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

The Joint Hometown News Service brings service members and their friends and families closer together by composing and publishing the service member's personal career accomplishments in their hometown newspaper and online.

The Joint Hometown News Service produces a variety of print and electronic news products highlighting the accomplishments and worldwide activities of individual members of the U.S. armed forces. It doesn't matter what branch of the military you serve, or even if you are a civilian government employee.
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Tickets now on sale for Air Force ball

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

Tickets are now on sale for the 2013 Air Force Ball, scheduled for Sept. 28 at 6 p.m. at The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Fla.

Tickets are $75 per person. To purchase a ticket or for more information, call Senior Master Sgt. Terry Ellington at (786) 415-6398.

The ball features guest speaker, retired Col. Leo Thorsness, a former prisoner of war and Medal of Honor recipient. The military uniform requirement is mess dress, semi-formal dress, or service equivalent. The civilian attire requirement is black tie, cocktail or evening gown.
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Airman’s Council holds shoe donation drive

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

The 482nd Fighter Wing Airman's Council is taking part in "Shoes for Water" - a shoe drive led by Water Step.

Water Step is an international organization that protects the lives of nearly 400,000 people each year by providing equipment and training to individuals seeking to address water quality and sanitation issues in developing countries and post-disaster environments.

The Airman's Council will be collecting pairs of shoes throughout the wing from September to November. Collection bins will be set up around the base. Any and all donations of shoes are welcome: boots, athletic, running, dress, sandals, pumps, heels, cleats, dance, flip-flops, etc.
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National Commission reviews ‘life-cycle’ manpower costs

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

Members of the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force interviewed current and former senior defense leaders Aug. 27 about one of the service's major expenses.

The commission sought information about the "fully-burdened life-cycle manpower costs" of active duty, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Airmen. Shrinking defense dollars coupled with raising manpower costs could determine how much Air Force the country can afford. The manpower costs for each component could affect the commission's recommendations about the force.
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Command chief: combating sexual assault takes team effort

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

Eight weeks into his new job, the Air Force Reserve Command's top enlisted leader said combating sexual assault is his top priority and challenged Airmen to serve with integrity.

"I am asking you to be a wingman," Chief Master Sgt. Cameron B. Kirksey told 240 enlisted Airmen during a meeting Aug. 22 at the Museum Of Aviation adjacent to Robins Air Force Base. "Can we prevent it? Stop it? It affects good order and discipline."

The AFRC command chief echoed recent statements from leaders in Washington, D.C., indicating a united front to combat sexual assault in the military. In June, the Air Force appointed Maj. Gen. Margaret H. Woodward as director of its reorganized Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program, which develops policies and programs that address the service's sexual assault prevention, education, accountability, victim assistance and assessment efforts.
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Acting command chief pledges support to enlisted force

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

Homestead Warriors,

As the acting command chief master sergeant for the 482nd Fighter Wing, I'll be ensuring established programs succeed, providing trusted advice to the commander, and overseeing professional development and enlisted recognition programs.

I have been an enlisted member of the Air Force since 1987, serving on active duty for the first four years. In 1990, I arrived at Homestead and transferred to the 482nd FW as an Air Reserve Technician in 1991 assigned to the 482nd Maintenance Group and deployed in support of Operation's Northern Watch, Enduring Freedom, Iraq Freedom, Kunsan Air Force Base, and supported the alert mission. During my time here, I have seen many changes, and those changes continue to showcase the professionalism and commitment of the dedicated Airmen of the 482nd FW.
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AF announces PT test enhancements to start Oct. 1

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

Air Force senior leadership announced enhancements to the Air Force's Physical Fitness Assessment program, to be implemented Oct. 1.

In a letter to Airmen Aug. 20, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III explained the results of the comprehensive review, highlighting the strength of the program and the need for slight improvements.

"We have a tremendous program that has fundamentally changed the Air Force's overall fitness level over the past few years," Welsh said. "The PFT itself is not going to change. But even the best program can be improved upon, so we are making changes in four different areas to enhance the overall program."
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Fighting against sexual assault

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

During the last unit training assembly, the 482nd Fighter Wing participated in a base wide training focused on Sexual Assault Prevention and Response. Every unit on the base participated in this "stand-down" and showcased true professionalism! In the six years that I have been a SARC at Homestead, this training has been the best received. I am proud of the units and the members of the 482nd Fighter Wing for opening up a dialogue to help prevent sexual assault.

The training started early on Saturday morning as each unit's leadership lead their members through an open dialogue to ensure everyone was getting the point. The training was completed Sunday afternoon. I was inspired when I heard that one unit actually continued their discussion on the issue well after the end of the business day.
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SOUTHCOM holds military spouse symposium Sept. 7

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August 15, 2013 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

U.S. Southern Command will host a military spouse symposium in the headquarters AAFES food court Sept. 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Participants can meet other spouses, network and join a zip code group, receive information on command and community programs, services and resources during the morning briefings ( 9:45 a.m. to 12 p.m.). After lunch, spouses can attend the community information fair in the headquarters fitness center from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tours of the installation services center will be included. The event also features free door prizes. 
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Congratulations to Homestead ARB’s recent lieutenant colonel selectees

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August 15, 2013 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

Congratulations to the following Airmen for being selected for promotion to lieutenant colonel:

Kevin Daugherty, Detachment 1, 482nd Operations Group

Chad Goldizen, 93rd Fighter Squadron

David Lionberger, 70th Aerial Port Squadron

Robert Lytle, 93rd FS

Andrew Pak, 482nd Fighter Wing chaplain

Richard Ropac, 482nd Mission Support Group

Mark Van Brunt, 93rd FS
 

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Congratulations to recent promotees

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August 15, 2013 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

Congratulations to the following Airmen who were recently promoted:

- Chief Master Sgt. Michael Uzzell, 482nd Maintenance Group
- Master Sgt. Levendia Bradley, 482nd Communications Squadron
- Master Sgt. Tamikka James, Detachment 1, 482nd Operations Group
- Tech. Sgt. Brandon Kirkwood, 482nd Medical Squadron
- Tech. Sgt. Christopher Best, 482nd Operations Support Squadron
- Tech. Sgt. Rudolph Panacci, 482nd OSS
- Tech. Sgt. Genesis Troutman, 70th Aerial Port Squadron
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Congratulations to the following Team Homestead quarterly award winners

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August 15, 2013 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

Congratulations to the following Team Homestead quarterly award winners:

Company Grade Officer:
Capt. James Bowron, Detachment 93, 495th Fighter Group

Senior noncommissioned officer:
Master Sgt. Francis Sanders, Det. 93, 495th FG

Noncommissioned officer:
Staff Sgt. Jose Gonzalez, 482nd Civil Engineer Squadron

Airman:
Senior Airman Eddy Perez, 482nd Mission Support Group
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New tuition assistance process eliminates up-front fees

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

Air Force Reserve Command will implement a new tuition assistance payment process Oct. 1 that will eliminate up-front fees reservists pay for classes by enabling tuition payments to go directly to a university or college.

"This new TA process will be a huge relief for our members," said Col. Heather Connahey, chief of the AFRC personnel division.

Reservists currently have to wait up to 120 days after submitting their grades to be reimbursed for classes. Under the new process, they will still apply for tuition assistance through the Air Force Virtual Education Center. However, payment issues are taken out of their hands and handled by the Air Force, which will pay the school through an automated system.
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Sign up for kickball throwdown Sept. 7

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

A kickball throwdown is scheduled for Sept. 7 at 4:30 p.m. at the base softball field. All Homestead Air Reserve Base personnel are invited to participate. For more information or to sign up, call Master Sgt. Earlvine Fort at (786) 415-7135 or Tech. Sgt. Denise Dunnam at (786) 415-7656 or Senior Airman Rodane Williams at (786) 415-7244. The event is sponsored by the base Unit Advisory Council, NCO Council, and Airmen's Council.
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Base fights fire

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

There is currently a contained fire causing smoke on Homestead Air Reserve Base. The fire began July 29 on the west side of the base. The fire poses no threat to any structure on or off base.

Base officials believe the fire began from a lightning strike. The fire is fueled by thick underbrush. The base fire department is using a water response to extinguish the flames.

Residents of the community should be advised that open flames may be visible from Speedway Blvd. The base fire department is monitoring and working to extinguish the fire continuously.
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