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Maj. Robin Lytle, 93rd Fighter Squadron F-16 pilot and chief of scheduling, began his career as a weapons loader at Bergstrom Air Force Base, Texas, in 1989. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jaimi Upthegrove) Through Airmen's Eyes: Airman reflects on journey from load toad to viper pilot
"I remember the first time I climbed into an F-16 and the canopy closed. I had my mask on and it was so quiet. I was amazed at how quiet and peaceful it was. At that moment, I knew the cockpit was where I was meant to be."To get into that cockpit, Maj. Robin Lytle had to navigate a long path.Lytle, an F-16 pilot with the 93rd Fighter Squadron here,
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2013
Khalid Bensitel, an Air Reserve Technician and Senior Airman in the Air Force Reserve, aligns 550-pound strength parachute cords as he prepares the chute for packing. Bensitel is a survival equipment specialist here at Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla. (Air Force photo by Dan Galindo) Precision critical for survival equipment specialists
Something as small as a single stitch in fabric can determine whether a pilot flies and fights another day. For the specialists at the 482nd Maintenance Group's Survival Equipment Shop here that's why paying attention to every minute detail is so very important. "We have pilots' lives in our hands here," said Frank Saldarriaga, an Air Reserve
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2006
An F-15 Strike Eagle of the 58th Fighter Squadron, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., takes off at Homestead ARB.  The F-15 'Gorillas' from Eglin battled the F-16 'Makos' from Homestead for air superiority in a two week air-to-air combat training exercise (U.S. Air Force Reserve photo by Capt. John Jacobus). Mako vs. Gorilla: reserve and active duty pilots battle for air superiority
 In the animal world, a 500-pound gorilla would pose relatively no threat to a 1,200-pound Mako shark swimming at 65 mph. However, when these two creatures take on the form of fighter pilots and step into an F-15 Eagle or F-16 Fighting Falcon to face off in the sky, anything is possible. For two weeks, F-15 “Gorillas” from Eglin Air Force Base’s
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2006
Keeping a pure supply of oxygen for aircraft and their pilots is an important job for the 482nd Fuels Operations section here at Homestead ARB.  The Fuels Operations section here distributes over 8,000 gallons of liquid oxygen per year to pilots of the 93rd Fighter Squadron's F-16 'Makos' (U.S. Air Force Reserve photo by Senior Airman Sandra Bueno). LOX of Work
Without fuel, pilots are merely pedestrians. Just ask Donald B. “Mac” McNeal. “If they can’t breathe, they can’t fly,” says the superintendent of fuels and operations. He is responsible for ensuring pilots have fuel and air on board every aircraft departing Homestead Air Reserve Base. Falling under the umbrella of Fuels Operations, Liquid Oxygen
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2006
Homestead ARB, Fla. -- members of the Homestead Air Reserve Base Honor Guard stand with an F-16 Mako from the 93d Fighter Squadron.  From left to right:  Staff Sgt. Natasha Jamass, Staff Sgt. Luis Pacheco, Staff Sgt. Ryan Ayers and Technical Sgt. Francisco Navarro.  (U.S. Air Force Reserve photo by Jake Shaw). Every Day is Memorial Day
Click…click…click…you can hear the crisp, unmistakable sound of heels tapping together simultaneously. With precision movements, members of the Homestead Air Reserve Base Honor Guard unit march in unison to take their spot in the funeral procession. They are dressed in pristine Air Force dress uniforms and spit-shined shoes you can see your
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2006
Dave Cavada of the Homestead ARB Fire Department was one of several members on base who gave a special tour to the children that attending the Homestead ARB Family Day on Dec. 4.  Children and families were taken to the 93rd Fighter Squadron to see F-16s, and they also toured the base fire department and the aircraft hangers (U.S. Air Force Reserve photo by Senior Airman Sandra Bueno).                               Homestead heroes beat the heat
Hollywood turned to big-screen veterans Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy to be heroes for 48 Hours. At Homestead, 482d Mission Support Group firefighters aim to save lives and protect property during their 48-hour shift. They conduct preventive maintenance, incident-response training and practice life-saving techniques such as cardiopulmonary
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2006
Mike Andrejko, 482nd Environmental Flight, holds a baby alligator that was captured near the flightline at Homestead ARB, Fla.   As part of their duties, members of the environmental office at Homestead ARB help to protect the many different species of wildlife that are found at the base.  The alligator pictured here was released in the Florida Everglades (U.S. Air Force Reserve photo by Lisa Macias). Hug a tree...save the world
Larry Ventura is a stake-holder in a unique investment: the earth. He is a man with no children of his own, yet he is passionate about leaving a better world for all children. He is the environmental flight chief for Homestead Air Reserve Base environmental engineering. He also is the sustainability program manager, a job he has taken to heart,
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2006
Default Air Force Logo Crash crew firefighters train daily to protect aircrews, aircraft
Hollywood turned to big-screen veterans Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy to be heroes for 48 Hours. At Homestead, 482d Mission Support Group firefighters aim to save lives and protect property during their 48-hour shift. They conduct preventive maintenance, incident-response training and practice life-saving techniques such as cardiopulmonary
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2006
Default Air Force Logo Hug a tree... Save the world
Larry Ventura is a stake-holder in a unique investment: the earth. He is a man with no children of his own, yet he is passionate about leaving a better world for all children. He is the environmental flight chief for Homestead Air Reserve Base environmental engineering. He also is the sustainability program manager, a job he has taken to heart,
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2006
Default Air Force Logo Homestead ARB Christmas tradition continues
Even though the journey from the North Pole is a far one, Santa Claus and the elves from Homestead Air Reserve Base made a special visit to the migrant children of Homestead this year. On 22 December, volunteers from HARB visited the South Dade Christian Migrant Association and the Redland Daycare Center to hand out presents, give hugs, and spread
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2006
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