Homestead Air Reserve Base
Homestead Air Reserve Base is positioned roughly 6 miles from Homestead, Florida. The base is about 25 miles from Miami. Homestead ARB opened in 1942 as 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 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. Homestead was restored in 1994 as an Air Force Reserve facility. Colonel Donald R. Lindberg commands the 482nd Fighter Wing. Homestead is combat-ready and manages F-16C multi-purpose fighter aircraft, pilots and support personnel.
Before arriving at Homestead, contact the Air Force Reserve Command recruiting office at (305) 224-7360.
There are approximately 1,600 military personnel, DoD civilians, and contractors, assigned to Homestead Air Reserve Base.