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  • Hurricane Hunters fly first Pacific hurricane

    The Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircrews flew five weather reconnaissance missions into Hurricane Douglas, the first hurricane in the Pacific, July 24-27, 2020, collecting data to assist Central Pacific Hurricane Center forecasters. The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, assigned to the 403rd Wing, Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, departed their home base July 22, began flying missions into Hurricane Douglas from Barbers Point Kapolei Airport, Hawaii, July 24, and then moved operations to Kona International Airport, Hawaii, July 26, to get out of the path of the storm, and finished their last mission July 27.
  • Dragons forge Global-ASNT training

    Over the past 14 months, three 81st Training Support Squadron Qualification Flight members have been working behind the scenes to support Air Force Global Strike Command’s Nuclear Command and Control Communications Center with the 1.3 billion dollar Global Aircrew Strategic Network Terminal program. Global-ASNT is a NC3 weapon system that provides a full spectrum of nuclear communications and control across the Defense Department, so in the event of a nuclear incident, it would be the primary means of communication. Global-ASNT will support 42 bases across six major commands.
  • 81st MDG welcomes new commander

    Col. Christopher Estridge, incoming 81st Medical Group commander, took command from Col. Beatrice Dolihite, outgoing 81st MDG commander, during a change of command ceremony here, July 21.Col. Heather Blackwell, 81st Training Wing commander, presided over the ceremony.Before relinquishing command, Dolihite thanked the men and women of the 81st MDG
  • A new direction in Air Force training

    During these times of uncertainty and instability, training new Airmen is necessary to accomplish the Air Force mission. The 81st Training Wing is aiming to produce Airmen faster and more efficiently with the new Direct to Duty Technical Training program.This new program would send Airmen to their duty station after graduating Basic Military
  • 81st MSG welcomes new commander

    Col. Ryan Crowley , incoming 81st Mission Support Group commander, gained command from Col. Marcia Quigley, outgoing 81st MSG commander, during a change of command ceremony here, July 16. Before coming to Keesler, Crowley was stationed at Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.
  • Courageous Conversations: affecting the grass around our feet

    Keesler Air Force Base has recently launched a series of panels titled Courageous Conversation that contain a diverse group of panel members of different ranks and races. The panels have been established to develop racial consciousness, help uncover bias and identify other actions Keesler can take to create a culture of empowerment, diversity and
  • Keesler aids USS Tripoli in COVID-19

    Keesler Medical Center has been assisting the U.S. Navy in testing and housing Sailors from the USS Tripoli in Keesler’s quarantine and isolation facility for COVID-19, June 30 – July 18.Keesler Medical Center hosts the Defense Department’s only genetics lab and plays a critical role in analysis and testing for COVID. Testing the Sailors aids the
  • Putting COVID-19 to the test

    The 81st Medical Group has been a forerunner in the fight against COVID-19 on the Gulf Coast. The Microbiology Department has been testing all of the COVID samples for Keesler Medical Center’s beneficiaries.“COVID has increased our workload tremendously,” said Staff Sgt. Stephanie Taitano, 81st Diagnostics and Therapeutics Squadron medical lab
  • 77-year-old ATC instructor returns to guide new Airmen

    “The way I grew up, college wasn’t pushed like it is now because there were a lot of jobs,” said Jim Bailey, 334th Training Squadron air traffic control instructor. “People took those jobs and stayed until they retired, but I went into the military because I wanted to. I thought it was cool.”Bailey served the Air Force from 1961-1966, where he
  • Strolling for a purpose

    “We want to provide military families the opportunity to be a part of something and give back to our community,” said Yvonne Zdanowski, Stroller Warriors chapter coordinator. “I have built a strong passion for my group.”The Stroller Warriors is a group of military spouses and families that come together to stay healthy, physically and socially.