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Parade marches down the streets of Biloxi in 1942. Keesler Air Force base is rich with history. Even before there was an Air Force, there was a Keesler Field.

June 12, 1941, the original 832-acre site was officially designated Air Corps Station No. 8, Aviation Mechanics School, Biloxi, Miss. Aug. 25, 1941, Army Air Corps Station No. 8 was officially designated Keesler Army Airfield to honor 2nd Lt. Samuel Keesler, a native of Greenwood, Miss., who died after being shot down in air combat with four German aircraft in World War I.

Through decades of constant change, Keesler's mission has remained essentially the same: to provide the finest technical and specialized training to every student who passes through its gates.

Today, Keesler upholds this history with the mission statement: Train, Care, Innovate... Developing Combat Power for Air, Space and Cyberspace.

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2nd Lt. Samuel R. Keesler

Aug. 25, 1941, Army Air Corps Station No. 8 was officially designated Keesler Army Airfield in honor of 2nd Lt. Samuel R. Keesler, a World War I aerial observer. Keesler, a native of Greenwood, Miss., died after being shot down in air combat with four German aircraft in World War I.

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The 81st Training Wing History Office is located at Wing Headquarders and provides historical research services to the Wing Commander, subordinate and tenant units and agencies, and to the personnel of Keesler. In addition to researching and writing the annual Wing history, the History Office also answers inquiries, maintains an archival records collection (including photographs), and provides oversight and historical services for the Keesler Heritage Hall (Bldg. 1906) and Keesler Air Park collections.

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