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  • Armed Forces Day luncheon

    Lt. Gen. Michael Peterson, former 81st Training Wing commander, speaks at the Greater New Orleans Armed Forces Day luncheon, noon May 15 at the Hilton Hotel. General Peterson is chief of warfighting integration and chief information officer for the secretary of the Air Force at the Pentagon. Wednesday is the deadline to purchase tickets, $35 each
  • Newborn intensive care unit readies for rebirth

    Keesler Medical Center's Newborn Intensive Care Unit reopens July 1 to provide state-of-the-art care for critically-ill newborns.The unit hasn't been available since Hurricane Katrina slammed Keesler Aug. 29, 2005. Maj. (Dr.) Alfonso Vargas, 81st Medical Operations Squadron neonatologist and interim NICU medical director, arrived in February to
  • Modifications delay Sablich Center repairs

    Completion of Hurricane Katrina repairs to Sablich Center has become a moving target. Before the storm, the facility was the heart of Keesler's support activities. Since Katrina, offices and agencies have been scattered at several base locations while damage from storm water intrusion from the roof and windows is repaired. The $6.2 million
  • Medics hone wartime skills at 'Camp Snoopy'

    An simulated explosion greeted the busload of 81st Medical Group medics April 17 as they neared "Camp Snoopy," set up adjacent to the medical readiness warehouse near the child development center. The 26 personnel, all in Air Expeditionary Forces 7 and 8, were taking part in medical unit readiness training to prepare for possible deployment to
  • Base honors top volunteers

    Keesler honored its top volunteers April 17 at its annual volunteer recognition luncheon at Vandenberg Community Center. Four individual and two group annual winners were recognized, and three nominees were announced for the National Military Family Association's Very Important Patriot awards. Winners are: Michele Hirata, wife of Capt. Jeff Hirata,
  • Wing wins Air Force unit award

    Three words nail why the 81st Training Wing was selected for the 2006 Air Force Outstanding Unit Award: exceptional meritorious service. The award was based on the wing's performance between July 1, 2005, and June 30, 2006. "This award is a tribute to the men and women of Keesler Air Force Base who not only have performed miraculously in the wake
  • National disaster managers recognize Keesler medics

    Two 81st Medical Group medical readiness members, Capt. Pamela Brown-Grayson and Master Sgt. Wayne Hanes, won the National Disaster Management System's 2006 Outstanding Achievement Award for Exceptional Service. "Sergeant Hanes, Federal Coordinating Center coordinator, and Captain Brown-Grayson, FCC team chief for one of eight Air Force FCC
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