a quick guide for newcomers
Equip and train personnel for
command, control, communications and computer (C4) support to
Flying squadrons in peacetime exercises, civil emergencies
and wartime deployed environments.
Develop policies and procedures to
maintain data networks, manage information, and provide
services for publishing, printing, message and mail processing.
A team of professionals dedicated to
building and maintaining an affective and
efficient communications unit providing
total quality support to the 482d Fighter Wing.
DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE
AIR FORCE RESERVE
MEMORANDUM FOR New Squadron Members
SUBJECT: Newcomer Welcome Package
1. The men and women of this proud squadron welcome you to beautiful
South Florida and Homestead Air Reserve Base. The 482d Communications
Squadron is well known within the communications community for their
extraordinary level of experience, professionalism and ingenious
2. We hope you will find this package helpful in acquainting you with
our organization and program, as well as Homestead Air Reserve Base
and the surrounding area. You may however, notice that some areas of
the base and buildings that you will visit are either under
construction or being remodeled. We ask that you be careful.
3. As you visit and evaluate each section we know you will discover
an enthusiasm, professionalism and esprit de corps among our
personnel that illustrates beyond question, we are a squadron above
4. Again, welcome to Homestead Air Reserve Base and the 482d Fighter
Wing. South Florida is well known for its tropical beauty and unique
recreational opportunities. We hope that you will be able to enjoy
its relaxing atmosphere. Please, don't hesitate to call on any of us
to make your stay more productive and pleasurable. We hope that you
will enjoy your stay with us.
JOHN BABCOCK, LT COL, USAFR
Table of Contents
PART ONE: page
History of Homestead Air Reserve Station 2-3
General Orientation 4
Base facilities, hours of operation and locations 5-8
Base Map 9
Abbreviated telephone directory 10
Key Squadron Personnel 12-14
Fundamental duties and expectations 15
Wing organization chart 16
Support Group organization chart 17
Squadron organization chart 18
Safety on the installation and around the local area 20
Local shopping, dining and attractions 21, 22
Maps of local area 23, 24
Homestead AFB History
The History of Homestead Air Force Base
In September of 1942, Lt. Col. William L. Plummer, with cinder block buildings. Housing facilities for the enlisted
a handful of officers and enlisted men, made his way airmen, the nurse's dormitory and the base exchange were
through the long pines and palmetto scrub of rural south all destroyed. The roof was ripped off what would later be
Dade County to assume control of an isolated airstrip Bldg. 741, the “Big Hangar”. The base laundry and fire
located about a mile inland from the shore of Biscayne station were both declared total losses. The few remaining
Bay. The airstrip had been turned over to the government airplanes were tossed about like leaves.
by Coconut Grove based Pan American Ferries, Inc.,
which had carved it out of the rocky landscape in the The decision was made following an evaluation of the
1940s. Shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, damage. On October 25, 1945, officials announced that
Army Air Corps officials decided the site would better Homestead AAF would shut down, with a target date for
serve the national defense needs as a maintenance complete closure of December 1, 1945.
stopover point for aircraft being ferried to the Caribbean
and North Africa. In September, officers with the By the time a separate Air Force was created on
Caribbean Wing of the Air Transport Command sent September 18, 1947, the old Homestead Field lay in ruins.
Colonel Plummer to the site to begin construction of a When the Soviets began the total land blockade of Berlin
fully operational military base. in June 1948, the Air Force responded with an
unprecedented airlift effort named Operation Vittles.
Homestead Army Airfield served as a scheduled stop on a Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, for 16
well-traveled air route from northeast U. S. to the months, Air Force “Skymasters”, many of them piloted by
Caribbean and Africa for its first six months of existence. Homestead graduates, were winging into and out of
On January 30, 1943, the base assumed a vital role with Berlin, keeping one of the world's great cities alive.
the activation of the 2nd Operational Training Unit. The In the early 1950s, as the Korean conflict was winding
mission of the permanently assigned cadre of nine down, defense officials again looked toward Homestead
officers, 15 enlisted men and 12 civilian flight instructors with an eye at making the site a key player in our
was to provide advanced training for aircrew members continental defense. In mid-1954, an advance party
who would one day pilot C-54s, C-87s and C-46s along arrived at the old base to begin cleaning it up, and on the
the 188,000 miles of ATC's globe girdling routes. 8th of February 1955, the installation was reactivated as
Homestead Air Force Base. The base quickly became
During this time the base was under two commands. The home for the 823rd Air Division. This was an umbrella
runway itself, Homestead Army Air organization encompassing the 379th and 19th Bomber
Field belonged to the Caribbean Wing of ATC, while the Wings.
2nd OTU fell under the War Department's Domestic
Transportation Division. By the end of the decade, Homestead had grown to
greater the twice its peak WWII size. More than 6,000
As the need for trained transport pilots grew during 1943, airmen were permanently assigned to the base and a fleet
officials in Washington decided to beef up the training of B-47 “Stratojet” bombers was parked on the tarmac. In
program at Homestead. Hence, the entire base was June 1960, the last B-47 left Homestead to make way for
transferred to ATC's Ferrying Division and by the end of
the year, the 2nd OTU's sole mission was to prepare C-54
aircrews to fly the famed “Hump” from Burma to China.
By 1945, Homestead AAF represented the largest four
engine transport training operation in the entire
ATC - the 2nd OTU had graduated 2,250 C-54 pilots,
14,505 copilots; 224 navigators; 85 radio operators; and
1,375 flight engineers. But, it all came to a rather abrupt
On September 15, 1945 three years to the day of the
31st Tactical Fighter Wing F-16 flies over Homestead Air Force Base in
Base's founding, a massive hurricane barreled through, this mural located in the lobby of the First National Bank air base
sending winds of up to 145 mph whistling through the branch. SSgt Greg Black painted it in 1985
the mighty B-52 “Stratofortress”. 31st Tactical Training Wing. Training was to remain the
The year 1962 brought two events that shaped primary mission of the base until October 1985, when the
Homestead AFB. The 3Ist Tactical Fighter Wing, a tactical first F-16 arrived. The 31st TTW reverted to the
air fighter unit with a proud history dating back to 1940, designation of the 31st Tactical Fighter Wing when they
was moved from George AFB, California, to received their F-16 fighter jets.
Homestead in response to the growing Communist threat
from Cuba. And in October 1962, it was discovered that The largest tenant unit on Homestead AFB was the 482d
the Soviet Union was placing medium range missiles on Tactical Fighter Wing (AFRES). The 482d TFW was the
the island, giving it an unprecedented offensive capability first Air Force Reserve unit to receive the F-4 Phantom
in the region. fighter jet. In 1989 the 482d TFW converted to the F-16s.
In the early morning hours of August 24, 1992,
Hurricane Andrew roared ashore at Homestead AFB.
The base was ground zero for the powerful, category
4 storm which virtually destroyed the base.
The base faced its next serious threat from the Base
Realignment and Closure Committee, which sought to
close the ravaged base. The civilian community allied its
support of the base, and launched a fight for the base's
very survival and the return of the fighter operations to
south Florida. The BRACC withdrew Homestead AFB
from the closure list.
The Air Force Ball held on March 5, 1994, was a
A Hercules C-130E with broken wings lies under a collapsed hangar bittersweet event. The event was a “Hail and Farewell” to
after Hurricane Andrew wrecked the base during the early morning “hail” the return of the 482d FW from it's post Andrew
hours of August 24, 1992. exile to Macdill AFB, FL, to its new role as the
predominant unit at the “new” Homestead Air Reserve
Base, and to bid “farewell” to the 31st TFW. The 31st
TFW was deactivated at Homestead AFB and reactivated
Troops and aircraft were rushed to Homestead, swelling at Aviano AB, Italy.
its population of tens of thousands. A tent city of more
than 10,000 Army troops was erected on the grounds later Homestead AFB was redesigned as Homestead ARB on
occupied by the Naval Security Group Activity. The 31st March 31, 1994. The 482d Fighter Wing in its new role as
TFW, in cooperation with two other tactical fighter wings host unit is rebuilding the base.
assigned here for the duration of the crisis, had already
identified targets on Cuba and were prepared to strike at a
moment's notice. The world was on the brink of war, with
Homestead at the very edge.
After several weeks of tension the Soviets backed down.
The missiles were removed. The crisis was over, but many
changes to Homestead spawned by the Soviet threat
remained. Though still nominally a SAC Base, Homestead
now maintained a dual mission: to stand ready to project
air power around the globe, and to maintain an
operationally ready Tactical Air Force. With the presence
of the 31st TFW made permanent, the role of the Tactical
Air Command at Homestead AFB increased rapidly
throughout the 1960s. In late 1966, the 3lst TFW was
deployed to Tuy Hoa AB, Republic of Vietnam. But with
its departure, the 4531st TFW was activated to maintain
TAC's presence at Homestead. Two years later, on July 1,
1968, TAC officially took control of the installation. In
1970, the 31st TFW returned from Southeast Asia and
became the host unit. In 1981 the 31st TFW and
Homestead AFB again took on a new task: the training of “Hail and Farwell” logo design for
F-4 aircrews. On March 31, 1981, the 31 TFW became the the 1994 annual Air Force Ball.
About Homestead ARB
Chain of Command
Our Most Fundamental Expectations
Promptness and good Attendance:
Simplicity is the best policy for issues regarding participation and attendance points. Our policy considers arrival 15 minutes
before the scheduled show time as being on time. This means the member will be in the uniform of the day, have all his or her
personal issues (meals, hygiene, family issues, etc.) dealt with and under control. The member must be prepared to go right to
work at the beginning of the day. Participation in Unit Training Assemblies is the key to accruing points. Missing more than 4
consecutive training periods can result in the member getting assigned to ARPC (essentially your name is filed along with
other airmen who are considered non participants for one reason or another). If you cannot attend a scheduled UTA, notify
the First Sergeant or the Commander two weeks prior to the regular UTA. Unit Training Assemblies may be performed on the
alternate UTA dates unless other contingencies prevent this. Habitual rescheduling UTA's, however is discouraged. The
particulars of points for participation is written in AFR-36-8001.
Dress and Appearance:
Dress and appearance issues are out lined in AFR-36-2903. We adhere to these standards, and anyone joining us will adhere
to these standards. The unit commander determines the uniform for the day. In the Communications Squadron we most
commonly wear BDU's as the uniform of the day. Faded, torn or distressed elements of the uniform must be replaced. See
your First Sergeant to get the appropriate paperwork. Everything that is part of that uniform will be worn always unless the
Commander authorizes removal of a part of the uniform for safety or comfort in extreme conditions. An example would be
removal of the BDU shirt while loading a cargo pallet in a warehouse without air-conditioning. All military customs and
courtesies such as saluting, wearing of hats and respect to the flag and national anthem is observed on this base.
If you have a family, you must make arrangements for their care if you are deployed for any length of time. If you cannot
provide proof as required that arrangements for dependent care have been made, you will not be considered fit for duty with
this squadron and therefore, subject to reassignment. The details of Dependent Care can be found in AFR-36-2908.
Meeting Training Requirements:
Each member is expected to complete all required career specialty training in a timely manor and with passing scores. Failing
this one can expect to be reassigned or asked to take a different job. Career specialty training is not the only training you will
receive here. There are many other training classes you will attend to enhance your usefulness to the unit and improve your
promotion potential. Take these training opportunities seriously. It is an important part of the reason we are members of the
Air Force Reserve.
Use the Chain of Command:
Today it is easier than ever to write a nasty note to anyone in the military from the Commander in Chief to Amn Jones that
burned your omelet this morning. There are avenues for addressing any grievance you may have. Always start with your
supervisor, before working your way up within the unit. We make every attempt to solve our problems at the lowest level
first. Also, beware of the ìsend allî button in the e-mail program. Unless you have a good official reason for sending e-mail in
this manner, please don't click this button.
Project a Positive Image of the Air Force Reserve:
Members of the community and members of other military units will be watching us. Please obey the laws of the land as well
as any of the laws in the countries you may visit while on duty with us. Avoid any compromising or embarrassing situations
that may bring unwanted attention to yourself or The Air Force Reserve.
Wing Organization Chart
MS LSS CES SVF HC IG
LGMG LGC CEX BCE CVR SA
OSF OSA LGMF LGS MPF MS SE PA
LGMP LGT DPC CEC XP CP
LGMC LGSF CEV CER FM QI
LGWW CEO CEF RS JA
LGMV SC SF
Support Group Organization Chart
Support Group Commander
Deputy Commander Mission Support
Civil Engineer Squadron Security Forces Squadron
Base Civil Engineer Communications Squadron
Chief, Military Personnel
Director, Family Readiness
Director, Services Base Communications
Chief, Readiness Service Flight
Civilian Personnel Officer
Chief of Information
The following information is provided to help ensure for directions, look for a well-lighted, public place. Don't
that your stay is both safe and enjoyable. travel alone.
=DUls: Designate a driver. The Florida DUI law Is 0.8%
= Speed limit for the base is 25 mph. blood alcohol content. Also, the DUI law is the same on
= Seatbelts are mandatory on base as well as off, so the water as on the road. Don't mix alcohol with boat or
BUCKLE UP! Jet Ski operation. Numerous accidents occur each year
= Do not use headphones while jogging or walking along because of the effects of the sun, water and mixture of
base roads. alcohol.
=Numerous buildings are still without adequate exterior = Miami Beach and the Keys are popular places to enjoy
lighting and there is limited road illumination on the the water and sun. Swim at beach locations with
installation. lifeguards. Riptides are dangerous and cause many deaths
= Pedestrian travel at night is extremely hazardous due to a year, so please don't swim alone and obey the warnings.
construction and lack of lighting, pedestrian pathways, = Key Largo is a very popular spot for many visitors to
crosswalks, and sidewalks. For your safety walk to the far south Florida, especially for dining on the water. The
right of the roadway. stretch of road, however, can be extremely dangerous. Use
= There are unbarricaded drainage canals throughout the extreme caution on the 18-mile road between Florida City
installation. Aside from the obvious dangers of and Key Largo. Put your driving lights on and only pass in
accidentally driving off the road into a ditch or falling the passing zones.
while walking around the base, alligators, caimans and = Riding bicycles or walking in the proximity of moving
dangerous snakes live in these canals. vehicles or the roads they travel upon can be extremely
=For pedestrian travel at night, follow the roads. Exercise hazardous. Many intersections have the full pedestrian
care when crossing fields due to the hazard of safety features, but a significant number of drivers pay no
unbarricaded canals and the alligators. heed to pedestrians attempting to cross at an intersection.
Use sidewalks and bike paths wherever they are available.
Here are some tips for personal safety off base: = Driving in south Florida: Numerous south Florida
= The power of the Florida sun catches many people off drivers do not stop at traffic lights or stop signs. Don't
guard. Use sunscreens at work and at play, especially, if assume the other driver will stop. Don't proceed on a
you go to the beach or are planning a day on the water. green light until you look in both directions. Since road
= People with criminal intentions catch the rest of us off rage is a fact of life everywhere, don't use horn or hand
guard often enough in south Florida. If you got a gut gestures to show your emotions in traffic.
feeling that you are in the wrong area, then maybe you If you are involved in an accident, inform your supervisor,
are. Plan your nighttime activities in advance. Get advice First Sergeant or Commander immediately.
on travel routing and neighborhoods. If you need to stop
Off Base Attractions
The following is a list of shopping centers in the local
Florida Keys Factory Shops
The Intersection of Florida Turnpike and US I
Florida City, Fl.
Cutler Ridge Mall
Intersection of US 1, Caribbean Blvd., and Fl. Turnpike
Cutler Ridge, FL
Falls Shopping Center
US I and 136th St.
West of US 1 on Campbell Dr. Local Restaurants
There are a is range of restaurants in the local area. We
Homestead Towne Square have provided a list of a few of the Communications
Intersection of US 1 and Campbell Dr. Squadron favorites.
Dadeland Mall 11 SE 1 AVE
Intersection of US I and Kendall Drive (SW 88th St) HOMESTEAD, FL 33034
Kendall, FL (305) 245-3377
Dixie Shopping Center CAPRI RESTAURANT
Intersection of US I and 15th St. (Kings Highway) DINING ROOM & TAKE OUT
935 N KROME AVE
HOMESTEAD, FL 33030
CHINA KING CHINESE RESTAURANT
165 NE 8 ST
HOMESTEAD, FL 33030
GOLDEN CORRAL RESTAURANTS
350 N HOMESTEAD BLVD
HOMESTEAD, FL 33030
199 W PALM DR
HOMESTEAD, FL 33034
The Falls hosts many interesting shops arrayed under awnings on
SPORTS PAGE PUB & RESTAURANT
either side of a decorative lagoon. 113 N HOMESTEAD BLVD
HOMESTEAD, FL 33030
CANTON CHINESE RESTAURANT SAM'S COUNTRY KITCHEN
1657 NE 8 ST 1320 N KROME AVE
HOMESTEAD, FL 33033 HOMESTEAD, FL 33030
(305) 248-9956 (305) 246-2990
EL TORO TACO SHIVER'S BAR-B-Q
1 S KROME AVE 28001 S DIXIE HWY
HOMESTEAD, FL 33030 HOMESTEAD, FL 33033
(305) 245-8182 (305) 248-2272
KEG SOUTH OF HOMESTEAD BLACK POINT MARINE BAIT & TACKLE
27591 S DIXIE HWY TUGBOAT ANNIE'S
HOMESTEAD, FL 33032 24775 SW 87 A VE
(305) 248-0959 HOMESTEAD, FL 33032
CASITA TEJAS MEXICAN RESTAURANT
27 N KROME AVE TONY'S SUBS & GRILL
HOMESTEAD, FL 33034 538 WASHINGTON A VE
(305) 248-8224 HOMESTEAD, FL 33030
CHECKERS DRIVE-IN RESTAURANT
27275 S DIXIE HWY ALABAMA JACKS
HOMESTEAD, FL 33032 CARD SOUND RD HOMESTEAD, FL
(305) 248-2524 (305) 248-8741
ANTIQUES AT THE WHITE LION CAFE NIKKO JAPANESE RESTAURANT
146 NW 7 ST 827 N HOMESTEAD BLVD
HOMESTEAD, FL 33030 HOMESTEAD, FL 33030
(305) 248-1076 (305) 242-8772
Bayfront Park Florida Pioneer Museum
Homestead, Fl. Florida City, Fl.
(305) 247-1543 (305) 246-9531
Biscayne National Park John Pennekamp
Homestead, Fl. Coral Reef State Park
(305) 247-2400 Key Largo, Fl.
28655 S. Dixie Hwy Miami Seaquarium
Homestead, Fl. Miami, Fl.
Everglades National Park Miami, Fl.
Florida City, Fl. (305) 251-0400
Everglades Alligator Farm Miami, Fl.
The Anhinga dries its wings after fishing in the Everglades Homestead, Fl. (305) 235-1611
National Park. (305) 247-2628
Theater of the Sea
Fairchild Tropical Gardens Islamorada, Fl.
Old Cutler Road (305) 664-2431
Homestead Area Map
1. Formerly known as the American Banker's Complex 11. Campbell Square
2. Lennar Industrial Park 12. South Dade Shopping Plaza
3. Pointe Royale Plaza 13. Homestead Plaza
4. South Dade Plaza 14. Harris Field
5. Cutler Ridge Mall 15. Homestead Baseball Stadium
6. South Dade Government Center 16. Homestead Motorsports Complex
7. Old Cutler Town Center 17. Migrant Farm Laborers Housing
8. Medical Center 18. South Florida Correctional Facility
9. Shopping Center 19. Alligator Farm
10. King's Highway Shopping Plaza
Service before self
Excellence in all we do