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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

Airman’s Council to host free pizza party

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August 3, 2013 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

The Homestead Airman's Council will host a free pizza party for Airmen E-4 and below behind building 360 at 4:15 p.m., Aug. 3.

The event will commemorate and share the Airman Council's junior enlisted vision for family unit, camaraderie, and team spirit.

If you have any questions, contact the Airman's Council Vice-President, Senior Airman Rodane Williams at Rodane.Williams@us.af.mil.

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Mission first … Airmen always

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

I want to thank each and every service member, spouse and person who worked to make the 482nd Fighter Wing change of command a huge success! My family and I received a warm welcome to the base and we're really excited to become part of the Homestead community. This will be the first of many blogs I will write, and you can also check out my @poacherfunk482 Twitter feed.

During the change of command, I spoke about being mission oriented while taking care of our Airmen so they're able to accomplish the mission. Being in the Reserve during this fiscally stressed time is not easy. The demands of being a reservist while balancing a civilian job and family can often create challenges. It's my goal as commander to provide the support needed so you're ready for upcoming deployments and able to support our mission to fly, fight and win, while also working through the furlough and follow on fiscal challenges.
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Homestead reservist receives Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce honor

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

Members of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce honored Senior Airman Anthony Alvarez (far right), 482nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, by naming him one of their Military Persons of the Year during their 26th Annual Military Person of the Year Awards at Jungle Island in Miami July 10. The awards recognize south Florida military personnel for their accomplishments. Navy Vice Adm. Harry B. Harris, Jr., (center), Assistant to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, was the keynote speaker during the ceremony. (courtesy photo)
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Base agencies offering free school supplies in August

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

Back to school brings excitement and anticipation for many children and an added expense for their parents. Luckily, for members of Homestead Air Reserve Base, there are two book bag and school supply giveaways in August, just in time for the new school year.

The base supply store, I.B. Express, will offer free book bags to anyone on base with a school-aged child at building 181, July 31 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

"Our supply is limited and goes on a first-come, first-served basis," said Mr. Sylvester Andrews, I.B. Express store manager. "The event is free to everyone, military and civilian alike. The only stipulation is you must bring your child with you to pick up the book bag."
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Taking stock in children

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

Members of the 482nd Fighter Wing recently took time out to speak and answer questions from young adults of Take Stock in Children Miami during a base tour here July 25. 

The kids heard briefings from aircrew flight equipment, security forces, explosive ordnance disposal and an F-16 pilot.

Take Stock in Children was established in 1995 as a non-profit organization in Florida that provides a unique opportunity for deserving low-income youth and students, many from minority families, to escape the cycle of poverty through education. They offer students college scholarships, caring volunteer mentors, and hope for a better life. Their comprehensive services start in middle school, continue through high school, and include their transition into college.
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Homestead F-16s receiving several avionics updates, upgrades

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

As one of the more cost-effective programs in Air Force history, the F-16's history also boasts adaptability.

The first F-16 block 30s rolled off the line in the early 80s. Since, the jet has undergone an extended litany of updates and modifications.

True to form, Homestead Air Reserve Base's F-16s are undergoing another round of avionics tweaking.

The eighth version of the Software Component Upgrade, also known as SCU-8, is a software improvement similar to upgrading to the next operating system software of a PC. Homestead ARB began updating its F-16s in March, with nearly every jet updated to date. This version is a comprehensive upgrade which works in conjunction with newer avionics systems such as Helmet Mounted Integrated Targeting and the Center Display Unit, which are currently being fielded into Homestead ARB's F-16s.
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Barber shop reopens for business

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

The base barber Shop has reopened with a brand new look and staff.

Hours of operation:
Tuesday - Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. -- closed for lunch 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday: 9 a.m. to noon
UTA Saturday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
UTA Sunday: 8 a.m. to noon

In the future, hours of operation may be altered as business dictates.

Club Members will receive $1 off for every $10 spent.
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Officers vs. NCOs flag football challenge

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

A flag football challenge is scheduled for Aug. 3 at 4:30 p.m. at the base football field (behind softball field).

The challenge is officers vs. NCOs - 7 on 7 - co-ed. Food and drinks will be available at the field.

To register, call Master Sgt. Earlvine Fort at 786-415-7135 or Capt. Tobby Evans at 786-415-6957.

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Homestead pilots hone their skills in new flight simulators

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

Practice makes perfect. For pilots, it's crucial that they be able to practice what they have learned before jumping into the cockpit.

The pilots here currently hone their skills on two flight simulators. These simulators allow pilots to go from studying to jumping in a simulator to put what they learned immediately into practice.

Simulators play an important role across the Air Force. They allow the pilots to train and hone their skills without risking their lives or wasting resources.
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Wing flagship receives new paint job with bite

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

The 482nd Fighter Wing's flagship F-16 recently received a new paint job.

The artwork for the paint job, running almost nose to tail on the jet, features the likeness of a Mako shark.

Members of the 482nd Maintenance Squadron's structural repair shop combined their artistic ideas and developed the paint scheme.

"Everyone from our shop, phase dock, and flightline put in ideas to fine tune and help make this vision a reality," said Tech. Sgt. Adam Colaprete, 482nd MXS structural repair specialist.
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AFRC command chief takes to skies in F-16 familiarization flight

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

Chief Master Sgt. Cameron B. Kirksey, Air Force Reserve Command command chief master sergeant, climbed in the back seat of an F-16 for a familiarization flight with Col. Donald R. Lindberg, 10th Air Force vice commander, here July 12.

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Base helps cadets dress for success

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

The Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps program at Booker T. Washington Senior High School in Miami has partnered with Homestead Air Reserve Base for an Airman Battle Uniform clothing drive.

Due to lack of funding, the cadets are attempting to raise enough donated ABU's for the entire unit through the clothing drive.

"The are hard working and dedicated," said Senior Master Sgt. Karen Spencer,  event organizer. "They're excited to be able to participate in special community service projects scheduled for next year."
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Homestead ARB holds Load Crew Competition – Slideshow

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

The 482nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron held its quarterly Load Crew Competition here July 13. The load crews were evaluated in four areas to determine the winner: dress and appearance, tool kit inspection, a general knowledge test, and actual munitions loading to include speed and proficiency. The winners of this quarter's competition were Staff Sgt. Danessa Gali, Senior Airman Stephen Hoffler, and Airman 1st Class William Ford, all of the 495th Fighter Group, Detachment 93. (U.S. Air Force photos/Senior Airman Nicholas Caceres)
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Homestead welcomes new wing commander

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

Col. Christian G. Funk assumed command of the 482nd Fighter Wing from Col. Donald R. Lindberg during the 482nd Fighter Wing change of command ceremony here July 14.

Maj. Gen. William B. Binger, 10th Air Force commander, presided over the ceremony and transferred the 482nd FW guidon from Lindberg to Funk.

During the ceremony, Binger shared his excitement for the 482nd FW and his confidence in Funk's abilities to take the wing to new heights.

"Colonel Funk has left a legacy from Moody that has followed him here; a legacy of excellence," said Binger. "He's been a highly successful commander at Moody. We're expecting great things from him, and I know he won't let us down.
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Homestead ARB teams up with Job Corps for another roadside cleanup

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

Airmen from Homestead Air Reserve Base teamed up with the Homestead Job Corps for a roadside cleanup July 9. The two groups got together to pick up trash along Southwest 288th Street, in front of the base and Homestead Job Corps. Homestead ARB and Homestead Job Corps have teamed up on numerous roadside cleanups. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tim Norton)
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