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  • 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,
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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,
  • 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
  • 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,
  • 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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