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482nd Fighter Wing [482nd FW]

The mission of the 482nd Fighter Wing is to train and equip reservists to respond to wartime and peacetime taskings as directed by higher headquarters. The wing specifically trains for: Mobility, Deployment, and Employment.

The 482nd Fighter Wing, Air Force Reserve, maintains and operates Homestead Air Reserve Station, 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 more than 1,500 members, including approximately 1,200 reservists, of which 250 are full-time reservists, in addition to 300 full-time civilians.

In addition, the 482nd FW supports and trains civil engineering, communications, medical, logistics, aircraft maintenance, mission support, aerial port and security police squadrons which can be used interchangeably with active-duty units to meet U.S. Air Force responsibilities around the world.

With its unique geographic location, the 482nd FW regularly hosts combat units from all over the world. Visiting units come to southern Florida to take advantage of the superb flying weather and the abundant training airspace equipped with state-of-the-art Air Combat Maneuvering Instrumentation.

The men and women of the Air Force Reserve's 482nd FW regularly take time from their civilian life to meet that challenge. The 482nd FW has a high operations tempo, engaging in year-round training to ensure that the 482nd FW remains combat-ready and worldwide deployable. In addition, the 93rd Fighter Squadron has participated in Operation Northern Watch for four years, patrolling the no-fly zone over northern Iraq. Another deployment in May 2000 included Oceana Naval Air Station, Virginia, which provided dissimilar-in-combat training skills with Navy F-14s and F-18s. Also in 2000, 482nd Security Forces Squadron members were deployed in support Operation Southern Watch at Ali Al Jaber Air Base, Kuwait, for air base Defense.

In 2001, the 482nd FW deployed to Laage Air Base, Germany, for Exercise Millennium Falcon, which provided dissimilar-in-combat training with German Mig-29s. Since Sept. 11, 2001, the 482nd FW was active in Operation Noble Eagle.

Elements of the 482nd Fighter Wing deployed in October 2001 to the Middle East as part of a regularly scheduled aerospace expeditionary force rotation to enforce the no-fly zone over southern Iraq. While there, the reservists also began flying combat missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom over Afghanistan. Throughout the 90-day deployment, the reservists flew between nine and 15 hours a day.

As the host unit at Homestead ARS, the 482nd FW supports the operations of several "tenant" units, including the "scramble" capability of a detachment of North American Air Defense Command (NORAD) F-15 fighter interceptors in addition to the U.S. Customs Miami Air Branch drug enforcement air interdiction mission. During the Atlantic hurricane season, the 482nd FW routinely supports forward deployment of the Air Force Reserve's "Hurricane Hunters" weather reconnaissance mission.

The 482nd FW provides the Department of Defense with an efficient cost effective air base, with ready access to a strategic staging location on the rim of the Caribbean Basin, to support contingency and training operations associated with the United States Southern Command area of responsibility.

In its 2005 BRAC Recommendations, DoD recommended to realign Hill AFB. It would distribute the 419th Fighter Wing F-16s to the 482d Fighter Wing, Homestead Air Reserve Base, FL (six aircraft) and to another base. The Air Force would distribute Reserve aircraft to Homestead Air Reserve Base (31) to create an optimum sized squadron that would support the homeland defense Air Sovereignty Alert mission.

In another recommendation, DoD recommended to realign Richmond International Airport AGS, VA. It would Distribute the 192d Fighter Wing's F-16s to the 482nd Fighter Wing Homestead ARB, FL (three aircraft) and other installations. The F-16s from Richmond (49) would be distributed to Homestead (31) to enable the capability to support the homeland defense Air Sovereignty Alert mission.



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