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Public Affairs is the focal point for providing information on Keesler issues, programs and base events to Airmen, the community and members of the news media. The staff conducts base tours, provides speakers for civic organizations in the community, publishes the weekly newspaper, "Keesler News" and is the commander's liaison between the base and local media organizations. All media requests concerning Keesler people, programs and events must be coordinated through Public Affairs.

tabThe Public Affairs Mission 
The U.S. Air Force engages in Public Affairs to provide trusted counsel to leaders; build, maintain, and strengthen Airman morale and readiness; enhance public trust and support; and achieve global influence and deterrence. 

Public Affairs seeks to inform decision makers and communicate the Air Force's requirements, capabilities, actions and achievements to the world and keeps the Keesler community fully informed with complete and accurate information. Our programs are designed to increase public understanding of the Keesler training mission.

For questions or information, call (228) 377-2783 or email us. Normal business hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Public Affairs office is located in Wall Studio, 709 H Street, Bldg 902, Room 201A. 

Also located at Keesler is our associate Reserve wing, the 403rd Wing Public Affairs office.  For information on the Reserve mission, aircraft and people, contact the 403rd WG/PA office at 228-377-2056 or visit their website.

tabThe Base Newspaper - Keesler News 
The Keesler News is published by Gulf Publishing Inc., a subsidiary of The Sun Herald. It is a private firm that is in no way connected with the U.S. Air Force.  Gulf Publishing bears all the costs of printing and delivering the base newspaper in return for all advertising revenues.  Public Affairs is responsible for providing the news content. 

The appearance of advertising in the Keesler News does not constitute endorsement by the U.S. government, the Department of Defense, the Department of the Air Force or either publsher.

Contact the Sun Herald advertising department directly at 228-896-2380 or 1-800-336-2527 toll free for information about advertising.
tabCivic Engagement 
The objective of civic engagement is to create mutual acceptance, respect, appreciation and cooperation between the Air Force, Keesler and the local community.   PA responds to requests for Keesler participation in public events, tours of the base, speaker's bureau and public inquiries.  Air Force participation in community events is desirable and highly encouraged.
Community relations creates a mutual respect, acceptance, appreciation and cooperation between the Air Force and the community.
tabMedia Relations 
Because the very existence of the Air Force depends on the "consent of the governed," we have a duty to keep the citizenry informed on our mission, our performance of that mission and our stewardship of public resources. To survive in the future, we must continue to earn the public's trust and support. In our society, the public depends on a free press to keep it informed. If we wish to maintain public support, we must learn to work effectively with the news media. " Meeting The Press" (Oct 2003) USAF Public Affairs Center of Excellence

 Public Affairs ensures the free flow of information through the news media and to the general public.  We also strive to respond to inquiries by the news media in a timely manner.  

Media representatives can contact the Public Affairs Office by calling (228) 377-2783 from 7a.m. to 5 p.m. or e-mail to 81trw.pa@us.af.mil.

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