Homestead Air Reserve Base - Small Business Contracting Assistance

Homestead Air Reserve Base (ARB) Florida  

Homestead ARB - Business contracting information and upcoming procurement requirements at Homestead ARB. This page provides information about business opportunities for suppliers and vendors interested in working with prime defense contractors at Homestead Air Reserve Base. There is also information about the types of products, equipment, materials, and services procured to support this Air Force installation. At the bottom of this page you will find some helpful points of contact and assistance with doing business at Homestead ARB.  


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Homestead ARB is home to the 482nd Fighter Wing (482 FW). The 482 FW is the host unit for Homestead Air Reserve Base. The 482 FW is an Air Force Reserve unit that is organizationally under the command of Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC).  

The 482 FW is a fully combat-ready flying unit.  It flies the F-16C multi-purpose fighter aircraft. The wing has approximately 1,550 members (1,200 reservists and over 325 full-time civilians). 

Within the 482 FW is the 93rd Fighter Squadron "Makos".  The F-16s that the Makos fly can be identified by the letters "FM" ("Florida Makos") and the aircraft have a Mako shark displayed on their tails.

Homestead Air Reserve Base ARB 482 Fighter Wing
Homestead Air Reserve Base (ARB) is
located near the southern end of Florida,
about 25 miles south of Miami.

In addition to the flying squadron, the 482 FW has civil engineering, communications, medical, logistics, aircraft maintenance, mission support, aerial transportation, and security forces squadrons.  

The 482 FW frequently hosts other combat units from all over the world.  These units come to Homestead ARB to use the region's excellent training airspace in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. 

When called upon during the Atlantic hurricane season, the 482 FW supports forward deployment of the Air Force Reserve's "Hurricane Hunters" weather reconnaissance aircraft.  It also provides a forward staging area for joint relief operations with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).   

Homestead ARB's annual economic impact on the South Florida area is over $316 million. Included in this sum is $169 million in construction, services and material contracts. A large percentage of these contracts are awarded to small businesses.  

Homestead ARB Organizations and Tenant Units 

  • 482nd Fighter Wing (482 FW)
  • Headquarters, U.S. Special Operations Command South (SOCSOUTH)
  • 125th Fighter Wing, (Florida Air National Guard Detachment from Jacksonville, FL)
  • North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) alert facility
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection (Air and Marine Branch)
  • U.S. Coast Guard's Maritime Safety and Security Team - Miami 
  • U.S. Special Operations Command - South
  • 50th Area Support Group, Florida Army National Guard 
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 
  • Other government organizations     

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What types of products and services are procured by Homestead ARB? 
We have compiled a master list of the types of products and services that are routinely purchased commercially (or contracted for) by this military installation and other defense organizations.  View Master List