Homestead Air Reserve Base

482nd Fighter Wing, Special Operations Command South
360 Coral Sea Blvd., Homestead, FL 33033
Air Force

ABOUT

Homestead Air Reserve Base is located is located about 6 miles northeast of Homestead, Florida, in Miami-Dade County, Florida. Opened in 1942, the base was originally known as the Homestead Army Airfield. In September of 1942, the Army Air Force handled a remote airstrip a mile from the shore of Biscayne Bay. The airstrip was granted to the government by Pan American Ferries, Inc. After World War II, Homestead changed to civilian control until 1953. The base was then purposed as the Dade County Airport until the United States Air Force opened the base as Homestead Air Force Base. The base was closed in August 1992, after being destroyed by Hurricane Andrew. A few years later, Homestead ARB was restored in 1994 as an Air Force Reserve facility.
The base is home to the 482nd Fighter Wing of the Air Force Reserve Command’s Tenth Air Force, as well as the headquarters of Special Operations Command South. Homestead is combat-ready and manages F-16C multi-purpose fighter aircraft, pilots and support personnel. There are approximately 1,600 military personnel, DoD civilians, and contractors, assigned to Homestead Air Reserve Base.
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ARRIVAL

Before arriving at Homestead, contact the Air Force Reserve Command recruiting office at (305) 224-7360. For Special Operations Command South (SOCSOUTH) personnel: You should report first to SOCSOUTH Headquarters, located at 29401 SW 125th Ave., Building 600 at Homestead ARB. If you arrive after hours, plan to sign in on the following day. Contact the SOCSOUTH Command Center at (786) 415-6270 for assistance. The Family Service Support Center will provide information about employment, schools and housing in the area.

Homestead Air Reserve Base is located approximately 25 miles south of Miami and 20 miles north of the Florida Keys, between Everglades National Park on the west and Biscayne National Park on the east. The base is easily accessible via the Florida Turnpike for travelers coming from the north or south. This road is a toll road, so be prepared to pay the tolls.

There are many toll roads in the area, so many drivers use the Sun Pass to cut down on toll rates. You can learn more about the Sun Pass here.

The Miami International Airport (MIA) is about 28 miles northeast of the base, or about a 35-minute drive by car.

The county offers public transportation, including bus service and a metro rail system. To obtain a Miami-Dade County Transit Pass or learn more about transportation services in Miami and its surrounding areas, visit this site.

Resources

TRICARE Information and News

 

For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.

 

Check the US News Health directory online at https://health.usnews.com/doctors/search to find the best doctor for your family.

 

The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website https://findadentist.ada.org/.

FOR THE CHILDREN
  

To be enrolled in a Florida school, a child must be 5 years old on or by September 1st of the school year. Check with the local school district for specific requirements.

 

In 2010, the majority of states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit http://www.corestandards.org/.

 

Miami-Dade County Public Schools (305) 995-1000

 

If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.

 
 
FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER
  

Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition. Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program. Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.

 

If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.

 

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When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.

 

Child Care Aware:

Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit. There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.

 

Military Children and Teens Resource Guide

 

Florida Department of Health (850) 245-4444
Helps Floridians live safe, healthy and successful lives. It fulfills this mission by providing children, youth, families and adults care, services and treatment to thrive in their homes and communities.

Florida Department of Children and Families (800) 478-4444
Strives to create communities where children grow up safe from abuse, neglect and dependency, where adults are protected from domestic violence and where parents can be strengthened in their capacity to keep their family safe.

Humane Society of Greater Miami South (305) 749-1854
Handles pet adoptions, pet licensing, lost and found animals, and more.

Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (850) 617-2000

Miami-Dade County, Florida

DMV Florida

Homestead Branch Library (305) 246-0168

Base Operator (786) 415-7000/7682

Airman & Family Readiness Center (786) 415-8280 

Chaplain (786) 415-7093 

Homestead Inn/Billeting (786) 415-7198 

ID Cards/DEERS (786) 415-7058

Legal Office/JAG (786) 415-7063 

Military Clothing Sales (305) 258-3881 

School Liaison Officer (305) 437-0148 

U.S. SOUTHCOM Health Clinic (305) 437-1148 

Visitor Control Center (786) 415-7222

 

Housing

Homestead ARB does not offer dormitories for single, unaccompanied Airmen, so service members choose to live in apartments in Homestead, Leisure City, and the surrounding areas on the economy. Most families in the area live in gated communities, which have homeowner’s association fees. You should find housing early so that you can process your application for approval before you arrive.

Redland
8.6 miles from base

About 20 minutes from base, this area is not as crowded and offers additional housing with larger lots.

Northeast Homestead
4.3 miles from base

Located near major roads, a local high school and just ten minutes from base, this area offers nice housing.

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Community

In Homestead, the summers are hot, humid and damp. The warmest season lasts a little over 3 months, from June 3 to September 30. During this time, the temperature is normally 86°F. August 7 is the hottest day of the year, with a standard high of 89°F and low of 78°F. The summers bring the most rain, with the rainy season lasting from mid-May to early October. The hurricane season is from the first of June through the end of November.

The winters are brief, hot, and windy. During the year, temperatures are normally between 60°F and 89°F. The temperature is seldom below 47°F or higher than 92°F. The coolest season lasts for more than 2 months, from December 9 to March 5. During this season, the temperature is normally 60°F. January 18 is the most frigid, with a standard low of 60°F and a high of 75°F.

The overall cost of living in Homestead is 98, which is 1% lower than the Florida average and 2% lower than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of transportation and groceries are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Homestead, the city’s goods and services are 2% higher than the Florida average and 1% higher than the U.S. average.

Homestead, Florida in Miami-Dade County, is located about 35 minutes southwest of Miami, along the eastern coast of Florida. Miami-Dade County has a population of over 2.7 million, making it the most populous county in Florida and the seventh-most populous county in the United States. The area surrounding Homestead offers many things to do throughout the year including, swimming, dining, shopping, golfing, camping and more! In addition, the area has many family-friendly museums and attractions for all ages to enjoy.

The Homestead-Miami Speedway is just a few minutes south of the base and is a popular area attraction bringing in hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Coral Castle includes carved stones including a 9-ton gate, a Polaris telescope, an accurate sundial, and a rocking chair, which have all been built with stone. And, the kids will love the Miami Children’s Museum, which features a number of fun and interactive exhibits that are developed to spark your child’s curiosity and allow them to explore the world in a multi-dimensional and educational atmosphere.

Surrounded by scenic parks and beautiful beaches, the area offers plenty of outdoor activities throughout the year. Key Largo is about a 30-minute drive south, and located just 15 minutes from the base, Biscayne National Park is located along the eastern shore. The Everglades National Park is located about 20 miles west of Homestead ARB. Homestead is also the home of Everglades Alligator Farm, which is south Florida’s oldest alligator farm. A trip to the Everglades Alligator Farm includes an airboat tour, alligator show, snake show, and an alligator feeding demonstration.

Additionally, Miami, FL is about a 35-minute drive northeast of Homestead Air Reserve Base. The booming city of Miami is one of the most popular tourist and vacation spots in Florida, drawing in millions of visitors each year. There is something for everyone! Whether you want to spend a day at South Beach, shop the family-owned stores of Coconut-Grove, enjoy one of the many major league sports in Miami, or enjoy the exciting nightlife Miami has to offer, you will never run out of things to do.

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