and was made in coordination with the joint staff, combatant commands and military services. The combatant commands conducted in-depth threat assessments for countries within their areas of responsibility.

Following the Defense Department's review, it was determined that the imminent threat of physical harm to U.S. military personnel due to civil insurrection, civil war, terrorism, or wartime conditions has been significantly reduced in many countries. As a result, IDP will be discontinued in those areas.
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Tablets turn tables at HARB

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January 2, 2014 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

With modern technology come new and better ways to do tasks on the job. Maintainers have seen this firsthand with the implementation of iPads in their career fields. Due to the tablet's effectiveness, its use has really taken off.   

The move to implement use of iPad tablets at Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla., was spearheaded by Corey Runge, previously an F-16 crew chief here for eight years. Runge is currently a member of an Air Force Reserve Command Technical Order Distribution Office team that is trying to implement the tablet's use Air Force wide.  <
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Obama signs $633 billion defense authorization act; base authorized millions in construction funds

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December 30, 2013 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

President Barack Obama signed the $633 billion fiscal 2014 National Defense Authorization Act into law Dec. 26.

The legislation allows the department to institute pay raises, bonuses and incentive pay, including a 1 percent pay raise for Air Force reservists and other military personnel.

The act calls for an end-strength of 70,400 reservists in the Air Force's Selected Reserve. That number matches what the president submitted in his budget request in April. Included in that total are 2,911 full-time reservists in the Active Guard and Reserve and 10,429 air reserve technicians, who serve in dual status in the same position as a civil servant and a reservist.
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Volunteers bring holiday cheer to homeless shelter on Christmas

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

Every year Airmen give back to the local community in various ways; food drives, donations, and charity events are only a few examples of ways to get involved and help others.

For the second year in a row, members of Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla., and their families visited the Chapman Partnership Homeless Assistance Center's Homestead location on Christmas day to serve over 300 meals and assist with various holiday activities. Outside, children played games for prizes, jumped in bounce houses, and had their faces painted.
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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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