Military Miami-Dade

The military has an impact of more than $5 billion annually in Miami-Dade County.

Fast Facts
  • More than $5.5 Billion Annual Impact
  • Employment: 56,476
  • Avg. Earnings per Job: $70,100


Major Military Entities
  • U.S. Southcom
  • U.S. Special Operations Command South
  • Homestead Air Reserve Base
  • U.S. Coast Guard 7th District
  • Florida National Guard
  • Miami Veterans Administration


ABOUT Military Miami-Dade

Military Miami-Dade is a program of The Beacon Council that serves as a liaison to the Florida Defense Alliance and Enterprise Florida. Military Miami-Dade’s goal is to enhance, expand and retain existing military installations in Miami-Dade County, to support local reuse efforts as a result of base/mission closures or realignments and to retain and enhance the defense-related industries that contribute significant economic benefit to the local economy.

Military Miami-Dade is comprised primarily of the participation of the Military Affairs Committees and Council of Chamber South, Greater Homestead/Florida City Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and local economic development organizations such as the Vision Council and Economic Development Council of South Dade. Military Miami-Dade also benefits from a strong partnership with Miami-Dade County. We are also fortunate to have public and private sector supporters and other volunteers who have a particular interest in the military.

Military Miami-Dade operates with grant funding provided by the State of Florida for the purpose of protecting and enhancing the State's military industry. Over the past several years, Military Miami-Dade has managed over $1,000,000 in grant funding that has supported annual programming such as Doing Business with the Military - business development workshop and expo, Community Resource Guide/Discount Directory, and tracking of the economic impact. In keeping with its mission, Military Miami-Dade has successfully worked with its partners to welcome new units, such as Special Operations Command and the Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team to Miami-Dade County.

In recent years, Military Miami-Dade has also focused on the need to assist returning military personnel in finding new employment and re-establishing their lives as civilians in the community. Military Miami-Dade has established the Joining Forces Miami program that encourages local businesses to hire returning military, veterans and their spouses.

In establishing and supporting Military Miami-Dade , the Beacon Council acknowledges the economic impact of the military in Miami-Dade County.

  • $5.5 Billion
  • Supports 56,476 Jobs
  • Average Salary $70,300

Admiral Kurt. W. Tidd, USN, Commander Southcom is one of nine Unified Combatant Commands within the Department of Defense. The joint military command is responsible to support US National security objectives throughout the Western Hemisphere in cooperation with domestic and international partners, in order to foster security, ensure stability, and promote prosperity throughout Central and South America, the Caribbean and global community. U. S. Southern Command is prepared to conduct joint and combined full-spectrum military operations within their area of responsibility.

Homestead Air Reserve Base (HARB) Col. David P. Garfield HARB hosts the 482nd Fighter Wing of the Air Force Reserve whose mission is to provide combat-ready F-16 fighter jets capable of worldwide deployment on short notice. The 482nd is the host unit at HARB. There are also a number of tenant organization located at the base, using services and infrastructure of the Air Force Reserve installation. Recently the Air Force also added a small fulltime component and the Golden Knights Have wintered here for the past five years. HARB tenants also include U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, Special Operations Command South, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Defense Energy Support Center Americas, U. S. Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team, Florida Air National Guard 125th Fighter Wing, Florida Army National Guard 50th Regional Support Group.

U.S. Coast Guard 7th District Rear Admiral Scott Buschman serves as Commander of the Seventh Coast Guard District headquartered in Miami, Florida. As District Commander, he is responsible for all Coast Guard operation in the Southeast United States and the Caribbean Basin including Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Seventh District encompasses an area of 1.8 million square miles and shares operational borders with 34 Foreign Nations and Territories. Local Coast Guard facilities include a Base, Sector and Station in Miami Beach, an Air Station Law Enforcement Detachment Team at Opa Locka Airport, a Maritime Safety and Security Team at Homestead Air Reserve Base, and a Civil Engineering Unit in South Dade.

Miami VA Healthcare System Paul Russo, Director The Miami VA Healthcare System serves veterans in three South Florida counties: Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe, with an estimated veteran population of 175,000. The VA operates a 432-bed hospital in the Miami-Dade Civic Center, providing general medical, surgical, inpatient and outpatient mental health services. The Miami VA Healthcare system includes an AIDS/HIV center, a prosthetic treatment center, a spinal cord injury rehabilitative center, and Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center. The VA is also responsible for two major satellite outpatient clinics in Broward and Key West, five community-based outpatient clinics in Homestead, Key Largo, Pembroke Pines, Hollywood and Deerfield Beach, and an Outpatient Substance Abuse Clinic and Healthcare for Homeless Veterans Center in Miami.

Florida National Guard The Florida National Guard has nine units operating in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. One of the more significant is the Florida Air National Guard 125th Fighter Wing headquartered at HARB. As a part of NORAD these aircraft can be in the air in minutes responding to unidentified aircraft in American air space. Also headquartered at HARB is the Army Guard’s 50th regional support group.