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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

Donley: It has been an honor to serve with you in the world’s finest Air Force

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June 24, 2013 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

Five years to the day from when he entered the position, the longest-serving secretary of the Air Force stepped down during a farewell ceremony here June 21.

Donley was confirmed as the 22nd secretary of the Air Force Oct. 2, 2008. He served as the acting secretary since June 21 of that year, as well as for seven months in 1993, making him the longest-serving secretary in the Air Force's history.

"America is stronger because Mike Donley chose to serve. You leave us now focused on the continued delivery of airpower for America," Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III said. "The Air Force remains ready to provide Global Vigilance, Global Reach, and Global Power for America because of your leadership and your clear, consistent commitment to our core values of integrity, service and excellence. We've all been privileged to know you, and honored to follow you."
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Homestead reservist graduates Weapons Instructor Course; only three reservists in class of 105

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

A reservist here recently graduated from the Air Force Weapons School's Weapons Instructor Course at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.

Maj. Ryan Freeman, an F-16 pilot with the 93rd Fighter Squadron, was one of only three reservists, in a class of 105 Airmen, to graduate the most recent round of classes.

The school teaches graduate-level instructor courses that provide training in weapons and tactics employment. During the six month course, students receive an average of 400 hours of graduate-level academics and participate in demanding combat training missions.
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Tropicare 13 wraps up readiness training in Hawaii

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

Communities across Hawaii are bidding aloha to more than 500 Guard and Reserve members as Tropicare 13, a medical Innovative Readiness Training event, draws to a close this week on the islands of Lanai, Maui, Molokai and Hawaii.

Reserve component medical personnel from the Air Force, Navy, Army and Air National Guard came together for the joint service annual training, June 2-15, providing free health care clinics and performing community service projects for under-served populations scattered throughout the four islands.
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125th Fighter Wing, Detachment 1, receives new commander

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

Maj. Adam Langton assumed command of the Florida Air National Guard's 125th Fighter Wing, Detachment 1, during a change of command ceremony here June 14.

Langton, previously the Director of Operations for Detachment 1, replaces Lt. Col. James Spooner, who has been the Detachment 1 commander for the last 31 months.

Col. Brian Simpler, the 125th FW commander out of Jacksonville International Airport, Jacksonville, Fla., and host of the ceremony, said although Spooner has been an outstanding commander, he knows that Langton will lead the detachment successfully.
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Comptroller offers glimpse of post-sequester options

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

The budget storms assailing the Pentagon are unprecedented, the Defense Department's chief financial officer said in Washington June 13.

"I've never seen anything like this," Pentagon Comptroller Robert F. Hale told an audience attending the 2013 Defense Communities National Summit, "and I hope we never see it again."

Hale asked attendees how many of them had seen serious effects from sequestration defense spending cuts at their home installations, and dozens of hands went up around the room.
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Weathering the storms: hurricane, tropical storm preparedness

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

Now is the time to ensure you're prepared for the hurricane and tropical storm season, officials urged.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association predicts for this year's hurricane season, which lasts from June 1 to Nov. 30, a 70 percent likelihood of 13 to 20 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 7 to 11 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 3 to 6 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher).

These ranges are well above the seasonal average of 12 named storms, 6 hurricanes, and 3 major hurricanes.
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Former safety chief heads sexual assault prevention efforts

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

Senior officials announced June 6 that they have appointed a two-star general to lead the Air Force's effort to reduce sexual assault within the ranks, and provide victims the support they need.

Maj. Gen. Margaret Woodward was appointed the new director of the reorganized Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office. In addition to appointing a more senior officer to the position, the Air Force raised the stature of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office by linking it directly to the office of the Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force.
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AFRC’s new command chief discusses philosophies, time at Homestead ARB

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June 7, 2013 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

As the previous command chief master sergeant of Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla., Cameron Kirksey is preparing to assume his new role as the command chief of Air Force Reserve Command.

Kirksey said he's very humbled, honored and excited to be selected by Lt. Gen. James Jackson, chief of Air Force Reserve and AFRC commander.

"Homestead has a bright future and I hope to bring that excitement to AFRC to help the entire command grow and improve," said Kirksey.

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Homestead to welcome new wing commander

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June 6, 2013 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla., will welcome Col. Christian G. Funk as the new 482nd Fighter Wing commander during a change of command ceremony here July 14.

Funk, previously the 476th Fighter Group commander out of Moody Air Force Base, Ga., replaces Col. Donald R. Lindberg, who will assume his new role as the 10th Air Force vice commander at Naval Air Station, Joint Reserve Base, Texas.

Funk comes to Homestead ARB with 28 years of service in the Air Force. He received his commission through the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1985. He began his career as an F-16 pilot in 1987 and has served as an operational test and evaluation pilot, fighter squadron director of operations and training, operations group chief of standardization and evaluation, fighter wing weapons and tactics officer, and an operations group commander. He has deployed in support of Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Southern Watch, Desert Fox, Allied Force, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring F
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UPDATE – Homestead ARB gears up for commissary case lot sale June 28 – 30

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June 6, 2013 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

There has been a change to the scheduled dates of Homestead Air Reserve Base's commissary case lot sale.

The new dates are June 28 through 30. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The previous dates of July 12 through 14 are cancelled.

The sale, held in conjunction with the Jacksonville, Fla. commissary, is offering online ordering, available May 23 through June 16. For those who placed an order online previously with the July dates, that order has been cancelled. New items for this period will be on the website. A new order will have to be accomplished.
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Vice Chief of Staff highlights Homestead ARB, thanks Airmen for successful Every Dollar Counts campaign

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

Throughout the month of May, Airmen submitted more than 11,000 cost-reducing ideas during the "Every Dollar Counts" campaign, an initiative that empowered Airmen to find and recommend areas of savings that may be used to support more urgent readiness needs.

In a letter to all Airmen, June 5, Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Larry Spencer highlighted the great ideas Airmen submitted and also encouraged Airmen to continue looking for innovative ways to save Air Force resources.

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June issue of Citizen Airman is available online

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

The June issue of Citizen Airman is now available on the web at http://www.citamn.afrc.af.mil/.

Contents include feature articles on a new program that uses technology to provide aircraft maintainers easier access to technical orders.

Also featured in this issue is the first of a four-part series from a Texas Reservist who provides a first-hand account of a sexual assault she suffered in 1990; a training center at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., that teaches Reservists how to sniff out land mines; a woman in Florida who was inspired by the memory of her son to try out and be selected for the Tops in Blue entertainment group; and a new management tool that is helping units figure out which self-assessment checklists to use to prepare for an inspection.
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Reservist recalls ‘lucky’ motorcycle accident

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

"Lucky" ... That's what the doctor told me as I was being pushed through a set of double doors at the hospital. "Boy, you sure are lucky."

I was a little mad at him for saying that at the moment because I didn't understand what he meant at the time. I remember thinking to myself, I don't know what planet you're from, but here on earth, lucky people win the lottery; they don't have a head-on crash with a 2,000 pound car.

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It was midnight when I left work and I was excited get on my bike and make that ride home. The weather was perfect and the roads were dry. I put my riding gear and safety equipment on and started up my motorcycle like I've done so many times in the past with not a care in the world.
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Homestead ARB hosts ESGR briefing June 1

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

Homestead Air Reserve Base will host an ESGR briefing June 1, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., in the Heritage Hall Conference Center (building 404).

Among the topics of discussion:

- Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act
- Nominate your employer for the Patriot Award
- Heroes to Hired
- Family Leave Act: www.dol.gov/whd/fmla
 

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Free pizza party, flag football during UTA June 1

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

The base Airman's Council will host a free pizza social at the fitness center field June 1 from 4 p.m. to 4:40 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend. Click the "Download HiRes" link at right beneath the photo for more information. For more information, call Senior Master Sgt. Antonio Romero at (786) 415-6692.

The base Unit Advisory Council and the Airman's Council will hold an Airmen vs. NCOs 7 on 7 flag football challenge at the fitness center field June 1 at 4:15 p.m. Click over to the next photo, then click the "Download HiRes" link beneath the photo for more information. For more information, call Master Sgt. Earlvine Fort at (786) 415-8304.
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