About Homestead ARB, FL
Homestead Air Reserve Base is a United States Air Force facility located just outside Homestead, Florida, in the Miami area. The base is the home of the 482nd Fighter Wing, which primarily deploys F-16's to global hotspots.
Homestead Air Reserve Base was opened in 1942 and played a key role immediately as a key staging location for planes crossing the Atlantic. While it was briefly closed between World War II and the Korean War, the base was a critical component of American military planning during the Cuban missile crisis. If President John F. Kennedy had decided to invade Cuba, Homestead would have been the launching point.
The base continued to house a large number of planes and troops until it was hit by Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Today the base is attached to the Air Force Reserve, but continues to be the home of 1,800 personnel and many of America's F-16's.